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This week, La-La Land is releasing an expanded and remastered edition of Leith Stevens' score for the classic, George Pal-produced 1953 adaptation of H.G. Wells' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, paired with Stevens' score for another Pal-produced sci-fi classic, WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE.

They are also releasing the second edition of their series featuring episode scores originally featured in their Star Trek original series boxed set: STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - THE 1701 COLLECTION VOL. 2, with episode scores by Gerald Fried ("Catspaw," "Friday's Child," "Shore Leave"), Sol Kaplan ("The Enemy Within") and Joseph Mullendore ("The Consience of the King"), as well as cues re-recorded as library music for the series.


The latest releases from Music Box are Bill Conti's score for the 2003 youth thriller BOYS ON THE RUN, co-starring Ron Perlman; and the score for the new French thriller VISIONS, starring Diane Kruger and Mathieu Kassovitz, composed by Philippe Rombi (Swimming Pool, Double Lover).


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Daniel Licht Collection: Vol. 1
 - Daniel Licht - Dragon's Domain
Good Guys Wear Black/Silent Rage
 - Craig Safan, Peter Bernstein, Mark Goldenberg - Dragon's Domain  
Lee Holdridge Documentaries Vol. 1
 - Lee Holdridge - Dragon's Domain 
Star Trek: The Original Series - The 1701 Collection Vol. 2 - Alexander Courage, Gerald Fried, Sol Kaplan, Joseph Mullendore, Fred Steiner - La-La Land
The War of the Worlds/When Worlds Collide - Leith Stevens - La-La Land 


IN THEATERS TODAY

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Isabella Summers
El Conde - Juan Pablo Ávalo, Marisol García 
Hadik - Robert Gulya
A Million Miles Away - Camilo Lara
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 - Stephanie Economou
The Nun II - Marco Beltrami
Scrapper - Patrick Jonsson
Sitting in Bars with Cake - Jeff Cardoni 


COMING SOON

September 29
She Came to Me - Bryce Dessner - Warner Classics
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - Daniel Pemberton - Sony
October 6
Anthology II: Movie Themes 1976-1988 - John Carpenter - Sacred Bones
April Fool's Day: The Deluxe Edition
 - Charles Bernstein - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Blood Simple: The Deluxe Edition
 - Carter Burwell - Varese Sarabande CD Club 
December 1
Scream VI - Brian Tyler, Sven Faulconer - Varese Sarabande
Date Unknown

Blondie - Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt - Waxwork
Boys on the Run
- Bill Conti - Music Box
The Bruce Rowland Collection: Vol. 1
 - Bruce Rowland - Buysoundtrax
Der Bestatter: The Undertaker Vol. 2
- Raphael Benjamin Meyer - Alhambra 
Gli Italiani e l'industria
 - Piero Umiliani - Kronos 
Good Omens 2 - David Arnold - Silva
Killer Bees/Isn't It Shocking/Harpy - David Shire - Caldera 
North Star/The Great Elephant Escape
 - Bruce Rowland - Dragon's Domain
The Punisher
 - Dennis Dreith - Notefornote 
Spaced Invaders
 - David Russo - Dragon's Domain
The Super Mario Bros. Movie - Brian Tyler - iam8bit 
Visions
- Philippe Rombi - Music Box


