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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
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7. Star Wars: A New Hope
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. . 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 June, 2009:





6/30/09Land of the Lost: (Michael Giacchino) - All New Review
Buy it... if and only if you appreciated the unconventional merging of timeless musical elements as heard in the context of the film, because on album this score suffers from the same completely aimless personality as the rest of the production.
Avoid it... if the existence of an intelligent blend of instruments from several genres and eras isn't alone enough to constitute a worthy score without the assistance of any memorable underlying development.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


6/28/09The Matrix: (Don Davis) - All New Filmtracks Review, Replacing a Donated Review
Buy it... on the 1999 commercial album only if you want a sneak peak at Don Davis' often difficult, postmodern score (and on the limited 2008 product only if you consider yourself an established fan of the franchise's music).
Avoid it... if you demand the greater role of thematic harmony that develops in the two sequel scores by Davis, both featuring a more interesting blend of challenging dissonance and quasi-religious harmony.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


6/20/09Welcome to the Newest Version of Filmtracks!
The most significant upgrades to Filmtracks since early 2003 are nearing completion. Most of the major sections of the site have now switched to the new 2009 design and underlying software, including the home page, reviews, composer tributes, and indices for the reviews and viewer ratings. The remaining sections of the site will continue to start reflecting these changes over the coming days. There will undoubtedly be errors in the rendering of the site during that time; if these problems persist, please contact the site or post about it at the Scoreboard. Within a week, all of the remaining upgrades scheduled for this switch should be completed. Soon, an accelerated schedule of reviews will be the long-awaited next phase of this site's lifetime. Thanks again to all of those who have assisted in proofing, optimizing, and supporting the testing process of this new layout and software over the past two months. Read more...


6/17/09Dinosaur: (James Newton Howard) - All New Filmtracks Review, Replacing a Donated Review
Buy it... if you regularly enjoy dynamic and entertaining animation scores that paint with as many vibrant colors as the films' visuals.
Avoid it... if you require more than an obvious rearrangement of styles and themes from Hans Zimmer's The Lion King and Jerry Goldsmith's The Ghost and the Darkness.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


6/16/09Diamonds: (Joel Goldsmith) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you seek something other than Joel Goldsmith's well known television/sci-fi music, for Diamonds is a lovable romantic comedy score.
Avoid it... if you're easily annoyed by scores that borrow inspiration heavily from several contemporary, mainstream composers.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


6/15/09The Contender/Deterrence: (Larry Groupé) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you are curious about the interesting solo work of the orchestrator behind many of John Ottman's dynamic and creative early scores.
Avoid it... if you expect any of the material from the two functional scores represented on this album to achieve the same engaging personality of Ottman's music of the era.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


6/14/09The Closer You Get: (Rachel Portman) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you are attracted to Rachel Portman's quirky comedy rhythms and want to hear her make the most out of a small and eclectic (but enthusiastic) ensemble.
Avoid it... if nothing about the standard whimsical style of Portman's lighter shades appeals to your preference for her weightier romantic dramas.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


6/13/09Chicken Run: (John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you love having your concentration completely consumed by wildly rambunctious and enthusiastically spirited parody scores of the highest symphonic order.
Avoid it... if the buzzing sound of a swarm of kazoos could give you nightmares, wilt your houseplants, send pets fleeing, and stunt the intellectual development of your children.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


6/12/09Bounce: (Mychael Danna) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you have always appreciated Mychael Danna's intelligent knowledge of world music (and its exotic instruments) and seek a faint reminder of that style in an easier, contemporary package.
Avoid it... if the prospect of hearing Danna journey well into the mainstream betrays your love of his truly innovative tendencies.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


6/11/09Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2: (Carter Burwell) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you have an immense amount of expendable income and think that you might actually be entertained by a mindless 40 minutes of atmospheric sound effects.
Avoid it... if you prefer not to indulge in a boring, not so scary, scrambled mess of aural unpleasantness.
Rating:*   Read the entire review


6/10/09Autumn in New York: (Gabriel Yared) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you typically avoid Gabriel Yared's melancholy music for dramatic tragedies, because this score (along with Message in a Bottle) has a warmth and lyricism that transcends the film's many ills.
Avoid it... if you expect the chilly and detached character of Yared's more popular works for The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


6/8/09American Beauty: (Thomas Newman) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you have an open mind to eclectic and eccentric film scores with catchy rhythms and a variety of bizarre instrumentation for a seemingly incongruous concept on screen.
Avoid it... if you assume that the score will be as attractive on album as it certainly is in the film.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


6/7/09The 6th Day: (Trevor Rabin) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if the edgy, electronic action material of Trevor Rabin is as satisfying for you as his usual, pleasantly harmonic anthems.
Avoid it... if you mock largely stock synthetic scores for their childish and embarrassing lack of complexity or style.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


6/6/09The 10th Kingdom: (Anne Dudley) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you're a Mariam Stockley enthusiast and have a general affection for the consistent quality of the fantasy scores contributed by major composers to television mini-series during their renaissance in the late 1990's.
Avoid it... if you anticipate hearing the kind of overwhelming melodic lyricism that often existed in other contemporary fantasy scores on television.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


6/5/09The Sword and the Sorcerer: (David Whitaker) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you're a fan of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Golden Age swashbuckler style, which should be a surprising recommendation given the genre of this film.
Avoid it... if you expect this score to exhibit many of the same superior qualities as its sword and sorcery contemporaries from the early 1980's.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


6/3/09Star Trek: The Motion Picture: (Jerry Goldsmith) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you are unfamiliar with the feature Star Trek scores and seek the original classic of romance, adventure, and suspense that influenced most of the subsequent sequel music.
Avoid it... if you are content with the original 1986 CD album and have no use for 25 minutes of somewhat redundant score material and an entire CD of interviews on the expanded 1999 set.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


6/2/09Raise the Titanic: (John Barry) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you consider yourself any remote fan of John Barry's romantically dramatic themes and rhythmic structures of the 1980's and 1990's, or if you seek possibly the best re-recording of a complete score in history.
Avoid it... if the origins of Barry's trademark dramatic sound, regardless of its superior incarnation at the outset, are still simply too boring for you to overlook the style's majestic qualities.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review


6/1/09The Incredible Hulk (TV): (Joe Harnell) - Expanded Review
Buy it... only if you still have a soft spot for the lonely piano theme that often accompanied David Banner on his quest for a cure to his maddening problem.
Avoid it... if you expect that solitary theme for the scientist, as well as the pretty theme for his love interests, to be able to carry the otherwise badly dated action cues and disco material from the series.
Rating:***   Read the entire review







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