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Volume 8

Number 1 (January - February 2006)

Including Year End Summary


Editor and Publisher: Roger L. Hall

Contributing Writer: Steven A. Kennedy


This online e-zine will focus on older film scores, with some new soundtracks as well, especially those by lesser known film composers.

The old FMR site with Volumes 1-7 will remain online for now (click on link in top left column of this page) for those who want to read over reviews of past soundtracks and compilations, also...

  • From the Editor
  • Top Ten Film Scores (1930s - 1970s)
  • Book Reviews and Magazine Articles
  • Film Composer Tributes
  • Film Music Essays
  • Film Music News   

Here is the FMR rating system:

**** (Superlative - Highest Recommendation)

***1/2 (Outstanding - Recommended)

*** (Good - Okay)

**1/2 (Fair - Nothing Special)

** (Mediocre - Barely Passable)

* (Poor - Save Your Money)

The Special Merit and Editor's Choice - Best of the Month CDs are chosen at any time during the month for outstanding soundtracks or compilations.

There are only a few copies remaining of the Limited Edition book: A Guide to Film Music. To order your copy, click on the link in the right column.

Your comments are always welcome. Send them to:

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The Best Film Music


 

Best and Worst Film Music of 2005


Five Films from 1956

For CDs and DVDs of these films, click on this link:

1956 Films


Film Composers Named to Hall of Fame

See the past film composers named to --

The Tunemaker Hall of Fame

For more information see:

The Tune Lovers Society


CD Reviews (January - February 2006)


Editor's Choice - Best of the Month for January:

MUNICH - music by John Williams

Editor's Choice - Best of the Month for February:

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (and other Ray Harry hausen animation classics)


These CDs have received Special Merit:

LOST IN SPACE - 40th Anniversary Edition

THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY: A CENTURY OF FLIGHT


Other reviews:

AEON FLUX (2005) - Graeme Revell - **1/2

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (1972)/ PETULIA (1968) - John Barry - ****

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005) - Gustavo Santaolalla - ***1/2

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE
(2005) - Harry Gregson-Williams
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***1/2

EFFECTS (1980) - John Harrison - **1/2

FINDING HOME (2003) - Joseph Conlan - ***1/2

FIREFLY (2002) - Greg Edmonson - ***

FRIDAY THE 13 TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (1988) &
FRIDAY THE 13 TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (1989)
- Fred Mollin -
***

GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK (2005) - songs performed by Dianna Reeves - ****

MADISON (2001) - Kevin Kiner - ***1/2

THE MATADOR (2005) - Rolfe Kent - **MOTHER OF MINE (2005) -Tuomas Kantilinen - ****

STARGATE: ATLANTIS (2004) - Joel Goldsmith - ***1/2

THIS ISLAND EARTH (and other alien invasion films) - ***1/2

UNKNOWN SOLDIER (2004) - Peter Calandra - ***1/2

ZATHURA (2005) - John Debney - ***


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Mozart at the Movies

 

 

January marked the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg, Austria on 27 January 1756.

Here are a few films which make good use of Mozart's music:

Amadeus (1984) - forget the snobs who dismiss this film because it isn't accurate. Just remember--it's only a movie and a damn good one too! The soundtrack has generous samples of Mozart's glorious music.

 

If you want to watch the movie to see how effectively the music is used and watch the superb acting of F. Murray Abraham, Jeffrey Jones and others, click on this link: Amadeus DVD

Out of Africa (1985) - Adagio movement from Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622. To order this film with John Barry's score, go to: Out of Africa DVD

A fine film mainly for Meryl Streep's magnificent portrayal of Karen Blixen, the exquisite cinematography, and John Barry's lush score. The slow movement from the Mozart Clarinet Concerto beautifully serves as a love theme for the two main characters in the film.

More Mozart at the Movies here.


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