THIS WEEK IN FILM MUSIC HISTORY

September 8 - Philippe-Gerard born (1924)
September 8 - Peter Maxwell Davies born (1934)
September 8 - Nelson Riddle records his score for the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode “Escape from Venice” (1965)
September 8 - Robert Drasnin records his score for The Wild Wild West episode “The Night of the Deadly Bed” (1965)
September 8 - Fred Steiner's score for the Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror" is recorded (1967)
September 8 - Dustin O’Halloran born (1971)
September 8 - Patrick Williams records his score for The Streets of San Francisco episode “The Thrill Killers” (1976)
September 8 - Artie Kane records his score for The New Adventures of Wonder Woman episode “Anschluss ‘77” (1977)
September 8 - Leonard Rosenman wins his second Emmy, for Friendly Fire; David Rose wins for the Little House on the Prairie episode “The Craftsman” (1979)
September 8 - John Barry begins recording his unused score for The Golden Child (1986)
September 8 - Alex North died (1991)
September 8 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “The Homecoming” (1993)
September 8 - Ernest Troost wins the Emmy for The Canterville Ghost; Hummie Mann wins for the Picture Windows episode “Language of the Heart;” Mike Post wins for his main title theme to Murder One (1996) 
September 8 - Dennis McCarthy begins recording his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “You Are Cordially Invited” (1997)
September 8 - Jay Chattaway wins his first Emmy for the final Star Trek: Voyager episode, “Endgame;” Arturo Sandoval wins for the For Love of Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story score; James Newton Howard wins for the Gideon’s Crossing main title theme (2001)
September 8 - George Fenton wins his second Emmy, for the Planet Earth episode “Pole to Pole;” Jeff Beal wins his second Emmy, for the Nightmares and Dreamscapes segment “Battlefield;” Trevor Morris wins his first Emmy, for The Tudors main title theme (2007)
September 8 - Ramin Djawadi wins his first Emmy, for the Game of Thrones episode score “The Dragon and the Wolf;” Cyrille Aufort wins for March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step, and Carlos Rafael Rivera wins for Godless’ main title theme (2018)
September 9 - Hoyt Curtin born (1922)
September 9 - Jerrold Immel born (1936)
September 9 - Bernard Herrmann begins recording score cues for Hangover Square (1944)
September 9 - Christopher Palmer born (1946)
September 9 - David A. Stewart born (1952)
September 9 - Bernard Herrmann begins recording his score to Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
September 9 - Eric Serra born (1959)
September 9 - Alex North begins recording his score to The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
September 9 - Richard Markowitz records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “The Numbers Game” (1969)
September 9 - Harry Geller records his only Mission: Impossible score, for the episode “The Innocent” (1970)
September 9 - Harry Escott born (1976)
September 9 - Hugo Friedhofer's score for Die Sister, Die! is recorded (1976)
September 9 - Joey Newman born (1976)
September 9 - Recording sessions begin for Philippe Sarde’s score to Ghost Story (1981)
September 9 - David Shire begins recording his score for The Journey Inside (1993)
September 9 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Anomaly” (2003)
September 9 - Michael Galasso died (2009)
September 9 - Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon win the Emmy for Stranger Things main title theme; Jeff Beal wins for House of Cards’ “Chapter 63;” Jeff Russo wins for the Fargo episode “Aporia” (2017)
September 10 - Arnold Schwarzwald born (1918)
September 10 - Johnny Keating born (1927)
September 10 - Hugo Riesenfeld died (1939)
September 10 - Roy Ayers born (1940)
September 10 - Jack Beaver died (1963)
September 10 - Les Baxter records his score for the U.S. release of Black Sabbath (1963)
September 10 - Richard Shores records his score for The Wild Wild West episode “The Night of the Sedgewick Curse” (1968)
September 10 - Richard LaSalle records his score for the Land of the Giants episode “The Unsuspected” (1969)
September 10 - Allan Gray died (1973)
September 10 - Laurence Rosenthal records his score for 21 Hours at Munich (1976)
September 10 - Bruce Broughton records his score for the Amazing Stories episode "Welcome to My Nightmare" (1986)
September 10 - Laurence Rosenthal wins his sixth Emmy, for Young Indiana Jones and the Hollywood Follies; Don Davis wins his second Emmy, for the SeaQuest DSV episode “Daggers;” Jerry Goldsmith wins his fifth and final Emmy, for the Star Trek: Voyager theme (1995)
September 10 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “A Time to Stand” (1997)
September 10 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Enterprise episode “Shockwave, Part 2” (2002)
September 10 - Carter Burwell wins the Emmy for part 5 of Mildred Pierce; Trevor Morris wins his second Emmy, for The Borgias’ main title theme; Garth Neustadter wins for the American Masters episode “John Muir in the New World” (2011)
September 10 - Gert Wilden died (2015)
September 10 - Sean Callery wins his fourth Emmy, for the theme to Marvel’s Jessica Jones; Mac Quayle wins his first Emmy, for the Mr. Robot episode score “eps1.0_ hellofriend.mov;” Danny Elfman wins his second Emmy, for his music direction of Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton; Victor Reyes wins his first Emmy, for The Night Manager episode 2 (2016)
