Surround Sound
Martin Scorsese’s Best Marriage of Film and Music Is Showcased in ‘Goodfellas’

Martin Scorsese is a master filmmaker and often just as brilliant at incorporating music into his work. Nowhere have those skills shone brighter than in Goodfellas.

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Rick Rubin’s Soundtrack for ‘Less Than Zero’ Perfectly Emulates the Excessive ‘80s

While the crowd dances to the beat of Jimi Hendrix’s soul/psychedelic classic, “Fire”, Robert Downey, Jr.’s character has a moment of reflection, but casts it aside and throws himself into the dance.

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18 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM


Back in the days before VCRs and sell-through VHS/DVD titles, a soundtrack was your only tactile souvenir of any entertainment experience. Certainly, you had your memories, and the emotions created or considered via the film, television show, or musical in question, but the only real way to relive the moment -- at least in your mind -- was to trot on down to your local record store and pick up the official companion LP.

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22 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Habits Die Hard

In the world of soundtrack albums, overused stylistic tropes and marketing plans are everywhere, making the search for something truly special feel like a laborious treasure hunt.

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31 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Grab Bag

In this hodge-podge mix of soundtracks, we find some exceptional scoring, competent storytelling, tween packaging, and some poor reissues and television compilations.

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The Power of Film Music

The 10 soundtracks discussed in this installment of Surround Sound reflect a variety of styles, genres and approaches to film music. But in the end, all of them are similar in the way they try to enhance our viewing experience.

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The Oscar Influence

The latest Surround Sound installment takes a closer look at the effect of the Oscar season push on their related soundtracks.

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Building the Perfect Soundtrack (and Selling It)

There's a soundtrack for every season, every purpose, every target audience. The second installment of Surround Sound takes a look at how well the latest soundtracks stand up as albums.

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From Roller Disco to Dope Smokers: Settling the Scores

, by Adam Besenyodi - PopMatters explores a dozen current soundtracks in our newest feature to determine what's worthy of the marquee and what bombs.

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//Mixed media

NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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