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 April, 2012:





4/27/12 Galaxy Quest  (David Newman) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you can't resist a really good parody score, especially one of the very few that takes effective aim at the science fiction genre.
Avoid it... if the bright and overly enthusiastic style of David Newman's parody writing lacks the resounding depth and power necessary to make such music worthy of a standalone listening experience.


4/24/12 The Right Stuff  (Bill Conti) - All New Review
Buy it... on the early Varese Sarabande CD containing a London re-recording of 18 minutes from this score if you can satisfy yourself with the most heroic symphonic highlights of this otherwise highly varied score.
Avoid it... on the fuller 2009 presentation of the original recording if you expect to hear Bill Conti extend the glory of his primary themes with much conviction beyond these highlights.


4/21/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
Recently revised versions of the following reviews are now available:


4/17/12 Titanic  (James Horner) - Updated Review, With Additional Albums
Buy it... if you somehow missed the engrossing phenomenon when it debuted in 1997 and you have an open mind about what is commonly considered (and ridiculed) as the most famous and romantic film score of the digital era.
Avoid it... if even the price of $0.01 for the first Titanic album on the used-CD market cannot entice you to explore the James Horner new age triumph that resulted in the best-selling film score album in history.


4/14/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
Recently revised versions of the following reviews are now available:


4/11/12 White Fang  (Basil Poledouris/Hans Zimmer/Various) - All New Review
Buy it... if you, like most film music collectors, appreciate the style of both Basil Poledouris and Hans Zimmer, for the two composers did their honest best to address this adventure film with the instructions given to them.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear either composer make any attempt to extend outside of his comfort zone, the two scores extremely typical to their output at the time and therefore distractingly incongruous next to each other in context.


4/8/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
Recently revised versions of the following reviews are now available:


4/5/12 The Omen (2006)  (Marco Beltrami) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you are comfortable enough with Marco Beltrami's own compositional techniques in the horror genre to hear him re-invent the sound of this franchise while carrying over only some of the elements from Jerry Goldsmith's classic.
Avoid it... if you simply cannot accept any film in this franchise without its famous title theme, "Ave Satani," in a primary role or, on top of that, if you expect Beltrami to match his mentor's impressive narrative for the plot's series of realizations.


4/2/12 Four Newly Expanded Reviews Debut
Recently revised versions of the following reviews are now available:







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