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After three months with no new score CDs, La-La Land has announced three releases due next week: the first-ever release of Elmer Bernstein's unused score for the Mad Mad World-esque 2001 comedy RAT RACE, ultimately scored by John Powell (not to be confused with the 1960 film The Rat Race scored by...Elmer Bernstein); an expanded, two-disc edition of John Williams' Oscar-nominated score for Sydney Pollack's 1995 remake of the classic romantic comedy SABRINA, starring Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond (and also featuring Williams' nominated song "Moonlight"); and the score for Lasse Hallstrom's 1993 comedy-drama WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE, starring Johnny Depp and featuring Leonardo DiCaprio in his first Oscar-nominated performance. The score is credited to Alan Parker (Jaws 3-D) and Bjorn Isfalt (Hallstrom's My Life as a Dog), and the CD promises "Both Original and Unused Scores."


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Come svalgiamo la banca d'Italia/Il lungo, il corto, il gatto 
- Lallo Gori - Beat  
Due ragazzi da Mareiapiede
 - Piero Umiliani - Quartet    
Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine 
- Georges Delerue - Music Box 
Nessuno e' perfetto
 - Riz Ortolani - Beat
On Dangerous Ground/The Man Who Knew Too Much [re-recording] - Bernard Herrmann - Intrada 
Run for Your Wife
 - Nino Oliviero - Quartet
Tours du monde tours du ciel/Premier quatuor a cordes [reissue]
 - Georges Delerue - Music Box   


IN THEATERS TODAY

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Hans Zimmer
Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World - Marcelo Zarvos 
The Monsters Without - Benedict Nichols
Other People's Children - Rob
Polite Society - Tom Howe
Sisu - Juri Seppa, Tuomas Wainola  


COMING SOON

May 5 
God of War: Ragnarok - Bear McCreary - Sony
I corpi presentato tracce di violenza carnale (Torso)
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Digitmovies 
Rat Race (unused score) - Elmer Bernstein - La-La Land
Sabrina - John Williams - La-La Land
Tecnica di un omicidio
 - Robby Poitevin - Digitmovies 
What's Eating Gilbert Grape - Alan Parker, Bjorn Isfalt - La-La Land
May 19
The Last Kingdom: Destiny Is All - John Lunn, Eivor, Danny Saul - Absolute Label Services 
A Man Called Otto - Thomas Newman - Mercury 
June 16
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves - Lorne Balfe - Decca
July 28
The Super Mario Bros. Movie - Brian Tyler - iam8bit 


