The latest release from Intrada is a four-disc (!) expanded edition of Michael Kamen's popular score for the 1991 adventure hit ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, starring Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Christian Slater and Alan Rickman. The new Intrada set features nearly thirty minutes of previously unreleased music, with the first two discs featuring the full score, Disc Three featuring alternate cues and Disc Four features the original album score sequencing (without the Oscar-nominated love song).
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the latest Creative Arts Emmy winners, including the following music categories:
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
WATCHMEN - It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
THE MANDALORIAN - Chapter 8: Redemption - Ludwig Goransson
ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
HOLLYWOOD - Nathan Barr
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A DOCUMENTARY SERIES OR SPECIAL (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
WHY WE HATE - Tools and Tactics - Laura Karpman*
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
EUPHORIA - And Salt the Earth Behind You - Song: “All For Us” - Music and Lyrics by Labrinth
OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION
THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS - Rickey Minor
OUTSTANDING MUSIC SUPERVISION
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL - It’s Comedy or Cabbage - Robin Urdang, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino
*I inadvertently left this award off the originally posted version of this column. My thanks as always to Jon Burlingame for catching the omisssion.
Quartet has announced two new compilation CDs -- THE FILM MUSIC OF MARIO NASCIMBENE, featuring cues from the composer's scores to Commandos, Donne senza paradiso, La congiura de dieci and I lancieri neri; and THE FILM MUSIC OF FRANCO BIXIO, a two-disc set featuring the composer's scores for Deserti di fuoco, Istantanea per un delitto, Diario segreto da un carcere famminile and Il tuo piacere e’ il mio.
Dragon's Domain has announced three new film music CDs: HOWARD BLAKE: GHOST STORIES, featuring the composer's music for the 1986 TV version of the oft-remade THE CANTERVILLE GHOST, starring Sir John Gieulgud and Alyssa Milano, and the 1983 guilty pleasure AMITYVILLE 3D, including previously unreleased cues; THE DON DAVIS COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring the composer's music for the BBC production SPACE ODYSSEY: VOYAGE TO THE PLANETS; and Conrad Pope's score for the teen comedy-drama LLOYD.
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK
Contre-Enquete/Mordburo - Krishna Levy - Music Box
Enola Holmes - Daniel Pemberton - Milan (import)
Forces of Nature - John Powell - La-La Land
Hackers - Simon Boswell, songs - Varese Sarabande
Il fischio al naso - Teo Usuelli - Beat
Les B.O. Introuvables Vol. 3 - Bernard Gerard, Georges Hatzinnassios, Pierre Jansen, Pino Marchese, Patrice Mestral, Michel Portal - Music Box
Munster, Go Home! - Jack Marshall - La-La Land
Quando gli uomini armarono la clava e... Con le donne fecero din-don – Giancarlo Chiaramello - Beat
The Quinn Martin Collection Vol. 3: The Streets of San Francisco/A Man Called Sloane - Patrick Williams - La-La Land
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - Michael Kamen - Intrada Special Collection
Super Godzilla [video game score] - Akira Ifukube - Cinema-Kan (import)
IN THEATERS TODAY
Kajillionaire, the new film from writer-director Miranda July (with a score by Emile Mosseri) is opening in select cities where theaters have re-opened.
