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3/20/15 Filmtracks announces its 2014 award nominees and winners
Filmtracks celebrates the best film music of 2014 with its annual nominees and winners in the categories of "Top Film Scores," "Top Composers," and "Top Film Cues." The nominees for "Top Film Scores" in 2014 are:



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3/17/15 Tarzan  (David Newman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you long lamented the absence of David Newman from view in the action and adventure realm, for Tarzan is a triumphant return and evolution of the composer's style into the blockbuster mould of the 2010's.
Avoid it... if you cannot tolerate even the best incorporations of temp track influences in your film music, because while Newman expertly balances fresh ideas with the derivative desires of the filmmakers, learned ears can still hear the connections.


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3/12/15 Mr. Peabody & Sherman  (Danny Elfman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you easily absorb the positive energy that exudes from Danny Elfman's more mainstream children's music, this entry an entertaining diversion saturated with amusing in-jokes.
Avoid it... if you demand truly memorable moments of awe or a neatly sustained narrative, neither of their absence fatal to this work but both nagging flaws.


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3/7/15 The Monkey King  (Christopher Young) - All New Review
Buy it... if the massively bombastic and harmonic mode of Christopher Young has been key to your enjoyment of his prior classic scores, this one unashamedly extroverted in its rotation between attractive character suites.
Avoid it... if your enjoyment of any humongous adventure and fantasy score requires a cohesive musical narrative based upon strong central themes, neither of which existing in obvious quantity here.


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3/1/15 Filmtracks Announces CD Sale
Filmtracks hasn't sold off portions of its collection since its last auction in 1999, and the time has come to make some of this oversized inventory available to the site's readers once again. The proceeds from this sale will be used to ensure Filmtracks' fiscal viability through its major redesign later in 2015. This is a low-tech sale (buyers can e-mail the site with offers) but the inventory is easy to sort and search. Both promo copies, with barcodes that are punched, and retail copies are available for many titles, including some top collectibles.

More info is available on the sale page: http://www.filmtracks.com/sale/

The collectible items that don't sell here will eventually end up on Amazon or eBay, though the buyer will pay the same (if not more) and Filmtracks will take a 15% hit due to fees. Anyone who wants to make a bulk order offer is more than welcome to do so at a discount. Thanks again for everyone's support!

-- Christian Clemmensen, Filmtracks owner and editor


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2/24/15 The Unknown Known  (Danny Elfman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you want to hear Danny Elfman cleverly eviscerate a neurotic character on screen with a simultaneously playful and sinister treatment of underplayed but surprisingly engaging rhythmic devices.
Avoid it... if you easily tire of Elfman's methods when he clearly pulls elements from his past scores into a new environment, in this case his prior incarnations combining to skewer a controversial political figure.


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2/19/15 The Passion of the Christ  (John Debney) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are willing to wade through a significant portion of unpleasant, worldly ambience to reach the intense and impressive payoff at the end of this gruesome cinematic depiction of religious fantasy.
Avoid it... if you prefer a loving musical celebration of Jesus Christ's life or have a distaste for bloated, self-important music that could be considered a Christian propaganda tool as much as the film it accompanies.


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2/15/15 Switchback  (Basil Poledouris) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you appreciate Basil Poledouris' predictably muscular action material for synthesizer and orchestra, even if it doesn't contain the composer's typical melodic statements.
Avoid it... if just four or five cues of bold orchestral adventure cannot compensate for several lengthy passages of far less interesting ambient sound design.


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2/7/15 The Grand Budapest Hotel  (Alexandre Desplat) - All New Review
Buy it... if you loved Alexandre Desplat's totally irreverent treatment of European musical stereotypes in the film and are willing to chance an encounter with that hilariously insane parody music on album.
Avoid it... if you believe you may have the genetic predisposition towards a mental disorder, because this score's album could substantially accelerate the development of any brain disease.


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2/1/15 The Theory of Everything  (Jóhann Jóhannsson) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you were attracted to this conservatively subdued and occasionally pretty score in context, where it offers a pleasant enough ambience to basically suffice.
Avoid it... if you expect any coherent or unique musical narrative in this score to suggest a sense of achievement and perseverance in the main characters' lives.




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