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

April 28 - Lyn Murray records his score for the Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode “Who Needs an Enemy?” (1964)
April 28 - Blake Neely born (1969)
April 28 - Billy Goldenberg records his score for High Risk (1976)
April 28 - Christopher Young records orchestral passages for his Invaders from Mars score (1986)
April 28 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “The Wire” (1994)
April 28 - Alan Silvestri begins recording his score for Judge Dredd (1995)
April 28 - Paul Baillargeon records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Children of Time” (1997)
April 29 - Duke Ellington born (1889)
April 29 - Toots Thielemans born (1922)
April 29 - Waldemar Kazanecki born (1929)
April 29 - Rod McKuen born (1933)
April 29 - Herbert Stothart begins recording his score to Random Harvest (1942)
April 29 - Jan A.P. Kaczmarek born (1953)
April 29 - Chris Boardman born (1954)
April 29 - Lawrence Shragge born (1954)
April 29 - Craig Armstrong born (1959)
April 29 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Conspiracy” (1988)
April 29 - James Horner begins recording his score for The Rocketeer (1991)
April 29 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “If Wishes Were Horses” (1993)
April 29 - Dennis McCarthy and Kevin Kiner record their score for the final Star Trek: Enterprise episode, “These Are the Voyages…” (2005)
April 29 - Joel Goldsmith died (2012)
April 30 - Thomas Newman begins recording his score for The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)
April 30 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Host” (1991)
April 30 - David Bell records his score for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Homestead” (2001)
April 30 - Velton Ray Bunch records his score for the Enterprise episode “Desert Crossing” (2002)
May 1 - Heinz Roemheld born (1901)
May 1 - Bill Byers born (1927)
May 1 - Citizen Kane premieres in New York (1941)
May 1 - Paul Sawtell records his score for the Land of the Giants episode “The Flight Plan” (1968)
May 1 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies (1972)
May 1 - Gordon Jenkins died (1984)
May 1 - James Horner begins recording orchestral cues for his Apollo 13 score (1995)
May 1 - Bill Byers died (1996) 
May 2 - Alan Rawsthorne born (1905)
May 2 - Van Alexander born (1915)
May 2 - Satyajit Ray born (1921)
May 2 - Svatopluk Havelka born (1925)
May 2 - Paul Ferris born (1941)
May 2 - Ondrej Soukup born (1951)
May 2 - Elliot Goldenthal born (1954)
May 2 - George Duning begins recording his score for Who’s Got the Action (1962)
May 2 - Justin Caine Burnett born (1973)
May 2 - Aram Khachaturian died (1978)
May 2 - Recording sessions begin for Danny Elfman's score for Batman Returns (1992)
May 2 - Recording sessions begin for James Newton Howard’s score for Wyatt Earp (1994)
May 2 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Scorpion, Part I” (1997)
May 2 - Paul Baillargeon begins recording his score for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Message in a Bottle” (1997)
May 2 - Recording sessions begin for John Ottman's score for Orphan (2009)
May 3 - Hugo Friedhofer born (1901)
May 3 - James Brown born (1933)
May 3 - Stephen Warbeck born (1953)
May 3 - Les Baxter records his score for House of Usher (1960)
May 3 - David Raksin begins recording his score for Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
May 3 - Elmer Bernstein begins recording his score for Cahill United States Marshal (1973)
May 3 - Bruce Broughton begins recording his score for Baby’s Day Out (1994)
May 3 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Extreme Measures” (1999)
May 3 - Alden Shuman died (2002)
May 3 - Recording sessions begin for David Arnold’s score for The Stepford Wives (2004)
May 3 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Countdown” (2004)
May 3 - Recording sessions begin for Michael Giacchino’s score for Sky High (2005)
May 4 - Beatrice Thiriet born (1960)
May 4 - John Barry begins recording his score for Body Heat (1981)
May 4 - Jerry Goldsmith begins recording his score for The Secret of NIMH (1982)
May 4 - James Horner begins recording his score for Batteries Not Included (1987)
May 4 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Sarek” (1990)
May 4 - Michael Kamen begins recording his score for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
May 4 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “I, Borg.” (1992)
May 4 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Crossover” (1994)
May 4 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Family Business” (1995)
May 4 - Albert Glasser died (1998)

DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?

BLIND WILLOW, SLEEPING WOMAN - Pierre Földes 
 
"Particularly because these Murakami stories straddle the line between mundane and metaphysical, the blending of filmic mediums is wonderfully redolent of the stories’ world. Even the addition of abstract, experimental animation sequences, which communicate hallucinatory or dreamlike character experiences, help the film maintain a completely original style that best serves the source material. It would also be remiss to not mention the lovely score that Földes composed and lightly incorporates into the film, favoring a subtle whimsy that never overpowers emotional beats and narrative revelations."
 
Natalia Keogan, Paste Magazine 

CHEVALIER - Kris Bowers
 
"There’s so much going here that’s emotionally resonant and delightful to look at -- the work of costume designer Oliver Garcia, production designer Karen Murphy and their teams -- that trying to expand out and include the upheaval in the streets feels like a wedged-in subplot. (Kris Bowers’ sweeping score does work wonders, though, to create a feeling of atmosphere.) The French Revolution is beginning, and while historical context is certainly important in telling this story, it’s underdeveloped and not nearly as compelling as the chevalier’s personal journey. Still, Harrison’s powerful performance and the chance to learn about this extraordinary artist make 'Chevalier' more than worthwhile."
 
Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com 
 
"And yet, such a romance tees up what is arguably a triumph of a final scene that captures what 'Chevalier' does best: not just offering a fictionalized history worth knowing with a stellar central performance, but also a rallying cry about the power art and artists can have in times of revolt and revolution. Michael Abels ('Get Out,' 'Nope'), who helped arrange and produce Bologne’s work for the film, and Kris Bowers ('King Richard' 'Respect'), who riffed on it with his string-heavy orchestral score, give 'Chevalier' a bruising musical texture that comes to a climax in the film’s unforgettable final shot. It’s a moment that packs such a punch you almost forgive the oft-deployed levity that risks flattening the film’s more serious interests. Nevertheless, as a celebration of a musical genius, 'Chevalier' is a wildly entertaining ride, a thrilling history lesson in the making that remains as timely as ever."
 
Manuel Betancourt, The Onion AV Club 

"And 'Chevalier,' despite its steadily devolving storytelling, is enjoyable and worthy of appreciation. When Williams and Robinson loosen up the strings and allow the film to feel as original and free as Bologne was at the height of his creative powers -- a battle! with Mozart! with dueling violins! -- and refuse to be beholden to the usual narrative beats and expectations, 'Chevalier' soars. So does Harrison, whose cocky take on the young star is funny, flinty, and entirely justified. It all looks and sounds marvelous too, as lush and lavish as one would hope to see in a film about a generational talent set in late-18th century France, thanks to Jess Hall’s sweeping cinematography, Karen Murphy’s detailed sets, Oliver Garcia’s confectionary costumes, and Kris Bowers’ fittingly epic score."
 
Kate Erland, IndieWire 
 
"The score by Kris Bowers ('Green Book') and the orchestrations by Sean Barrett and Jonathan Beard definitely propel the music to the forefront, appropriate for this particular biopic. The sound editing and mixing also stand out during the violin duel, with stereo sound that helps distinguish who’s playing."
 
Martin Tsai, The Wrap 

"Williams’ film takes a slightly different route, depicting a young Joseph bullied by his peers, encouraged by his father to always be the best and separated from his mother until his adult years. Chevalier zips forward again -- editor John Axelrad’s transitions are crisp and Kris Bowers’ score grandiose -- to Joseph defeating his opponent in a duel for the entertainment of Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton). He’s rewarded with the title Saint-Georges de Chevalier, which comes with an increased profile and access to Parisian nobility."
 
Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter
 
CHUPA - Carlos Rafael Rivera
 
"Chupa is also one of the only original ideas from this generic family film and exercise in CGI character-making from director Jonás Cuarón. Such a lack of ambition would be less glaring had Cuarón not previously co-written 'Gravity' with his father, Alfonso Cuarón. Little in this movie, written by Sean Kennedy Moore, Joe Barnathan, and Marcus Rinehart, suggests a similar sci-fi imagination. But there are plenty of references to things of the past: a John Williams-esque score from Carlos Rafael Rivera and a few cameos from 'Jurassic Park' merchandise in the movie’s 1990s setting. 'Chupa' willfully becomes one of those family films that takes plenty from the toy box of cliches left before and hardly gives anything back."
 
Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com 

"The boy lives in Kansas City, but is being sent to Mexico for the summer to reconnect with his ex-luchador grandfather Chava (Demián Bichir) and cousins Memo (Nickolas Verdugo) and Luna (Ashley Ciarra). Listen to the music as he lands, and you’ll hear composer Carlos Rafael Rivera offering a low-key version of the John Williams theme that plays as Hammond’s helicopters fly over Isla Nublar at the beginning of 'Jurassic Park.' Cuarón and DP Nico Aguilar like to keep the camera moving, craning up and down or dollying to give the film that slick summer-movie feel, despite what was clearly a far more limited budget."
 
