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La-La Land's set of October releases, available this week, are a two-disc  20th anniversary edition of Hans Zimmer's score for the 2002 horror hit THE RING, the Gore Verbinski-directed remake of the J-horror classic (previously, only a portion of Zimmer's Ring score was commercially available, on the soundrack to The Ring Two); and Costas Dafnis' score for the 2018 indie drama OVERWHELM THE SKY.

Music Box has announced their latest batch of film music releases -- Philippe Sarde's score to the 1997 TV version of Stendahl's classic novel LE ROUGE ET LE NOIR (The Red and the Black); a disc pairing two early scores by Gabriel Yared, LA SCARLATINE and TIR A VUE; Eric Demarsan's score for the new miniseries NOTRE-DAME, about the aftermath of the 2019 Notre Dame cathedral fire; and the new adventure comedy JACK MIMOUN ET LES SECRETS DEL VAL VERDE, scored by Mathieu Lamboley.

Varese Sarabande plans to announce their latest CD Club releases today.


Craig Safan: Horror Macabre Vol. 1
 - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain 
Nope - Michael Abels - Waxwork 
Overwhelm the Sky - Costas Dafnis - La-La Land
The Ring - Hans Zimmer - La-La Land
 - John Scott - Dragon's Domain  


All Quiet on the Western Front - Volker Bertelmann
Amsterdam - Daniel Pemberton
Dark Glasses - Arnaud Rebotini - Score CD Occhiali Neri due Oct 21 on Black Strobe
The Falconer - Samuel Stewart
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile - Matthew Margeson (score), Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (songs)
Pretty Problems - Matt Friedman
Stay the Night - The Wilders
TAR - Hildur Guonadottir
To Leslie - Linda Perry
Triangle of Sadness - Music Supervisors: Mikkel Maltha, Leslie Ming


October 14 
Amore Mio Aiutami
 - Piero Piccioni - Beat
Delitto In Formula Uno
 - Fabio Frizzi - Beat
 - John Carpenter, Jody Carpenter, Daniel Davies - Sacred Bones
Lo Chiamavano Bulldozer
 - Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis - Beat
Hocus Pocus 2
 - John Debney - Disney
October 28 
Frozen Planet II
  - Hans Zimmer, Adam Lukas, James Everingham - Silva
Stand By For Action! Gerry Anderson in Concert 
- Barry Gray - Silva
November 4
The Godfather Suite
 - Carmine Coppola, Nino Rota - Silva
Mark Isham: Music for Film
 - Mark Isham - Silva
Stranger Things 4: Vol. 1 - Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein - Lakeshore
November 25
Archive 81 - Ben Salisbury, Geoff Barrow - Invada
 - Barry Gray - Silva
Coming Soon
 - Oscar Martin Leanizabarrutia - Kronos
Doctor Who Series 13: Flux/Revolution of the Daleks
 - Segun Akinola - Silva
Don't Worry Darling - John Powell - Mondo/WaterTower
Il Conte Dracula
 - Bruno Nicolai - Digitmovies
Jack Mimoun et les secrets de Val Verde
- Mathieu Lamboley - Music Box
La scarlatine/Tir a vue
- Gabriel Yared - Music Box
Le rouge et le noir
- Philippe Sarde - Music Box
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power - Bear McCreary - Mondo
Motorcycle Gang
 - Albert Glasser - Kronos
Nati Morti 
- Danielle Marinelli, Riccardo Adamo - Digitmovies 
- Eric Demarsan - Music Box
The Proud and Damned
 - Gene Kauer, Douglas M. Lackey - Kronos 
Suoni Velati
 -  Matteo Cremolini - Kronos  
There's Always Hope
 - Guy Farley - Caldera
Une Belle Course
 - Philippe Rombi - Music Box


