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time to time, folks write in and ask -- what's the deal with The Aisle
Seat? How long has Andre been reviewing? What are his credentials as a
critic? In the current internet world, they're valid questions to ask
since the online community is filled with people expressing themselves
-- as they have every right to. On the other hand, some writers,
bloggers, and online journalists have more expertise than others.
DURSIN has been covering the entertainment world for a handful
print and online publications for well over a decade, in addition to
working on a freelance basis with RCA Records, Sony Music, Rykodisc
Records and others. His work has appeared in a variety of publications
and has been noted around the world.
October, 1974 in Warwick, Rhode Island, Andre (aka Andy) started off
covering soundtracks in the early days of Film Score Monthly
Along with publisher Lukas Kendall, Andre helped guide FSM through the
formative years of what would become the world's only monthly
publication about film music. This collaboration began back in the
summer of 1990 -- while Kendall and Dursin were still high school
students in southeastern New England.
attending Boston College a short time later, Andre began reviewing
for Movie Collector,
full-color British magazine published by noted cinephile Trevor
Willsmer, and Home
Canada's only monthly home theater publication. For nearly five years
(1993-98), Dursin covered laserdiscs, soundtracks, and commented on the
then-fledgling World Wide Web for both publications, reviewing
everything from "The Grass Harp" to "Fright Night." He also interviewed
composers and filmmakers alike, including prominent composers Alan
Silvestri ("Back to the Future," "Forrest Gump"), Randy Edelman ("Last
of the Mohicans"), Joe LoDuca ("The Evil Dead"), Bruce Broughton
("Silverado"), Mark Mancina ("Speed," "Twister"), and the late Miles
Goodman ("Little Shop of Horrors," "Muppet Christmas Carol").
graduating from B.C. in 1997, Lukas Kendall asked Andre if he'd be
interested in writing an internet column. Since Film Score Monthly is
naturally film music intensive, and soundtrack collectors are also
die-hard movie buffs, Dursin thought the best idea would be to cover
his true love: movies and laserdiscs (DVDs were a few months away),
giving a unique perspective to FSM.
AISLE SEAT was then launched on May
1st, 1997 -- coincidentally marking the debut of Film Score
on the web altogether! Since the Fall of 1997, Andre has been turning
out columns on a regular basis (if not weekly, then certainly close),
covering the world of movies, DVDs, soundtracks and the entertainment
industry in general.
October of 2004, Andre launched his own site, THE AISLE SEAT at
where updates are posted weekly (ahead of their continued
appearance at Film
Score Monthly) and readers are invited to join in a
Aisle Seat Message Boards.
the years Andre has been invited to write liner notes for numerous
soundtrack albums. Most recently he worked with RCA Records/BMG Music
on several projects including DIRTY
DANCING: The Ultimate Edition and REALITY
BITES: The 10th Anniversary Edition. Andre has also
notes for the original soundtracks to beloved movies like THE CUTTING
EDGE, Jimmy Buffet's RANCHO DELUXE, Henry Mancini's THE PINK PANTHER
STRIKES AGAIN, Ernest Gold's IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD, and SOME
LIKE IT HOT (all for Rykodisc Records). One of his most satisfying
assignments was authoring the notes for Sony Music's CD of CLASH
OF THE TITANS, the 1981 Ray Harryhausen fantasy that remains
his all-time favorite films!
addition to his freelance assignments, Andre worked with Barnes
& Noble in reviewing albums and compiling a list of
Essentials when they launched their online site in 1998; he also
contributed reviews to VideoHound's
Soundtracks Guide; worked at WJAR
(NBC) 10 in Providence, R.I. (earning a special citation from
for coverage of the 9/11 attacks); freelanced for New England Film.com;
and when not turning out The Aisle Seat, has written up many a college
hockey game for US
College Hockey Online. To top it all off, he also recently
voice over narration for Andrew Montlack's film BOHICA.
Aisle Seat is based out of Andre's home offices scattered across
Rhode Island, a state best known for giving the world James Woods; RISD
graduates Savage Steve Holland ("One Crazy Summer"), Martin Mull and
Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy"), the honorable (and convicted) Mayor
Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci; David Hedison (one-time Felix Leiter and
star of "Voyage To The Bottom of The Sea"); Oscar-winning composer Bill
Conti ("Rocky"); comic-actor Buddy Hackett; "Cheers" star Nicholas
"Coach" Colasanto; and singer Jeffrey Osborne.
Andre can be
contacted via email
here -- all comments are welcome, including dissenting ones!