Peter Debruge, Variety 
 
SHOWING UP - Ethan Rose
 
"Light as a bird fluttering along to the flute pieces that Benjamin plays in support of Ethan Rose’s score, 'Showing Up' can be insubstantial in a way that makes the 80-minute 'Wendy and Lucy' feel like a David Lean epic in comparison, and unhurried in a way that makes 'First Cow' feel like fast food. There are no bad parts, and yet even the best ones are barely there. But, with almost imperceptible force, Reichardt’s film gradually discovers the strength required to nudge Lizzy out of the circular rut where it finds her at the start. As one character puts it: 'Things usually get done. Just not on time.'"
 
David Ehrlich, IndieWire 

THE NEXT TEN DAYS IN L.A.

Screenings of older films in Los Angeles area-theaters.

April 28
EYES WITHOUT A FACE (Maurice Jarre) [Academy Museum]
FRIGHT NIGHT (Brad Fiedel) [Nuart]
HARD TARGET (Graeme Revell) [New Beverly]
THE HEARTBREAK KID (Garry Sherman) [Aero]
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN [Academy Museum]
KILL BILL: VOL 2 (RZA, Robert Rodriguez) [New Beverly]
THE LAWNMOWER MAN (Dan Wyman) [BrainDead Studios]
THE MACHINIST (Roque Banos) [BrainDead Studios]
THE STEPFORD WIVES (Michael Small) [Los Feliz 3]
VALLEY GIRL (Scott Wilk, Mark Levinthal), MODERN GIRLS (Jay Levy, Ed Arkin) [New Beverly]

April 29
A GRANDE FEIRA (Remo Usai) [Los Feliz 3]
AUTUMN SONATA [Academy Museum]
BILLY MADISON (Randy Edelman) [Alamo Drafthouse]
HALF BAKED (Alf Clausen) [Alamo Drafthouse]
THE LEGO MOVIE (Mark Mothersbaugh) [Academy Museum]
QUERELLE (Peer Raben) [Los Feliz 3]
RAN (Toru Takemitsu) [Aero]
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Richard O'Brien, Richard Hartley) [Nuart]
SPACE JAM (James Newton Howard) [New Beverly]
SPARTACUS (Alex North) [Academy Museum]
TETSUO: THE IRON MAN (Chu Ishikawa) [Los Feliz 3]
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (Alexandre Desplat) [New Beverly]
VALLEY GIRL (Scott Wilk, Mark Levinthal), MODERN GIRLS (Jay Levy, Ed Arkin) [New Beverly]

April 30
BARRY LYNDON (Leonard Rosenman) [Academy Museum]
THE CARRIAGE DRIVER [UCLA/Hammer]
THE GREAT RACE (Henry Mancini) [Fine Arts]
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (Trevor Jones, Randy Edelman) [Aero]
METROPOLIS [BrainDead Studios]
SALT OF THE EARTH (Sol Kaplan) [Academy Museum]
SPACE JAM (James Newton Howard) [New Beverly]
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (Brad Fiedel) [BrainDead Studios]
THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY [Los Feliz 3]
VALLEY GIRL (Scott Wilk, Mark Levinthal), MODERN GIRLS (Jay Levy, Ed Arkin) [New Beverly] 

May 1
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (Edmund Meisel) [BrainDead Studios]
DON'T BE A MENACE TO SOUTH CENTRAL WHILE DRINKING YOUR JUICE IN THE HOOD (John Barnes), CB4 (John Barnes) [New Beverly]
THE MECHANIC (Jerry Fielding) [Los Feliz 3]
METROPOLIS [Alamo Drafthouse]

May 2
BASIC INSTINCT (Jerry Goldsmith) [Los Feliz 3]
THE HOSPITAL (Morris Surdin), ULZANA'S RAID (Frank DeVol), STEEL (Michel Colombier) [New Beverly]
SHAFT (Isaac Hayes) [Academy Museum]
VIDEODROME (Howard Shore) [Alamo Drafthouse]

May 3
FRENCH KISS (James Newton Howard) [Los Feliz 3]
THE HOSPITAL (Morris Surdin), ULZANA'S RAID (Frank DeVol), STEEL (Michel Colombier) [New Beverly]
TRIANGLE OF SADNESS [BrainDead Studios]
VIDEODROME (Howard Shore) [Alamo Drafthouse]

