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Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for October, 2005:





10/31/05 - Sleepers: (John Williams) --Expanded Review-- "The only score of 1996 for legendary composer John Williams would also serve as his first collaboration with director Barry Levinson. For the film adaptation of Lorenzo Carcaterra's novel, Levinson assembled an outstanding principle cast for Sleepers. The story of torture, homophobia, and vengeance claimed in the opening line of the film to be based on true events, a somewhat unsubstantiated point of controversy surrounding the film at the time of its release. Whether true or not, the subject matter of Sleepers is unpleasant at best. Four boys growing up on the west side of New York steal a hot dog wagon for fun and the runaway cart accidentally crushes a bystander. While consequently in a reformatory, they are sexually and physically abused by a cruel and perverted guard. Twenty years later, in 1981, two of the boys kill the guard and the other two, a lawyer and a journalist, become involved in a conspiracy to cover their tracks and clear their names of the crime. Topics of honor, religion, revenge, and morality all abound in Sleepers..." ** Read the entire review.

10/28/05 - Rosewood: (John Williams) --Expanded Review-- "For sixty years, America was unaware of the tragedy that occurred in the small Florida town of Rosewood in 1922. A race riot by whites from that and neighboring areas left the town in ruins and led to the shooting, burning, or lynching deaths of between 70 and 250 blacks. The coverup of the massacre at Rosewood is typical in the history of the deep southern regions of America at the time; the state's police indicated after the mob attack that only as many as half a dozen people actually died at Rosewood in the riot. It wasn't until newspaper reports in the 1980's and later descriptions of the event on the Discovery Channel that the true extent of the mob's damage and carnage was exposed. Director John Singleton had matured greatly since his debut with Boyz N the Hood in 1991, and Rosewood was a significant production that ended up being very expensive to produce. It's hard to market films like Rosewood to the mass American public..." *** Read the entire review.

10/24/05 - Testament/In Country: (James Horner) --Expanded Review-- "Two of James Horner's lesser known scores for 1980's films of American bravery were Testament and In Country. While both offer a somber glimpse at heroism in two of its varying forms, both rare scores will provide some pleasant surprise for any Horner collector. The 1983 film Testament was originally produced as a television project for PBS's "American Playhouse," but the quality of the film was considered so high that Paramount decided to purchase the rights for a full theatrical release. Its production qualities are still those of a made-for-TV film, with minimal special effects, stunning acting, and a reliance on a strong adaptation of Carol Amen's short story, "The Last Testament." The story resembles many that prevailed in Ronald Reagan's nuclear-ambitious early-80's, with the concurrently seen telefilm The Last Day better remembered for its treatment of everyday America after a nuclear war. The stark reality of Lynne Littman's film is a disturbing experience to say the least..." **** Read the entire review.

10/20/05 - Vibes: (James Horner) --Expanded Review-- "There are only two groups of people in the world who would have any reason to even want to remember the 1988 movie Vibes: Cyndi Lauper fans and James Horner fans. The film was, for some reason, backed by Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment production company, with a horrendous script from two of the co-writers of Howard's Splash who were attempting, probably, to take advantage of the resurfacing popular interest in parapsychology and the supernatural (spearheaded by the wildly successful Ghostbusters). The premise of the film involves two psychicly gifted characters, one a hair-stylist played by Lauper and the other a museum expert played by Jeff Goldlbum. They are conned into seeking adventure in Ecuador, thinking that they'd be helping someone find a lost child when indeed their psychic powers would be needed on a perilous mission to find a mystic pyramid and unlock its powers. Along the same idea as Romancing the Stone, the two city folk in a jungle environment manage to hook up..." ** Read the entire review.

10/16/05 - Red Heat: (James Horner) --Expanded Review-- "You can summarize this movie in just a few words, and most them would be "Arnold Schwarzenegger pairing with James Belushi to bust criminal ass." Schwarzenegger is the tough cop from Russia who's been forced to follow a criminal to Chicago, where Belushi, the underworked slob of a cop, is his liaison to law enforcement in the United States. It's another buddy cop flick from the pen of Walter Hill, and while the merits of the storyline itself are dubious at best, who cares? Schwarzenegger and Belushi are the comedy in and of themselves, and as they chase dopeheads and other unsavory people, the two manage to teach each other some helpful lessons about life and entertain us in the process. Despite being one of the earlier films to shoot (just snippets) in the Soviet Union, there is nothing intellectually redeeming about the film. Violence abounds, of course, but in that comic-book fashion that Schwarzenegger seems to attract in his more comedic films. Composer James Horner wasn't actually busting through walls in the same physical fashion..." * Read the entire review.