Fatima - Paolo Buonvino - Decca (import)
The Great Silence/Il Bellissimo Novembre - Ennio Morricone - Beat
Italia a mano armata - Franco Micalizzi - Beat
Requiem - Dominick Scherrer, Natasha Khan - Svart
Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street - Alexander Taylor - Notefornote
Whitman - Bernard Herrmann - Naxos
Devs - Geoff Barrow, Ben Salibury - Invada (import)
Open 24 Hours - Holly Amber Church - Notefornote
Tenet - Ludwig Goransson - WaterTower
Interstellar: Expanded Edition - Hans Zimmer - WaterTower
No Time to Die - Hans Zimmer - Decca
The Chosen - Ennio Morricone - Beat
The Don Davis Collection, Vol. 1 - Don Davis - Dragon's Domain
The Film Music of Franco Bixio - Franco Bixio - Quartet
The Film Music of Mario Nascimbene - Mario Nascimbene - Quartet
Howard Blake: Ghost Stories - Howard Blake - Dragon's Domain
Lloyd - Conrad Pope - Dragon's Domain
THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY
September 25 - Dmitri Shostakovich born (1906)
September 25 - Eric Rogers born (1921)
September 25 - Michael Gibbs born (1937)
September 25 - Richard Harvey born (1953)
September 25 - Randy Kerber born (1958)
September 25 - Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek's score for the Amazing Stories episode "Mummy Daddy" is recorded (1985)
September 25 - Ron Jones records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Where No One Has Gone Before" (1987)
September 25 - Alan Silvestri begins recording his score for The Bodyguard (1992)
September 25 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Enterprise episode “Fight or Flight” (2001)
September 25 - Rod Temperton died (2016)
September 26 - George Gershwin born (1898)
September 26 - Simon Brint born (1950)
September 26 - Maureen McElheron born (1950)
September 26 - Joseph Mullendore records his score for the Lost in Space episode "The Haunted Lighthouse" (1967)
September 26 - Henry Mancini begins recording his replacement score for The Molly Maguires (1969)
September 26 - Edward Ward died (1971)
September 26 - Robert Emmett Dolan died (1972)
September 26 - Les Baxter records his score for the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode “Vegas in Space” (1979)
September 26 - Shelly Manne died (1984)
September 26 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “The Search - Part 2” (1994)
September 27 - Recording sessions begin for Sol Kaplan’s score for Niagara (1952)
September 27 - Cyril Mockridge begins recording his score for Many Rivers to Cross (1954)
September 27 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Silicon Avatar” (1991)
September 28 - Evan Lurie born (1954)
September 28 - Leith Stevens begins recording his score for The Scarlet Hour (1955)
September 28 - Laurent Petitgand born (1959)
September 28 - John Williams records his score for the Lost in Space episode "The Hungry Sea" (1965)
September 28 - Geoff Zanelli born (1974)
September 28 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for The Lonely Guy (1983)
September 28 - Miles Davis died (1991)
September 28 - John Williams begins recording his score to Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
September 28 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Relics” (1992)
September 29 - Billy Strange born (1930)
September 29 - Mike Post born (1944)
September 29 - Manuel Balboa born (1958)
September 29 - Theodore Shapiro born (1971)
September 29 - John Barry begins recording his score for First Love (1976)
September 29 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Survivors” (1989)
September 30 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score for Young Bess (1952)
September 30 - Elmer Bernstein begins recording his score to The View From Pompey's Head (1955)
September 30 - Marty Stuart born (1958)
September 30 - Lyn Murray records his score for the Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode “Lonely Place” (1964)
September 30 - Jack Urbont records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “Wheels” (1966)
September 30 - Andrew Gross born (1969)
September 30 - Artie Kane records his score for The New Adventures of Wonder Woman episode “Knockout” (1977)
September 30 - Richard Einhorn begins recording his score to Dead of Winter (1986)
September 30 - Virgil Thomson died (1989)
October 1 - Irwin Kostal born (1911)
October 1 - Elia Cmiral born (1950)
October 1 - George Duning begins recording his score to The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
October 1 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score to The Prize (1963)
October 1 - Ernst Toch died (1964)
October 1 - Lalo Schifrin records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “Operation Rogosh” (1966)
October 1 - Ron Goodwin begins recording his score to Where Eagles Dare (1968)
October 1 - Johannes Kobilke born (1973)
October 1 - Dave Grusin begins recording his score for Falling in Love (1984)
October 1 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Haven” (1987)
October 1 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Dragon’s Teeth” (1999)
October 1 - Dennis McCarthy records his scores for the Star Trek: Enterprise episodes “Impulse” and “Twilight” (2003)
October 1 - Stelvio Cipriani died (2018)
DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?
CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION - Bear McCreary
"Sensing the simple impact of the Jened footage and other news and archival material, Newnham and LeBrecht approach the storytelling with an admirably light touch. There's much more joy and amusement elicited than discomfort, with the filmmakers directing much of their intended outrage through a news report, hosted by Geraldo Rivera of all people, looking at the nightmarish conditions at the disability-sequestering Willowbrook Institution, a harrowing contrast to the freedom of Jened. You occasionally notice the score by the prolific Bear McCreary, but it's never mawkish and never manipulative. When you get teary, it's because 'Crip Camp' earns it."
