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Film Score Friday 2/19/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/18/2021 - 10:00 PM
Next week, Intrada will release an expanded, two-disc edition of a score that was one of the first-ever releases from the Film Score Monthly label. For those who want more information, such as the film's title and composer, go to this Message Board thread.

Music Box is reissuing two of their out-of-print, expanded score CDs - Philippe Sarde's score for director Jean-Jacques Annaud's animal adventure drama THE BEAR, and Ennio Morricone's score for the 1973 spy thriller THE SERPENT, starring Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, Dirk Bogarde, Philippe Noiret and Virna Lisi.


The Awakening (re-release) - Claude Bolling - Quartet
Fireball XL5
 - Barry Gray - Silva
The Great Gatsby Ballet
 - Carl Davis - Carl Davis Collection
The Silence of the Lambs (re-release)
 - Howard Shore - Quartet
Symphonies No. 6 & 7/Night Voyage
 - Christopher Gunning - Signum
Zappa - John Frizzell, songs - Zappa Records 

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February's FSM ONLINE Is Live — Vote for the FSMies!
Posted By Tim Curran 2/15/2021 - 11:00 PM
The February edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story is the long-awaited inauguration of our own official awards to recognize the cream of the film score crop each year: THE FIRST ANNUAL FSMies. Have your voice heard and vote for which scores and albums from the past year are truly the best. Or, if you don't subscribe to FSMO, sign up HERE to join in the fun!

Also in this issue, MARC CANHAM discusses his score to the upcoming Netflix thriller I CARE A LOT; Tim Burden and Saul Pincus look back at the classic movies and MUSIC OF 1991 in a 90-minute audio retrospective; NAINITA DESAI documents her work on THE REASON I JUMP and AMERICAN MURDER: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR; BEN LOVETT gets hairy with THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW; JONGNIC BONTEMPS scores a civil rights icon in MY NAME IS PAULI; Volume 4 of SOUNDTRACK OBSCURITIES 2.0 unearths some frozen gems from Scandinavia and Iceland; an Ear of the Month Contest for 1991; lots of album reviews, including THE LITTLE THINGS, THE MIDNIGHT SKY, WANDAVISION, LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION - THE DELUXE EDITION and WOLFWALKERS; more embedded audio clips, and more. Enjoy, and HAPPY PRESIDENTS‘ DAY! 

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Aisle Seat Flops of Winters Past: Sly Stallone's D-TOX [EYE SEE YOU]
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/15/2021 - 10:00 PM
Sylvester Stallone’s career has endured through a number of down periods, most especially during the late ’90s. After starring in the well-reviewed James Mangold drama “Cop Land,” Stallone sputtered with his next project: the thriller D-TOX — ultimately known as EYE SEE YOU in the U.S. — in what was supposed to be part of a multi-film deal with Universal.
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Film Score Friday 2/12/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/11/2021 - 10:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new re-releases of previous score CDs -- a 30th anniversary release of their expanded edition of Howard Shore's score for the 1991 Best Picture winner THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, and a slightly remastered and resequenced edition of Claude Bolling's evocative orchestral score for the 1980 mummy thriller THE AWAKENING, starring Charlton Heston and directed by, amazingly enough, Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced shortlists for the nominations for nine categories for the 93rd Oscars, including the following music categories:


AMMONITE – Dustin O’Halloran, Volker Bertelmann
BLIZZARD OF SOULS – Lolita Ritmanis
DA 5 BLOODS – Terence Blanchard
THE INVISIBLE MAN – Benjamin Wallfisch
MANK – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
THE MIDNIGHT SKY – Alexandre Desplats
MINARI – Emile Mosseri
MULAN – Harry Gregson-Williams
NEWS OF THE WORLD – James Newton Howard
SOUL – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste
TENET – Ludwig Goransson
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Daniel Pemberton

The biggest surprise inclusion is Blizzard of Souls. I suspect I'm not the only one here who wouldn't be aware of this film or its score if La-La Land hadn't made the soundtrack available. Most unexpected exclusions are Let Him Go (Giacchino), Pieces of a Woman (Shore) and two scores by Hans Zimmer, Hillbilly Elegy (written with David Fleming) and Wonder Woman 1984 (aka WW84).