October 7 - Franz Waxman begins recording his score for A Christmas Carol (1938)
October 7 - Gabriel Yared born (1949)
October 7 - Richard Markowitz records his score for The Wild Wild West episode “The Night of a Thousand Eyes” (1965)
October 7 - Marco Beltrami born (1966)
October 7 - Thom Yorke born (1968)
October 7 - Robert Drasnin records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “The Play” (1968)
October 7 - Hans Zimmer begins recording his score for The Thin Red Line (1998)
October 8 - Walter Schumann born (1913) 
October 8 - Toru Takemitsu born (1930)
October 8 - Gavin Friday born (1959)
October 8 - Michael Abels born (1962)
October 8 - Bernard Herrmann records his score for The Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode “Consider Her Ways” (1964)
October 8 - Frank Skinner died (1968)
October 8 - Richard Markowitz records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “Robot” (1969)
October 8 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Last Outpost” (1987)
October 8 - David Bell records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Take Me Out to the Holosuite” (1998)
October 9 - Camille Saint-Saens born (1835)
October 9 - Bebo Valdes born (1918)
October 9 - Rod Temperton born (1949)
October 9 - Barry Gray begins recording his score for Thunderbirds Are Go (1966)
October 9 - Leonard Rosenman begins recording his score for A Man Called Horse (1969)
October 9 - Steve Jablonsky born (1970)
October 9 - Sean Lennon born (1975)
October 9 - Bill Conti begins recording his score for The Fourth War (1989)
October 9 - Cliff Eidelman begins recording his score for Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
October 10 - Giovanni Fusco born (1906)
October 10 - John Green born (1908)
October 10 - Marco Antonio Guimaraes born (1948)
October 10 - David Raksin begins recording his score for Whirlpool (1949)
October 10 - Midge Ure born (1953)
October 10 - Giant opens in New York (1956)
October 10 - Valentine McCallum born (1963)
October 10 - Andrea Morricone born (1964)
October 10 - Hugo Montenegro begins recording his score for Hurry Sundown (1966)
October 10 - Hawaii opens in New York (1966)
October 10 - Walter Scharf records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “The Ransom” (1966)
October 10 - Michael Giacchino born (1967)
October 10 - Vince DiCola begins orchestral recording sessions for his Rocky IV score (1985)
October 10 - William Goldstein records his scores for the Twilight Zone episodes “The Card” and “Time and Teresa Golowitz” (1986)
October 10 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Remember Me” (1990)
October 11 - Art Blakey born (1919)
October 11 - Laura opens in New York (1944)
October 11 - Buddy Bregman begins recording his score for The Delicate Delinquent (1957)
October 11 - Alexander Hacke born (1965)
October 11 - Michel Legrand begins recording his score for The Happy Ending (1968)
October 11 - Henry Mancini begins recording his score for The Moneychangers (1976)
October 11 - Neal Hefti died (2008)
October 12 - Ralph Vaughan Williams born (1872)
October 12 - Joseph Kosma born (1905)
October 12 - Franz Waxman begins recording his score to The Silver Chalice (1954)
October 12 - Chris Botti born (1962)
October 12 - John Williams records his score for the Lost in Space episode "My Friend, Mr. Nobody" (1965)
October 12 - Gil Melle begins recording his score for The Andromeda Strain (1970)
October 12 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Schisms” (1992)
October 13 - Lee Konitz born (1927)
October 13 - Berto Pisano born (1928)
October 13 - Paul Simon born (1941)
October 13 - Recording sessions begin for Miklos Rozsa’s score to Woman of the Town (1943)
October 13 - Miklos Rozsa begins recording his score to Knights of the Round Table (1953)
October 13 - Maurice Jarre records his score for The Last Tycoon (1976)
October 13 - Lud Gluskin died (1989)
October 13 - David Newman begins recording his score for Jingle All the Way (1996)
October 13 - Dave Pollecutt died (2001)
October 13 - Raoul Kraushaar died (2001)


"In terms of the film’s look, everything’s impeccable in Victory, so impeccable that it’s only when you get a glimpse of the world outside the town that you realize how masterful a job production designer Katie Byron has done. And Wilde’s blending of Matthew Libatique’s surrealist cinematography, Affonso Gonçalves’s sometimes-elegant/sometimes-jarring editing, and John Powell’s haunting score creates exactly the sort of paranoid vibe a film like this needs -- the vibe that the audience is expecting."
Liz Shannon Miller, Consequence 
"But little by little, Alice begins to question her reality. Her anxiety evolves from jittery paranoia to legitimate terror the more she discovers about this place, and Pugh makes it all palpable. Images come to her in impressionistic wisps and nightmares that startle her awake in the dark. In time, Wilde relies too heavily on these visuals: black-and-white clips of Busby Berkeley-style dancers, or close-ups of eyeballs. They grow repetitive and wearying rather than disturbing. The heavy-handed score from John Powell becomes more insistent and plodding, telling us how to feel at every turn. Whatever you’re thinking might be at play here, it’s probably more imaginative than what it turns out to be."
Christy Lemire,

