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Filmtracks On Cue

On Cue for January, 2007:

1/30/07A History of Hitchcock: Dial M For Murder: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... only if it's available for $0.99 and you don't own subsequent Silva compilations of music from Hitchcock films.
Avoid it... if you'd rather seek a superior 1999 compilation combining all of Silva's Hitchcock-related offerings into one set.
Rating:**   Read the entire review

1/25/07The Queen: (Alexandre Desplat) - All New Review
Buy it... if you want an upbeat variant on Alexandre Desplat's score for Birth, or you appreciated the score's light touch in the film itself.
Avoid it... if you expect any sense of regal authority or genuine sorrow extending from Desplat's surprisingly flighty and prickly score.
Rating:**   Read the entire review

1/23/07The 2006 Academy Award Nominations
Nominated for 'Best Score' are Gustavo Santaolalla for Babel, Thomas Newman for The Good German, Philip Glass for Notes on a Scandal, Javier Navarrete for Pan's Labyrinth, and Alexander Desplat for The Queen. These nominations are the first for Desplat and Navarrete. Unlike previous years, there is no clear front-runner in this field. Santaolalla won the award last year for his often criticized Brokeback Mountain, an award widely considered by the film score community to be the poorest Oscar choice for a score since Anne Dudley's The Fully Monty won over a vastly superior field in 1998. This marks only the second time in the past decade that John Williams has not been nominated, with both years featuring no new score from the Hollywood favorite (2003, 2006). Tell us what you think of the nominations at the Filmtracks Scoreboard!

1/21/07Lonesome Dove: Classic Western Film Scores II: (Compilation) - Expanded Review
Buy it... if you want a fantastic performance of a suite from She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and some of the remaining selections are of interest to you.
Avoid it... if you conversely lack interest in the highly varied and somewhat unpredictable series of inclusions.
Rating:***   Read the entire review

1/17/07The Promise: (Klaus Badelt) - All New Review
Buy it... if you want to hear a group of China's best orchestral players and singers translate an unproven composer's truly American sound into a magnificent blend of style and beauty.
Avoid it... if the simplicity of Klaus Badelt's constructs, still rooted in the basic chord progressions that have defined his career, detract from the authenticity of the genre.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review

1/14/07Eragon: (Patrick Doyle) - All New Review
Buy it... if you can imagine enjoying Patrick Doyle's hopelessly positive and treble-rich repetitions of blatantly heroic and slightly cheesy fantasy themes.
Avoid it... if you expect your sword and sorcery scores to shake the floors with a genuine sense of dread and solemn contemplation (to go along with those grandiose themes).
Rating:****   Read the entire review

1/11/07Blizzard: (Mark McKenzie) - All New Review
Buy it... if you can't resist seasonal choral and orchestral beauty and are rooting for the career of Mark McKenzie like most other dedicated film score collectors.
Avoid it... if the hopelessly saccharine nature of children's music for the holidays is simply too much major key for you to handle.
Rating:****   Read the entire review

1/8/07Pan's Labyrinth: (Javier Navarrete) - All New Review
Buy it... if you seek an exotic, rich fantasy score with thematic integrity and grand, tonal schemes while maintaining a persistent sense of dread in its dissonant accompaniment.
Avoid it... if you are easily exhausted by extremely dense, complicated, and emotionally conflicted scores, no matter their beauty.
Rating:****   Read the entire review

1/6/07The Departed: (Howard Shore) - All New Review
Buy it... if you enjoy contemporary guitar performances (acoustic and electric) set to snazzy tango rhythms.
Avoid it... if the overtly stylish and surprising Latin flavor reaches beyond your acceptable boundaries of the American mob film genre.
Rating:****   Read the entire review

1/4/07Blood Diamond: (James Newton Howard) - All New Review
Buy it... if you can appreciate an extremely diverse collection of percussion and vocals over a relatively simplistic orchestral construct.
Avoid it... if the pieces of music you've heard from the score sound far too similar to Hans Zimmer's stereotypical Media Ventures sound to salvage the worth of the album.
Rating:****   Read the entire review

1/2/07The Fountain: (Clint Mansell) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you are a dedicated fan of impressionistic scores and/or appreciated this score's minimalistic, repetitive constructs in the film itself.
Avoid it... if you expect your journey to spiritual enlightenment to include intellectual complexity, harmonic resonance, or satisfying resolution.
Rating:**   Read the entire review

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