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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 Friday 1/31/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/30/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada features Laurence Rosenthal's score for the 1961 TV movie adaptation of Graham Greene's novel THE POWER AND THE GLORY (previously filmed for the big screen by director John Ford as The Fugitive, starring Henry Fonda), starring those hack TV actors Laurence Olivier, Julie Harris and George C. Scott. Fourteen minutes of Rosenthal's score was previously available on the composer's promo set; Intrada's release features the full 50-minute score for the first time.

The winners of this year's Grammy Awards in film-music related categories are:

- Hildur Guonadottir

"I'll Never Love Again" (Film Version) - A Star Is Born - Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey, Aaron Raitiere 

A Star Is Born

And John Williams won Best Instrumental Composition for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Symphonic Suite, apparently because 24 Grammys wasn't enough.
*'I'd originally, erroneously reported that Guonadottir won for Joker. Thanks to reader Juanki for the correction. 

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Aisle Seat 1-28: January Chiller Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/27/2020 - 10:00 PM
Kino Lorber’s terrific, varied slate of January releases offers high Technicolor adventure from the 1940s, a moody British character piece, a ‘70s revisionist western, Michael Ritchie’s follow-up to “The Bad News Bears” and, for B-movie buffs, a truckin’ adventure from the AIP vaults. These “Studio Classics” Blu-Rays come alongside the exciting news that Kino Lorber has made a new deal with Universal for a reported 200 releases coming this year and beyond, with a few 4K UHD titles hopefully a part of that equation.
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Film Score Friday 1/24/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/23/2020 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced three new soundtrack releases expected to ship next week -- a two-disc expanded version of Danny Elfman's score for Sam Raimi's 1990 cult favorite comic book thriller DARKMAN, starring Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand; an expanded edition of David Newman's score for the 1992 biopic HOFFA, starring Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito (who also directed); and music from season one of the CW sci-fi TV series PANDORA, featuring music composed by Joe Kraemer (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) and Penka Kouneva (Midnight Movie)

The Varese Sarabande CD Club has announced two new limited Deluxe Editions: a two-disc, greatly expanded edition of Danny Elfman's score for the 1995 Stephen King adaptation DOLORES CLAIBORNE, starring Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer and David Strathairn; and a two-disc edition of W.G. Snuffy Walden's score for another King adaptation, the epic miniseries version of THE STAND, featuring the same cues as the label's recent Stephen King Collection boxed set.


Dolores Claiborne: The Deluxe Edition - Danny Elfman - Varese Sarabande CD Club
I Lost My Body - Dan Levy - Lakeshore
The Stand: The Deluxe Edition - W.G. Snuffy Walden - Varese Sarabande CD Club

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Film Score Friday 1/17/20
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/16/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a greatly expanded, two-disc release of one of James Newton Howard's finest scores, his stirring orchestral score for the 1993 film ALIVE, starring Ethan Hawke and Josh Hamilton, adapted by John Patrick Shanley and directed by veteran producer Frank Marshall, about the famous 1972 plane crash in the Andes. The Intrada release features the 73-minute score on Disc One, with the second disc featuring 38 minutes of alternate cues plus the 30-minute cue selection from the original Hollywood Records CD.

Varese Sarabande is expected to announce two new limited edition CD Club releases today.

As reported earlier this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards, including the following music categories:


JOKER - Hildur Guonadottir
LITTLE WOMEN - Alexandre Desplat
1917 - Thomas Newman


"I CAN'T LET YOU THROW YOURSELF AWAY" - Toy Story 4 - Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"(I'M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN" - Rocketman - Music by Elton John, Lyric by Bernie Taupin
"I'M STANDING WITH YOU" - Breakthrough - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"INTO THE UNKNOWN" - Frozen II - Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"STAND UP" - Harriet - Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo 

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Aisle Seat 1-14: The 2020 Kickoff Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/13/2020 - 10:00 PM
There aren’t a lot of opportunities to talk about movies that push storytelling boundaries and employ technology in new and exciting ways, but Sam Mendes’ spectacular 1917 (****) is happily one of those instances. A unique war movie that works as – and was intended to be – an immersive cinematic experience, this is a truly breathtaking piece of filmmaking – a dazzling trip into the battlefields of WWI that’s unquestionably the best film of this year (or the last few, for that matter).
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