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Volume 9

Number 2 (March - April 2007)


Editor and Publisher: Roger L. Hall

Contributing Writer: Steven A. Kennedy


This e-zine is focused on reviews of vintage soundtracks and compilations, but some new soundtracks are also reviewed.

 

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 CDs are chosen at any time during the 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.

If you have any comments or questions, send them to

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CD Reviews (March - April 2007)


Editor's Choice -- Best of the Month for March

 

RAINTREE COUNTY (John Green)

 

 

Editor's Choice -- Best of the Month for April

 

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Miklos Rozsa)

 

 

Special Merit:

 

QUO VADIS and BEN HUR (Miklos Rozsa)

 

 

Other CD reviews:

The Creature Wasn't Nice -- score by Daid Spear/ songs by Bruce Kimmel

Film Music By Elmer Bernstein

Film Music By Bernard Herrmann

Hard to Find Orchestral Instrumentals II

Laurel and Hardy Laughtoons: Volume One

DVD review:

THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS & THE RIVER -- music by Virgil Thomson


For past reviews from 2007:

Volume 9/ Number 1 (January - February)

For past reviews from 2006, click on these links:

Volume 8/ Number 1 (January - February)

Volume 8/ Number 2 (March - April)

Volume 8/ Number 3 (May - June)

Volume 8/ Number 4 (July - August)

Volume 8/ Number 5 (September - October)

Volume 8/Number 6 (November - December)


Film Composer Tributes


Miklos Rozsa Centennial and Web Poll Results

 

 

 

A Centenary Celebration

 

Franz Waxman Centennial

 

 

 

 

 

John Williams -- 75th birthday and Listener's Poll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ennio Morricone -- Honorary Oscar

 

 


Book Review:

Hitchcock's Music by Jack Sullivan


Remembering the Blonde Bombshell

By Roger Hall

No, that's not Marilyn Monroe or Jayne Mansfield.

Instead, it's one of my favorite stars from the 1940s and early 1950s who recently has died. She was 86.

In her prime during the 1940s, she was known by several trademarks, but especially "The Blonde Bombshell."But she was more than just a pretty face or a sexy dresser. And what's her name?

It's none other than Betty Hutton, who was a remarkable triple talent... she could act, dance and sing and did them all very well. When watching her films, her energetic exuberance just bounces off the screen.

Unlike many of today's movie stars, who can barely do anything with great ease, Betty Hutton was a natural talent. Just watch her singing in her very first film,THE FLEET'S IN. Or her comedic skill in the Preston Sturges classic, THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK. And watch her in probably her best singing role in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN from 1950, or in THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH from two years later.

When the GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH was playing at my local movie palace, I didn't want it to end. So I watched it three times in the same day. I loved this circus film, even with the sometimes hammy acting. It even had several brief cameos by Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and my favorite cowboy star, Hopalong Cassidy. The theater manager finally told me: "Hey kid, don't you have a better place to go?" I replied, "No, I love this movie and I'm not leaving." I especially enjoyed Betty Hutton's spunky performance in that movie. She was as energetic as a kid like me.

One of the nicest comments was made by longtime Paramount producer, A.C. Lyles, who said: "Betty Hutton was one of the most popular stars we ever had on the Paramount lot. Everybody adored Betty."

She may now be gone but her great talent will live on in her films.

R.I.P., dear Betty Hutton.

Here is a recommended CD collection of her best songs from films...

 

Betty Hutton - The Blonde Bombshell

 

 

or several of her popular films on one DVD...

Betty Hutton Doubel Feature #1

 

 

Betty Hutton Double Feature:
THE STORK CLUB and THE PERILS OF PAULINE

 

 

 

 


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To read all the 19th Annual Sammy Awards, click here

See also:

18th Annual Sammy Awards (2005)

The Sammy Awards (1988-2004)


International Film Music Critics Awards

INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES ITS WINNERS
FOR THE BEST FILM SCORES OF 2006


The members of the International Film Music Critics
Association (IFMCA) have announced their winners for the 3rd IFMCA
Awards, honoring achievements in film and television music in 2006.
The nominees and winners (in bold type) are:

A - FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR
* The Black Dahlia (Mark Isham)
* The Da Vinci Code (Hans Zimmer)
* The Fountain (Clint Mansell)
*
Lady in the Water (James Newton Howard)
* Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Tom Tykwer, Reinhold Heil and
Johnny Klimek)
* X-Men: The Last Stand (John Powell)

B - FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
* Alexandre Desplat
* James Newton Howard
* Mark Isham
* John Powell
* Hans Zimmer

C - BEST NEW COMPOSER OF 2006
* Caine Davidson (An American Haunting)
* Nicholas Dodd (Renaissance)
* Mark Orton (Sweet Land)
* Douglas Pipes (Monster House)
* Brett Rosenberg (Half Light)

D - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM
* The Black Dahlia (Mark Isham)
* The Departed (Howard Shore)
* The Good German (Thomas Newman)
* The Nativity Story (Mychael Danna)
* The Painted Veil (Alexandre Desplat)
* The Queen (Alexandre Desplat)

E - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM
* The Holiday (Hans Zimmer)
* Little Miss Sunshine (Mychael Danna)
* Miss Potter (Nigel Westlake and Rachel Portman)
* The Pink Panther (Christophe Beck)
* The Shaggy Dog (Alan Menken)

F - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FILM
* Cars (Randy Newman)
* Charlotte's Web (Danny Elfman)
* The Ant Bully (John Debney)
* Happy Feet (John Powell)
* Ice Age: The Meltdown (John Powell)

G - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/THRILLER FILM
* Casino Royale (David Arnold)
* The Da Vinci Code (Hans Zimmer)
* Firewall (Alexandre Desplat)
* Mission: Impossible III (Michael Giacchino)
* Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Hans Zimmer)

H - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION/HORROR FILM
* Eragon (Patrick Doyle)
* The Fountain (Clint Mansell)
* Lady in the Water (James Newton Howard)
* Superman Returns (John Ottman)
* X-Men: The Last Stand (John Powell)

I - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR TELEVISION
* 24 Season 5 (Sean Callery)
* Battlestar Galactica Season 2/3 (Bear McCreary)
* Lost Season 2/3 (Michael Giacchino)
* Planet Earth (George Fenton)
* The Ten Commandments (Randy Edelman)

J - BEST SINGLE CUE OF 2006
* "Evey Reborn" from V for Vendetta (Dario Marianelli)
* "The Great Eatlon" from Lady in the Water (James Newton Howard)
* "Chevaliers de Sangreal" from The Da Vinci Code (Hans Zimmer)
* "Eragon" from Eragon (Patrick Doyle)

K - FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR
* Film Score Monthly (Lukas Kendall, producer)
* Intrada (Douglass Fake, producer)
* La-La Land (MV Gerhard and Matt Verboys, producers)
* MovieScore Media (Mikael Carlsson, producer)
* Varese Sarabande (Robert Townson, producer)


The International Film Music Critics Association, is an association
of editors, journalists and reviewers from online and print
publications who specialize in writing about original film and
television music. The IFMCA is a truly international organization,
with members from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Greece, Italy, Poland,
Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Previous winners of the IFMCA Score of the Year Award include John
Williams' Memoirs of a Geisha in 2005 and Michael Giacchino's The
Incredibles
in 2004.

The winners in each category were announced on
23 February
2007.


See the FMR choices for

Best Film Music of 2006


CDs and DVDs are listed for films from 50 years ago, including the Oscar-winning score for AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS by Victor Young.

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