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CD Review: THE WILD BUNCH End of the Line Edition Soundtrack

THE WILD BUNCH END OF THE LINE EDITION soundtrack | ©2013 Film Score Monthly Records

Collector labels had been around long before Film Score Monthly magazine launched their soundtrack offshoot with THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE back in 1996. Founder Lukas Kendall’s fastidious attention to detail and shrewd mix of popular and obscure titles from the golden and silver ages of film music ensured FSM’s longevity over the course of 249 titles and nearly two decades, Now as if he were the grizzled leader of a bunch of ragtag outlaws, Kendall has chosen to take out FSM on his own terms in a big, gloriously bloody bang for number 250. Given Kendall’s biting […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS poster | ©2013 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Peter Weller, Alice Eve Writers: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof, based on characters created by Gene Roddenberry Director: J.J. Abrams Distributor: Paramount Release Date: May 16, 2013 Giving any kind of plot summary of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS runs more than the usual risk of spoilers. What can be said? Well, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the very dedicated crew of the Enterprise extricate themselves by the skin of their teeth […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES soundtrack | ©2013 Milan Records

Indy movies, and their scores can smack you upside the head with their high-minded pretentiousness, especially when attempting to grasp the epic with music that screams attention as to how outside the box it is. Yet what often provides pitfalls for those movies proves to be terrific assets in the cases of THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, a decades-spanning American crime saga graced by an impressively big, WTF score by Mike Patton. Here the former Faith No More singer makes an auspicious jump in quality from the mindlessly fun electro-carnage of CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE using a voice that’s just as […]Read On »

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Candice Glover Wins AMERICAN IDOL Season 12

Candice Glover wins AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 | (c) 2013 Ray Mickshaw / FOX

Stars: Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest Network: Airs on Fox, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm Original Telecast: May 16, 2013 It all comes down to this as Seacrest loves to document each and every week of the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. However, this time it really does come down to this. Of course, you know now that Candice Glover has won Season 12 of AMERICAN IDOL meaning that Kree Harrison is the runner up on the show. That’s the short version of the story. In reality, the finale to the show that […]Read On »

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CD Review: JURASSIC PARK 20th ANNIVERSARY soundtrack

JURASSIC PARK: 20th ANNIVERSARY soundtrack | ©2013 Geffen Records

By this point in a nearly four decade collaboration, John Williams’ DNA is as inseparable from the magic of Steven Spielberg as a moth encased in million-year old amber. And given a gigantic body of work whose themes are as instantly memorable, whether played with two notes (JAWS), five notes (CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND) or a plethora of them, it’s hard nailing down just what might be Williams’ finest melody for the director. But when it comes to his most singable theme, the award must go to JURASSIC PARK. God forbid this movie had come out when Meco […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 3 – “The Climb”

Diana Rigg in GAME OF THRONES - Season 3 - "The Climb" | ©2013 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Ciaran Hinds, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, Diana Rigg, John Bradley, Jack Gleeson, Charles Dance, Rory McCann, Stephen Dillane, Carice Van Houten, Conleth Hill, Sibel Kekilli, Liam Cunningham, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie, Finn Jones, Julian Glover, Joe Dempsie, Nicholas Blane, Oona Chaplin, Rose Leslie, Jerome Flynn, Ian McElhinnie, Thomas Sangster, Ellie Kendrick, Iwan Rheon, Daniel Portman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Richard Dormer Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. […]Read On »

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CD Review: HAREM soundtrack

HAREM soundtrack | ©2013 Quartet Records

For a bright, shining English language decade in the 1980s, French composer Philippe Sarde stood out as the beacon in the next wave of the romantic French invasion, a worthy successor to the likes of Georges Delerue and Maurice Jarre with his lush, thematic sound that graced such memorably diverse scores as GHOST STORY, QUEST FOR FIRE, LOVESICK, PIRATES  and THE MUSIC BOX. And while Sarde certainly hasn’t stopped working in the years since, there’s quality that stands out, and remains unequaled from his work during that period. It’s true from major Hollywood pictures to even lesser known Cannon productions […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 16 Recap: Ingo Rademacher eliminated from DWTS

Kym Johnson and Ingo Rademacher in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 16 | ©2013 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Jacoby Jones, Zendaya Coleman, Aly Raisman, Ingo Rademacher, Kellie Pickler Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: May 14th, 2013 Remarkably, for one of the first times ever on DANCING WITH THE STARS the right four couples are going to the finals. Sadly, but rightly so, Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson are not. On this, the 300 episode of DWTS, season 16 is about to conclude on this ninth week of competition, with just one week left Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough, Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff, Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas and Zendaya Coleman & Val Chmerkovskiy are […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 Finale – “Watershed”

Nathan Fillion as Castle in CASTLE | (c) 2013 ABC/PETER "HOPPER" STONE

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  Andrew W. Marlowe Director: John Terlesky Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: May 13, 2013 I simply do not understand why the producers of CASTLE seem to feel the need to jerk their viewers around with this constant will they/won’t they game between Castle (Nathan Filion) and Beckett (Stana Katic). They spent four season playing with getting the two together – not only taking a miserably long time, but doing it in the most excrutiating way. Then they spent a good chunk of last season […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Recap – Season 16: New dance challenge duos for Semi-Finals

Ingo Rademacher in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 16 | ©2013 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars:  Jacoby Jones, Zendaya Coleman, Aly Raisman, Ingo Rademacher, Kellie Pickler, Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: May 13th, 2013 What a powerful night on DANCING WITH THE STARS. They came out and gave it their all  in the semi finals and scored some of the highest marks ever. Jacoby Jones, along with partner Karina Smirnoff, finally achieved perfection getting a perfect 30 from the judges, ending the night in a tie with Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas with a score of 59 out of 60. Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough, who also received a perfect 30,  are nipping […]Read On »

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