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12/3/16 Volcano   (Alan Silvestri)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you predictably enjoy all of Alan Silvestri's action scores, even those entries that stir up significant bombast in some passages without really establishing any unique qualifiers to grab your attention in the long-term.
Avoid it... if you are tired of formulaic and predictable action scores that essentially do not offer anything you haven't heard before, because Volcano has solid ingredients and a pair of decent themes, but they don't yield a memorable whole.
11/23/16 The Return of a Man Called Horse   (Laurence Rosenthal)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are among those who have been sitting on the LP release of this fine score for years and are curious about revisiting one of Laurence Rosenthal's most accomplished scores on either of its well-mastered CD releases.
Avoid it... if you've never been convinced of the philosophical viability of English-inspired romanticism merged with Native American chants, the combination here admirably handled but not overwhelmingly memorable.
11/14/16 Cutthroat Island   (John Debney)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you define your swashbuckling pirate music by the parameters of Hollywood's Golden Age and seek the one truly impressive translation of that sound to a masterful digital-era recording.
Avoid it... if loquacious bombast of relentless and dramatic orchestral and choral intensity, consistent in its massive scope over the course of two hours, is simply too much ruckus to tolerate (no matter the score's status as a modern classic).
11/5/16 Filmtracks endorses crooked, "nasty woman" Hillary Clinton for American president
In case you somehow had not noticed, America is immersed in the most extraordinarily bizarre presidential election of a generation. Filmtracks has published a presidential preference in every election since endorsing Bill Clinton in 1996 (and then using his infidelity in banner campaigns), a dutiful ritual met in the past four cycles with amusingly consistent vitriol from trolls and angry readers in the forums. With so much at stake, soundtracks can take a back seat for a moment. (One must ponder, however, why Republican presidential candidates have been using Jerry Goldsmith music at their rallies with distracting consistency since 2008.)

This past year, the election entertainment at Filmtracks began rather early; we have had the honor of being joined by some semblance of Republican candidate Donald J. Trump at the Scoreboard to remind us that, indeed, his inauguration will make Filmtracks great again. Statistically, he is the most popular Scoreboard participant ever, and if Filmtracks ever awards the top master trolls of all time at the forum, look for "Donald J. Trump" (and "Charles Krauthammer," for that matter) to figure prominently. As for the real Trump, the less said about him, the better.

Rather than explaining here why this site is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, you are urged to view essentially the perfect summation of Filmtracks' pro-Clinton argument by comedian Louis C.K. on Conan O'Brien's show. "I don't want somebody likable or cool anymore," C.K. said. "We need a two-faced, conniving [person], somebody who's just got a million schemes... a tough bitch mother who nobody likes and who just does shit." He summarized by stating, "If you vote for Hillary, you're a grown-up. If you vote for Trump, you're a sucker. If you don't vote for anybody, you're an asshole."

To supply one addendum, I had the pleasure of attending back-to-back rallies for Clinton and Barack Obama in Missoula, Montana as they battled for the Democratic nomination in April of 2008. (You can play "Find Clem" in this AP photo.) Obama's rally was the usual rock concert affair, soaring in rhetoric but minimal in specifics. Clinton's was a smaller town hall event, and she answered crowd questions about Montana issues with surprising knowledge and clarity. Her deep, intelligent answers about state-specific Native American and forest conservation topics won my vote that day, and no amount of corruption, whether real or imagined, will change that opinion. Vote, Americans!

-- Christian Clemmensen, Filmtracks owner and editor
10/25/16 Something Wicked This Way Comes   (Georges Delerue/James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on Intrada Records' 2009 release of James Horner's competent replacement score if you desire the adequately whimsical, often unconventional choral and symphonic blend heard in the film.
Avoid it... on that album if you seek the better primary theme for the boys in the film, in which case Georges Delerue's otherwise darker rejected score will more effectively appeal to your romantic sensibilities, especially as heard on the composer's 1989 re-recording of 12 minutes from this work.
10/13/16 The Monkey King 2   (Christopher Young)
All New Review
Buy it... if you adore the rowdy, exotic personality of Christopher Young's enthusiastic The Monkey King score and await a really impressive sibling to that career highlight.
Avoid it... if you've never been truly comfortable with Young's disconnected thematic tapestry in that score, a circumstance that, along with lengthier and challenging ambient passages, becomes more problematic in this sequel.
10/8/16 The Monkey King   (Christopher Young)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if the massively bombastic and tonally accessible 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, interwoven, central themes, a formula not possible in the impressionistic way Young was asked to score this film.
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