10/12/05 - Dad: (James Horner) --Expanded Review-- "A story about the self-discovery of an average, modern American family, Dad is another lesson on how to and how not to take care of your parents once they reach the age of senility. A busy banker in the big city is forced to take leave to attend to his ailing parents and the "coming together" experience helps heal years of distant relationships and the story shows the audience about how older folks can learn to cope with their illnesses and other age-related problems. The film dances between the realms of drama and comedy, perhaps to a fault that it cannot recover from. Written and directed by Gary David Goldberg, Dad would be his first feature film after years of directing TV's "Family Ties" show. Critical reaction to Dad jumped on this inexperience and often related the problems with the film to the problems typical to sitcom comedies. All of the actors in the film would go on to better representations of their characters in subsequent films (especially Jack Lemmon in the Grumpy Old Men movies), and the same could arguably be said for composer James Horner as well...." **** Read the entire review.

10/9/05 - Field of Dreams: (James Horner) --Expanded Review-- "Based on writer W.P. Kinsella's book "Shoeless Joe," Phil Alden Robinson's Field of Dreams is as close to an Americana film about religion as you can possibly get. The popular flick with Kevin Costner in the lead role abandons all common sense and throws magic into the cornfields of Iowa. When Costner's farmer hears voices telling him to build a baseball diamond on his land with the promise that the ghosts of famous baseball players will inhabit it for games at night, you can't help but follow the religious parallels between God requesting a cathedral and God instead requesting a baseball diamond in the middle of nowhere. Baseball here is the religion, and the film takes the opportunity to draw important comparisons between baseball and real life philosophical issues that provide for some heartfelt speeches before it's done. Unlike Costner, composer James Horner has never been a baseball fan. But when he first saw a cut of Field of Dreams, he fell in love with the film and jumped at the assignment despite his lack of knowledge about the sport...." ** Read the entire review.

10/5/05 - Once Around: (James Horner) --Expanded Review-- "Along with several other films that attempted the same perspective on the family genre in the late 1980's and early 1990's, Once Around is a story about a dysfunctional family that, like so many in real life, is not really meant to be understood. That was the problem with Once Around in retrospect: who wants to watch a film about a family with all of its real life problems when most of us can go to our parents' houses on any given holiday and witness the same trauma firsthand? In this case, the weight of the film's success is carried by a cast consisting of Holly Hunter, Danny Aiello, and Richard Dreyfuss. It was the first American feature by Sweden's Lasse Hallstrom, director of 1987's critically acclaimed My Life as a Dog. The funny factor that made the 1987 film a success is largely absent from Once Around, contributing to its demise. Composer James Horner's name was in flashier letters on much bigger screens in 1991, and yet he took the time to provide a short contribution for a genre that his peers were also dabbling in. For Horner, Once Around would turn out to be similar..." ** Read the entire review.

10/2/05 - Class Action: (James Horner) --Expanded Review-- "While many of director Michael Apted's films have a longevity of popularity based on their quality, Class Action isn't one of them. That's not to say that the 1991 film isn't without its fair share of merits, with a fairly positive critical response to the film yielding absolutely no audience response. A father and daughter tandem of lawyers, played by Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, finds themselves on opposite sides of the bar and arguing a large, contemporary class action case against each other. The father is more of the radical, sleazy type of attorney who jumps to serve a case against an automaker whose 1985 station wagons have a tendency to explode. His daughter represents the big business interests, and the case allows the entire family to interact in such ways as to expose and deal with each character's flaws. Apted seems to enjoy making films about people in their journeys towards self-discovery, and in the case of Class Action, it is Mastrantonio's portrayal of the growing up and coming to terms with Hackman's (and her own) flaws that highlights the film...." ** Read the entire review.






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