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      We are significantly behind on our funds for keeping JWFan alive, and need to collect donations again.
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  1. More of a both/and sort of thing.
  2. I remember being blown away by the trumpet/string interplay in the middle section of BotF (or Born on the Fourth of July, for those who like things spelled out for them) the first time I heard it. Williams then punched me in the gut by removing it in the concert version. I even heard him perform the said concert version with the CSO (again, Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and it still seemed like a punch in the gut.
  3. The end credit suite from BotFJ has been my favorite Williams' "Americana" piece of his oeuvre. However, I am really taken by the trumpet version of With Malice Toward None on the Spielberg/Williams album. In fact, I think I prefer the latter. There is something so understated yet moving about the whole piece. So, why not create a poll. Pick whichever version of BotFJ you prefer, as they both feature the trumpet.
  4. While not a score, I have always liked the crazy string flurry before the fanfare kicks back in during the 1984 Olympic theme.
  5. Well, even if Hermann had done CETK, Williams would have already done SW, securing his legacy. But to imagine a world w/o Williams CETK suite...I guess it would soften the blow of any North Korea missiles that might find their target.
  6. Increasingly dissonant and disjointed after each drink. enjoy the concert to those who are going.
  7. I would not wait for a program--those seem to be gameday decisions by Williams nowadays.
  8. If it was only a weekend show, I would say 24 hours at the most. With two extra nights, some nosebleeds might be available for a couple days. I would be as aggressive as possible.
  9. My point is that you cannot call a movie where the main characters survive in the way they do "shockingly realistic."
  10. But it is not like any of this in terms of its main leads and thus the real focus/effect of the movie. It was no different than something as stupid as The Day after Tomorrow where all of NCY dies except 30 people which include the son. Had Cruise's family died or he not had a reunion with his extended family at the end, I might be willing to agree with your assessment. Instead, Spielberg took the most unrealistic route possible with mass destruction but a 100% survival rate of the protagonists and a nice reunion to boot.
  11. I think the issue in this context is that the logic of business should not have been primary. The franchise was profitable, but one would think Lucas, who claimed (at least at the time) to be an artist over businessman, would be okay with less profit (yet still profitable) if it served art.
  12. Do it! Two reasons: 1) if you are even asking, then you have the money to spare. 2) imagine the horror of others when you tell them you blew $100 on it--feed on their anger and you will grow stronger.
  13. I don't think many here would have made such an assumption. I don't always know when a piece is by Williams or not (I thought the Disney park video could have featured pieces from VIII), but RO sounds very little like Williams in its original music. If I knew nothing of film music, I might suppose the music is from the same guy who did the recent ST movies. The themes are meh, and I find the orchestrations rather thin. On the note of the Disney video, I would love to hear that guy do a standalone SW movie.
  14. In general, when Williams (and everyone else) composes scores in close proximity to one another, there are various overlaps. I would not call in bizarre.
  15. I think the one problem with TFA movie was that some of us older folks wanted a straightforward continuation of the OT character arcs, with new characters (a la the Zahn books), but Lucasfilm went with an introduction of new characters as paramount. The latter approach makes obvious sense, and would have been Lucas's approach as well. Given that approach, quite frankly, I think TFA would have been better without any of the original characters at all. I find the movie begins to lose its momentum when Solo shows up.