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Oscar Predictions and Other End-of-2021 Lists
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/15/2022 - 10:00 AM
I had intended to finish this list by the end of 2021 -- in fact, I had intended to be caught up with all the new films by the end of 2021 – but I ultimately had to stay home for nearly a week after Christmas for reasons which you can probably guess, and I only caught up with the last of the new films a few days ago.
 
Predictions are in boldface, followed by those which I personally would nominate in italics. As with previous years' lists, for several categories I have NOT provided my own nominations, since frankly I know jack about costumes, sound and so forth, though more and more I try to pay attention to sound in particular. Films that I have listed as my own personal nominations yet which will definitely not be nominated -- either because they are ultimately ineligible in those categories or simply not shortlisted -- are marked with an asterisk.

PICTURE
 
BEING THE RICARDOS
BELFAST
CODA
CYRANO
THE FRENCH DISPATCH OF THE LIBERTY, KANSAS EVENING SUN
KING RICHARD
LICORICE PIZZA
THE POWER OF THE DOG
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
WEST SIDE STORY
 
FLEE
THE FRENCH DISPATCH OF THE LIBERTY, KANSAS EVENING SUN
THE GREEN KNIGHT
LICORICE PIZZA
NO SUDDEN MOVE
PARALLEL MOTHERS
PASSING
THE POWER OF THE DOG
RIDERS OF JUSTICE
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
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Film Score Friday 1/14/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/13/2022 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new CDs this week -- a remastered edition of one of James Horner's early hit scores, his lively, funky music for Walter Hill's 1982 action comedy 48 HRS., pairing Nick Nolte with Eddie Murphy in his star-making screen debut, adding a few alternate cues; and the first full score release of Horner's music for the 1990 sequel, ANOTHER 48 HRS. (the original soundtrack release was a song-driven album with around 20 min. of score).


In additional James Horner news, La-La Land has released a new edition of Horner's Oscar-nominated score for 1989's FIELD OF DREAMS, a two-disc set featuring an expanded version of the original score on Disc One and a remastered version of the original CD sequencing on Disc Two.


Varese Sarabande has announced two new Scream-themed releases -- Brian Tyler's score for the brand-new (and confusingly titled) Scream sequel SCREAM (the fifth in the series for those who are still counting, and the first since the passing of original Scream director Wes Craven), and a six-disc boxed set of Marco Beltrami's music for Craven's original four SCREAM movies -- Scream is on Disc One, Scream 2 on Disc Two, Scream 3 on Discs Three and Four, Scream 4 on Disc Five, with bonus cues from all four scores on Disc Six. 


Quartet has announced two new releases - Ed Welch's score for the 1979 remake of the Hitchcock classic (and John Buchan novel) THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS, and a 50th anniversary edition of the 1972 film version of TREASURE ISLAND, starring Orson Wells as Long John Silver, with a score by regular Pino Donaggio collaborator Natale Massara.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Another 48 Hrs.
- James Horner - Intrada Special Collection
The Craig Safan Collection: Vol. 1
 - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain
Field of Dreams - James Horner - La-La Land
48 Hrs.
- James Horner - Intrada Special Collection
Gli occhi freddi della paura
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat  
Masters of Horror
 - Richard Band - Dragon's Domain
No Retreat, No Surrender 2: Raging Thunder - David Spear - Dragon's Domain
Scream
- Brian Tyler - Varese Sarabande
Scream: Original Motion Picture Soundtracks
- Marco Beltrami - Varese Sarabande
Spider-Man: No Way Home - Michael Giacchino - Sony (import) 

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Aisle Seat Video Vault: Fresh Horses (1988)
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/10/2022 - 10:00 PM
Reuniting the “Pretty In Pink” tandem of Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy might’ve sounded like a good idea on paper, but FRESH HORSES (103 mins., 1988, PG-13) was quickly dismissed as a misfire and died a fast death at the autumn ’88 box-office. That being said, this is an atmospheric and extremely well-crafted drama that reunites several key personnel behind “Hoosiers,” including director David Anspaugh and cinematographer Fred Murphy, who make this a curiously memorable view.
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January FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 1/7/2022 - 8:00 AM

The January edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is an interview with DAVID NEWMAN, who details his contributions to Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s WEST SIDE STORY, as reimagined by Steven Spielberg. The co-cover story is our annual YEAR IN REVIEW coverage, with a multitude o

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Film Score Friday 1/7/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/6/2022 - 10:00 PM
Intrada expects to announce two CD releases next week.


The latest release from La-La Land is a 2-disc set of music from the fourth season of the Karate Kid spinoff series COBRA KAI, scored by Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson.


The latest release from Kritzerland features the score for the 1969 historical drama ALFRED THE GREAT, starring David Hemmings, Michael York, Prunella Ransome and Ian McKellen, with music by Raymond Leppard (Lord of the Flies, The Hotel New Hampshire).


