CD Review: QB VII

In the Dark Ages before cable or the Internet, the Big Three of network television—ABC, NBC and CBS—ruled American homes. In 1974 a new form of television drama came to dominate the airwaves—the miniseries. Spread out over multiple nights or weeks, the miniseries was the water cooler moment that dominated pop culture for its run…. More


CD Review: Skyfall

Only having recently watched all the Eon-sanctioned Bond films (most of them for the first time) and discovering their scores (also for the first time), I didn’t go into the new Bond film/score with any particular expectations other than being an admirer of Thomas Newman and director Sam Mendes. SKYFALL as a film is a thrilling entry… More


CD Review: Cloud Atlas

Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb we are bound to others—past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future. David Mitchell’s “unfilmable” 2004 novel of six interlinking stories makes for a wild ride at the cineplex. As the stories cut back and forth (in a superb… More


CD Review: Ruby Sparks

Out of the ashes of superheroes and the mid-summer slump rises a gem of a film. RUBY SPARKS stars Paul Dano as a lonely bestselling wunderkind facing writer’s block. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Zoe Kazan), he realizes she is actually his fictional creation come to life. Real-life couple Dano and Kazan… More


CD Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Batman sure has changed since the candy-colored days of Bif! Bam! Pow! Gone are the comic book origins and the jazzy swing of Neal Hefti and Nelson Riddle. Gone also are the whimsy and the equally distinctive musical contributions of Danny Elfman and Elliot Goldenthal for their pairs of Batman films. Christopher Nolan’s Batman has always… More


CD Review: City Lights

In 1931, four years after THE JAZZ SINGER ushered in the sound era, Charlie Chaplin openly thumbed his nose at Hollywood’s new trend and released another silent picture—CITY LIGHTS. Against all odds, the tale of the Little Tramp who falls in love with a blind girl (Virginia Cherrill) was Chaplin’s biggest hit to date, further proof… More


CD Review: The Greatest Film Scores of Dimitri Tiomkin

Outside of John Williams and film music festivals, it’s not often that film music concerts are devoted to one composer, especially one from the Golden Age. But few composers lend themselves to such extensive stage time like Dimitri Tiomkin. Memorable melodies and orchestrations that were written for a full orchestral complement, Tiomkin’s music is certainly deserving… More


CD Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White sure has come a long way since Disney. From perky but bland cartoon to beautiful but bland live action cartoon earlier this year (MIRROR MIRROR) and now somnambulistic but bland live action corpse thanks to Kristen Stewart, she of the vacant, glassy-eyed, open-mouth school of acting. So it’s no surprise that director Rupert Sanders’s menacing take… More


CD Review: Last Breath

For someone who worships THE OMEN, it might come as a surprise that I’m not a fan of horror films. And I like torture films even less. I don’t understand what entertainment value can be gleaned from watching human beings cause each other extreme emotional and physical torment. So to say watching LAST BREATH was torture… More