September 11 - Herbert Stothart born (1885)
September 11 - Arvo Part born (1935)
September 11 - Leo Kottke born (1945)
September 11 - Hugo Friedhofer begins recording his score to Between Heaven and Hell (1956)
September 11 - Stu Philips begins recording his replacement score to The Appointment (1969)
September 11 - Gerald Fried and Quincy Jones win the Emmy for Part 1 of Roots; Leonard Rosenman and Alan & Marilyn Bergman win for Sybil (1977)
September 11 - Fred Steiner records his only Star Trek: The Next Generation episode score, for “Code of Honor” (1987)
September 11 - Laurence Rosenthal wins his fifth Emmy, for the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles episode “Vienna, 1908;” Lennie Niehaus wins for the cable movie Lush Life; John Debney wins for his SeaQuest DSV main title theme (1994)
September 11 - Bruce Broughton wins his ninth Emmy, for Warm Springs (2005); Michael Giacchino wins for the Lost pilot score; Danny Elfman wins for Desperate Housewives’s main title theme (2005)
September 11 - Antoine Duhamel died (2014)
September 12 - Wolfgang Zeller born (1893)
September 12 - Gavriil Popov born (1904)
September 12 - David Raksin begins recording his score for Laura (1944)
September 12 - Christopher Dedrick born (1947)
September 12 - Hans Zimmer born (1957)
September 12 - Bernard Herrmann records his score for The Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode “Terror at Northfield” (1963)
September 12 - Lalo Schifrin begins recording his score to Bullitt (1968)
September 12 - Nathan Larson born (1970)
September 12 - Jerry Goldsmith wins his fourth Emmy, for part 2 of Masada; Bruce Broughton wins his first Emmy, for “The Satyr” episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1981)
September 12 - Franz Grothe died (1982)
September 12 - Patrick Williams wins his second Emmy, for the TV movie The Princess and the Cabbie; David Rose wins for the Little House on the Prairie episode score “He Was Only Twelve – Part 2” (1981)
September 12 - Recording sessions begin for Pino Donaggio's Body Double score (1984)
September 12 - William Alwyn died (1985)
September 12 - Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Darmok” (1991)
September 12 - Bruce Broughton wins his eighth Emmy, for Eloise at Christmastime; Velton Ray Bunch wins for the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Similitude;” Randy Newman wins for Monk’s second season main title theme (2004)
September 12 - John Willliams wins the Main Title Theme Emmy for Great Performances; Howard Goodall wins for the cable movie Into the Storm; Joseph LoDuca wins for the Legend of the Seeker episode “The Prophecy” (2009)
September 12 - Rachel Portman wins her first Emmy, for Bessie; Jeff Beal wins for House of Cards, “Chapter 32;” Dustin O’Halloran wins for Transparent’s main title theme (2015)
September 13 - Leith Stevens born (1909)
September 13 - Maurice Jarre born (1924)
September 13 - Gene Page born (1939)
September 13 - Harvey R. Cohen born (1951)
September 13 - Don Was was born (1952)
September 13 - David Mansfield born (1956)
September 13 - Franz Waxman begins recording his score to Beloved Infidel (1959)
September 13 - Bernard Herrmann records his score for The Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode "A Home Away from Home" (1963)
September 13 - Evan Evans born (1975)
September 13 - James Guymon born (1977)
September 13 - Billy Goldenberg wins his fourth Emmy, for Rage of Angels; Bruce Broughton wins his second Emmy, for the Dallas episode “The Ewing Blues” (1983)
September 13 - Dennis McCarthy records his score for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy” (1999)
September 13 - Bruce Broughton wins his seventh Emmy, for Eloise at the Plaza; Sean Callery wins for the 24 episode “10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.”; Jeff Beal wins his first Emmy, for Monk’s main title theme (2003)
September 13 - Jeff Beal wins his third Emmy, for part 1 of The Company; Jim Dooley wins for the Pushing Daisies episode “Pigeon;” Russ Landau wins for Pirate Master’s main title theme (2008)
September 14 - Franz Waxman begins recording his score to Cimarron (1960)
September 14 - John Williams records his score for the Lost in Space episode "Island in the Sky" (1965)
September 14 - Sol Kaplan's score to the Star Trek episode "The Enemy Within" is recorded (1966)
September 14 - Gerald Fried records his score for the Mission: Impossible episode “Odds on Evil” (1966)
September 14 - Recording sessions begin for Danny Elfman’s score for Scrooged (1988)
September 14 - Alan Silvestri begins recording his score for Back to the Future Part II (1989)
September 14 - Laurence Rosenthal wins his seventh Emmy, for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles episode “Travels with Father;” John Debney and Louis Febre win for the pilot episode to The Cape; Mark Isham wins for his main title theme to EZ Streets (1997)
September 14 - George Fenton wins his first Emmy, for the Blue Planet episode “Seas of Life: Ocean World;”Adrian Johnston wins for Shackleton Part II; Thomas Newman wins for the Six Feet Under main title theme (2002)
September 14 - Marco Beltrami and Brandon Roberts win the documentary score Emmy for Free Solo (2019)