"Pugh’s performance is enough of a recommendation to see this shiny, smoothly finished movie-that-feels-like-a-movie. The production design, costuming, and cinematography are ravishing, and wielded with precision. Musically, it’s even richer and a little edgier, pitting crooning doo-wop and civilized jazz against John Powell’s unsettling, nervy score. In the space between these luxurious images and discordant sounds, you can feel a door opening to a thornier, more provocative film. But Wilde, anxious to make sure everyone gets the point, has nailed it shut."
Oli Welsh, Polygon 

"Anyone who was rightly charmed by Wilde’s 2018 directing debut, 'Booksmart,' with its furious pacing and whip-smart comedy, may be surprised by the peculiar leadenness of this sophomore slump. Again and again she falls back on derivative, unilluminating beats, as when the horrors of daily drudgery are conveyed by repeatedly smash-cutting to closeups of sizzling bacon and eggs. The director also leans too hard on a John Powell score whose moodily percussive singsong tends to overwhelm rather than deepen Alice’s mounting sense of dread."
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times 
"One can’t even help but feel the influence of Christopher Nolan in some of those final moments with big vista-like scenes in the desert and swelling music. To that end, cinematographer Matthew Libatique’s photography throughout is terrific, modish initially and then expansive and amazing in that final act. Similarly, John Powell’s score -- much of it centered on breathy, hushed and suspenseful female choral voices -- is tremendous and does much to lift the third act, even when the conceptual jig is up."
Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist 

"It would be easy to kick off a review of Olivia Wilde’s sophomore feature, 'Don’t Worry Darling,' by toe-dipping into the world Wilde created -- one that boasts some of the year’s most gorgeous craft work, from Arianne Phillips’ costumes to Katie Bryon’s production design to John Powell’s score -- by tossing off something like, 'In Olivia Wilde’s glittering ’50s fairy tale, set in the fictional desert idyll of Victory, all is not what it seems,' because that’s the entire point of this transparently designed cinematic nightmare."
Kate Erbland, IndieWire
"Part of that is also thanks to the brisk propulsion of cinematographer Matthew Libatique’s crisp visuals and the additional push of John Powell’s big, forceful score. It’s always good to see an emerging woman director shepherd a large-scale project like this, with plum resources and a deluxe cast. But 'Don’t Worry Darling' is obvious even when it turns outlandish. How many more times do we need the ironic deployment of the doo-wop classic 'Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream)' to be convinced it can be a nightmare?"
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter 
GOD'S COUNTRY - DeAndre James Allen-Toole

"Newton plays Sandra Guidry, a Black professor in a rural Montana college town. Originally from New Orleans, she splits time between her university and a solitary existence at a property on the edge of a national forest. Not long after the death of her ailing mother, a red truck appears in her driveway, setting off a series of escalating conflicts with men keen on hunting in the wilderness behind her house. The events of this story take place over seven days, each delineated with increasingly tense cuts to black. DeAndre James Allen-Toole’s score sneaks up on you, interwoven with a sound design from Zach Goheen that ratchets up the tension with each chapter: first the distant howling of wolves, eventually the nerve-jangling arrival of a freight train, even the ominous sounds of running water. Higgins, however, lets the bangs of gunshots create a bleak melody all their own."
Jack Smart, The Onion AV Club 

"Quieter moments mesh beautifully with 'God’s Country''s lush score by DeAndre James Allen-Toole and cinematography by DP Andrew Wheeler ('Small Crimes'). The film makes excellent use of Montana’s vast landscape (though the actual setting remains unspecified), which viewers absorb through establishing shots as well as Sandra’s regular runs through the woods, accompanied by her dog. The snowy peaks and canyons overwhelm the senses, their beauty adding a sinister layer to this dangerous game."
Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter 
"The visual motif of rodeo riders and the evocative use of acoustic guitar in Noël Akchoté’s score hint at the extent to which cowboy culture influenced Highsmith’s personal style while simultaneously distancing her. She was more responsive to New York, even if her mother’s constant efforts to override her lack of interest in boys by setting her up on dates or later lining up potential husbands became oppressive."
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter 
SEE HOW THEY RUN - Daniel Pemberton

