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Filmtracks On Cue

On Cue for November/December, 2004:

12/17/04 - Blade: (Mark Isham) --All New Review-- "A rare horror venture in composer Mark Isham's career, Blade is a 1998 adaptation from a comic strip which features the battles on and under our city streets between vampires and Wesley Snipes' Blade character (a half vampire/half human "daywalker"), who is intent on stopping the pureblood vampires from raising evil gods, beginning the apocalypse, and increasing everyone's insurance rates. Being British director Stephen Norrington's first American film, Blade was also a first of sorts for Isham, whose career is highlighted by scenic drama projects and classy urban jazz. For Blade, Isham would drop all of those sensibilities, for the film would replace Isham's usual delicacies (heard with great popularity in Fly Away Home and A River Runs Through It) with the imagery of considerable property damage and nasty deaths. While many people may classify it as a horror/action film only, Blade is also a vampire flick, opening realms in which Isham could explore the romantic, though deeply troubled minds of the title character and his opponents...." ** Read the entire review.

12/7/04 - The House of the Spirits: (Hans Zimmer) --Expanded Review-- "The violent and terrible tale of the trials and suffering of an aristocratic Chilean family over the course of 45 years, The House of the Spirits is not a pleasant film. Considering how gruesome the story is (and it is performed with excruciating pain my a stellar cast of big name stars), it is surprising how lyrical and darkly romantic Hans Zimmer's score emphasizes the passion of the story. Despite the death and dismemberment on screen, the score remains as one of Zimmer's softer and more melodic efforts, combining his synthesizers with an orchestra and a touch of South American flavor. The House of the Spirits, due to the threatening undertones from beginning to end, becomes potentially depressing and almost haunting in its music. Yet, the constant themes keep it from becoming burdensome for the listener. The score begins with the patriotic, but subdued anthem that serves as the only major-key theme of the album before it takes a slow, dramatic turn in direction...." **** Read the entire review.

11/30/04 - The Fan: (Hans Zimmer/Jeff Rona) --All New Review-- "This combination of film and score is easily a disaster for most viewers and listeners, and if you just happen to be a baseball fan, then you'd be better off ignoring it all together. Based on the novel by Peter Abrahams, Phoef Sutton's screenplay must have seemed like a good idea to the Crimson Tide duo of director Tony Scott and composer Hans Zimmer. The story revolves around a man beaten by society (Robert DeNiro) who is a devoted fan of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. As he loses his job and all perspective on life, he becomes more and more obsessed with the Giants' newest acquisition, played by Wesley Snipes (clearly modeled after the real-life Giants' 1993 acquisition of superstar Barry Bonds), and will do anything it takes to have him lead the Giants to the World Series. For film score collectors and baseball fans alike, The Fan will make you pull your hair out. Despite a notable performance by DeNiro, Scott and Zimmer both fail in their jobs so miserably that the resulting film is nearly laughable...." * Read the entire review.

11/21/04 - Smilla's Sense of Snow: (Harry Gregson-Williams and Hans Zimmer) --Expanded Review-- "Based on the thrilling novel by Peter Hoeg, Smilla's Sense of Snow features a half-Inuit scientist (performed by Julia Ormand) who is compelled to investigate the mysterious death of a neighbor boy. Naturally, the growing complexity of the circumstances of the boy's death begin to grow to full-blown conspiracy levels and the wintry adventure takes us on a tour of Denmark and its colonies with several top flight actors at the helm. Directed by Bille August, the film came and went through the theatres like one of the free-floating snowflakes in its tale, with even the score flying largely below radar. The murder mystery has a span of science that extends 140 years and, in the age of criminal mischief when concerning potentially scary discoveries, ends up dancing on the edge of fantasy and science fiction by its conclusion. At its core, however, Smilla's Sense of Snow is a slowly developing and soft mystery with occasional thrilling jolts and an atmosphere of constantly dreary weather...." ** Read the entire review.

11/7/04 - Filmtracks is moving to a new office in Missoula, Montana during the month of November. The office will be housed in a newly built extension to a renovated mansion in the historical University District of Missoula that will also house this site's trouble-making creators. This process began in May of this year, and our renovations are nearly complete, so with our impending move will come an expected, temporary decline in the reviews of new albums at Filmtracks. There may be a few exceptions for major early-holiday releases during the month, but for the most part, we'll finish the ongoing unveiling of our new Hans Zimmer reviews and debut other new reviews written earlier in the year. Look for a return to normalcy (if such a thing exists here) at Filmtracks in December. In other news: After over a year of persistence, we've resolved the block that AOL had placed on Filmtracks' e-mailing to their members. The company had blocked Filmtracks' e-mails to all of its customers due to its erroneous belief that Filmtracks was a spam agent. If you are an AOL user (and that isn't recommended), be advised that we can now respond to your e-mails. And in even more news: About 140 e-mails rolled in to Filmtracks regarding the site's presidential endorsement, with support and angst seemingly split in quantity. If you wonder why a soundtrack site would ever endorse anything in the great world of reality, read this explanation. Incidentally, while the following have not been formally mentioned before, Filmtracks also endorses predictions about the end of the world, outrageous public nudity, dipping potato chips in ketchup, and any video footage in which large groups of tourists are being attacked by wild animals. Let the protests begin... We'll see you in December!

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