Newest Major Reviews:.This Month's Most Popular Reviews: Best-Selling Albums:
. 1. Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker
2. Men in Black: International
3. Dark Phoenix
4. The Secret Life of Pets 2
5. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
. . 1. Gladiator
2. Batman
3. Nightmare Before Christmas
4. Titanic
5. Justice League
6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
7. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
8. Maleficent
9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
10. Edward Scissorhands
. . 1. LOTR: Fellowship/Ring (2018)
2. Beauty and the Beast (Legacy)
3. Predator
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story
5. LOTR: The Two Towers (2018)
Filmtracks On Cue

On Cue for February, 2011:

2/25/11 Filmtracks announces its 2010 award nominees and winners
As part of the new awards format adopted at the site last year, Filmtracks celebrates the best film music of 2010 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 2010 are:

    • Alice in Wonderland (Danny Elfman)
    • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (David Arnold)
    • How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)
    • The Last Airbender (James Newton Howard)
    • Space Battleship Yamato (Naoki Sato)

Visit the new awards section to view the winner (and other categories). It is an ongoing goal to extend the three-category format to previous years on an annual basis, too, and this year, updated selections have been added for 2006. For more information about these changes or to browse all years, visit the Filmtracks Awards index page.

2/21/11Space Battleship Yamato: (Naoki Sato) - All New Review
Buy it... if you're not familiar with the legacy of the music for this concept or if you desire an intelligent adaptation of its themes into a monumental revision that resembles the style of Western fantasy blockbusters more than ever before.
Avoid it... if you are a purist who staunchly defends the pop and vocal elements in Hiroshi Miyagawa's legendary music of the past and reject any melodramatic Westernization of that sound despite faithful thematic usage and an incredible recording mix.
Rating:*****   Read the entire review

2/18/11The Next Three Days: (Danny Elfman) - All New Review
Buy it... if you seek a lightly rhythmic suspense score with a surprisingly tender personality maintained by soft instrumental tones led by piano and strings.
Avoid it... if you expect truly engaging suspense material to emerge from what is ultimately a conservatively somber exercise in ambience broken at the climax by one strikingly beautiful cue of vocal and percussive redemption.
Rating:***   Read the entire review

2/15/11Poltergeist: (Jerry Goldsmith) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you appreciate engaging and intelligent horror scores that slowly and brilliantly transform attractive harmony into frightfully atonal terror.
Avoid it... if the famous "Carol Anne's Theme" is too sweet for your palette and the secondary religious motifs in the score are too infrequently utilized to salvage the entirety for your non-horror preferences.
Rating:****   Read the entire review

2/12/11The Tourist: (James Newton Howard/Gabriel Yared) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you want to hear James Newton Howard channel the affable, comedic European sensibilities of composers like Gabriel Yared, an irony hopefully not ultimately missed by the filmmakers.
Avoid it... if you expect this spy thriller to sound anything like Howard's Salt or its equivalents, because The Tourist is instead an exercise in dainty romance and spoof-quality chase material.
Rating:***   Read the entire review

2/9/11The Ghost Writer: (Alexandre Desplat) - All New Review
Buy it... if you are entranced by the intelligent and uniquely applied style of Alexandre Desplat at his most rhythmically frantic and disjointedly paranoid reaches.
Avoid it... if perpetually unnerving staccato movements of quiet disharmony and a bizarre, awkwardly exotic primary theme promise to stick you with a thousand needles for the entire duration of this dispiriting album.
Rating:***   Read the entire review

2/7/11The Mist: (Mark Isham) - All New Review
Buy it... if you seek an adaptation of the Lisa Gerrard performance of the Dead Can Dance song "The Host of Seraphim" that dominates the soundtrack on screen and on album with its seven minutes of downbeat, spiritual beauty.
Avoid it... if you expect absolutely anything remotely listenable to come from Mark Isham's synthetic original music for this film, because it functions as unnerving sound effects to maintain a horrific ambience of dread for a small portion of the film.
Rating:**   Read the entire review

2/4/1110,000 BC: (Harald Kloser/Thomas Wanker) - All New Review
Buy it... if you appreciate raucous ear candy for what it is, with bold orchestral melodies and brutal percussive and vocal rhythms pushing all the right "guilty pleasure" buttons.
Avoid it... if you cannot tolerate hearing Hans Zimmer's King Arthur rearranged into an African adventure score, for 10,000 BC is among the more controversial subjects of plagiarism discussion to exist in the film score community.
Rating:***   Read the entire review

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