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      Donate to JWFan, win a CD!   05/30/17


      We are significantly behind on our funds for keeping JWFan alive, and need to collect donations again.
      As an incentive, I am offering a series of free CDS to anyone who donates over a certain amount!   Donate at least $10 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $250 goal:   Tyler Bates - God of War; Ascension (OST, La La Land Records) Danny Elfman - Planet of the Apes (OST, Sony) Danny Elfman - Taking Woodstock (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Identity Thief (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (OST) Michael Giacchino - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (OST, Varese Sarabande) Dave Holmes & Various - Ocean's 11 (OST, WB Records) Joel McNeely & Various - Hollywood '94 (Varese Sarabande) Joe Kraemer - Jack Reacher (OST, La La Land Records) John Williams - Born on the Fourth of July (OST, MCA Records)   Donate at least $20 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $500 goal:   John Barry - First Love (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - The Challenge (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - In Harm's Way (2009 Intrada edition) Jerry Goldsmith - The Red Pony (Varese) Alan Silvestri - Dutch (La La Land) Shirley Walker - Willard (La La Land) John Williams - Family Plot (Varese Sarabande) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   Donate at least $30 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $750 goal:   James Horner - Gorky Park (OOP Kritzerland Edition) James Newton Howard - Outbreak (2CD, Varese Deluxe Edition) Laurence Rosenthal - Clash of the Titans (2CD, Intrada) John Williams - The Fury (2CD, La La Land) John Williams - Jane Eyre (OOP, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   Donate at least $50 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $1,000 goal:   Jerry Fielding - The Wild Bunch (3CD, FSM) Ira Newborn - The Naked Gun trilogy (3CD, La La Land) Shirley Walker and Various - Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 (4CD, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer     All shipping will be paid by me to anywhere in the world!   I will pull names from a hat for each pool, and you get to pick whatever CD set you want if I pull your name!   To be eligible, leave your JWFan username in the comments area of your donation.  If you want to donate but not be in the running for a free CD, mention that in the comment.   Use this link or the link on the mainpage.       Thank you!   Jason, Ricard, and Andreas.


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  1. Anyone like this combination? The chills are intense. 70-150 mg of caffeine (a shot or two of espresso), wait 20-25 minutes. Power up some John Williams. Have spinal orgasms.
  2. XOXOXOXO But no 👌👈
  3. We have no issues with red heads!
  4. We have no issues with red heads!
  5. You're in the land of the free, buddy, no one is after you. This isn't some Orwellian CCTV state like Britain! We welcome red heads!
  6. Ah yes, good righteous fun!
  7. How do you like Trump’s America so far?
  8. An invitation to heck!
  9. We've got a red head on the loose!
  10. Yep.
  11. BLUME SCORE: 73% I like a well made meal. And I'm not necessarily talking about food that's been deemed by a Michelin critic as "worthy" of your taste buds. It doesn't need to have liquid nitrogen involved or to be carefully and artistically shaped like the labial folds of Venus. Even a greasy highly Americanized pizza made by an equally greasy Sicilian American down in a shady joint where I frequent for lunch can be well made. You maybe don't like your pizzas greasy. Maybe you like your pizza a bit more light and summery. And that's fine. But there are good greasy pizzas and bad greasy pizzas. There are good light and summery pizzas and bad summery pizzas. You can tell one's good and one's bad when you put in your mouth and you either feel like you've discovered heaven or you get that uneasy feeling where you try to decide whether it's bad enough that you'll throw it away and waste your money or muscle through it because you've spent the money on it and need the sustenance and you don't have time to get something else. Worst case you begin to question whether the pizza will kill you. But you're already a bite in. Do you cause a scene? Do you make an excuse and leave? Complain and send it back? These are tough choices to be made when things go south. Luckily, things don't go south with the subject of today's review. But they don't exactly go far north either. Joseph Trapanese has been a curious up and comer in the world of film music. Something about his music has managed to keep my interest. That's despite the fact that he's been steadily delving into the world of generic film music. He hasn't been writing with flair. He has been writing the equivalent of a well made ham and cheese sandwich for a while now. The quality of the bread is superb. The cheese has been aged to perfection. The ham is cured rather nicely. The mayonnaise is home made and pretty delicious. But it's still a damned ham and cheese sandwich. It's got no secret ingredient. And ultimately that ham and cheese sandwich does not make much of a mark on your person or your soul. It's enjoyable while you chew it over, but not much more. Amidst a line of ham sandwiches, enter Phosphorescent. Trapanese is delving into the realm of greasy pizzas and burgers. Fast food. This is trailer music. It's not married to any picture. It's not even married to a specific trailer. It's EPIC music, with EPIC drums, EPIC synths, and EPIC chords and EPIC melodies. And yet it's a weirdly artistic endeavor because it's not written for a production. It's written to nothing, but meant to be used in a production. It's like a concert work, but with the rule that it needs to be exciting and pumping, ALL THE TIME. The former makes it interesting. It's refreshing to have music that's not being driven by rapid cuts and edits. There is a development to the tracks presented on the album that you just don't get with film music these days. The development occurs within the framework of the rising tension and excitement you would expect in trailer music, but here Trapanese takes advantage of the time dimension. Tracks tend to be around 3.5-4 minutes, which gives you more time than an average trailer (2 minutes or less), gives enough time to develop a musical idea, but doesn't stay long enough to be fatiguing. Because after all the music is EPIC. And EPIC music will shred your ears at some point. The good news this is more interesting than a well made ham and cheese sandwich. It's a well made and greasy burger. But I'm not sure the flair is there yet. There isn't something odd or strange about it that only Trapanese can bring to the table. I'm the kind of guy who likes it when the chef infuses the meat of the burger with garlic, parsley, or the finely powdered legs of millipedes. Just something to make you think, "oh my, that's interesting." No, here the ingredients are perfectly prepared and put in front of you. But they are basic. There is little artistry, little innovation or ingenuity. The first seven tracks in particular are pretty damned good though. It's good. It's fun to listen to. I'd even say that it's engaging, it's not just background music. But flair is what Trapanese doesn't bring to the game. And it's a shame. But he's young. Maybe he'll get better. But isn't that what we said about Michael Giacchino?
  12. It’s cool to be a negative Nancy. Signals discerning taste to other “intellectuals.” /thread
  13. This still sucks to my ears. What a plasticky recording too. Sounds like all the orchestra is playing all at the same time but then muffled into a latex pillow.
  14. Powell’s score is a little too cheery for the film. Doesn’t really match the Solo character.
  15. WE HAVE EVIDENCE! @BloodBoal