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Filmtracks On Cue

On Cue for December, 2009:

12/30/09Spirited Away: (Joe Hisaishi) - All New Review
Buy it... if the whimsically flowing optimism typical of Joe Hisaishi's most exuberant and pretty music for Studio Ghibli reliably infuses sunshine into even the dreariest of your days.
Avoid it... if you easily tire of incessantly bright music, both in melodies of throwback innocence and sudden shifts in fluffy orchestral bombast that diminish a score's unconvincingly suspenseful moments.
Rating:***   Read the entire review

12/27/09The Truman Show: (Burkhart Dallwitz/Philip Glass) - All New Review
Buy it... if a collection of beautiful highlights from the original music by both Burkhart Dallwitz and Philip Glass for this film await your rearrangement into a highly compelling, if not simplistic new age style of listening experience.
Avoid it... if you rightfully expect the director's choices of the application of this music to the film to match the intellectual and thought-provoking nature of the plot itself, because The Truman Show remains one of the most excruciating missed opportunities for dual scores in recent cinema.
Rating:***   Read the entire review

12/23/09Rocky III: (Bill Conti) - All New Review
Buy it... if you are attracted to the popular "Eye of the Tiger" title song or if you seek to create as complete a compilation of Bill Conti's sentimental symphonic music for the franchise as possible.
Avoid it... if the limited six minutes of pretty Conti material (for the high-impact, emotional scenes in the film) on the inadequate album aren't worth a product that mostly regurgitates tracks from previous Rocky albums.
Rating:***   Read the entire review

12/20/09Rocky II: (Bill Conti) - All New Review
Buy it... if you seek only one of the first three soundtrack albums in the Rocky franchise, for this one summarizes all of the themes from the original classic while exploring the ideas that would be reprised to constitute most of Rocky III.
Avoid it... if nine minutes of gorgeous Bill Conti instrumentals (without 1970's pop or disco elements participating) in two tracks on this album aren't worth a continuation of a badly dated general sound for the concept.
Rating:****   Read the entire review

12/16/09Rocky: (Bill Conti) - All New Review
Buy it... if you want one of the most popular and inspirational scores ever written, an iconic work of the 1970's used throughout the subsequent decades by many in the mainstream to motivate them during workouts and sporting activities.
Avoid it... if the unashamed major-key enthusiasm and stereotypical symphonic and pop blend of the title theme for the film, obviously its heart and soul, has for you become both too outdated and overexposed through the years.
Rating:****   Read the entire review

12/13/09William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet: (Nellee Hooper/Craig Armstrong/Marius DeVries) - All New Review
Buy it... on the "Volume 2" soundtrack album if you seek the most accurate representation of the extremely disparate collection of highly melodramatic and stylish music you actually heard in the film.
Avoid it... if you demand the continuity of Moulin Rouge in this related format, for the similar highlights of this practice run are likely not worth the flawed album presentation for anyone other than fanatic enthusiasts of the film.
Rating:***   Read the entire review

12/10/09The Silence of the Lambs: (Howard Shore) - All New Review
Buy it... if you want to spend an hour looking over your shoulder, because few scores are as consistently unnerving as Howard Shore's morbidly dramatic The Silence of the Lambs.
Avoid it... if you expect this score to accomplish much more than establish a suspenseful mood, for its structures really aren't that complicated when studied apart from the oppressive attitude of their performance.
Rating:***   Read the entire review

12/7/09Donnie Darko: (Michael Andrews) - All New Review
Buy it... if you're a generally well-adjusted and happy person who has wondered what it would be like to lose all hope in life, in which case this drab electronic score on your stereo's repeat function will send you in the right direction.
Avoid it... if you're already being treated for hallucinations or depression with a variety of pills and therapies, in which case scores like this one will smother whatever sparks of life that still fire in your brain.
Rating:**   Read the entire review

12/4/09Psycho (1998): (Herrmann/Elfman/Bartek) - All New Review
Buy it... if you seek the most authentic re-recording of Bernard Herrmann's classic score available, one that best matches the tempos and ambience of the original.
Avoid it... if you prefer embellishments in interpretation when hearing fresh performances of older works, including a substantial beefing up of the ensemble's force and the addition of reverb, neither of which exists here.
Rating:****   Read the entire review

12/1/09Bram Stoker's Dracula: (Wojciech Kilar) - All New Review
Buy it... if blatantly morbid melodrama of the highest order, complete with excessively pounding percussive rhythms, brooding bass strings, and bloated choral chanting, is the quickest path to the darker corners of your heart.
Avoid it... if the grandest gothic tone and style of the mythical vampire genre doesn't impress you unless all of its components are assembled in a tightly cohesive whole.
Rating:***   Read the entire review

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