CD Review: THE ARK AND THE DELUGE soundtrack

THE ARK AND THE DELUGE soundtrack | ©2016 Music Box Records

Few film genres allow composers to write tone poems in the guise of scores like nature documentaries, their music getting to chronicle the grace, joy and life or death struggles of the planet in all of its infinite musical equivocations of the life force. Gabriel Yared set out to sea to in 1993 to sumptuously chronicle the glorious ballet between ocean and air. Hearing this glorious wash of melodic impressionism, you’re reminded that this Oscar-winning Lebanese composer just might be film scoring’s answer to France’s Claude Debussy, his DELUGE a cross between the flowing, romantic strings of “La Mer” as crossed […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD soundtrack

THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD soundtrack | ©2016 La La Land Records

Before he became the go-to TV superhero scorer for DC with the likes of ARROW, THE FLASH and SUPERGIRL, Blake Neely was spending much of his scoring time during the first decade of the new millennium in the company of sweet romantic dramas like FIRST DAUGHTER, THE WEDDING DATE and STARTER FOR 10. One of his most delightful scores before he put on his cape was playing the amazing, jazzy mentalist tricks of 2008’s THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD. Director Sean McGinly based John Malkovich’s rage-prone mental illusionist on his own stint with The Amazing Kreskin, putting himself in the personage of Colin Hanks’ personal […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 22 – Week 9 – Semi Finals – Wanya Morris and Antonio Brown double elimination

Lindsay Arnold and Wanya Morris in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 22 |©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Ginger Zee, Antonio Brown, Wanya Morris, Nyle Dimarco, Paige Van Zant, Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: May 16th, 2016 It’s week nine on DANCING WITH THE STARS: season 22 and the semi finals saw a lot of tens and many lifts, splits, turns and kicks; it was a no holds barred kinda night that ending with two couples leaving and three going to the finals next week. Ironically, Wayna Morris & Lindsey Arnold are the only couple to receive two perfect scores for the night and yet, they were eliminated from the show. Also exiting the ballroom were […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE INVITATION soundtrack

THE INVITATION soundtrack | ©2016 Lakeshore Records

A truly versatile composer when not superbly cranking out comedy scores like SPY, ZOOLANDER 2 and the forthcoming GHOSTBUSTERS reboot, Theodore Shapiro has shown an inventive affinity for typewriter-clicking drama with TRUMBO and creepily ethereal horror when ogling JENNIFER’S BODY. But it’s with THE INVITATION that Shapiro proves like never before just how unfunny he can be upon entering a suicide cult’s dinner party, as staged by JENNIFER director Karyn Kusma. Given a bloody desert as served by hosts straight out Heaven’s Gate, Shapiro’s weapon of choice is a single, overdubbed violin to further ratchet the tension. Where string playing of this sort is usually […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE SAINT soundtrack

THE SAINT soundtrack | ©2016 Music Box Records

The do-gooding bon vivant Simon Templar has been reincarnated in radio, television and film, as played by George Sanders, Roger Moore and Val Kilmer. However, his grooviest halo is heard by Music Box’s positively heavenly 3-CD release of the jazz-disco heroics that accompanied Simon Dutton over a series of TV movies in 1989. But listening to the swaggering saxes, punchy brass and romantically lush strings of Serge Franklin, you’d think you were back in 1981 spy dancing with Moore to the glitterball action of Bill Conti’s FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (if not doing the Euro-nightclub twist on the moon to Derek […]Read On »

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CD Review: THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO soundtrack

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO soundtrack | ©2016 Silva Screen Records

Though the decades of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s classic “Supermarionation” shows, the stirring, grandly thematic voice of Barry Gray made audiences believe that a puppet could fly – no more so then when piloting five spaceships called The Thunderbirds. Now spiffed up with a state-of-the-art mix of modelwork and CGI animation, THE THUNDERBIRDS has taken new flight on English TV, and soon America’s Netflix instant. Old school fans will likely miss the charm of wire-controlled marionettes and Gray’s straight-ahead scoring that nicely combined British patriotic pomp with hep 60’s pop. This reboot is pitched straight ahead for an adrenalized tween video […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE WANNABE soundtrack

THE WANNABE soundtrack | ©2016 Movie Score Media Records

A seriously deluded low life couple make the big mistake of thinking they can rip off NYC’s connected Italian citizens, learning big time that crime of any sort doesn’t in this strange-but-true tale – one that previously made for 2014’s far superior ROB THE MOB. But that’s not to say the following year’s THE WANNABE doesn’t have some mook charms to it, namely Patricia Arquette’s beyond-committed performance and an eccentric score by Nathan Larson. A seriously unsung composer when it comes to scoring hard to love losers in such indies as in PALINDROMES, CHOKE and THE SKELETON TWINS, Larson takes an emotionally similar approach […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 22 – Week 8 – Judges’ Team Dance night – Sweetin’s out

Jodie Sweetin in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 22 |©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Ginger Zee, Antonio Brown, Wanya Morris, Nyle Dimarco, Jodie Sweetin, Paige Van Zant, Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: May 9th, 2016 Well, just in time for Jodie Sweetin to begin shooting FULLER HOUSE season two, she exits the DANCING WITH THE STARS ballroom. But it wasn’t all bad, Sweetin and her partner Keo Motsepe received a perfect score for their Jive tonight leaving the dance floor in a bittersweet triumphant adieu. Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy ended the night in first place with 59 points; they earned an extra 29 points along with Wayna Morris & Lindsey Arnold […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE ZERO BOYS

THE ZERO BOYS | © 2016 Arrow Video

Cast: Daniel Hirsch, Kelli Maroney, Nicole Rio, Tom Shell, Jared Moses, Crystal Carson Writers: Robert Gilliam, Nico Mastorakis Director: Nico Mastorakis Distributor: Arrow Video THE ZERO BOYS is so 80s it hurts. Filled with numerous clichés that filled the decade, the film takes them all and packs them into an action thriller. From the big hair, to the horrendous treatment of women as objects, to the loud synthesized music and bad outdated references, it is a time capsule for the decade in a variety of ways. The film focuses on a group of paintball zeroes that worked hard and became […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 22 – Week 7 – Icon & Team Dance Night – Double Elimination

Von Miller in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 22 |©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Ginger Zee, Antonio Brown, Wayna Morris, Von Miller, Nyle Dimarco, Jodie Sweetin, Paige Van Zant, Kim Fields Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: May 2nd, 2016 Icon night on DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 22 gave two couples, yes TWO, perfect scores while the men crushed the ladies at the team dances. Danced to perfection, Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy glided across the dance floor to a breathtaking Viennese Waltz while Paige Van Zant & Mark Ballas shimmied all over the place with their energetic and heart pumping Jive. Sadly, a double elimination sent Kim Fields & Sasha Farber […]Read On »

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