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1/17/21 WarGames   (Arthur B. Rubinstein)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek a valiant attempt by Arthur B. Rubinstein to capture the somewhat schizophrenic nature of the film's duality, balancing light parody and synthetic pop style with ballsy orchestral mayhem for the threat of nuclear war.
Avoid it... if you have difficulty accepting scores that challenge you with a wide range of technical intellect and melodic constructs instead of simplifying their personality to capture your heart with cohesive ethos.
1/10/21 *batteries not included   (James Horner)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you desire a rough foreshadowing of the balance between vintage jazz and orchestral sensitivity in James Horner's later Cocoon: The Return and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
Avoid it... if you expect Horner's cute, uniquely playful tones for the mechanized alien visitors in this film to translate well to album, especially on the exceedingly long 2018 product.
1/1/21 Rio Conchos   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2013 Intrada album featuring Jerry Goldsmith's own re-recording of most of the score if you seek an early glimpse at the composer's darker, folksy Western style in pristine digital sound.
Avoid it... on that re-recording if you are a Goldsmith purist interested instead in a superior presentation of the original recording on several other products, regardless of how badly aged its sound may be.
12/27/20 100 Rifles   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you delight in Jerry Goldsmith's darkly dissonant and richly textured Western action mode that tests you with its often harsh and brutal tone.
Avoid it... if you'd prefer to be entertained by romantic Western stereotypes without feeling the need to study any of Goldsmith's multi-cultural intricacies in this case.
12/20/20 Stargate SG-1   (Joel Goldsmith/Richard Band/Various)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 2001 GNP Crescendo album if you desire a satisfyingly comprehensive selection of original music from the first season of the show.
Avoid it... on either the 1997 or 2017 albums, the former a repetitive rearrangement of material from David Arnold's original film score and the latter a sparsely rendered shell of what this concept's music once was.
12/12/20 Filmtracks announces its 2019 award nominees and winners
Filmtracks celebrates the best film music of 2019 with its annual nominees and winners in the categories of "Top Film Scores," "Top Composers," and "Top Film Cues." The nominees for "Top Film Scores" in 2019 are:
Godzilla: King of the Monsters  (Bear McCreary)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World  (John Powell)
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil  (Geoff Zanelli/Various)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker  (John Williams)
Traumfabrik  (Philipp Noll)
Visit the 2019 Awards section to view the winners (and other categories). For more information about these awards or to view the results from previous years, browse the Filmtracks Awards index page.
12/4/20 Masquerade Hotel   (Naoki Sato)
All New Review
Buy it... if you appreciate the immensity of Naoki Sato's more engaging works, the composer staying true to form with his overtly melodramatic mannerisms for this glitzy, overstated murder mystery.
Avoid it... if you lack patience for Sato's resoundingly wet, reverb-friendly mixes and his tendency to needlessly repeat the same phrasing and orchestrations without adequate variation within his works.
11/28/20 Cliffs of Freedom   (George Kallis)
All New Review
Buy it... if you appreciate ambitious scores for historical ethnic epics, George Kallis providing a wealth of symphonic force, thematic development, and exotic flavor for this doomed film.
Avoid it... if you become frustrated by scores that introduce so many themes that several of the best don't receive adequate development for you, this entry offering a wealth of riches almost too complicated for its own good.
11/22/20 Traumfabrik   (Philipp Noll)
All New Review
Buy it... if heartwarming romance scores with touching themes highlighted by piano and choir are your ticket to happiness, this work an impressive breakthrough for young German composer Philipp Noll.
Avoid it... if you loathe unpredictable interludes of over-the-top parody music, for this film required a unique collection of source-like score cues to represent the movies being produced on screen.
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