"Director George (a British TV vet making his feature debut) clearly fancies himself a stylist, so he fills the film with distracting split screens, inserted fleetingly and, seemingly, at random; there’s also a weird little surrealistic dream sequence that’s totally out of tone. But Jamie Ramsay’s cinematography sparkles, Daniel Pemberton’s score bounces, and Mark Chappell’s script lights up with some inventive plotting and clever intermingling of real faces and names. (Harris Dickinson has the right slick charm for the play’s leading actor, 'Dickie Attenborough.')"
Jason Bailey, The Playlist 
"As the plot quickens, editors Gary Dollner and Peter Lambert divide the screen into two pieces, then three, then four. Their cutting is brisk and fanciful, and, during a standout dream sequence, marvelously illogical. Meanwhile, composer Daniel Pemberton unleashes a jazzy upright bass to climb up and down the scales."
Amy Nicholson, Variety 

"From the first murder victim’s wise-ass narration to the over-exertions of Daniel Pemberton’s score, which swerves between jauntiness and intrigue, the production gives off a moldy whiff of desperation. Even the very idea of a whodunit parody seems tired."
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter 


Screenings of older films in Los Angeles-area theaters.

October 7
THE BEYOND (Fabio Frizzi) [Aero]
BRIDE OF CHUCKY (Graeme Revell) [Alamo Drafthouse]
CANDYMAN (Philip Glass) [Alamo Drafthouse]
CHAPPIE (Hans Zimmer) [BrainDead Studios]
THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (James Newton Howard) [New Beverly]
EL ESPEJO DE LA BRUJA (Gustavo Carreon), EL MUNDO DE LOS MUERTOS (Gustavo Carreon) [Academy Museum]
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Johan Soderqvist) [Alamo Drafthouse]
MEMORIES OF MURDER (Taro Iwashiro) [Alamo Drafthouse]
PRINCESS MONONOKE (Joe Hisaishi) [New Beverly]
THE THIN RED LINE (Hans Zimmer) [BrainDead Studios]

October 8
BODY DOUBLE (Pino Donaggio) [New Beverly]
BRIDE OF CHUCKY (Graeme Revell) [Alamo Drafthouse] 
THE CRAFT (Graeme Revell) [Alamo Drafthouse]
CRUISING (Jack Nitzsche) [Aero]
THE GARBAGE PAIL KIDS MOVIE (Michael Lloyd) [New Beverly]
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Dario Marianelli) [Academy Museum]
LA MALDICION DE LA LLORONA (Gustavo Carreon), VENENO PARA LAS HADAS (Carlos Jimenez Mabarak) [Academy Museum]
MEMORIES OF MURDER (Taro Iwashiro) [Alamo Drafthouse] 
R-POINT (Dalpalan) [Academy Museum]
A SERIOUS MAN (Carter Burwell) [BrainDead Studios]

October 9 
BEETLEJUICE (Danny Elfman) [Alamo Drafthouse]
THE CRAFT (Graeme Revell) [Alamo Drafthouse]
DEATH GAME (Jimmie Haskell), KNOCK KNOCK (Manuel Reveiro) [New Beverly]
EVENT HORIZON (Michael Kamen, Orbital) [BrainDead Studios]
THE FACE OF ANOTHER (Toru Takemitsu) [BrainDead Studios]
FRIGHT NIGHT (Brad Fiedel) [Alamo Drafthouse]
THE GARBAGE PAIL KIDS MOVIE (Michael Lloyd) [New Beverly]
THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (Bernard Herrmann) [Academy Museum]
LENNY (Ralph Burns) [Los Feliz 3]
MEMORIES OF MURDER (Taro Iwashiro) [Alamo Drafthouse]
STROSZEK [BrainDead Studios]

October 10
THE EXILES [Los Feliz 3]
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Johan Soderqvist) [Alamo Drafthouse]
THE LOST BOYS (Thomas Newman) [Los Feliz 3]