“Fight For You” -  JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH- Gabriella Wilson, Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas
“Free” - THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN – Diane Warren
“Green” - SOUND OF METAL – Abraham Marder
“Hear My Voice” - THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Daniel Pemberton
“Husavik” - EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA – Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus, Rickard Goransson
“lo Si` (Seen)” - THE LIFE AHEAD (LA VITA DAVANTI A SE) – Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolo Agliardi
“Loyal Brave True” -  MULAN – Jamie Hartman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rosi Golan, Billy Crabtree
“Make It Work” -  JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY – John Stephens
“Never Break” -  GIVING VOICE – Nasri Atweh, Benjamin Hudson McIldowie, Greg Wells, John Stephens
“Rain Song” – MINARI – Emile Mosseri, Stefanie Y. Hong
“See What You’ve Done” -  BELLY OF THE BEAST – Mary J. Blige, Darhyl Camper, Denisia “Blu June” Andrews, Brittany “Chi” Coney
“Show Me Your Soul” - MR. SOUL! – Robert Glasper, Muhammad Ayers, Lalah Hathaway, Melissa Haizlip
“Speak Now” - ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI... – Leslie Odom Jr., Sam Ashworth
 “Turntables” - ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY – Janelle Monae Robinson, Nathaniel Irvin III, George “George 2.0.” A Peters II

(The specific songwriters on the list above have not been officially announced as the contenders, but are merely the result of my own research into the topic).

None of the songs from the animated films Over the Moon or Trolls World Tour made the cut, and other highly-touted songs that didn't make the list include “The Plan” (Tenet), “Tigress & Tweed” (The United States vs. Billie Holliday), “Together” (Music) and “Wear Your Crown” (The Prom). Continuing a recent trend, four of the songs are from documentaries -- All In: The Fight for Democracy, Belly of the Beast, Giving Voice and Mr. Soul!

The rest of the shortlists are at the end of this column.*

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Aisle Seat 2-9: Back to the 70s Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 2/8/2021 - 10:00 PM
One of the quintessential “paranoid thrillers” of the 1970s, Alan J. Pakula’s THE PARALLAX VIEW (102 mins., 1974, R; Criterion) is a slick case of atmosphere triumphing over characterization and coherence. Warren Beatty stars as a grizzled reporter who witnessed the assassination of a senator on the top of the Space Needle in Seattle. Years later, his ex (Paula Prentiss) reappears on the scene, claiming there’s a conspiracy and that witnesses who were there are being murdered. Beatty springs into action, telling only his publisher (Hume Cronyn) of a possible cover-up and ultimately going down a rabbit hole that involves the mysterious “Parallax Corporation.”
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Joe Dante on Jerry Goldsmith
Posted By Tim Burden 2/4/2021 - 10:00 PM

Joe Dante in Conversation with Tim Burden, Robert Townson and Marshall Harvey about Jerry Goldsmith


Late last year I had the pleasure of hosting a live virtual event with director Joe Dante about his work with Jerry Goldsmith. A key contributor with whom he had such a successful collaboration with. Indeed, Joe would often site the phrase: "Jerry will save it!" during interviews. Soundtrack producer Robert Townson and editor Marshall H

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Film Score Friday 2/5/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 2/4/2021 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced two new limited edition score CDs this week -- the first ever release of Quincy Jones' score for the 1967 golfing drama BANNING (part of the label's ongoing collaboration with Universal) which earned an Oscar nomination for its original song "The Eyes of Love"; and an expanded version of Christopher Young's score for the 1998 heist/disaster movie HARD RAIN, starring Christian Slater, Minnie Driver and Morgan Freeman.

Jon Burlingame has written an article for Variety about the lists of eligible scores and songs for this year's Oscars (which, let's not forget, extended its release eligibility period to the end of February 2021 - hence the inclusion of Thomas Newman's score for the just-released The Little Things, for example). For example, the score to Pixar's Soul is apparently eligible, and the article suggests that Jon Batiste would be eligible for the film's original jazz compositions along with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for their background score.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced this year's nominees for the Golden Globes, including the following film music categories:


MANK – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
THE MIDNIGHT SKY – Alexandre Desplat
– James Newton Howard
SOUL – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste
TENET  – Ludwig Göransson


“Fight for You” – JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH – H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas
“Hear My Voice” – THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Daniel Pemberton, Celeste
“Io Si (Seen)” – THE LIFE AHEAD – Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi
“Speak Now” – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI  – Leslie Odom Jr, Sam Ashworth
“Tigress & Tweed” – THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLLIDAY – Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq

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Film Score Friday 1/29/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/28/2021 - 10:00 PM
The latest in Caldera's series of first-ever score releases by Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Gerald Fried presents his music for a rarely seen cinematic milestone -- Stanley Kubrick's debut feature FEAR AND DESIRE. Kubrick himself tried to suppress later screenings of this microbudget war drama, which featured future writer-director Paul Mazursky among its stars, but in the last decade the film was finally made widely available on DVD and BluRay. Fried would go on to score Kubrick's next three features, including the classics The Killing and Paths of Glory, and along with his Fear and Desire score the Caldera CD features Fried's music for Kubrick's 1951 documentary short Day of the Fight and the 1964 World's Fair film To the Moon and Beyond.