Dan Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter
ENDINGS, BEGINNINGS - Philip Ekstrom
"At one point, fed up, Billie accuses Daphne of being 'so sloppy,' which feels harsh, although the description applies to Doremus’ approach. By being so elliptical, he makes it difficult to relate to Daphne, which undermines everything Woodley is doing to forge a connection with the audience. The film eventually rewards us for taking that journey, but along the way, it feels distant, disconnected and sulky, like the melancholy music that buoys it along. When it comes to storytelling, beginnings and endings are relatively easy; it’s the in-between stuff that can be challenging."
Peter Debruge, Variety
THE GRAND BIZARRE - Jodie Mack
"Textiles are the focus here: rugs, scarves, dresses, random swatches of fabric. Some of them are one solid color; most are intricately patterned. At times, they fill the entire frame, as Mack creates a dizzying kaleidoscopic effect by cutting to a new image multiple times each second. Often, though, the fabrics occupy one specific area, contextualized by the world beyond. (The film was reportedly shot on every continent except Antarctica.) They spill into and out of suitcases, snake along the baggage conveyor belts at airports, are reflected in various automobiles’ rear-view and side-view mirrors. Mack expertly varies the rhythm and tempo in a way that prevents visual fatigue, even though there’s virtually always something in rapid, disorienting flux. All the while, we hear a soundtrack that alternates between beat-heavy electronica -- including one delightful tune constructed around Skype’s familiar ringtone -- and industrial noises that presumably signify the work that went into making all of these beautiful objects."
Mike D’Angelo, The Onion AV Club
THE OTHER LAMB - Pawel Mykietyn, Rafael Leloup
"Malgorzata’s command of her medium makes the film a pleasure to watch, from Englert’s stylized cinematography that creates a faux-medieval atmosphere, to Pawel Mykietyn and Rafael Leloup’s majestic musical accompaniment, that leaves room for an unexpected pop song played loud."
Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
THE QUARRY - Heather McIntosh
"But the plot details matter less than the tone and mood that Teems creates, and the nuances that Whigham and Shannon bring to their performances. 'The Quarry' is a quiet movie with quiet performances; the two men almost never even raise their voices, but we know the stakes and feel the urgency in every muttered aside. Meanwhile, Heather McIntosh’s music lays back but is adept at heightening the tension when it needs to."
Steve Pond, The Wrap
ROBERT THE BRUCE - Mel Elias
"Even though this was directed by Australian Richard Gray, features numerous American actors attempting Scottish accents with varying degrees of success and, most scandalous of all, was shot mostly in Montana, this is a thoughtful, well-meaning crack at historical drama. It takes a good hour or so to get going, but then it builds up some watchable spectacle -- although Gray goes way overboard with the moody, fireside lighting, and the rousing orchestral score gets all ceilidh-cutesy for the happy montages. Pandering to Scottish sentimentality over this period in history, it should find its audience locally but is unlikely to reproduce 'Braveheart''s international success."
Leslie Felperin, The Guardian
SELAH AND THE SPADES - Aksa Matsumiya
"It also makes striking, judicious use of music, with Japanese-born composer Aksa Matsumiya’s sparse, sometimes eerie score dropping out for long stretches and then comes back to play a central role every so often. The sound design is also subtle but tremendously effective, particularly in a druggy, doomy party scene that moves to heavy beats layered deep in the background."
Steve Pond, The Wrap
TIGERTAIL - Michael Brook
"As an ersatz arthouse pastiche, 'Tigertail' is crafted with care. Nigel Buck’s cinematography effectively registers the different time periods and locations, and Michael Brooks’ [sic] plaintive score balances Pin-Jui’s taciturnity."
Liam Lacey, Original Cin
"Now, it’s one thing for the voiceover to say as much, but quite another for the film to dramatize this connection, and 'Tigertail' falls short in making this romance as special as described -- although composer Michael Brook’s aching string score imbues emotionally distant scenes with a sense of yearning. Flashing forward more than a decade, Yang shows two different actors (Hong-Chi Lee as Pin-Jui, Yo-Hsing Fang as Yuan) dancing, dating and ducking out on a pricey restaurant bill, but the scenes feel generic, inorganic, like the needle-scratch reenactments employed by certain documentaries. Maybe that’s because Yang (who’s channeling his father’s souvenirs) didn’t live these moments himself, or because he didn’t grow up in Taiwan."