DID THEY MENTION THE MUSIC?

THE ADULTS - Alex Weston
 
"Defa’s film aligns with the notion that it’s how a story is told -- how it feels -- and not just what it is about. And there is so much to feel from his take on dysfunction, including how it presents siblings who can sing and dance in unison but are not friends. 'The Adults' is defined by such crucial touches: even the incredible, jazzy score by Alex Weston is careful with its flute and piano as if trying to tiptoe around the story’s awkwardness. Wide shots from Tim Curtin's cinematography of Rachel and Eric standing across from each other, both marooned in the same frame, couldn’t be more painful. Watching Eric join his sisters in a dance routine later on couldn't be more hopeful, however bittersweet."
 
Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com 

AGAINST THE ICE - Volker Bertelmann
 
"Flinth describes the action well enough, in DP Torben Forsberg’s stately widescreen images, scored to Volker Bertelmann’s generic but unobjectionable music. But the characters are so thinly drawn, and the expected dynamic between the idealistic rookie and the grizzled veteran is so underpowered that we’re never moved by their plight. Mikkelsen wears a locket with a picture of the girl he left behind, whom he starts to hallucinate as cabin fever sets in. But that’s about it for an interior life, and even his hallucinations are chaste and not terribly interesting. Iversen, poor thing, only has his indomitable good humor and a photograph of some unknown women standing in a garden. Beyond that, all they can do is hole up and wait out the winters that must have felt, to them, almost as interminable as the 102 minutes of 'Against the Ice.'"
 
Jessica Kiang, Variety

ERNEST AND CELESTINE: A TRIP TO GIBBERITIA - Vincent Courtois
 
"The rebellious spirit of 'A Trip to Gibberiti'a is further communicated by non-narrative devices such as its colorful musical score. Composed and orchestrated by Vincent Courtois, 'Gibberitia''s non-diegetic sonic landscape is colored by rich influences of Balkan ska and Romanian marriage dances. The upbeat sound of the film’s many chase sequences create a joyful experience, in which rebellion -- for a just cause -- is not just something to be celebrated, but something that feels intrinsically human. Just as important as when buoyant musical themes fill the frame, however, are the moments where the score is absent and directors Jean-Christophe Roger and Julien Chheng allow the animation to speak for itself. A moment of auditory tranquility occurs when Ernest and Celestine commute to Gibberitia. Ernest is upset with Celestine for instigating his return to the country he abandoned, but when she turns away to rest, the grouchy grizzly can’t help but to cover the sleeping mouse to protect her from the cold snow just outside their window. Where some filmmakers might be inclined to accompany tender scenes such as this one with emotionally charged music, we only hear the faint rustling of snowfall outside."
 
Kathy Michelle Chacon, Paste Magazine 
 
THE ETERNAL MEMORY - Miguel Miranda, José Miguel Tobar  
 
"With the onset of COVID, though, the simple elegance of cinematographer Pablo Valdés’ observational camera is replaced by Paulina’s more intimate, occasionally blurry home recordings, and Augusto’s fragility becomes more pronounced. When she reiterates how he’s loved, that he’s not alone, it feels very much like a mantra to bolster herself too, knowing what’s going away. In this atmosphere, an interstitial shot of diffuse sunlight peeking through towering trees suddenly feels thick with melancholy as well as momentary beauty. (The lilting score by Miguel Miranda and José Miguel Tobar is another expressive thread.)"
 
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times 
 
"Conflict comes only in the present tense, as Góngora’s worsening health pushes him into states of panic and despair that she can’t so easily soothe. 'How long is it going to be like this?' he wails. 'I’m alone, man.' The film can assure the audience, if not its subject, that this is hardly the case, as Urrutia’s care is constant even at its most sorely challenged: Supplemented by a slightly over-sweetened score and a soundtrack of wistful love songs, there’s unyielding tenderness to scenes where she walks him around the garden, traces the crevices of his face with a knowing, loving hand, or reads to him from his own books."
 
