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   BEST OF JAMES HORNER (1953-2015):
         1. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
        2. Willow
       3. The Land Before Time
      4. Glory
     5. Legends of the Fall
    6. Apollo 13
   7. Titanic
  8. The Legend of Zorro
 9. Avatar
10. The Amazing Spider-Man
Jurassic World
San Andreas
Mad Max: Fury Road
Avengers: Age of Ultron
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9/3/15 Batman   (Danny Elfman)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you have any affection for vibrant, exciting, and tragic superhero scores, for Danny Elfman's Batman is among the best ever recorded.
Avoid it... if Elfman's famous theme for the character has become too overexposed for your liking, or if you disapprovingly recall some of the passages that reveal the composer's inspiration from others' works.
9/1/15 Batman Returns   (Danny Elfman)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you prefer your Batman score to better reflect the morbidly tragic sensibilities of Danny Elfman's dominant style in his early career works.
Avoid it... if you expect the same heroic power and resonance of the vastly superior orchestral performances, recording, and mixing you heard in the production of the music for Batman.
8/28/15 Magic   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are a devoted Jerry Goldsmith collector who never had the music previously available from Magic on the rare 1993 SPFM Tribute album.
Avoid it... if your film music funds are limited and you desire far better Goldsmith entries elsewhere in the Varèse Sarabande Club series.
8/22/15 Krull   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you enjoy any of James Horner's early action scores, for this one embodies his distinct 1980's style and foreshadows many of his later classic scores for blockbuster adventures.
Avoid it... if the derivative rhythms, motifs, and instrumentation of Horner's action style of this era have lost their appeal over the years for you as his music has cannibalized itself and matured.
8/19/15 Commando   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you are attempting to maintain a complete James Horner collection and dauntlessly tolerate his early rhythmic action style pounded on electronic pads and steel drums.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear a superior, orchestral paramilitary superhero score along the lines of Predator or Rambo, because there is some tongue-in-cheek disregard at work in Commando's cheesy music.
8/16/15 Searching for Bobby Fischer   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you can never turn away the rambling, shifty piano rhythms that James Horner uses to represent complex minds at work or, to a greater extent in this score, his broad, string-based character themes for dramatic contemplation.
Avoid it... if three or four tracks of the primary, ambitious, rhythmic orchestral theme cannot outweigh the generic atmosphere that stews with minimally emotive volume during the rest of the album.
7/18/15 Pas de Deux   (James Horner)
All New Review
Buy it... if you seek what essentially amounts to a 28-minute bonus James Horner score to appreciate after his death, the composer's predictable stylistic mannerisms beautifully expressed by the solo and ensemble performers.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear traditional thematic development equal to a film score or more than pensive, meandering material akin to a light 1990's drama for Horner until the rousing five-minute conclusion.
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PR: Bone Tomahawk   Expand
Krakower Poling PR - October 8, 2015, at 11:39 a.m.
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'Seventh Son' Finally Arrived in the Mail   Expand
Robert Taylor - October 8, 2015, at 10:57 a.m.
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PR: Trumbo
Krakower Poling PR - October 7, 2015, at 9:38 p.m.
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Not a prank: John Williams and Hans Zimmer teaming up!   Expand
The Frog - October 7, 2015, at 8:27 p.m.
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HYPE Day! Standings for October 2015   Expand
AhN and Callum Hofler - October 7, 2015, at 7:14 p.m.
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