Newest Major Reviews:.This Month's Most Popular Reviews: Best-Selling Albums:
. 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 May, 2011:





5/31/11American Gangster: (Marc Streitenfeld) - All New Review
Buy it... if you seek a very competent adaptation of Blaxploitation tones into a rhythmically aggressive, atmospherically creepy orchestral and synthetic blend.
Avoid it... if the haze of a dirty, murky environment for the majority of the score cannot sustain your interest after several engaging cues of distinct 1970's attitude for the title character at the start.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


5/28/11Blades of Glory: (Theodore Shapiro) - All New Review
Buy it... if even average, spoon-fed parody scores of absolutely no distinctive personality rouse you with their head-spinning diversity.
Avoid it... if you require your parody scores to truly take themselves seriously, because the tone of Theodore Shapiro's music for this film is too cute and airy to be considered worthwhile as a standalone listening experience on album.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


5/25/11Lust, Caution: (Alexandre Desplat) - All New Review
Buy it... if you consistently appreciate Alexandre Desplat's ability to accentuate the tasteful drama in a film without taking any chances in terms of the depth of his emotional reach.
Avoid it... if the lack of true passion, suspicion, romance, and danger in this music makes it too safely inoffensive to engage you as thoroughly as you expect for a film of this melodramatic agony.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


5/22/11Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: (Mark Mothersbaugh) - All New Review
Buy it... if ten minutes of majestic orchestral and choral highlights for this animated fantasy film are enough to float a highly frenetic and often challenging score that accomplishes its task with ease.
Avoid it... if your lack of interest in shifty parody scores with inconsistent personalities consistently limits your appreciation of even their occasional solitary highlights.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


5/18/11Limitless: (Paul Leonard-Morgan) - All New Review
Buy it... if you suffer from a Narcissistic Personality Disorder that includes, but is not limited to, unexplainable self-punishment, guilt-purging behavior patterns, unloving strangulation of self-freedom, compulsive-ritualistic tendencies, and inertly reverting to default, counterproductive conduct.
Avoid it... if you have an affectionate attachment to your brain cells, because you'll discovered several of them missing after sitting through the album of this brash, mechanized noise.
Rating:*   Read the entire review


5/15/11The Adjustment Bureau: (Thomas Newman) - All New Review
Buy it... if the generically computerized rhythmic chase scores of this generation no longer interest you and you seek the same atmospheric effect from Thomas Newman's reliably eclectic collection of oddly compiled instruments.
Avoid it... if the only thing that connects less with you emotionally than generically computerized rhythmic chase scores is precisely Newman's usual rattling and clunking rhythms, a sound that unfortunately disappoints in this aimless application.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


5/13/11Medal of Honor: Frontline: (Michael Giacchino) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if the maturity of Michael Giacchino's own distinct style is what you had considered lacking in the previous "Medal of Honor" scores.
Avoid it... if you really have no confidence in the quality of any score for a video game, because by this entry in the series, Giacchino's "Medal of Honor" music could compete favorably with any major film score.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


5/11/11Medal of Honor: Underground: (Michael Giacchino) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you itched to hear Michael Giacchino branch out from the John Williams mould after the first "Medal of Honor" score and start exploring his own styles with the same standard of high quality.
Avoid it... if the reason you enjoyed "Medal of Honor" was precisely because of its close stylistic similarities to Williams' music, for this subsequent entry rumbles into more intimate territory.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


5/9/11Medal of Honor: (Michael Giacchino) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you want to hear Michael Giacchino's first breakthrough score, for despite residing in the video game genre, "Medal of Honor" is an engagingly robust orchestral work worthy of a motion picture.
Avoid it... if the strikingly obvious similarities between this music and John Williams' Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade might hinder your ability to enjoy its other, more original merits.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


5/6/11The Homecoming: A Christmas Story/Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn: (Jerry Goldsmith/James Horner) - All New Review
Buy it... if pleasant and predictable extensions of familiar trademarks from Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner are interesting enough to warrant curiosity in this compilation of two of their obscure television works.
Avoid it... if you have no need to hear stripped-down siblings to half a dozen larger scores from each composer.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


5/3/11First Knight: (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you maintain at least a moderate collection of Jerry Goldsmith's most robust action scores, because First Knight valiantly connects the styles of his 1970's classics with the bombast of his best scores of the late 1990's.
Avoid it... on any album if you have little tolerance for Goldsmith in unintentional parody mode, for he pushes the nobility and melodrama to downright silly heights here, and especially avoid the incomplete and badly rearranged 1995 commercial product.
Rating:****   Read the entire review







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