Guy Lodge, Variety 
 
THE EQUALIZER 3 - Marcelo Zarvos
 
"I wish I could say the action fares better, but the staging lacks imagination; the editing doesn’t snap; the score sounds rote; the film would rather go gory and gruesome to paper over its limp choreography than craft anything bordering on memorable. The film’s only saving grace is how much fun Washington appears to be having. He makes some surprising decisions that initially feel like outtakes because of how random they are. Is he still playing McCall as the grieving widower or does he want to push this character further toward a psychopathic territory?"
 
Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com
 
"Fuqua throws the audience directly into the action. The camera follows a man as he walks through an Italian vineyard strewn with bodies, knives and bullet wounds jutting out of them. McCall must be close by, a point reinforced by Marcelo Zarvos’ quietly alarming score. Though McCall manages to eliminate nearly all of his enemies once again, he does get hurt, saved by a kind policeman (Eugenio Mastrandrea) who takes him to a small-town doctor instead of a hospital. Fuqua orchestrates the action with propulsive style. Some of the visual motifs might be obvious -- blood running into red wine -- but it works. Collaborating with DP Robert Richardson, he takes advantage of the Italian setting to give the film a spacious feel. The creative team knows their ace in Washington, showing him off in dark and shadowy compositions, as if he were an avenging angel from the heavens. Zarvos’ music has two modes: threateningly ominous or loudly throbbing. It’s all very effective, like so much of the film, delivering exactly what’s expected. No more and no less."
 
Murtada Elfadl, Variety 
 
"For those not motivated purely by a desire for cinematic bloodlust accompanied by an abrasive musical score that sounds like electronic fingernails on a blackboard, there’s some fun to be had. Washington has some enjoyable moments when McCall playfully teases a green CIA agent (Dakota Fanning, reuniting with the actor nearly 20 years after 'Man on Fire') he’s alerted to the gang’s drug operation. And the way he happily struts around town wearing a rakish hat will make any American feel that they, too, can move to a picturesque Italian seaside village and be warmly embraced -- especially if they have the ability to ruthlessly kill any criminals who happen to come along."
 
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

HEART OF STONE - Steven Price
 
"What will matter more to the Netflix audience that evidently eats up this stuff is that the movie remains in constant motion as the action zips from Italy to London to Portugal to the Senegalese desert and Iceland, propelled along by Steven Price’s suspenseful score, as well as lots of big stunt work and explosions."
 
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter 
 
HERE BEFORE - Adam Janota Bzowski 
 
"As Gregg ratchets up limp scares -- many coming care of a cunning score by Adam Janota Bzowski -- 'Here Before' shifts its attention to other characters and other motivations, abandoning most of the film’s more out-there ideas in favor of something decidedly more earthbound. It’s also less compelling, and while Gregg offers a cheeky sense of what it really means to gaslight someone, no one will feel as injured by the film’s final-act choices than its audience."
 
Kate Erbland, IndieWire 
 
THE LAST SON - Phil Mossman
 
"Johnson’s screenplay is broken into chapters, but within each, the story meanders between all these characters as their fates draw them toward each other. For a tale that’s the classically heavy stuff of Greek tragedy, 'The Last Son' offers woefully little suspense or momentum. Everyone involved is taking their time, which at least allows us to appreciate some particularly scenic vistas or the dramatic contrast of a campfire in the midst of a snowy forest. (David Gallego is the cinematographer.) But the lethargic pace does little to make us care about who lives or dies, or whether the prophecy ultimately will come to fruition. Quick, loud bursts of gunfire punctuate the stillness, as do the dark chords and light plinks from Phil Mossman’s piano-heavy score, but these are more annoyances than the source of genuine thrills."
 
Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com 
 
MUNICH: THE EDGE OF WAR - Isobel Waller-Bridge
 
"As it is, the meat here lies principally in Hugh’s quiet debates of principle and political honor with Chamberlain, to whom Irons brings a melancholic, poignantly exhausted air of grace. It’s easy to appreciate the restraint and intelligence with which these exchanges are written, just as there are subtle formal rewards in the film’s gilded, autumnal lensing and magisterial score. But there’s a more impassioned, full-blooded human drama here, slipping through the filmmakers’ fingers -- a minor missed opportunity, in a story of major ones."
 