October 11
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Johan Soderqvist) [Alamo Drafthouse]
MEMORIES OF MURDER (Taro Iwashiro) [Alamo Drafthouse] 
SCREAM (Marco Beltrami), SCOOBY-DOO (David Newman) [New Beverly]
SOMETHING WILD (John Cale, Laurie Anderson) [Los Feliz 3]
VOYAGE OF THE ROCK ALIENS (Jack White) [Alamo Drafthouse]

October 12
AMERICAN PSYCHO (John Cale) [Los Feliz 3]
DILLINGER IS DEAD (Teo Usuelli) [BrainDead Studios]
INFERNAL AFFAIRS (Chan Kwong Wing) [Los Feliz 3]
SCREAM (Marco Beltrami), SCOOBY-DOO (David Newman) [New Beverly]
TROUBLE EVERY DAY (Tindersticks) [Aero]
VOYAGE OF THE ROCK ALIENS (Jack White) [Alamo Drafthouse] 

October 13
AMERICAN PSYCHO (John Cale) [Los Feliz 3] 
THE WICKER MAN (Paul Giovanni) [New Beverly]

October 14
AMERICAN PSYCHO (John Cale) [Los Feliz 3]  
THE CRAFT (Graeme Revell) [Los Feliz 3]
EL VAMPIRO SANGRIENTO (Luis Hernandez Breton), LA INVASION DE LOS VAMPIROS (Luis Hernandez Breton) [Academy Museum]
THE 400 BLOWS (Jean Constantin), STOLEN KISSES (Antoine Duhamel) [Aero]
THE HAUNTED MANSION (Mark Mancina) [Los Feliz 3]
SEVEN (Howard Shore) [New Beverly]
THE WICKER MAN (Paul Giovanni) [New Beverly]

October 15
CASPER (James Horner) [Los Feliz 3]
THE GREAT DICTATOR (Charles Chaplin) [Los Feliz 3]
IDLE HANDS (Graeme Revell) [BrainDead Studios] 
MONKEYBONE (Anne Dudley) [BrainDead Studios]
ONIBABA (Hikaru Hayashi) [BrainDead Studios]
SCREAM (Marco Beltrami) [Alamo Drafthouse]

October 16
AKIRA (Shoji Yamashiro) [Alamo Drafthouse]
BRAZIL (Michael Kamen) [BrainDead Studios]
CARRIE (Pino Donaggio) [BrainDead Studios]
COP LAND (Howard Shore), IDENTITY (Alan Silvestri) [Aero]
THE 400 BLOWS (Jean Constantin) [Los Feliz 3]
JACOB'S LADDER (Maurice Jarre) [BrainDead Studios]
JOINT SECURITY AREA (Jun-seok Bang, Yeong-wook Jo) [Alamo Drafthouse]
KWAIDAN (Toru Takemitsu) [Academy Museum]
LA GUERRE EST FINIE (Giovanni Fusco) [Los Feliz 3]
LATE SPRING (Senji Ito) [Los Feliz 3]
MUSEO DEL HORROR (Sergio Guerrero), EL BARON DEL TERROR (Gustavo Carreon) [Academy Museum]
PIRANHA (Pino Donaggio) [New Beverly]


Heard: Shame (Escott, various); Scrooged (Elfman); 12 Years a Slave (Zimmer); The Sentinel (Melle); Widows (Zimmer); The Sixth Sense (Howard); Creed (Goransson); Sinister (Young); Black Panther (Goransson); Coco (Giacchino); Anna and the King of Siam (Herrmann) 

Read: Night Walker, by Donald Hamilton

Seen: The Wiz; Dementia 13; B'twixt Now and Sunrise; Clash of the Titans [1981]; Blithe Spirit [1945]; Island of Lost Souls; Murders in the Rue Morgue [1932]; Memento; The Greatest Beer Run Ever; Twisted Nerve; Daddy's Gone a Hunting

Watched: The Boys ("We Gotta Go Now"); You're the Worst ("The Heart Is a Dumb Dumb"); Damages ("Tell Me I'm Not Racist"); 30 Rock ("St. Valentine's Day"); The Deuce ("My Name Is Ruby"); The Good Place ("Most Improved Player"); Bob's Burgers ("Sacred Cow"); Fargo ("Did You Do This? No, You Did It!"); Hacks ("Primm"); Inside Amy Schumer ("Bad Decisions"); I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

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