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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DICKENSIAN and RIPPER STREET soundtracks – CD Reviews

RIPPER STREET soundtrack | ©2016 Silva Screen Records

    The music of Victorian-to-Edwardian England has never been more interesting given the likes of Hans Zimmer’s SHERLOCK HOLMES, Charlie Mole’s MR. SELFRIDGE and John Lunn’s DOWNTON ABBEY. When given the spirit of such TV dream-team mash-ups like PENNY DREADFUL, the antiquated approach becomes positively hopping, especially as heard on English label Silva Screen’s releases of the BBC soundtracks to Debbie Wiseman’s DICKENSIAN and Dominik Scherrer’s RIPPER STREET, shows whose desperation-caked cobblestones ring with exciting, unbuttoned vibrancy. DICKENSIAN is turns the Marvel Universe into the Charles Dickens one as literary superheroes from such classic novels as A CHRISTMAS CAROL, GREAT EXPECTATIONS and THE OLD CURIOUSITY SHOP search for the […]Read On »

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CD Review: BEYOND: TWO SOULS SOUNDTRACK

BEYOND: TWO SOULS soundtrack | ©2016 Lakeshore Records

Good, if not excellent things can come to those who wait, which can be especially frustrating when it comes to a world where instant, visual gratification always comes first before music that can be equally as gratifying (if not more so) than the game it’s attached to. Now finally after three years, listeners will finally get to dive into Lorne Balfe’s terrific score for the 2013’s BEYOND: TWO SOULS. Game creator David Cage’s attempt to break down the line between movie and controller by having the player make choices that would creates fateful ripples across the rest of his experience – […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 22 – Week 6 – Famous Dances Night – Flutie ejected

Doug Flutie in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 22 |©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Ginger Zee, Antonio Brown, Doug Flutie, Wayna Morris, Von Miller, Nyle Dimarco, Jodie Sweetin, Paige Van Zant, Kim Fields Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: April 27th, 2016 Famous Dances Night on DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 22 – Week Six brought us reinterpretations of some iconic dances over the years from FOOTLOOSE to SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE to AUSTIN POWERS, most were just…groovy baby! Leading the score board tonight was Wayna Morris & Lindsey Arnold with 29 points, an almost perfect score. Right behind them is Paige Van Zant & Mark Ballas with 28, and Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess […]Read On »

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