Peter Debruge, Variety
VIVARIUM - Kristian Eidnes Andersen
"But even if it misses a few beats, 'Vivarium' remains a nerve-jangling, finely crafted thriller. More dark fairy tale than straight sci-fi puzzle, it never reveals all its secrets but still concludes on a satisfying note of symmetry. On the craft side, major credit is due to production designer Philip Murphy for creating such a striking suburban hellscape, as well as composer and sound designer Kristian Eidnes Andersen for maximizing the sonic unease. Vintage Jamaican ska music also serves as an agreeably sunny motif, its joyous energy increasingly ironic as the story darkens."
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE! - Vadim Karpenko, Sergey Solovyov
"Shot in loving, lurid close-ups, and backed by a soundtrack that jumps between tinkly farce tracks and horn-heavy Morricone riffs, the film’s approach to violence is both over-the-top and grounded. Every snapped bone, ruptured artery, or piece of furniture demolished over someone’s head brings with it a fresh and welcome cringe."
William Hughes, The Onion AV Club
THINGS I'VE HEARD, READ, SEEN OR WATCHED LATELY
Heard: The Seven-per-cent Solution (Addison), Hannibal: Season 1, Volume 1 (Reitzell), God of War (McCreary), First Love (Barry), Robin Hood (Trapanese), Bounce (Sondheim), Venom (Goransson), Una Historia Reciente (Illaramendi), Ma Vlast [My Country] (Smetana), Lost: Season Two (Giacchino), The Gambler (Lock, Schurmann), Legado en los huesos (Velazquez), Gothic Dramas (Morricone), Rare & Unreleased Soundtracks from the 60s & 70s (Morricone), Sliver (Shore), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Heller), Hannibal: Season 1, Volume 2 (Reitzell), Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone (Adler), Themes from the General Electric Theater (Bernstein), Yulan (Chihara), Road Show (Sondheim), The Last Shot (Kent), Divertimento/Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo/Suites No. 1 & 2/Octet (Stravinsky), Mary Queen of Scots (Richter), Compartiment tueurs and other scores (Magne), The Girl Most Likely (Riddle/Blaine/Martin), Los Futbolismos (Velazquez), Bad Times at the El Royale (Giacchino), Space: 1999 (Morricone), The Equalizer 2 (Gregson-Williams), The Good Liar (Burwell), Christopher Robin (Zanelli/Brion), Hannibal: Season 2, Volume 1 (Reitzell), Spectre (Newman), Holmes & Watson (Mothersbaugh), The Frogs (Sondheim), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Pemberton), Manfred Symphony (Tchaikovsky), Ida (various), Night at the Museum (Silvestri), Cabaret (Kander/Burns), Que baje dios y lo vea (Velazquez)
Read: Brotherly Love, by Pete Dexter
Seen: I have this strange worry that when theaters are finally able to open again in Los Angeles, the only one that will actually open in my area is the multiplex in the outdoor mall near where I live. Back in the early 00s it was my go-to place to see movies, but over the years I found better-run theaters nearby, and my last visit there, in late 2018, was memorably awful. I saw three films in one evening -- for the first film, I had to go back three times to get a pair of 3D glasses that actually worked; for the second film, three guys sat in the back row and talked so loudly throughout the film that I wondered why they'd wasted the fifty bucks and just didn't sit outside in the mall to chat; for the third film, I was distracted by something visible out of the corner of my eye, which turned out to be someone's vape smoke hitting the projector beam. That's not to say the staff wasn't doing their job -- they made sure to check the contents of my backpack, and to double-check my tickets between the first and second film to make I wasn't trying to sneak into the latest Tyler Perry piece-of-crap without paying (oh, I paid. Believe me, I paid). But as far as making sure the moviegoing experience was a talk-free, vape-free experience...needless to say, this is not a theater I expect will be especially safe to visit in the pandemic era, since they can't even take the effort to get people to stop vaping and shut the hell up.
Watched: The Benson Murder Case; Party Down ("Party Down Company Picnic"); My Wife's Relations ; Fargo ("Waiting for Dutch"); Woman Obsessed; The Outer Limits ("The Human Factor"); A Night in Casablanca; Party Down ("Joel Munt's Big Deal Party"); Our Hospitality