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Aisle Seat 1-23: Mid-January Catalog Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/21/2024 - 10:00 PM
A bona-fide ‘70s relic has been resurrected by Factory 25 for its premiere Blu-Ray release this month: the 1978 “youth picture” SKATEBOARD (98 mins., PG), an independently produced film from director George Gage that Universal picked up in the wake of “The Bad News Bears.”
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Oscar Predictions and Other End Of 2023 Lists
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/19/2024 - 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.

The actual nominations will be announced this Tuesday morning around 5:30 am (Pacific Time).


BEST PICTURE
 
AIR
AMERICAN FICTION
BARBIE
THE HOLDOVERS
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON
MAESTRO
OPPENHEIMER
PAST LIVES
POOR THINGS
THE ZONE OF INTEREST
 
AFIRE
AMERICAN FICTION
THE HOLDOVERS
MAESTRO
MAY DECEMBER 
OPPENHEIMER
POOR THINGS
SOCIETY OF THE SNOW
TORI & LOKITA
THE ZONE OF INTEREST 
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Film Score Friday 1/19/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/18/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is an expanded and remastered edition of James Horner's score for the 1983 film version of Ray Bradbury's fantasy-horror classic SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, directed by Jack Clayton and starring Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce and Pam Grier. Intrada released the earlier edition of Horner's score as well as Georges Delerue's unused score for the film.

Music Box has announced two new releases: the seventh volume in their series LES B.O. INTROUVABLES, featuring rare scores from French cinema, this one featuring scores by Jean Bouchety (Les furrieries de Scapin), Dominique Perrier & Sam Bernett (Le fou de roi), Karl-Heinz Schafter (Exterieur, Nuit; Polar), and Jean Musy (Les fausses confidences; Le coeur a l'envers; Le bahut va craquer); and ALEXEI AIGUI - FILM MUSIC COLLECTION, featuring cues from eight scores by the composer of the Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro.


BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has announced their nominations for this year's film awards, including for Original Score:

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON - Robbie Robertson
OPPENHEIMER - Ludwig Göransson
POOR THINGS - Jerskin Fendrix
SALTBURN - Anthony Willis
SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE - Daniel Pemberton 
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Aisle Seat 1-16: Explaining THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/15/2024 - 10:00 PM
I have vague memories of watching the “Star Wars Holiday Special” back in 1978 – I was 4 but could always recall the scene when Lumpy, the little Wookie member of the Chewbacca clan, saw his stuffed animal torn apart by vile Empire scum. That moment stuck in my head for years, along with dusty memories of things looking less like the lived-in world of George Lucas’ movie and more like a CBS variety show. While the show was never broadcast again – living in infamy as an unforgettable moment in TV history – the new documentary A DISTURBANCE IN THE FORCE (91 mins., 2023; Giant) offers a highly entertaining look back at a moment in pop culture that would never be repeated, boasting both insight for fans as well as a wider appeal to casual viewers.
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Film Score Friday 1/12/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/11/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest CDs from Quartet are a re-release of the two-disc edition of John Debney's popular symphonic score for the 1995 swashbuckler CUTTHROAT ISLAND, and HIC ET NUNC, a two-disc collection of non-film music by European film composer Pascal Gaigne.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Atlas
 - Ronald Stein - Kronos
Los Mercados
 - Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter - Kronos
Missions
 - Etienne Forget - Music Box
Uomini e mari
 - Francesco De Masi - Kronos 


IN THEATERS TODAY

The Beekeeper - David Sardy, Jared Michael Fry
The Book of Clarence - Jemyes Samuel
Driving Madeleine - Philippe Rombi - Score CD Une Belle Course on Music Box
Lift - Dominic Lewis, Guillaume Roussel
Mean Girls - Jeff Richmond 
The Settlers - Harry Allouche 

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January FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 1/8/2024 - 2:00 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 JOBY TALBOT, who details his work on the musical prequel WONKA, starring Timothee Chalamet. The co-cover story is our annual YEAR IN REVIEW coverage, with editorials by Erik Heine, Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan, Vikram Lakhanpa

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Film Score Friday 1/5/24
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/4/2024 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Dragon's Domain is THE JOHN OTTMAN COLLECTION VOL. 1, a two-disc set featuring three scores by the popular composer and Oscar-winning film editor -- an expanded and remastered release of his score for the romantic caper INCOGNITO, and the first ever releases of his scores for the 2004 short LONELY PLACE and the 2006 feature BROTHER'S KEEPER.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom - Rupert Gregson-Williams - WaterTower [CD-R]
Blastfighter
 - Fabio Frizzi - Beat 
Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Colonne Sonore Delle Serie TV Dal 1985 Al 1998
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat  
The John Ottman Collection Vol. 1 - John Ottman - Dragon's Domain
Piedone d'egitto
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat  
Squadra Antimafia
 - Goblin - Beat 


IN THEATERS TODAY

Night Swim - Mark Korven
Occupied City - Oliver Coates
Some Other Woman - Aaron Drake 

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Aisle Seat 1-2: New Years Edition!
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/1/2024 - 10:00 PM
It’s been a great year for movie buffs with one big 4K UHD title coming after another as we close out 2023. This final Aisle Seat of the year is capped with one of the finest packages of them all: Arrow’s highly-anticipated, outstanding edition of Walter Hill’s THE WARRIORS (94 mins., 1979, R), a 4K UHD restoration that offers not just his controversial 2005 Director’s Cut – now notably called an “Alternate Cut” – but also its vastly superior 1979 theatrical version, each with Dolby Vision HDR and immersive Dolby Atmos audio.
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CD Checklist 2023
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/30/2023 - 10:00 PM
AALTIO, PANU
 
RAIDERS OF THE LOST RING [MovieScore Media – CD-R]
TALES OF A FOREST, A LAKE AND THE SLEEPING GIANTS [Quartet]

AKINOLA, SEGUN
 
DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 13 – THE SPECIALS [Silva]
ARMSTRONG, CRAIG

THE GREAT ESCAPER [Sony]

ARNOLD, DAVID

GOOD OMENS 2  [Silva]
HOT FUZZ [La-La Land] 
AUFORT, CYRILLE
ET LA MONTAGNE FLEURRIRA... [MovieScore Media - CD-R]
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Film Score Friday 12/29/23
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 12/28/2023 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has already announced their first batch of releases for 2024, which can be ordered now and are expected to begin shipping the week of January 16 - expanded and remastered two-disc editions of two scores from Roger Moore James Bond films - George Martin's LIVE AND LET DIE, including the Oscar-nominated title song by Paul & Linda McCartney, and John Barry's OCTOPUSSY; and Marco Beltrami's score for John Woo's just released action-thriller SILENT NIGHT.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Bionic Woman: Vol. 5
 - Joe Harnell - Buysoundtrax [CD-R]
The Daniel Licht Collection Vol. 2
 - Daniel Licht - Dragon's Domain [CD-R] 
Gli Italiani e l'industria
 - Piero Umiliani - Kronos  
The Joe Harnell Collection Vol. 3 
- Joe Harnell - Five Jays [CD-R] 
Plane
 - Marco Beltrami, Marcus Trumpp - Rambling (import) 
Runaway: The Early Works of David Shire
 - David Shire - Caldera 


IN THEATERS TODAY

The Boys in the Boat - Alexandre Desplat
The Color Purple - Kris Bowers - Song CD ("Music from and Inspired by") due Mar. 8 on WaterTower
The Crime Is Mine - Philippe Rombi - Score CD Mon Crime on Milan
Ferrari - Daniel Pemberton
Good Grief - Rob Simonsen
The Teacher's Lounge - Marvin Miller 

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