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Film Score Friday 2/21/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/20/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from La-La Land features Tom Holkenborg's score for the  number-one film at the U.S. weekend box-office, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG.


Adultere (Mode d'Emploi) 
- Bruno Coulais - Music Box 
Antony I. Ginnane Presents Classic Australian Film Scores from the '70s and '80s
 - various - Dragon's Domain 
Assicurasi Vergine
 - Bruno Nicolai - Saimel 
At Eternity's Gate - Tatiana Lisovskaya - Filmtrax  
Breath [UK release] - Harry Gregson-Williams - Filmtrax 
Dinosaur Land
 - Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain 
 - Alan Howarth - Dragon's Domain   
I Guerrieri Dell'anno 2072/La Casa Sperduta Nel Parco
 - Riz Ortolani - Beat  
The Musical Anthology of His Dark Materials 
- Lorne Balfe - Silva  
The Personal History of David Copperfield - Christopher Willis - MVKA 
Sonic the Hedgehog
- Tom Holkenborg - La-La Land
The Story of O
- Pierre Bachelet - Music Box 

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Aisle Seat 2-18: 4K February Thrills, New Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/17/2020 - 10:00 PM
Roland Emmerich’s passion project MIDWAY (138 mins., 2019, PG-13; Lionsgate) fared moderately well at the U.S. box-office despite getting mixed reviews, yet (once again) the Rotten Tomatoes critical crew missed the boat. While lavishing praise on the likes of “Birds of Prey” and “The Last Jedi,” they mostly brushed aside this sturdy war film with a commendable attention to the historical record – bringing to the screen more actual history than was contained in Universal’s at-times melodramatic 1976 Sensurround extravaganza chronicling the same battle.
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Film Score Friday 2/14/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/13/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada features the first-ever release of the score to writer-director Terry Gilliam's 1981 fantasy classic TIME BANDITS, which starred an impressive cast including Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm, David Warner and Shelley Duvall. The score, mixing symphonic and electronic cues, was composed by relative newcomer Mike Moran, who was also a veteran session musician and experienced TV composer. The Intrada CD features Moran's score as well as the original end title song "Dream Away," written and performed by George Harrison, and liner notes detailing the film's production history, written by myself. (The disc does not include the library cues used in the film nor a brief source piece composed by Trevor Jones).

Hildur Gudnadottir continued her remarkable awards streak (especially impressive since it involves two different scores) by following her Emmy, Grammy (both for Chernobyl), Golden Globe and BAFTA with the Oscar for Original Score for JOKER.  Original Song was won by longtime collaborators Bernie Taupin and Elton John for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from their hit musical biopic ROCKETMAN.


Awaken - Brian Ralson - Perseverance
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn - Daniel Pemberton - WaterTower [CD-R] 
 - Rob - Music Box  
Time Bandits
- Mike Moran - Intrada Special Collection

Waking the Dragon
- Paul Hertzog - Perseverance

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Aisle Seat 2-11: Kino Lorber, Doctor Sleep, Shout February Wrap
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/10/2020 - 10:00 PM
The novels of Jules Verne had been adapted into a myriad of memorable cinematic adventures during the 1950s and ‘60s, from the Ray Harryhausen-laced thrills of “Mysterious Island” to the Oscar-winning “Around the World in 80 Days” and Disney’s classic “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” At the end of the cycle, the latter’s star, Kirk Douglas, looked to Verne’s final novelTHE LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (128 mins., 1971, PG; Kino Lorber), for inspiration, but nothing could prepare viewers – especially the family audience the film was seemingly marketed towards – for the brutal violence this underappreciated – yet purely adult – adventure contains.
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Film Score Friday 2/7/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/6/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada presents the score for DRAGONHEART VENGEANCE, the fourth direct-to-video followup to the Oscar-nominated 1996 fantasy adventure. As with the other sequels and prequels, Vengeance is scored by veteran composer-orchestrator Mark McKenzie.

Hildur Gudnadottir continued her remarkable winning streak by receiving BAFTA's Original Score award for JOKER. It is an unusual year when the front runner for the Original Score Oscar is a female cellist from Iceland.


Color Out of Space 
- Colin Stetson - Milan 
Dragonheart Vengeance
- Mark McKenzie - Intrada Special Collection


Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn - Daniel Pemberton - Score CD-R due Feb. 14 on WaterTower
Come to Daddy - Karl Steven
Hospitality - Ali Helnwein
Jose - Chen Yao
The Lodge - Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
Waiting for Anya - James Seymour Brett 

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February Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 2/6/2020 - 3:00 AM
The February edition of FSM ONLINE is now live! This month’s cover story is an interview with JOHN POWELL about his score to THE CALL OF THE WILD, starring Harrison Ford. Also in this issue, the first part of Erik Heine's COMPOSERS WHO ROCK, featuring TANGERINE DREAM, CLIFF MARTINEZ and ISAAC HAYES; SAUNDER JURRIAANS and DANNY BENSI deliver chills with THE LODGE and HBO’s THE OUTSIDERS; two landmark concerts in Vienna with JOHN WILLIAMS; on location, rounding up the concerts and panels at the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVALS, featuring MAX RICHTER; enjoying the songs of ELMER BERNSTEIN at the Autry; Cary Wong’s final thoughts on 2019; a new JOHN POWELL Ear of the Month contest; COMPOSER’S CORNER reviews the acclaimed BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA library from Spitfire Audio; lots of album reviews, including THE SONG OF NAMES, DOLITTLE and CATS; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy!

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Film Score Monthly Online
Powell Answers the Call
Film Composers Who Rock, Part 1
The Outsider's Lodge
Sundance 2020, Part 1: The Ecstasy and the Agony
John Williams in Vienna
Wong's Turn: A Few More Thoughts on 2019
Concert Review: Elmer at the Autry
Ear of the Month Contest: John Powell, Vol. 2
Today in Film Score History:
February 22
A.R. Rahman wins the Original Score and Song Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire and its song "Jai Ho" (2009)
Alexandre Desplat wins his first Oscar, for The Grand Budapest Hotel score (2015)
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino born (1909)
Gary Chang born (1953)
James Horner begins recording his replacement score for Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Jerry Goldsmith records his score to Hawkins on Murder (1973)
Maurizio De Angelis born (1947)
William Loose died (1991)
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