Variety recently featured an article discussing which scores were declared ineligible for BAFTA's music awards and suggests the same scores will be ineligible for Oscar consideration. For those interested, go to this link.

Those who read this week's Did They Mention the Music column below may note that of the seven reviews that praised Ludovico Einaudi's score for the critically acclaimed Oscar contender Nomadland, only one mentioned that Einaudi's music for the film is actually taken from his albums, specifically his Seven Days Walking set.


Civilta Del Mediterraneo - Bruno Nicolai - Kronos
Cold Mountain - Gabriel Yared - Music Box
Gaza Mon Amour - Andre Matthias - Kronos
Le Choc/Les Seins De Glace - Philippe Sarde - Music Box
L'Uomo Europo
- Francesco DeMasi - Kronos

The Shepherd - Arthur Valentin Grosz - Kronos
Sostiene Pereira
- Ennio Morricone - Caldera

Viking Women and the Sea Serpent - Albert Glasser - Kronos

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Aisle Seat 1-26: Kino Lorber January Releases
Posted By Andy Dursin 1/25/2021 - 10:00 PM
Returning to Blu-Ray from Kino Lorber after a pair of Twilight Time limited edition releases is John Frankenheimer’s terrific THE TRAIN (133 mins., 1964; Kino Lorber). The director – coming off two of his most memorable ‘60s outings (“The Manchurian Candidate” and “Seven Days in May”) – here works from an original Franklin Coen-Frank Davis screenplay that finds Burt Lancaster as Labiche, a French rail worker who becomes involved in a scheme to save priceless artwork from a Nazi train headed for Germany in the final days before the Allies liberated Paris.
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Film Score Friday 1/22/21
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 1/21/2021 - 10:00 PM
Music Box has announced two new CD releases.

COLD MOUNTAIN was the third feature collaboration between composer Gabriel Yared and writer-director Anthony Mingella; their previous two films together, The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley, had earned an Oscar and two nominations for Yared and an Oscar and three nominations for Minghella. The period-flavored songs (including two which ultimately recieved Oscar nominations, "Scarlet Tide" and "You Will Be My Ain True Love") were a key part of the film's marketing campaign and the original soundtrack CD was dominated by songs with relatively few score cues. Quartet's score-only Cold Mountain is a two-disc set, with the full 62-minute score on Disc One and the sequencing of the limited For Your Consideration CD on Disc Two plus a dozen unused and unreleased cues.

Their other new release pairs two scores by Philippe Sarde - LE CHOC, the 1982 thriller which teams two of France's most iconic stars, Alain Delon and Catherine Deneuve; and 1974's LES SEINS DE GLACE (released in the U.S. with the unforgettable title Icy Breasts), starring Delon and Mireille Darc, based on Richard Matheson's Someone Is Bleeding.

Quartet is releasing a low-priced 12-disc set of the scores composed by Alberto Iglesias for writer-director Pedro Almodovar. This set features the 11 previously released soundtracks plus a CD featuring Iglesias' score for Almodovar's new 30-minute film version of Jean Cocteau's classic play THE HUMAN VOICE, starring Tilda Swinton. The Human Voice CD will not be released separately.


Cobra Kai: Season Two - Leo Birenberg, Zach Robinson - La-La Land
Cobra Kai: Season Three - Leo Birenberg - Zach Robinson - La-La Land
Film Music 1976-2020 - Brian Eno - Astralwerks
Muscle - The The - Cineola

The Orville: Season Two - Andrew Cottee, John Debney, Joel McNeely - La-La Land
Pedro Almodovar & Alberto Iglesias Film Music Collection
- Alberto Iglesias - Quartet
Rams - Brian Eno - Universal

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Bruce Broughton begins recording his score to Eloise at the Plaza (2003)
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Edwin Astley born (1922)
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Hugo Friedhofer begins recording his score to Soldier of Fortune (1955)
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