May 4
HOUSE (Asei Kobayashi, Mikki Yoshino) [Los Feliz 3]
LE CIRCLE ROUGE (Eric Demarsan) [BrainDead Studios]
NETWORK (Elliot Lawrence) [Aero]
RETURN OF THE JEDI (John Williams) [Academy Museum]
TIME OF THE WOLF [Los Feliz 3]
TROUBLE IN PARADISE, DESIGN FOR LIVING [New Beverly]

May 5
THE HEARTBREAK KID (Garry Sherman) [Los Feliz 3]
HOUSE (Asei Kobayashi, Mikki Yoshino) [Los Feliz 3] 
INGLORIOUS BASTERDS [New Beverly]
THE MILLIONAIRES' EXPRESS, PEDICAB DRIVER (David Lautrec) [Academy Museum]
REAR WINDOW (Franz Waxman) [Aero]
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (Brad Fiedel) [New Beverly]
TROUBLE IN PARADISE, DESIGN FOR LIVING [New Beverly]

May 6
A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN ( Rod McKuen, John Scott Trotter, Vince Guaraldi) [New Beverly]
THE DARK KNIGHT (Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard) [BrainDead Studios]
HAND IN HAND (Stanley Black) [Academy Museum]
HOUSE (Asei Kobayashi, Mikki Yoshino) [Los Feliz 3]  
JOE VS. THE VOLCANO (Georges Delerue) [BrainDead Studios]
PROJECT A (Michael Lai, Nicholas Rivera) [Academy Museum]
PSYCHO (Bernard Herrmann), PSYCHO II (Jerry Goldsmith), PSYCHO III (Carter Burwell) [New Beverly]
THE SEVENTH CONTINENT, BENNY'S VIDEO, 71 FRAGMENTS OF A CHRONOLOGY OF CHANCE [Aero]
WARGAMES (Arthur B. Rubinstein) [Alamo Drafthouse]
WHEELS ON MEALS (Chris Babida, Siu-Lam Tang), DRAGONS FOREVER (Chin-Yung Shing) [Academy Museum]

May 7
A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN (Rod McKuen, John Scott Trotter, Vince Guaraldi) [New Beverly]
THE FALLEN IDOL (William Alwyn) [Los Feliz 3]
THE FLINTSTONES (David Newman) [BrainDead Studios]
THE MALTESE FALCON (Adolph Deutsch) [Aero]
PAINTED FACES (Lowell Lo) [Academy Museum]
PSYCHO (Bernard Herrmann), PSYCHO II (Jerry Goldsmith), PSYCHO III (Carter Burwell) [New Beverly]
PURPLE RAIN (Prince, Michel Colombier) [Academy Museum]
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET [BrainDead Studios]


THINGS I'VE HEARD, READ, SEEN OR WATCHED LATELY

Heard:
Soul (Reznor/Ross/Batiste); The Man Who Fell to Earth (Phillips/Yamashta); Call Me Madam/Panama Hattie (Berlin/Porter); The Deer Hunter and Other Themes (Myers); 2001: A Space Odyssey (North); The Man from Hong Kong (Quinlan); All the President's Men (Shire); Zodiac (Shire); 50 Exitos (Beltran); An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (Horner); Brewster McCloud (Page, various); Barbarella (Magne)

Read: Quiller Bamboo, by Adam Hall (aka Elleston Trevor)

Seen: Up in Smoke; Cheech & Chong's Next Movie; WALL-E; Johnny Guitar; Objective, Burma!; Hell Bent for Leather; Posse from Hell; The Pope's Exorcist

Watched: Person of Interest ("Foe); The Venture Bros. ("The Rorqual Affair"); Westworld ("Metanoia"); You're the Worst ("Talking to Me, Talking to Me"); Five Dolls for an August Moon; Stranger Things ("The Weirdo on Maple Street"); The Pirates of Blood River

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