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Volume 12

Number 1

Winter 2010

 

Managing Editor:

Roger L. Hall


Contributing Writers:

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb


If you would like to inquire about writing a CD review or article for this online magazine, write to:

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IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association

 


 

 

Recent Themes

A Guide to Film Music (4th edition)

Hey Oscar, Here's Sammy!

IFMCA 2009 Award Winners

 

Anniversary Tributes

"Mr. Lucky" -- Memories of Henry Mancini

"Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive" -- Johnny Mercer in Hollywood

Ken Darby Centennial

Twilight Zone Tribute

Two Classic Films From 1959

FMR Anniversary

 

Main Titles

Ratings and List of FMR Issues

Essential Film Scores

Film Focus

Editor's Choice - Best of the Month

Soundtrack and Compilation Reviews

Recommended DVDs and Books

 

End Titles

Film Music Links and Tune Week Surveys

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Recent Themes

A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC: Songs and Scores
(4th edition, PineTree Press)

The revised and expanded edition is available as an eBook on DVD-R,
with the complete book, 50 audio clips with interviews and
music from vintage film scores and songs,
an extensive image gallery, past reviews from Film Music Review (1998-2005),
and a cable television program with the author, Roger Hall.

Read about this useful reference guide at this link:


Film Composers and Soundtracks

 

 

 


The 12th Annual Best Film Music Releases of 2009 based on our reviewers choices:

Best Film Music CDs of 2009

 

See these past choices:

Best Film Music CDs of 2008

Best Film Music CDs of 2007

Best Film Music CDs of 2006

Best Film Music CDs of 2005

 

 


Hey Oscar, Here's Sammy!

 


The 22nd Annual Sammy Awards

for film musicc CDs released in 2009

have been announced

here

 

 

See the previous lists at

21st Annual Sammy Awards

20th Annual Sammy Awards

19th Annual Sammy Awards

18th Annual Sammy Awards


IFMCA Awards For 2009

 

MARCH 1, 2010

Michael Giacchino wins the 2009 Score of the Year award from the International Film Music Critics Association for his inventive and nostalgic score for the Disney Pixar film, UP, which also wins Best Original Score for an Animated Feature. Giacchino receives a total of four awards, including Composer of the Year, in part for also writing the Best Original Score to a Fantasy/Science Fiction Feature winner for the JJ Abrams STAR TREK reboot.

Giacchino won the Association’s first Score of the Year award in 2004 for another Pixar film, THE INCREDIBLES.

Christopher Young wins two awards for DRAG ME TO HELL: Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film and Film Music Compostion of the Year for “Concerto to Hell.” Also receiving two awards is James Peterson for Breakout Composer of the Year and Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure Feature for the mixed martial arts prison movie THE RED CANVAS.

Veteran composer Marvin Hamlisch wins Best Original Score for a Comedy Film for Steven Soderbergh’s THE INFORMANT!, while Polish composer Abel Korzeniowski wins Best Original Score for a Drama Film for director Tom Ford’s debut film, A SINGLE MAN. Rounding out the feature film winners is Armand Amar’s Best Original Score for a Documentary Feature for the French nature documentary HOME.

In other original scoring categories, Bear McCreary who has been nominated for every season of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA wins his first award for Best Original Score for Television for the final season of the SyFy series; and James Hannigan receives the Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media award for the movie spin-off game for HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE.

Intrada takes its fourth Record Label of the Year award for its continued excellence in soundtrack release, including the long-anticipated, complete release of Alan Silvestri’s 1985 score for BACK TO THE FUTURE this year’s Best New Release/Re-Release of an Existing Score winner. The Film Score Monthly label takes the Best Film Music Compilation Album or Box Set award for DAVID RAKSIN AT M-G-M and Tadlow label wins the Best Re-Recording of an Existing Score award for its new recording of Ernest Gold’s EXODUS.

