Film Music Review
The Sammy awards








Providing Reviews and Resources


Film Scores and Songs


Founder and Managing Editor:

Roger L. Hall

Contributing Writers:

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb


Feature Presentation

Opening Main Titles

Latest FMR News

Film Music Publications

Film Music Review - From The Editor

Film Music Memorial Tributes

Film Composer Tributes

Film Anniversary Tributes

Movie Songwriter Anniversaries

The Sammy Film Music Awards

Favorite Film Music Poll

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

End Credit Links




The Manaing Editor and Contributing Writers are all members of the...


IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association




Opening Main Titles


First Title: The Online e-zine
Film Music Review (FMR) has provided hundreds of reviews of CDs, DVDs, and Books. Though the emphasis has been on film scores there have been movie songwriter tributes also.

Second Title: The Production
Film Music Review is available exclusively on American Music and is now one of the longest-running online e-zines focused on vintage film scores and songs.

Third Title: The Managing Editor
Film Music Review was first produced by Roger L. Hall in 1998 on a different site. It was moved here in 2006 and he has been Managing Editor since it began.
He is an author, film historian, composer, and member of the International Film Music Critics Association.

Fourth Title: The Reviewers
These are the FMR critics: Roger L. Hall, Steven A. Kennedy, and Steve Vertlieb.
Occasional guest writers have also contributed reviews or articles, such as the late Jeffrey Dane.

Fifth Title: The Content
Over the years, FMR has been a respected resource for film music reviews and news.
The focus of this e-zine is on the preservation of film scores from the past, devoted mainly to older soundtrack reisuues, re-recordings and other preservation efforts. New film scores are also reviewed but are not the main concern of this e-zine. Each year the Best Film Music Recordings are listed. Also, the annual Sammy Film Music Awards (SFMA) are chosen each year for best film soundtracks, songs and other categories, including occasionally the most overrated score of the year.
These awards are named after the late great movie lyricist, Sammy Cahn, and
are now the longest-running awards chosen exclusively for film music recordings.

Sixth Title: The DVD
The previous book and CD reviews from FMR are now available on this DVD with bonus music albums and video programs:

"As Time Goes By" -A Guide to Film Music (6th edition)










Latest News



10 Cloverfield Lane (Music from the Motion Picture) The John Williams Jurassic Park Collection


Best Film Music Releases of 2016,
chosen by FMR critic, Steven A. Kennedy




  Special Merit 

Prometheus Records (2 CDs) - review by Roger Hall



Celebrating its 70th anniversary!


FILM IN FOCUS -- Click Here











Bernard Herrmann in 1941 - Two film score classics


Publications available exclusively from Film Music Review...


DVD: "As Time Goes By" - A Guide to Film Music
(6th edition, with past reviews and tributes from FILM MUSIC REVIEW)





DVD: Music Masters: Fifteen film Composers (reviews and tributes from Film Music Review)


DVD: OBSESSION - A Tribute to Bernard Herrmann



From The Editor


Why is film music from the past getting neglected?





The summer blockbuster is born with the sounds of JAWS

To read all the editorials - Click here


Memorial Tributes


Singin' in the Rain (1952 Film Soundtrack) (Deluxe Edition)

SINGING IN THE RAIN - A Fond Memorial Tribute to Debbie Reynolds



"All The Way" - A Tribute to Frank Sinatra in Hollywood


A Ray Bradbury Remembrance
by Steve Vertlieb



In Memory of James Horner by Roger Hall


Film Composer Tributes


Elmer Bernstein




Jerry Goldsmith



Bernard Herrmann




David Raksin



Miklos Rozsa






A Centenary Celebration

Franz Waxman




John Williams






50th Anniversity

Bernard Herrmann and PSYCHO


50th Anniversity

Elmer Bernstein and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD



60th Anniversity

Dimitri Tiomkin and HIGH NOON



50th Anniversity








Movie Songwriter Anniversaries


"High Hopes"
A Centennial Tribute to Sammy Cahn





"River Of No Return"
A Centennial Tribute to Ken Darby





"I Hear Music"
A Centennial Tribute to Frank Loesser




"Acent-tchu-ate The Positive"
Johnny Mercer in Hollywood



Movie Song Tributes

Centennial of Irving Belin's song hit

"Alexander's Ragtime Band"



50th anniversary of the
Oscar-winning song and score

"Moon River" - Memories of Henry Mancini




The 29th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards

These awards will be announced on 12 February 2017

To read the complete list of the past Sammy Film Music Awards (SFMA) -- CLICK HERE






Favorite Film Music Poll




100 Essential Film Scores






End Credit Links



Film Music Review is owned and operated by

PineTree Productions

See these recommended

Film Music Links


Read the list of film composers and songwriters
who have been named to

The Tunemaker Hall of Fame


To contact Film Music Review:






Your support is needed to help keep Film Music Review online as a free e-zine.


You can order any of these titles:

"As Time Goes By" - Guide to Film Music

Film Music Masters: Fifteen Film Composers

"Obsession" - A Tribute to Bernard Herrmann

at the


Official PayPal Seal

AMP Store


Thank you!




Return to top of this page











© 2017 PineTree Productions. All Rights Reserved.