Guy Lodge, Variety

WINDFALL - Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans

"'Windfall' was directed by Charlie McDowell, who also wrote the story with Justin Lader, Andrew Kevin Walker and his three leads (all of whom are also producers on the film). Though the story takes place almost entirely in and around this one house, the cast fills the space impressively, making the film feel fuller. Also helpful in creating an unsettling tone: an alternately haunting and dissonant orchestral score by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans (best known for their work on the TV series 'Ozark')."
 
Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times 
 
"'Windfall,' the latest film from 'The One I Love' and 'The Discovery' director Charlie McDowell, starts like an Alfred Hitchcock film, complete with throwback opening credits, and a soft but haunting score, as we zoom in on a quiet California home. 'Windfall' feels like a reminder of the past, a simple yet thrilling mystery that relies more on character than big plot or action developments. But with 'Windfall,' instead of coming off like a classic Hollywood film, McDowell’s latest reminds more of the mumblecore films of the 2000s and 2010s, where a group of actors could get together and show their range through a low-budget film.
 
Ross Bonaime, Collider 
 
"Filmed with wide shots and long takes, 'Windfall' feels like a play, even though it doesn’t ditch the pleasures of cinema. Its single set -- the villa and its surrounding orange grove -- is lovingly portrayed with symmetrical compositions and gold-tinged colors. The film’s score is full of reedy woodwinds that take listeners through peaks and valleys as the power dynamics shift between the trio, whose performances are just loud enough to bring them firmly out the range of 'subtle,' but not so much that they become outright cartoonish."
 
Joshua Rivera, Polygon 
 
"From the opening graphic with its classic 1950s noir static shot, the sometimes appropriately overwrought music from Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans and impeccable production design, 'Windfall' quickly settles in as a sometimes tense, often comically absurd and always engrossing game of verbal chess, as the Intruder realizes he has been captured by a security camera and ups his game, demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Husband so he can disappear and start a new life."
 
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times 
 
"There’s an air of tense possibility during the opening title sequence of 'Windfall,' a Netflix film that’s being rather boldly marketed as 'a Hitchcockian thriller.' A single, static shot of a sunny patio outside a picturesque villa is paired with a suggestively sinister soundtrack (a dead ringer for the oft-emulated 'Vertigo' score), building an atmosphere that’s almost too still for comfort."
 
Susannah Gruder, IndieWire 

"'Windfall' has all the ingredients for an unusual crackerjack thriller: a game trio of actors putting in solid work (and, in Segel’s case, tapping into previously unseen layers of menace), some stylish direction, and a cheeky noir aesthetic from the credits to Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans’ brass-heavy score."
 
Clint Worthington, Consequence of Film 
 
"In a wordless seven-minute opening sequence, he’s introduced skulking around the modernist, expensively spartan Ojai estate (beautifully curated by production designer Andrew Clark) to which the film’s action is wholly confined: sunning himself on the patio, picking fruit from meandering orange groves, and finally rifling through drawers and wardrobes, helping himself to a pair of Cartier cufflinks before finding a gun in a hidden case. If the film’s opening credits didn’t make its noir intentions clear enough -- with their old-Hollywood typography and the Herrmann-esque zitherings of Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans’ flavorful score -- we’ve got the message by now."
 
Guy Lodge, Variety

THE NEXT TEN DAYS IN L.A.

Screenings of older films in Los Angeles-area theaters. 

September 8
BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS (Mark Isham) [New Beverly]

BEAU TRAVAIL (Charles Henri de Pierrefeu, Eran Tzur)[Vidiots]
THE CROW (Graeme Revell) [Vidiots]
THE DEER HUNTER (Stanley Myers) [Aero]
DESPICABLE ME 2 (Heitor Pereira, Pharell Williams) [Alamo Drafthouse]
DJANGO UNCHAINED [New Beverly]
DRUGSTORE COWBOY (Elliot Goldenthal) [BrainDead Studios]
FLOATING WEEDS (Takanobu Saito) [Academy Museum]
THE FRENCH CONNECTION (Don Ellis) [Vidiots]
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (Ennio Morricone) [Nuart]
GOOD WILL HUNTING (Danny Elfman) [New Beverly]
HEATHERS (David Newman) [Alamo Drafthouse]
HIGH TENSION (Francois Eudes Chanfrault) [Alamo Drafthouse]
ICHI THE KILLER (Karera Musicatio, Seiichi Yamamoto  [Alamo Drafthouse]
A TALE OF SPRINGTIME [Los Feliz 3]
TOKYO POP (Alan Brewer) [Los Feliz 3]