2009 FILM AWARD WINNERS

FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR
• UP, music by Michael Giacchino

FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
• MICHAEL GIACCHINO

BREAKOUT COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
• JAMES PETERSON

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM
• A SINGLE MAN, music by Abel Korzeniowski

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM
• THE INFORMANT!, music by Marvin Hamlisch

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE FILM
• THE RED CANVAS, music by James Peterson

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION FILM
• STAR TREK, music by Michael Giacchino

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A HORROR/THRILLER FILM
• DRAG ME TO HELL, music by Christopher Young

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE
• UP, music by Michael Giacchino

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
• HOME, music by Armand Amar

FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
• DRAG ME TO HELL – “Concerto to Hell,” music by Christopher Young

OTHER 2009 AWARDS

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR TELEVISION
• BATTLESTAR GALACTICA [SEASON 4.5], music by Bear McCreary

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A VIDEO GAME OR INTERACTIVE MEDIA
• HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, music by James Hannigan

BEST NEW RELEASE/RE-RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE
• BACK TO THE FUTURE, music by Alan Silvestri; Douglass Fake, producer (Intrada)

BEST RE-RECORDING OF AN EXISTING SCORE
• EXODUS, music by Ernest Gold, conductor Nic Raine; James Fitzpatrick, producer (Tadlow)

BEST FILM MUSIC COMPILATION ALBUM OR BOX SET
• DAVID RAKSIN AT M-G-M, music by David Raksin; Lukas Kendall, producer (Film Score Monthly)

FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR
• INTRADA

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) is an association of online, print and radio journalists who specialize in writing about original film and television music.

The IFMCA was originally formed in the late 1990s as the now-defunct “Film Music Critics Jury” by editor and journalist Mikael Carlsson, a regular contributor to filmmusicradio.com and filmmusicmag.com, and the owner of the Swedish independent film music label MovieScore Media.

Since its inception, the IFMCA has grown to comprise over 50 members from countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Roger L. Hall of Film Music Review is an IFMCA member from the USA.

Previous IFMCA Score of the Year Awards have been awarded to

Alexandre Desplat’s THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON in 2008
Dario Marianelli’s ATONEMENT in 2007
James Newton Howard’s LADY IN THE WATER in 2006
John Williams’ MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA in 2005
Michael Giacchino’s THE INCREDIBLES in 2004

For more information about the International Film Music Critics Association, its members and the list of past awards, please visit http://www.filmmusiccritics.org

 

 



Anniversary Tributes

 

 

 

 

MEMORIES OF HENRY MANCINI

"Mr. Lucky" -- Memories of Henry Mancini

 

 


CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE

Celebrate the 100th birthday of one of America's most popular
and prolific songwriters of movie songs.

Johnny Mercer (1909-1976)
received 4 Oscars for his movie songs (1946, 1951, 1961,1962).

Read the centennial tribute at

"Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive"
Johnny Mercer in Hollywood

 

 

 

KEN DARBY (1909 - 1992)

Read about this multi-talented singer, songwriter,
arranger, and choral director who
received three Oscars for his work on musicals,
at

"RIVER OF NO RETURN"
A Centennial Tribute to Ken Darby

 

 

 

TWILIGHT ZONE TRIBUTE


Film Music Review is celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the best television series from the past.
The idea of the show's creator, master storyteller Rod Serling, this series premiered
on CBS television on October 2, 1959.

Over the run of five seasons, this series had many outstanding scores by composers like:
Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Fred Steiner, Nathan Scott and others.

Our anniversary tribute is in two parts...

Part One:

"THE TWILIGHT ZONE: AN ELEMENT OF TIME" by Steve Vertlieb

THE TWILIGHT ZONE Magazine -- message from Carol Serling and list of fan favorites

Bernard Herrmann's "Walking Distance" by Roger Hall

Part Two:

Two CD Reviews:

TWILIGHT ZONE 40th Anniversary Collection -- music by Goldsmith, Herrmann, Van Cleave and others (4 CDs)


FAHRENHEIT 451 and "Walking Distance" from THE TWILIGHT ZONE -- music by Bernard Herrmann

Do you have a favorite episode and music from this outstanding television series?

Send your favorite show with any comments to

THE TWILIGHT ZONE Tribute

 

 

 

Two Classic Films
From 1959
(CD Reviews)


One of the greatest of all Biblical Epics:

Ben-Hur: The Essential Miklós Rózsa

BEN-HUR: The Essential Miklos Rozsa (compilation)

 

One of the funniest of all Screen Comedies:


SOME LIKE IT HOT (soundtrack)

 

 

FMR ANNIVERSARY

 

Read the picks from previous years at these links:

11th Anniversary Special (2009)

10th Anniversary Special (2008)

9th Anniversary Special (2007)

8th Anniversary Special (2006)



Main Titles

 

 

 

FMR rating system for CDs and DVDs:

**** = Superlative (Highest Recommendation)

***1/2 = Very Good

*** = Good

**1/2 = Okay

** = Barely Passable

* = Poor

The Special Merit CDs are chosen at any time during a month for outstanding overall production of a soundtrack or compilation.

