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50 Favorite Film Scores, Part 2: #40–31

Yesterday, I began a week-long look at 50 of my favorite film scores. If you want to read about the background behind the project, check out the earlier post. The remaining scores will be covered throughout the rest of the week. Now, on with the next installment of 50 of my favorite film scores… 40…. More

The Goonies

CD Review: The Goonies

I’m firmly convinced that you had to be a pre-pubescent boy in 1985 to appreciate THE GOONIES. When the movie premiered, I was far beyond the single- and early double-digits that this film is geared toward, so I found it to be silly. But I am a fan of Dave Grusin and I greeted the premiere release of… More


Milagro Means “Miracle”

And it was a miracle when Dave Grusin won the 1988 Oscar for THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR. The film was Robert Redford’s second project behind the camera after winning the Best Director Oscar for ORDINARY PEOPLE eight years earlier. MILAGRO was a disappointment to those who expected Redford to pull another Oscar winner out of his… More

On Golden Pond

Big Fish In a Little Pond

When Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn signed on to star in ON GOLDEN POND, Ernest Thompson’s minor Broadway play caught a couple of prize fish. The heartwarming comedy/drama racked up nearly $120 million in ticket sales and came in number two for the year, though a distant second behind RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. What… More