September 9
BAND OF OUTSIDERS (Michel Legrand) [Academy Museum]
BODY DOUBLE (Pino Donaggio) [Vidiots]
THE BROOD (Howard Shore) [Alamo Drafthouse]
CEDDO (Manu Dibango) [Los Feliz 3]
CHICKEN RUN (John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams) [New Beverly] 
COMPUTER CHESS [Alamo Drafthouse]
THE FIFTH ELEMENT (Eric Serra) [BrainDead Studios]
GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE [Los Feliz 3]
THE ITALIAN JOB (John Powell) [Los Feliz 3]
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Dario Marianelli) [Vidiots]
LATE AUTUMN (Takanobu Saito) [Academy Museum]
LEGALLY BLONDE (Rolfe Kent), 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (Richard Gibbs) [New Beverly]
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Point Hsu) [Aero]
THE MUPPET MOVIE (Paul Williams, Kenny Ascher) [Academy Museum]
PATHS OF GLORY (Gerald Fried) [Alamo Drafthouse]
PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (Danny Elfman) [Landmark Westwood]
REAR WINDOW (Franz Waxman) [Vidiots]
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Richard O'Brien, Richard Hartley) [Nuart]  
SOLARIS (Eduard Artemyev) [BrainDead Studios] 
THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE (Gregor Narholz) [New Beverly]
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 [Alamo Drafthouse]
TRUE STORIES (David Byrne) [New Beverly] 
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (Frank DeVol) [Vidiots]

September 10
BLADE RUNNER (Vangelis) [Vidiots]

THE BODYGUARD (Alan Silvestri) [Vidiots]
BRIEF ENCOUNTERS (Oleg Karavaychuk) [Los Feliz 3]
CHICKEN RUN (John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams) [New Beverly]
CITY OF GOD (Antonio Pinto, Ed Cortes) [Academy Museum]
THE FIFTH ELEMENT (Eric Serra) [BrainDead Studios]
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Nicholas Hooper) [Alamo Drafthouse]
HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS (James Horner) [Vidiots]
LE SAMOURAI (Francois de Roubaix) [Academy Museum]
LEGALLY BLONDE (Rolfe Kent), 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (Richard Gibbs) [New Beverly]
NOPE (Michael Abels) [Fine Arts]
OUT OF THE PAST (Roy Webb) [Aero]
PRIDE & PREJUDICE (Dario Marianelli) [Alamo Drafthouse]
ROAD HOUSE (Michael Kamen) [Alamo Drafthouse]
SORCERER (Tangerine Dream) [Los Feliz 3]
SPARTACUS (Alex North) [Alamo Drafthouse]
A TRIP TO THE MOON, BIG TOP PEE-WEE (Danny Elfman) [BrainDead Studios]
VERONIKA VOSS (Peer Raben) [Los Feliz 3]
WOMAN IN THE DUNES (Toru Takemitsu) [Aero] 

September 11
BADLANDS (George Aliceson Tipton) [Vidiots]
THE BRINK'S JOB (Richard Rodney Bennett) [Los Feliz 3]
DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (Laurie Johnson) [Alamo Drafthouse]
DUMMY (Paul Wallfisch), DEAD SILENCE (Charlie Clouser) [New Beverly]
HAPPY AS LAZZARO [Academy Museum]
HEATHERS (David Newman) [Alamo Drafthouse]
KING UBU [Los Feliz 3]

September 12
BOUND (Don Davis) [Los Feliz 3]
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, NAZI AGENT (Lennie Hayton) [New Beverly]

September 13
DESPERADO (Los Lobos) [Vidiots]
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (Danny Elfman) [Academy Museum]
HEATHERS (David Newman) [Alamo Drafthouse]
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, NAZI AGENT (Lennie Hayton) [New Beverly] 
MARTIN EDEN (Marco Messina, Sacha Ricci, Paolo Marzocchi) [Academy Museum]
NOT FADE AWAY [BrainDead Studios]
PRIDE & PREJUDICE (Dario Marianelli) [Alamo Drafthouse]
SOYLENT GREEN (Fred Myrow) [Laemmle Royal]

September 14
THE CASTLE OF PURITY (Joaquin Gutierrez Heras), THE PLACE WITHOUT LIMITS (Joaquin Gutierrez Heras, Jose Padilla) [Aero]
THE END OF SUMMER (Toshiro Mayuzumi), AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON (Takanobu Saito) [Academy Museum]
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, NAZI AGENT (Lennie Hayton) [New Beverly] 
O-BI, O-BA: THE END OF CIVILIZATION (Jerzy Satanowski) [Los Feliz 3]
AN UNMARRIED WOMAN (Bill Conti) [Vidiots]