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Byleth il demone dell'incesto - Vasco Vassil Kojucharov - Beat
Cobra Kai: Season Four - Leo Birenberg, Zach Robinson - La-La Land
Spider-Man: No Way Home - Michael Giacchino - Sony (import)
The Wheel of Time: The First Turn - Lorne Balfe - Milan 

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Film Score Friday 12/31/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/30/2021 - 10:00 PM
Just taking a moment to wish everyone a safe and happy new year.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Matrix Resurrections
 - Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer - WaterTower [CD-R]


IN THEATERS TODAY

A Journal for Jordan - Marcelo Zarvos
The Tragedy of Macbeth - Carter Burwell 

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CD Checklist 2021
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/29/2021 - 10:00 PM
ADAMO, RICCARDO
 
FLESH CONTAGIUM [Digitmovies]

ALCEH, DANIEL
 
THE TATTOOED TORAH [Notefornote]
ALESSANDRINI, RAYMOND

DEUX HEURES MOINS LE QUART AVANT JESUS CHRIST [Music Box] 

ALESSANDRONI, ALESSANDRO
 
FORMULA 1 NELL’INFERNO DEL GRAND PRIX [Beat]
IL GIRO DEL MONDO DEGLI INNAMORATI DE PEYNET [Beat]

ANTHEIL, GEORGE
 
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY [Kritzerland]
ARMSTRONG, CRAIG

LOVE ACTUALLY [La-La Land] 
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Film Score Friday 12/24/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/23/2021 - 10:00 PM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced shortlists for ten categories, including both music categories: 

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

BEING THE RICARDOS - Daniel Pemberton
CANDYMAN - Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
DON'T LOOK UP - Nicholas Britell
DUNE - Hans Zimmer 
ENCANTO - Germaine Franco
THE FRENCH DISPATCH OF THE LIBERTY, KANSAS EVENING SUN - Alexandre Desplat
THE GREEN KNIGHT - Daniel Hart
THE HARDER THEY FALL - Jeymes Samuel
KING RICHARD - Kris Bowers
THE LAST DUEL - Harry Gregson-Williams
NO TIME TO DIE - Hans Zimmer
PARALLEL MOTHERS - Alberto Iglesias
THE POWER OF THE DOG - Jonny Greenwood
SPENCER - Jonny Greenwood
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH - Carter Burwell

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

"The Anonymous Ones" - Dear Evan Hansen
"Automatic Woman" - Bruised
"Be Alive" - King Richard
"Beyond the Shore" - CODA
"Dos Oruguitas" - Encanto
"Down to Joy" - Belfast
"Dream Girl" - Cinderella
"Guns Go Bang" - The Harder They Fall
"Here I Am (Singing My Way Home") - Respect
"Just Look Up" - Don't Look Up
"No Time to Die"
- No Time to Die
"Right Where I Belong" - Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road
"So May We Start? - Annette
"Somehow You Do" - Four Good Days
"Your Song Saved My Life" - Sing 2

The other shortlists are at the bottom of this column, for those who care about such things.


Dragon's Domain has announced three upcoming new releases -- THE CRAIG SAFAN COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring his scores for the 1987 sci-fi thriller TIMESTALKERS, and the Robby Benson vehicle DIE LAUGHING; David Spear's score for NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER 2: RAGING THUNDER; and a two-disc set featuring re-recordings of scores composed by Richard Band for the anthology series MASTERS OF HORROR, for episdoes directed by Stuart Gordon, Mick Garris and Peter Medak.

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Aisle Seat Christmas & New Years Edition: A Catalog Christmas
Posted By Andy Dursin 12/20/2021 - 10:00 PM
One of my earliest movie-going memories was sailing up and down the coast of Maine with my parents during the summers of 1980 and '81. A few of the towns we'd anchor in had movie theaters and occasionally we'd end up rowing into shore and walking into an old-time neighborhood movie theater, like the one that happened to be playing THE FOUR SEASONS (108 mins., 1981, PG), the feature directorial debut of M*A*S*H's Alan Alda and by far his biggest box-office hit.
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Film Score Friday 12/17/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/16/2021 - 10:00 PM
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation has announced this year's Golden Globe nominations, including their picks for Best Original Score, Motion Picture:

Dune - Hans Zimmer
Encanto - Germaine Franco
The French Dispatch - Alexandre Desplat
Parallel Mothers - Alberto Iglesias
The Power of the Dog - Jonny Greenwood


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Altrimenti ci arrabbiamo
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Digitmovies
Encanto
 - Germaine Franco, Lin-Manuel Miranda - Disney  
Il Dio Sotto La Pelle
 - Piero Piccioni - Quartet
Lo Chiamavano Trinita
 - Franco Micalizzi - Beat 
Love Gets a Room
 - Victor Reyes - Quartet  
Zombie Flesh Eaters
 - Franco Micalizzi - Beat 

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