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Filmtracks On Cue

On Cue for September, 2004:

9/27/04 - Beyond Rangoon: (Hans Zimmer) --Expanded Review-- "Director John Boorman is no stranger to the action genre set in exotic locations, and Beyond Rangoon would be a thrilling tale of every American tourist's worst nightmare come true. The story places an American doctor and her sister on a vacation in Burma, but the main character's passport is stolen and she becomes separated from her tour group. While waiting for a replacement, she witnesses a government crime that she was not supposed to see, and she ends up on the run for her life. The edgy atmosphere in Beyond Rangoon, or any Boorman film for that matter, is balanced by an almost serene visual beauty. The film's breathtaking cinematography of Burma is a blatant contrast to the horror of the story, so the job of composer Hans Zimmer was to write a score that would root its disturbed nature in an atmosphere of beauty. Zimmer composed Beyond Rangoon at roughly the same time as The Lion King, marking an enormously busy period for the composer..." **** Read the entire review.

9/24/04 - Music from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: (Compilation) --All New Review-- "It was only a matter of time before Howard Shore's three magnificent The Lord of the Rings scores would be re-interpreted by conductors, re-recorded by ensembles, and re-released on labels other than the original. In the case of Silva and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the opportunity came quickly after the release of The Return of the King at the end of 2003. The ensemble/label collaboration has yielded a significant wealth of film music re-recordings over the years, with some hit-and-miss recordings in the early 1990's maturing into some outstanding efforts in the late 1990's and early 2000's. With much of the most famous film music already recorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus, it is not often that a project involving as much soundtrack re-recording as this one is undertaken by that group these days. Silva producer James Fitzpatrick was already prepared with arrangements of Shore's trilogy of music..." **** Read the entire review.

9/21/04 - The Pledge: (Hans Zimmer/Klaus Badelt) --All New Review-- "The 2001 directorial project of Sean Penn was received reasonably well by critics, but failed at every level with audiences. Fans of Jack Nicholson were presented, though, with a fantastic performance by the actor. The role offered the usually cocky role actor an opportunity to seriously examine his inner soul and do so in a pseudo-religious fashion. The film was a sparse murder mystery in a small town during winter with Nicholson's character, as a detective, making a pledge to the mother of a slain child to find the killer. The battle between the temptation to retire, fear of getting old, determination to solve the crime, and coming to terms with the town is all balanced in a very slowly paced, deliberate film. Without an obvious ending, the film is heavy in introspection from the start to the end, with only the development of a single character to hold the interest of the audience. Such projects were not unknown to Hans Zimmer. In recent years, the now-popular composer has been playing the fields of offers..." ** Read the entire review.

9/18/04 - The Manchurian Candidate: (David Amram/Rachel Portman) --All New Review-- "John Frankenheimer's original film, based on Richard Condon's 1959 novel and adapted in George Axelrod's 1962 screenplay, remains a Hollywood classic and a historically fascinating glimpse into the imaginative fears of America in the height of cold war anti-Communism. It raised possibilities terrifying to the average American in the 1960's, but all too real in current times: a group of American soldiers, captured by an enemy of war during distant battle, is brainwashed and one of them is falsely decorated by the illegitimate memories of his comrades and goes on to eventually become a vice-presidential candidate. That candidate, once in office, will become president after a planned assassination, and the faceless enemy that brainwashed him would activate a controlling device that would make him their drone. For Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury, the enemy was the Red Chinese government, but today, the villains in the Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep remake by Jonathan Demme are, more believably, corporations...." *** Read the entire review.

9/17/04 - The Notebook: (Aaron Zigman) --All New Review-- "An arthouse film from New Line Cinema that has taken everyone by surprise with its sustained box office success throughout the summer of 2004, The Notebook is a tender love story spanning the generations since World War II. It features James Garner as a man who reads his own stories of romance to a similarly aged woman at a nursing home, with the film transitioning between the present moment of storytelling and the 1940's era of youth and romance. Inevitable from the first moments of the film, it turns out that the Garner's character and the elderly woman at the modern-day nursing home are by coincidence the same two lovers from the heart of the 1940's story. Their first encounter was separated by World War II, but they passionately reunited seven years later despite realizing that their lives had taken substantially different paths. Their meeting at the nursing home now allows them to relive and tie up the loose ends of their youth. The wide release of the film..." *** Read the entire review.

