Film Music Review
The Sammy awards

To read past reviews and other information, click on this link:

Film Music Review (Volumes 1-7)



Volume 8

Number 6 (November - December 2006)

Editor and Publisher: Roger L. Hall

Contributing Writer: Steven A. Kennedy

This e-zine has mostly reviews of older soundtracks and compilations. But some new soundtracks are also reviewed.

The old FMR site with Volumes 1-7 will remain online (click on link in the left column) for those who wish to read over 500 reviews of past soundtracks and compilations and also...

  • From the Editor
  • Top Ten Film Scores (1930s - 1970s)
  • Book Reviews and Magazine Articles
  • Film Composer Tributes
  • Film Music Essays
  • Film Music News   

Here is the FMR rating system:

**** (Superlative - Highest Recommendation)

***1/2 (Outstanding - Recommended)

*** (Good - Okay)

**1/2 (Fair - Nothing Special)

** (Mediocre - Barely Passable)

* (Poor - Save Your Money)


The Special Merit CDs are chosen at any time during the month for outstanding soundtracks or compilations.

The Editor's Choice - Best of the Month designation is for those CDs that are singled out for their overall excellence. They are chosen anytime within a given month.

If you wish to send any comments, send them to:

Film Music Review

See the alphabetical list for 2006 at

Index for Reviews (January - December)

For past reviews, click on these links:

Volume 8/ Number 1 (January - February)

Volume 8/ Number 2 (March - April)

Volume 8/ Number 3 (May - June)

Volume 8/ Number 4 (July - August)

Volume 8/ Number 5 (September - October)


See our reviewers choices for

Best Film Music of 2006


Click on this link for CDs and DVDs of

Five Films from 1956

CD Reviews

These CDs Received Special Merit:



LADY IN THE WATER -- music by James Newton Howard




PERFUME -- music by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil



APOCALYPTO -- music by James Horner -- ****

CARS -- music by Randy Newman -- ***1/2

CHARLOTTE'S WEB -- music by Danny Elfman -- ***

HOME OF THE BRAVE -- music by Stephen Endelman -- **1/2

LIFEFORCE -- music by Henry Mancini/ additional music by Michael Kamen -- ****

THE TALE OF THE PRIEST AND HIS WORKER, BALDA - music by Dmitri Shostakovich -- ***1/2

The Sammy Awards

The 19th Annual Sammy Awards will be announced 11 February 2007.

See the previous list at

18th Annual Sammy Awards

For the list for Best Film Score, Song and other categories from past years go here:

The Sammy Awards


Centennial Tributes

2007 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Miklos Rozsa. Watch for the centennial tribute with recommended CDs. Coming soon.

Read reviews and recommended CDs of music by another great film composer here:

100th Birthday Tribute to Franz Waxman

In Memoriam...


R.I.P., Basil Poledouris (1945 - 2006)

Read about film music performed by the

Hollywood Symphony Orchestra

Anniversary Essays

"Film Music for the Ages" - Roger L. Hall

"The Cinema Century" - Steven A. Kennedy

Read them both here:

Film Music Review - 8th Anniversary

Mozart at the Movies


To read about Mozart music featured in various films, click on these links:

Vol. 8, No. 1

Vol. 8, No. 2


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