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Feb. Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 2/6/2023 - 4:00 AM

The February edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. Following up on last month’s cover story with HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR, this month’s cover story is an interview with HERDIS STEFANDSDOTTIR, who breaks out with M. Night Shyamalan’s KNOCK AT THE CABIN. Our co-cover story is THE 2023 FSMIES, so don’t forge

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Film Score Friday 2/3/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/2/2023 - 10:00 PM
Dragon's Domain has announced two new releases -- CRAIG SAFAN: HORROR MACABRE VOL. 2, featuring the composer's scores for the anthology movie Nightmares and the true crime TV movie Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story; CHUCK CIRINO: EROTIC THRILLERS, a two-disc set featuring Cirino's scores for the direct-to-video movies Sins of Desire and Haunting Fear. Buysoundtrax will be releasing W. Michael Lewis and Mark Lindsay's score for SHOGUN ASSASSIN, the 1980 English-dubbed feature that combined footage from two of the Japanese Lone Wolf & Cub samurai adventure films.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Offering
 - Christopher Young - Notefornote 


IN THEATERS TODAY

The Amazing Maurice - Tom Howe
Baby Ruby - Erik Friedlander
80 for Brady - John Debney
Freedom's Path - Ryan Taubert
Knock at the Cabin - Herdis Stefansdottir
Let It Be Morning - Habib Shadah
The Locksmith - Marlana Sheetz
A Lot of Nothing - David Sardy
Ocean Boy - Brian Cachia
Remember This - Roc Lee
Who Invited Charlie? - Daniel Rojas 

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Aisle Seat 1-31: Kino Lorber January Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/30/2023 - 10:00 PM
Growing up in the ‘80s, The Cannon Group was a frequent part of Friday night video rentals, birthday parties and sleepovers in my life. Those wild and wacky Israeli filmmakers, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, gave us countless movies to hoot and hiss at, and the legacy of their Cannon label remains (almost) untouched in the annals of B-grade cinema over the last few decades. This month brings us new Kino Lorber releases of films from two of Cannon’s biggest ‘80s collaborators – stars Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson, who if not quite dominating the box-office with these films at the time, became reliable home video performers afterwards.
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Film Score Friday 1/27/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/26/2023 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first commercial release of John Beal's orchestral horror score for director Tobe Hooper's 1981 thriller THE FUNHOUSE.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 95th Oscars, including the following music categories:

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT - Volker Bertelmann
BABYLON - Justin Hurwitz
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN - Carter Burwell
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE - Son Lux
THE FABELMANS - John Williams

This is the first nomination for Son Lux, the second for Volker Bertelmann, the third for Carter Burwell, the fourth for Justin Hurwitz, and the fifty-third (!!!) for John Williams. 

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“Applause” - TELL IT LIKE A WOMAN -  Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“Hold My Hand” - TOP GUN: MAVERICK - Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga and BloodPop
“Lift Me Up” - BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER - Music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Goransson; Lyric by Tems and Ryan Coogler
“Naatu Naatu” - RRR -  Music by M.M. Keeravaani; Lyric by Chandrabose  
“This Is A Life” - EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE - Music by Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski; Lyric by Ryan Lott and David Byrne  