9/14/04 - Reel Chill: The Cinematic Chillout Album: (Compilation) --All New Review-- "It's been several years now since Silva Screen's collaboration with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus yielded the original Cinema Choral Classics albums and dozens of other successful ventures. You begin to wonder if Silva producer James Fitzpatrick (who we all have to thank for these performances -- many of which are magnificent) and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra have run out of noteworthy (and more likely, profitable) music to re-record and must rely on the most recent scores to choose material from. While their production together has slowed since those glorious days of the late 1990's, that doesn't mean that their library of recordings can't be plucked for yet another new combination of these recordings along a new, common theme. Some of these compilations in the past have been suspicious in their inclusion of some recordings while they omit others, and some collectors seem to stick to Silva re-recordings of either a single score..." *** Read the entire review.

9/12/04 - Amerika: (Basil Poledouris) --All New Review-- "Extremely controversial for its time, it is difficult to look back upon Amerika and imagine that a considerable portion of the American public viewed the television series as one of realistic possibilities. Running over seven nights for a mammoth 14 hours total, Amerika was a "what if" novel about how individuals (representing the American spirit through their actions and reactions) would respond to the Soviet invasion and occupation of the United States. Despite the sensationalism applied to the reputation of the film at the time, Amerika is not a film depicting the actual military attack and seige. Rather, the point of the series was to concentrate on the average American's reaction to the post-war occupation a full ten years after the initial invasion. Thus, the series is a "people story" rather than a massive political statement or action film. The somber spirit of the film (including the execution of primary characters and, not to be forgotten, the entire American legislative body) is tempered..." **** Read the entire review.

9/10/04 - The Whole Wide World: (Harry Gregson-Williams/Hans Zimmer) --Expanded Review-- "Robert E. Howard was one of the more inspired fantasy writers of a generation, conjuring such famous serial characters as Conan the Barbarian, Kull the Conquerer, and Red Sonja. His youthful, platonic relationship with writer Novalyne Price Ellis is the subject of the story for The Whole Wide World, with the three-year friendship between writers recalled many decades later by the still-living Ellis. The tumultuous, but undeniably sweet relationship between the two was strained if only because Ellis enjoyed writing about naturalistic topics while Howard was, well, stuck in the imaginary land of Conan. Ellis' book of romantic recollection, "One Who Walked Alone," was several years in the translation to the big screen, and while embraced with critical success (especially in response to a strong early performance by actress Renee Zellweger) at the time of its release, The Whole Wide World was actually seen by very few people...." *** Read the entire review.

9/6/04 - Invincible: (Hans Zimmer/Klaus Badelt) --All New Review-- "The first mainstream film by director Werner Herzog in many years, 2002's Invincible was a polarizing tale of human dignity and religious allegory set in Nazi Germany during its early pre-war years. It tells the story of the world's strongest man, a modern carnival attraction that was popular even back as far as the early 1930's. A talent scout finds the strongest man and brings him to a German show house with live acts (run by Tim Roth, who brutally portrays the theatre owner and a clairvoyant for Hitler), where the boyish strongman lifts boulders and performs other outstanding feats. The conflict of the story arises in the fact that the strongman is a Polish Jew in a country slowly being squeezed by the Nazis. And, as part of the necessary allegory of the story, the strongman, like Samson, reveals his true self during a live performance (tearing off his blonde wig and gladiator's uniform). The surprising tale spirals from there, including a love triangle and the ultimately unhappy ending...." **** Read the entire review.

9/3/04 - Radio Flyer: (Hans Zimmer) --Expanded Review-- "If you want to study about a film that definitely should never have been made, then Radio Flyer is your case in point. It's hard to think how director Richard Donner couldn't see the writing on the wall, but the screenplay for Radio Flyer by David Mickey Evans was passed around Hollywood with extremely high interest, and Donner took it upon himself to bring this terrible fantasy tale of child abuse to the big screen. Donner's first film being The Omen was perhaps some indication at the time that the director could take any film about a troubled child and make it into a classic. Unfortunately, Radio Flyer falls into the trap of an impossible reality: a mother of two children remarries an abusive alcoholic, but she doesn't know that he is beating the younger son. Having seen another child attempt to fly on his Radio Flyer wagon, the two brothers decide that the only way to escape the abuse is to build their own flying wagon..." **** Read the entire review.

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