9 Favorite Main Titles

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, movies used to have main titles that were scored. For two minutes, the composer laid the musical groundwork and set the tone for the film to follow. Then along came main title songs, sometimes written by the score composers, sometimes not. If not, the composer… More


Masterpiece Theater

Masterpiece, like genius, is an often overused word, especially in the arts. Merriam-Webster defines a masterpiece as “a work done with extraordinary skill; especially: a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement.” So how does that apply to film music? If you look at the first part of that definition, pretty much every film score qualifies as a masterpiece in… More


CD Review: The A-Team

When you make a film version of a popular ’80s TV action staple like THE A-TEAM, you don’t go into it looking for a probing character study. And I certainly wasn’t expecting a subtle score full of nuance and shading. But even with those caveats, Alan Silvestri‘s score for THE A-TEAM is a disappointment. I… More

Disney's A Christmas Carol

CD Review: A Christmas Carol (2009)

I hate Christmas. The forced cheer, the religious overtones, the “peace on Earth, goodwill toward men” that seems to evaporate the day after. And living in New York where the streets are flooded with shoppers just makes the whole season that much more irritating. With all these Scrooge-like tendencies, you’d think I’d be a fan… More