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Aisle Seat 3-8: Video Vault Special, March New Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/7/2022 - 10:00 PM
Never did I think a movie could make Christian Bale’s Batman look like Adam West’s, but director Matt Reeves’ strenuously boring THE BATMAN (PG-13) manages to be the singular most humorless super-hero movie in cinema history. It’s also one of the dullest — a three-hour grind wrapped up in mystery that’s never involving, a group of characters that are never appealing, and an emotional flat-line that stays parked in neutral for its entire duration.
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March FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 3/7/2022 - 4:00 AM

The March edition of FSM ONLINE is now live for your reading and listening pleasure. This month’s cover story is an interview with RAMIN DJAWADI, who discusses his exciting, thematic score for the Tom Holland/Mark Wahlberg video game adaptation UNCHARTED, plus his Game of Thrones concert tour and more. Also this issue are the 2022 FSMies results, includ

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Film Score Friday 3/4/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/3/2022 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their March schedule of releases.

Next week they will release a two-disc edition of Maurice Jarre's straight-faced parody score for the 1984 cult favorite TOP SECRET!, featuring the score as heard in the film, the LP re-recording (originally released by Varese), the songs from the film as well as bonus cues. That day they will also release a new edition of Mark Isham's score for the alien abduction thriller FIRE IN THE SKY.

On March 29 they will release the soundtrack for the brand new Romancing the Stone-esque comedy adventure THE LOST CITY, starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum and a cameo by a huge movie star whose appearance has already been revealed by the trailer, with a score by Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel). They will also re-release their out-of-print, two-disc expanded edition of James Horner's BRAVEHEART.

The latest release from Quartet features George Fenton's score for THE DUKE, the true-crime comedy-caper released (briefly) last year, starring Oscar winners Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren, which was the final fiction feature from director Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Changing Lanes, Venus).

Dragon's Domain has announced three new upcoming CD releases - THE ERNEST GOLD COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring cues from a variety of films scored by the Oscar-winning (Exodus) composer, including his final feature score, Safari 2000; Lee Holdridge's score for the 1999 TV miniseries ATOMIC TRAIN; and David Spear's score for the 1984 sequel EXTERMINATOR 2

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Oscar Nominations 2021
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/2/2022 - 10:00 PM

BELFAST - Laura Berwick, Kenneth Branagh, Becca Kovacik, Tamar Thomas
CODA - Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi, Patrick Wachsberger
DON'T LOOK UP - Adam McKay, Kevin Messick
DRIVE MY CAR - Teruhisa Yamamoto
DUNE - Mary Parent, Denis Villeneuve, Cale Boyter
KING RICHARD - Tim White, Trevor White, Will Smith
LICORICE PIZZA - Sean Muraphy, Adam Sommer, Paul Thomas Anderson
NIGHTMARE ALLEY - Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale, Bradley Cooper
THE POWER OF THE DOG - Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier
WEST SIDE STORY - Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macoscko Krieger 

Because of the L.A. theaters closing down due to the pandemic in 2020 (and my unwillingness to watch brand new movies on the small screen), I had only seen two nominated films by the time last year's nominations rolled around - Emma and Onward - but this year, having been to theaters pretty much non-stop since May 1, 2021, I managed to see most of the nominated films and I should be able to catch up with the others in the next week or two.
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FSM Online Preview: J.S. Beltrami
Posted By Jon Kaplan 3/2/2022 - 7:00 AM

The following is a special preview of our upcoming interview with Marco Beltrami about his reimagining of Bach, Bach by Beltrami, which will play at the Soraya in Northridge, Calif. tomorrow, March 3.

Interview by Samuel

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Film Score Friday 2/25/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/24/2022 - 10:00 PM
 Music Box has announced two new releases - one with a pair of Gabriel Yared scores, ZONE ROUGE (aka Zone Red, 1986) and LA JAVA DES OMBRES (1983), and a new score by Cyrille Aufort (Splice, A Royal Affair) for the documentary LE CHENE ET SES HABITANTS (aka Heart of Oak).


Star Trek -- The Motion Picture - Jerry Goldsmith - La-La Land
Videodrome - Howard Shore - La-La Land
The Witcher: Season 2 - Joseph Trapanese - Sony (import)


The Automat - Hummie Mann
Big Gold Brick - Justin Hori
Butter - Jeff Toyne
The Desperate Hour - Fil Eisler
Gasoline Alley - Scott Currie
I'll Find You - Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
My Best Part - Olivier Marguerit
Studio 666 - Roy Mayorga 

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Aisle Seat 2-22: Kino Lorber Mid-Winter Wrap
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/21/2022 - 10:00 PM
Regrettably, the big-screen antics of Remo Williams began and promptly ended with REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS… (121 mins., 1985, PG-13; Kino Lorber), the big-budget Orion adaptation of the popular “Destroyer” novels by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy, here adapted by veteran James Bond series writer Christopher Wood (“The Spy Who Loved Me”) and director Guy Hamilton (“Goldfinger”).
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Film Score Friday 2/18/22
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/17/2022 - 10:00 PM
The latest releases from La-La Land, due next week, are a "complete" edition of Howard Shore's score for VIDEODROME, his second collaboration with filmmaker David Cronenberg, and a remastered, two-disc release of Jerry Goldsmith's superlative, Oscar-nominated STAR TREK -- THE MOTION PICTURE.

Quartet has announced three new CD releases -- Carlo Savina's score for Mario Bava's LISA AND THE DEVIL (later released in the U.S. in a very different version titled The House of Exorcism); Riz Ortolani's score for the Umberto Lenzi-directed giallo COSI' DOLCE, COSI' PERVERSA (So Sweet, So Peverse); and two Lenzi-directed giallo scores by Piero Umiliani: ORGASMO and PARANOIA.


A Banquet - CJ Mirra
The Cursed - Robin Foster
Dog - Thomas Newman
The Last Bus - Nick Lloyd Webber
The Ledge - Imran Ahmad
Lingui, The Sacred Bonds - Wasip Diop
The Outfit - Alexandre Desplat
Ted K - Blanck Mass - Score LP due on Sacred Bones
Uncharted - Ramin Djawadi 

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Vote for the 2022 FSMies!
Posted By Jon Kaplan 2/15/2022 - 7:00 AM
Don't forget to vote for the 2022 FSMies! February’s issue of Film Score Monthly Online features the second annual FSMies, in which
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Aisle Seat 2-15: ALLIGATOR Resurrected!
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/14/2022 - 10:00 PM
A long-awaited title that’s taken so long to receive a proper high-definition master that it’s been spectacularly scanned in 4K as well, the 1980 creature feature ALLIGATOR (90 mins., R; Shout! Factory) has at last been brought back to life in a marvelous Scream Factory 4K UHD/Blu-Ray release that instantly marks it as one of the top catalog releases of 2022.
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May 24
Bob Dylan born (1941)
David Ferguson born (1953)
Duke Ellington died (1974)
Franz Waxman begins recording his score for Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Jay Chattaway records his score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “In Theory” (1991)
Leith Stevens records his score for the Land of the Giants episode “Underground” (1968)
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