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. 1. Transformers: Last Knight
2. Cars 3
3. The Mummy
4. Wonder Woman
5. POTC: Dead Men Tell No Tales
. . 1. Star Wars: Force Awakens
2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
3. Titanic
4. Avatar
5. Nineteen Eighty-Four
6. Gladiator
7. Star Wars: A New Hope
8. Animal Farm
9. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
10. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
. . 1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Fantastic Beasts/Find Them
3. Willow
4. The Ghost and the Darkness
5. An American Tail
Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for July - August, 2000:





8/31/00 - The September Theme of the Month identifies Filmtracks' choices for the 10 most underrated scores of the 1990s. One of Filmtracks' proudest achievements is the suggestion of underrated scores to people who had simply not known that they either exist or are worth the price. Every year has that great forgotten score, and it's our job to find it for you. The Filmtracks list contains readily available titles by mainstream composers, and as the month progresses, more titles will be revealed... leading to the #1 most underrated score of the decade. Every three days in September, another entry in the list will be added, and a teaser for that score will appear in Filmtracks' On Cue. These scores may not be your favorites, but they should be... Read More.

8/29/00 - A quick rundown of trailer music for popular films of this summer and autumn: The biggest stir caused by the music in a trailer this summer has been for the upcoming Pearl Harbor, which features a spectacular use of Hans Zimmer's score for A Thin Red Line (third track, a few minutes in). For Space Cowboys, a cue was taken from Zimmer's Broken Arrow. In the most recent X-Men trailers, music was taken from Mark Snow's X-Files (sixth/third track) and Trevor Jones' Dark City (fourteenth track). The Hollow Man trailer takes a cue from Christopher Young's Copycat. The Thirteen Days one utilizes, in part, a theme from Zimmer's The Peacemaker. As you might notice, the music of Hans Zimmer is in high demand.

8/28/00 - Michael Jordan to the Max: (John Debney) Released on August 22nd by Chapter III Records, the album for this NBA sponsored film contains a variety of R&B, older rock, new and old funk hits, and some favorite basketball rallying tunes (Glitter's "Rock & Roll"). Included are also two score cues by John Debney. For the project, Debney takes a page from Jerry Goldsmith's style for Hoosiers and produces a strong electronic beat and fast-paced repetitions of thematic mixes. While similar in sound to the Media Ventures variety of synthesized composing, Debney's music --especially during the first track-- excels in its use of sound effects, bass guitars, and keyboards. Only two score tracks exist, however, and they total about five minutes of music. The Debney tracks aren't enough alone to get film music followers too excited about the album, but they would be a very welcome addition to a Debney compilation in the future. It is a more diverse and interesting approach from Debney as of late. *** Available at Amazon.com.

8/26/00 - More opinions about Mission: Impossible 2 are questioning the statement that Hans Zimmer's score for that film is the biggest disappointment of the year. One fan writes, "Call it a guilty pleasure if you will, but this score has all the elements of a cult favorite. The score to M:I-2 is a truly spectacular score, consisting of classic Zimmer work, lush Spanish music, Lisa Gerrard's moody singing and yes, heavy distorted action cues. This last point was certainly not well received by film music enthusiasts, and I do believe that this is due to their traditional taste in music. This is a score for the new generation - people who get their juices flowing while listening to Metallica and The Chemical Brothers. This is why the inclusion of the guitar music is actually a rather logical step. Orchestras and distortion have met before on film, but given M:I-2's subject matter and John Woo's bravura filmmaking, I wonder if Zimmer had any other choice." Read reviews and visitor comments of M:I-2...

8/24/00 - Legends of the Fall, for which James Horner's music has received much critical and popular success, is back once again --in the ultimate way. On October 17th of this year, Columbia/Tristar Studios will release a "Special Edition" DVD of the film, loaded with considerably more extra treats than the already-existing DVD for the film. One of the new features of the "Special Edition" DVD will be an isolated score track. More details will follow about the exact nature of this feature as the release of the new DVD approaches, but you can currently view more technical info about the new Legends of the Fall DVD at its Amazon.com product listing.

8/23/00 - Are you a fan of the Superman film series? After John Williams' departure after the first classic film, the scores for Superman II and Superman III --while making use of Williams' themes-- were lacking in depth, sound quality, and creativity. With Superman IV in 1987, however, came an injection of new material by Williams and Alexander Courage. To this day, however, no album has been released for Superman IV, and the rights to the music are currently locked. Information about a new online petition for the release of this score has been announced.

8/21/00 - Chicken Run: (Powell/Gregson-Williams) After the popular success of Antz nearly eighteen months before, upstart composers John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams were offered yet another animated animal film in Chicken Run. While still remaining a part of the Media Ventures group of composers under the watchful eye of Hans Zimmer, Powell and Gregson-Williams have managed to create their own special blend of musical style that begins to deviate from the traditional electronic trademark of other Media Ventures composers. For Chicken Run, Powell and Gregson-Williams painstakingly create a satirical salute to famous scoring motifs of eras past, and perform them with vigorous ensembles of orchestral and specialty instruments..." *** Read the entire review.

8/20/00 - Talk amongst Goldsmith fans continues regarding Hollow Man. One fan writes, "While it is true that the score for Hollow Man is similiar in tone with Basic Instinct, it certainly isn't lackluster. I'm sure when Goldsmith and director Paul Verhoeven were discussing the film's music, Basic Instict most likely came up. The brooding theme permeates the music throughout, weaving through the orchestral fabric of sound to produce a collage of colors. He's able to create excitement and intensity with each motif. His orchestrations (aided by Alexander Courage) are superior in every way. I especially enjoy Goldsmith's use of meter. He constanly shifts meters, bringing to mind the great Igor Stravinsky. There are echoes of the late Bernard Herrmann and Stravinsky in Goldsmith's writing, but that only demonstrates the brillance of this man and his capabilities. Like Bernard Herrmann, Goldsmith film legacy will be long and enduring." Read the review and comments about Hollow Man...

8/19/00 - Bless the Child: (Christopher Young) Returning once again to the horror genre, Young employs a large orchestra and various choral elements to create a dark, religious atmosphere. While retaining the volume and ambition of his prior horror successes Hellraiser 2 and The Fly 2, Bless the Child lacks the strong thematic coherence or melodic power of those scores. To his credit, Young utilizes a wide variety of voices, including chanting, full adult singing, and boy soprano. Even these, however, become a bit cliche by the final track. The album from GNP Crescendo contains five lengthy suites for a total of 53 minutes running time, and it is released to stores on August 22nd. *** Available at Amazon.com.

8/1/00 - An update on our move to new offices: We're still a few weeks away from resuming our normal review schedule. However, while waiting for construction to progress, a new ScoreBoard Forum has been introduced with many new features. Check it out! Within a few days, the ScoreBoard will expand to several album review pages, allowing you to debate the merits of individual scores right after each review!

7/6/00 - Our apologies for the recent slowdown in review quantities and on cue listings. Our move to new offices has turned out to be a marathon of Olympic proportions and is taking much longer than anticipated. However, we have many great albums to review later this month, so keep checking back...






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