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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri
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Sony Classical
(December 7th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if there are no boundaries to your love of Thomas Newman's knack for extremely complex, exotic, and textured rhythms for wacky, pseudo-classical environments.

Avoid it... if you expect the three children central to this concept to be musically represented by the thematic defiance and triumphant cohesion that they deserve but never receive.
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WRITTEN 12/17/04, REVISED 10/4/11
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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: (Thomas Newman) Any author whose series of children's books could knock Harry Potter off of the New York Times bestseller list is worthy of considerable big-screen attention. The interesting trend of successful children's franchises of the early 2000's seemed to involve the fact that they are rooted in morbid family tragedies, with the parents of the young heroes in both the Potter and Daniel Handler's Lemony Snicket stories losing their parents in terrible events while at an early age. But as treacherous and scary as these children's books seem to be, the kids just love them, and like the Potter series, even adults were seemingly ensnared by the novel premise adapted in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. It's difficult to describe what there exactly is to like about the story of the concept, other than the fact that three orphans (the oldest of whom is 14) manage to use their wit and mysterious abilities to survive exploitation attempts by greedy relatives who take them in for various unexplainable reasons. Despite all of the persistently horrible things that happen to these three children, they find ways to escape, strike back, and cope, no matter how much you scratch your head and wonder where the grieving process was supposed to enter the equation. The wackiness of the surroundings, from the wandering time frame to the disjointed settings, begged for a film adaptation to be made with all of the best special effects and art direction that money could buy. The first of a planned franchise of films, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events features Jim Carrey as the most memorable villain, Count Olaf, and throws clues to mysteries left and right that were intended to be solved in future films. Although the 2004 film fared well critically and at the box office, studio upheaval at Paramount caused a potential sequel to be postponed indefinitely. For the concept's music, a distinctly sophisticated, classical, but absolutely quirky approach was called for. After all, absurdity abounds. Finding either the classical or quirky parts by themselves wouldn't be hard, but a wise choice was made to hire the resurgent Thomas Newman for the task. A master of orchestral drama on large scales, Newman is the same man who started a revolution of worldly tones and unusual rhythms with American Beauty several years prior, a trend that carried over into many of his subsequent works of the 2000's.

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Average: 3.38 Stars
***** 367 5 Stars
**** 430 4 Stars
*** 369 3 Stars
** 265 2 Stars
* 143 1 Stars
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Total Time: 68:58
• 1. The Bad Beginning (3:20)
• 2. Chez Olaf (3:12)
• 3. The Baudelaire Orphans (2:32)
• 4. In Loco Parentis (1:28)
• 5. Resilience (2:30)
• 6. The Reptile Room (1:36)
• 7. An Unpleasant Incident Involving a Train (4:52)
• 8. Curdled Cave (2:04)
• 9. Puttanesca (2:41)
• 10. Curious Feeling of Falling (1:46)
• 11. Regarding the Incredibly Deadly Viper (2:34)
• 12. The Marvelous Marriage (0:53)
• 13. Lachrymose Ferry (0:38)
• 14. Concerning Aunt Josephine (2:09)
• 15. VFD (1:11)
• 16. The Wide Window (1:12)
• 17. Cold as Ike (2:45)
• 18. Hurricane Herman (2:19)
• 19. Snaky Message (2:31)
• 20. The Regrettable Episode of the Leeches (2:45)
• 21. Interlude with Sailboat (1:05)
• 22. Verisimilitude (2:17)
• 23. Loverly Spring* (1:50)
• 24. A Woeful Wedding (3:22)
• 25. Attack of the Hook-Handed Man (2:23)
• 26. Taken by Surpreeze (2:02)
• 27. One Last Look (1:42)
• 28. The Letter that Never Came (4:14)
• 29. Drive Away (End Title) (5:05)
* music and lyrics co-written by Thomas Newman and Bill Bernstein

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