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7/22/16 Powder   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you regularly enjoy the predictable constructs of Jerry Goldsmith's soft, affable character themes of the 1990's and are attracted to idea of stripping that style to its basics and pouring on the syrup.
Avoid it... if you logically expect this score to create any sense of mystery, electricity, or magic, for without these elements, Powder remains extremely overrated.
7/17/16 Basic Instinct   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on especially the longer albums featuring this score if you are ready to hear truly unique erotic thriller music that perfectly balances the inescapable sensuality and chilly dread of the film's shamelessly lurid plotline.
Avoid it... if even a clever exploration of the noir genre in Jerry Goldsmith's contemporary methodology cannot keep you from being disturbed by the score's legendarily turbulent, challenging, and musically graphic sex and orgasm sequences.
7/8/16 The Ghost and the Darkness   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you're baited by the smell of blood coming from the lips of ambitious brass players, as well as rowdy African percussion and a variety of ethnic chanting, for this score's epic scope and broad colors make it one of Jerry Goldsmith most unique career achievements.
Avoid it... if you prefer your Goldsmith adventure scores of the 1990's to rely upon the composer's trademark infusion of synthetic elements, this score instead offering more richly organic textures to produce an adequately indigenous horror sound.
7/3/16 Judge Dredd   (Alan Silvestri)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on any of its albums if you seek some of the most glorious orchestral bombast of the 1990's on film, a score that stands as muscularly robust in stature as anything Alan Silvestri has ever produced.
Avoid it... if you have little tolerance for super-heroic themes of simplistic major-key expression, especially if they're predictably blasted out as punctuation to every scene in which Sylvester Stallone delivers one of his painfully awful lines of dialogue.
6/26/16 10 Cloverfield Lane   (Bear McCreary)
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Buy it... if you appreciate surprisingly intelligent psychological horror scores that balance their discomforting passages with lyrically enticing moments of accessibly tonal suspense.
Avoid it... if you are the type to over-analyze your film scores, because there are enough intentionally counterintuitive choices made by Bear McCreary here to potentially leave you somewhat dissatisfied with his approach.
6/18/16 Back to the Future Part III   (Alan Silvestri)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the chronologically-ordered, 2015 expanded set if you've always loved the themes from the original Back to the Future score but were discouraged by the simple regurgitation of them in the first sequel; they are explored more intelligently in this final entry.
Avoid it... if you seek the tight cohesion, overwhelming sense of wonder, and full thematic spectrum of the first score, for Alan Silvestri does lose some of its original themes and, in a few ways, its feeling of magic in his attempt to explore new territory.
6/11/16 Back to the Future Part II   (Alan Silvestri)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the comprehensive 2015 set if you simply can't get enough of the boisterous and lovable adventure themes from the original film, all of which reprised (sometimes too frequently) for similar situations on screen in the sequel.
Avoid it... if you feel no need to complete your trilogy of Back to the Future scores, for the second installment is, outside of some minimal new suspense material for alternate realities, largely redundant and surprisingly poor in sound quality on even the expanded album.
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