At some point I hope to have time to my write my usual column discussing all of the nominations at length, but until then here are a few thoughts, at the bottom of this page*
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Aisle Seat 1-24: Vinegar Syndrome, MVD Rewind New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/23/2023 - 10:00 PM
Few movies scream “’90s” as much as FREEWAY (104 mins., 1996), a very odd staple on the home video circuit in the late VHS/pre-DVD era – and a movie now brought to 4K UHD by Vinegar Syndrome in a features-packed 4K restoration. It’s a movie that also showcases two big stars at a relatively low ebb in their respective careers: Kiefer Sutherland, prior to relaunching his career with the hit series “24,” and Reese Witherspoon, here moving into “young adult” roles but yet to achieve the kind of superstardom she would soon hit with “Cruel Intentions.”
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Film Score Friday 1/20/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/19/2023 - 10:00 PM
Music Box has just announced the sixth release in their limited edition series of rare and unreleased scores, LES B.O. INTROUVABLES, this time featuring Asphalte (1981) by Laurent Petitgirard; Balles Perdues (1983) by Michel Portal; Papa est parti, maman aussi (1989) and Mademoiselle Fifi ou Histoire de rire (1990), by Jean-Marie Senia; Les fauves (1984) by Philippe Servain; and Bleu comme l'enfer by Pierre Porte.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Halloween Ends
 - John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, Daniel E. Davies
Les B.O. Introuvables Vol. 6
- Laurent Petitgirard, Michel Portal, Jean-Marie Senia, Philippe Servain, Pierre Porte - Music Box
Pattie e la colere de Poseidon
- Olivier Cussac - Music Box

Thief of Hearts
 - Harold Faltermeyer - Quartet  


IN THEATERS TODAY

Chess Story - Ingo Frenzel
In from the Side - Matt Carter
Missing - Julian Scherle
When You Finish Saving the World - Emile Mosseri
You People - Bekon 

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Aisle Seat 1-17: Jackie Chan Collection, New in 4K
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/16/2023 - 10:00 PM
Growing up in the ‘80s – in the days before the internet – pure word-of-mouth would make you aware of, say, a cult action movie that some fellow 5th grader found “cool” on HBO or whose Dad would rent on VHS. That’s how a lot of us initially heard about martial arts superstar Jackie Chan, who in the early to mid ‘80s, tried to push into the American market after achieving success in Hong Kong with numerous films from the “wuxia” genre – movies included in Shout’s terrific new Blu-Ray retrospective THE JACKIE CHAN COLLECTION Vol. 1 (1976-82; Shout! Factory).
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Oscar Predictions and Other End Of 2022 Lists
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/13/2023 - 10:00 PM
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.

BEST PICTURE
 
BABYLON
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN
DECISION TO LEAVE
ELVIS
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
THE FABELMANS
GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY
TAR
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
THE WOMAN KING
 
ARMAGEDDON TIME
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN
BONES AND ALL
DECISION TO LEAVE
EMILY THE CRIMINAL
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY
THE MENU
NITRAM
TAR 
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Film Score Friday 1/13/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/12/2023 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded edition of the score to SILVER BULLET, the 1985 film version of Stephen King's Cycle of the Werewolf, composed by Emmy winner Jay Chattaway.


The latest release from Quartet is a two-disc set featuring the music for Harold Faltermeyer's first collaboration with the producing team of Simpson-Bruckheimer (Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun), the 1984 romantic thriller THIEF OF HEARTS, featuring both the full Faltermeyer score as well as the songs & cues featured on the original soundtrack release.


Justin Hurwitz won this year's Golden Globe for Best Original Score - Motion Picture for BABYLON, and Kala Bhairava, M.M. Keeravani and Rahul Sipligunj won Best Original Song - Motion Picture for "Naatu Naatu" from RRR

More score award winners from other organizations are listed "below the fold":

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Aisle Seat 1-10: New Year Chill Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/9/2023 - 10:00 PM
It’s just been one of those weeks – I went to upload this week’s Aisle Seat on Thursday morning when the entire column froze during a laptop crash. When I went back to open up the document, the column was replaced with a number of pound signs! Thus this week’s Aisle Seat had to be rewritten from scratch and I apologize in advance for any grammatical errors – yet I can’t delay this column any longer because I’ve received a number of exciting new releases since the holiday column went live.
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Akira Ifukube died (2006)
Alan Elliott born (1964)
David Bell records his score for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Dark Frontier, Part II” (1999)
Joe Raposo born (1937)
John Williams born (1932)
Johnny Mandel records his score for Drums of Africa (1963)
Lalo Schifrin begins recording his score for Earth II (1971)
Planet of the Apes opens in New York (1968)
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