Film Music Review
The Sammy awards







20th anniversary year!




Founder and Managing Editor:

Roger L. Hall

Contributing Writers:

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb


Feature Presentation

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Latest News NEW!

Film Music Publications on multimedia DVDs

Film Music Memorial Tributes

Film Composer Tributes

Film Anniversary Tributes

Movie Songwriter Anniversaries

Favorite Film Music Poll

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

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Film Music Review (FMR) has provided hundreds of reviews of CDs, DVDs, and Books. Though the emphasis has been on film scores there have been movie songwriter tributes and songtrack reviews as well.

Online Production:
Film Music Review is available exclusively on American Music and is now celebrating its 20th year, one of the longest-running Online e-zines focused on vintage film scores and songs.

Managing Editor:
Film Music Review was begun by Roger L. Hall in 1998 on a different site. It was moved here in 2006 and he has been Managing Editor since it began.
He is an author, film historian, composer, and member of the International Film Music Critics Association.

The Reviewers:
These are the FMR critics: Roger L. Hall, Steven A. Kennedy, and Steve Vertlieb.
Occasional guest writers have also contributed reviews or articles, such as the late Jeffrey Dane.

The Contents:
Over the years, FMR has been a respected resource for film music reviews and news.
The focus of this e-zine is on the preservation of film scores from the past, devoted mainly to older soundtrack reissues, re-recordings and other preservation efforts. New film scores are also reviewed but are not the main concern of this e-zine.

The annual Sammy Film Music Awards (SFMA) are chosen each year for best film soundtracks, songs and other categories, including occasionally the most overrated score of the year. These awards are named after the late great movie lyricist, Sammy Cahn, and are now the longest-running awards chosen exclusively for film music recordings.












Latest News



The 30th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards have been announced!

To read about the awards --
click here




Star Wars: The Last Jedi

FMR critic, Steven A. Kennedy selects 10 CDs
for the 20th Annual Best of the Year Releases -- click here



International Film Music Critics Association Nominations for 2017 -- click here



The Hollywood Music Workshop will take place this summer and includes
SCORING FOR TELEVISION with 2-time Emmy winner John Lunn (“Downton Abbey”).

Here is the complete line-up:

Cris Velasco – Video Games – July 9 – 11

John Lunn – Scoring for TV Drama Series – July 12 – 14

Joe Kraemer – From Concept to Composition – July 16 – 20

Johannes Vogel – Conducting for Modern Film-Scoring – July 22 – 24

T.J. Lindgren – Creating Midi-Mockups – Basics: July 27 – 29, Advanced: July 30 – August 1

Conrad Pope – Orchestration and Arranging, August 4 – 10

Recording at the Synchron Stage in Vienna, August 12 – 16

For more details -- click here





75th anniversary tribute!

CASABLANCA - Classic Film Score and Song





The War of the Worlds - Radio Program and Film Score


Critics Picks: Music for Halloween - Devilish Delights
by Steven A. Kennedy, Roger Hall, Steve Vertlieb




Tribute Article: Elmer Bernstein's ROBOT MONSTER
by Roger Hall


Special Merit  

CD Review: BEN-HUR - World Premiere Digital Recording of the Complete Film Score (2 CDs)
by Roger Hall


Tribute Article: Memories of Henry Mancini
and 50th anniversary of his favorite song
by Roger Hall




Product Details

music by Hans Zimmer, Benjamin Wallfisch, Lorne Balfe

by Roger Hall


Special Merit  


CD Review: DUEL IN THE SUN (Prometheus Records - 2 CDs)
by Roger Hall


CD Review: The Ultimate Collection (4 CD Box Set)
by Roger Hall


Blu-ray Review: THE RUSSIA HOUSE with Jerry Goldsmith Isolated Score Track
by Roger Hall


by Roger Hall


Tribute Article: David Amram: Cinema's Elusive Musical Poet
by Steve Vertlieb








International Film Music Critics Association Award Winners for 2016 -- click here




Here are the 2016 Soundtrack Awards
from International Film Music Critics Association member, Alan Rogers,
click here








Multimedia DVDs available exclusively from PineTree Productions...

Help support the Sammy Film Music Awards on their 30th year!
Order this new multimedia DVD:

"Hooray for Hollywood" - Memorable Movie Music


20th anniversary edition!

"As Time Goes By" - A Guide to Film Music
(with past reviews and tributes from Film Music Review)



OBSESSION - A Tribute to Bernard Herrmann






From The Editor

Why is film music from the past getting neglected?

To read all the editorials - click here








Memorial Tributes


Singin' in the Rain (1952 Film Soundtrack) (Deluxe Edition)

SINGING IN THE RAIN - A Fond Memorial Tribute to Debbie Reynolds



"All The Way" - A Tribute to Frank Sinatra in Hollywood
by Roger Hall


A Ray Bradbury Remembrance
by Steve Vertlieb



In Memory of James Horner
by Roger Hall


Film Composer Tributes


Elmer Bernstein




Jerry Goldsmith



Bernard Herrmann




David Raksin



Miklos Rozsa






A Centenary Celebration

Franz Waxman




John Williams


















Film Anniversary Tributes








75th anniversary

1941: CITIZEN KANE and



70th anniversary

1946: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Dimitri Tiomkin)


60th Anniversary

1952: Dimitri Tiomkin and HIGH NOON




50th Anniversary

1962: Elmer Bernstein and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD



50th Anniversary

1960: Bernard Herrmann and PSYCHO




50th Anniversary

1959: THE TWILIGHT ZONE Revisited







Movie Songwriter Anniversaries


"High Hopes"
A Centennial Tribute to Sammy Cahn





"River Of No Return"
A Centennial Tribute to Ken Darby





"I Hear Music"
A Centennial Tribute to Frank Loesser




"Acent-tchu-ate The Positive"
Johnny Mercer in Hollywood



Movie Song Tributes

Centennial of Irving Berlin's song hit

"Alexander's Ragtime Band"



50th anniversary of the
Oscar-winning song and score

"Moon River" - Memories of Henry Mancini




The 29th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards

These awards have been announced -- CLICK HERE


To see the complete list of the past Sammy Film Music Awards (SFMA)






Favorite Film Music Poll




100 Essential Film Scores






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