September 15
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (Wendy Carlos) [Alamo Drafthouse]
BLADE RUNNER (Vangelis) [Nuart]
BLEAK STREET [Los Feliz 3]
THE CROW (Graeme Revell), THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS (Graeme Revell) [New Beverly]
DIVINE (David Mansfield)[Los Feliz 3]
DJANGO UNCHAINED [New Beverly]
FARGO (Carter Burwell) [New Beverly]
THE HUNGER (Michel Rubini, Denny Yaeger) [Vidiots]
TOTALLY F***ED UP, THE DOOM GENERATION (Don Gatto) [Academy Museum]
VIDEODROME (Howard Shore) [Vidiots]

September 16
BABE (Nigel Westlake) [Vidiots]
BABE: PIG IN THE CITY (Nigel Westlake), AFTER HOURS (Howard Shore) [Alamo Drafthouse]
BLADE (Mark Isham) [Vidiots]
THE CONVERSATION (David Shire) [BrainDead Studios]
COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE (Yoko Kanno) [New Beverly]
THE CROW (Graeme Revell), THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS (Graeme Revell) [New Beverly]
THE DARK KNIGHT (Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard) [Alamo Drafthouse]
DEEP CRIMSON (David Mansfield) [Aero]
EIGHTH GRADE (Anna Meredith) [Los Feliz 3]
ENTER THE DRAGON (Lalo Schifrin) [Vidiots]
FOUR NIGHTS OF A DREAMER [Academy Museum]
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Danny Elfman) [Vidiots]
NOWHERE [Academy Museum]
OCEAN'S ELEVEN (David Holmes) [Alamo Drafthouse]
PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (Danny Elfman) [Academy Museum]
THE POWERPUFF GIRLS (James L. Venable) [New Beverly]
REFLECTIONS OF EVIL [Los Feliz]
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Richard O'Brien, Richard Hartley) [Nuart]  
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (Alan Silvestri) [Landmark Westwood]
XALA (Samba Diabara Samb) [Los Feliz 3]

September 17
THE CROW (Graeme Revell), THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS (Graeme Revell) [New Beverly]
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (Danny Elfman) [BrainDead Studios]
THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE (John Debney) [BrainDead Studios]
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 (Alexandre Desplat) [Alamo Drafthouse]
LOLITA (Nelson Riddle) [Alamo Drafthouse]
MANDABI [Los Feliz 3]
MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO [Vidiots]
THE POWERPUFF GIRLS (James L. Venable) [New Beverly]
THE REALM OF FORTUNE (Lucia Alvarez) [Los Feliz 3]
RUBBER (Mr. Oizo), MANDIBLES (Metronomy), SMOKING CAUSES COUGHING [Alamo Drafthouse]
SERIAL MOM (Basil Poledouris) [Academy Museum]
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Elmer Bernstein) [Vidiots]


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

Heard:
Victor/Victoria (Mancini); Scorpio (Fielding); Paris Blues (Ellington); Take Her, She's Mine (Goldsmith); Emperor of the North/Caprice (DeVol); Paris 36 (Wagner); Love Songs (Beaupain); Paris (Kraked Unit, various); A Cat in Paris (Besset); From Paris with Love (Buckley); Pars vite et reviens tard (Doyle); A Monster in Paris (M); Dilili in Paris (Yared); A Little Romance (Delerue); Girlhood (Para One); Shoot the PIano Player (Delerue); The Bride Wore Black (Herrmann)

Read: The Flight of the Phoenix, by Elleston Trevor (aka Trevor Dudley-Smith)

Seen: Equinox Flower; Ernest & Celestine: A Trip To Gibberitia; Bottoms; The Equalizer 3; Conan the Barbarian [1982]; You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah; Heart of Stone; Badlands; Dealing: or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues; Suspiria [2018]

Watched: Barry ("Loud, Fast, and Keep Going"); The Americans ("Stealth"); Bob's Burgers ("Dr. Yap"); The Deuce ("That's a Wrap"); Documentary Now ("Location Is Everything"); Dollhouse ("Meet Jane Doe"); The Good Place ("Somewhere Else"); Get Shorty ("Shot on Location")

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