The Editor's Choice - Best of the Month designation is for those CDs that are singled out for their excellence. They are chosen anytime within a given month and may not be chosen every month.

2009 (Volume 11)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)


2008
(Volume 10)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)

2007 (Volume 9)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (January - February)

Number 2 (March - April)

Number 3 (May - June)

Number 4 (July - August)

Number 5 (September - October)

Number 6 (November - December)

 

2006 (Volume 8)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (January - February)

Number 2 (March - April)

Number 3 (May - June)

Number 4 (July - August)

Number 5 (September - October)

Number 6 (November - December)

 


Volumes 1 - 7

These reviews no longer available online.
Here is a link to the complete list of


CD Reviews (1999-2005)

Most of these reviews are included in

A Guide to Film Music (4th edition)

 


 

 

Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

 

See the list at

100 Essential Film Scores

 

 

 

 


 

Film Focus

 

The series devoted to a composer and one major film score

 

No. 1: Hugo Friedhofer and
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

 

 

 

 

No. 2: Miklós Rózsa and
PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 3: Max Steiner and
KING KONG

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 4: Elmer Bernstein and
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS


 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 5: Bernard Herrmann and
VERTIGO

 

 

 

 

No. 6: Dimitri Tiomkin and
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW!

No. 7: Alfred Newman and
THE SONG OF BERNADETTE

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Editor's Choice -

Best of the Month for 2010

 

 

Best of the Month for January:

BLACK SUNDAY
music by John Williams (Film Score Monthly CD)

 

 


Best of the Month for February:

ISLANDS IN THE STREAM
music by Jerry Goldsmith (Film Score Monthly CD)

 

 


Best of the Month for March:

CITIZEN KANE and HANGOVER SQUARE
music by Bernard Herrmannn (Chandos CD)

 

 

 

 


Soundtrack and Compilation Reviews

 

CADDYSHACK (1980) -- music by Johnny Mandel, songs by Kenny Loggins

SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT (1974) -- music by Gershon Kingsley

THE SPIRAL ROAD (1962) -- music by Jerry Goldsmith

THE WORLD AT WAR (1974) -- music by Carl Davis

 


 

Recommended DVDs and Books

 

DVDs

CAPTAIN ABU RAED

Rating: ****

 

 

THE FORD AT FOX COLLECTION:
THE ESSENTIAL JOHN FORD


DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
MY DARLING CLEMENTINE
FRONTIER MARSHAL
BECOMING JOHN FORD

Rating: ***1/2

 

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
2 Disc Deluxe Edition --
music by Dimitri Tiomkin

Rating: ****

 

 

THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW
(Guests: Dimitri Tiomkin & Dr. Samuel Hoffmann)

Rating: ***1/2

 

 

Recommended DVDs with Isolated Scores

 

The Day the Earth Stood Still (Two-Disc Special Edition)

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)
(2 Disc Special Edition)

Music by Bernard Herrmann
Commentary by film & music historians John Morgan,
Steven Smith, William Stromberg, and Nick Redman


 

GARDEN OF EVIL (1954)
(Included in Fox WESTERN CLASSICS box set)


Music by Bernard Herrmann
Commentary by John Morgan, Nick Redman, Steven Smith, William Stromberg

 

The Robe


THE ROBE (1953)
(Special Edition)


music by Alfred Newman
Commentary by
film composer David Newman,
film historians Jon Burlingame, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman


 

 

 

RecoRRecommended Books mmended Books

 

A History of Film Music
by Mervyn Cooke

 

 

 

 

 

Alex North's A Streetcar Named Desire: A Film Score Guide (Scarecrow Film Score Guides)

Alex North's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE:
A Film Score Guide
by Annette Davison

 

 

 

 

The Soundtracks of Woody Allen:
A Complete Guide to the Songs and Music in Every Film, 1969-2005
by Adam Harvey

 

 

 

 

 

 


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