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  1. I think Lady Stoneheart adds another layer to all the Lord of Light stuff actually. But yes, we can agree the Iron Island stuff is dull as shit.
  2. Dorne is far more interesting in the books than the show. Especially Doran Martell's character. And the (fake?) Aegon/Stoneheart stuff is actually pretty interesting and keeps in line with Martin's usual themes of false prophecies and whatnot. But I concede that those ideas would not have translated too well on the show.
  3. How was she in Solo? Clarke was also always left with typica one-liners that didn't ask much of any actor. But she's definitely gotten a little better this season. Gloin gets it. Aside from the Starks, there are few, if any, characters that wholesomely represent true "virtue" and "moral goodness". Dany was always problematic, though not necessarily more barbaric than most rulers of Westeros. She just has a bunch of dragons at her disposal. Which makes her scarier. The whole point in Martin's world has been that "good" and "bad" are arbritrary, circumstantial values anyway.
  4. Yea...he turned out to be real useless eh? Bleh episode. And a terribly unceremonious, but narratively convenient end to a dragon. Also, it seems certain that Dany must die now. Disappointing followup to last week. Lost a lot the will/interest left in the season to be honest.
  5. That's one of his most iconic songs, from the film Dil Se. Did he have a hand in this remix? His best work usually comes from Mani Ratnam's films.
  6. It's better than I remember it being. It still feels a little like Williams scraps put together. But expertly crafted, as always.
  7. I remember that making a splash at TIFF. Definitely, want to check it out.
  8. No, but his collaborations and "fusion" stuff largely created the aesthetic for the Indian film music of his time. Rahman is obviously a super talented bloke. But I've had the sense he's been coasting for some time now... Will share some stuff I like soon. Cheers for starting this thread Thor!
  9. I think I understand that. Something about the sterility of that whole building is slightly eerie as well... Yes!! I was very keen on making it to that spot!
  10. It was a very fine popcorn flick. They weren't trying to make high art here. The Marvel battles have never been interesting.
  11. Definitely! And I know Pope does a lot of work with young musicians all the time. And he appears to be very kind and generous as an individual! There are just some things he says on public platforms that make me raise my eyebrows a bit, but my post was being more critical of that general "music isn't what it once was" attitude, than it was of Pope himself.
  12. Was in New York over the last few days. Here are a few clicks:
  13. That much may be true, yes. As with any industry, technological advances and the speed/ease with how we access and pump out information has made it easier to get lazy. But there are a good deal of talented young musicians who are trying to foster creative impulses in novel ways with all these new tools at their disposal. The kind of Williams' breed will indeed never truly be seen again, it's simply impossible. Williams and his process are a product of his time. It's not just a challenge film music faces, but all art. Music has historically evolved in a very reactionary way (Modernism = response to post-war romanticism, serialism = post-WW2 response, minimalism = 60s response to stifling serialism, etc etc). But with information now available all at once, all the time, there is almost too much or even nothing to "react" to. That's the problem with post-post-modernism (or wherever the hell we're at). Anything goes. There are no longer templates to follow or rules to be broken, and the old systems simply don't work. Academia in music has become a far more nebulous and less practically useful space than it used to be. And this leaves many existentialist questions that today's young artists must confront that Williams' generation never really had to deal with. Pope's rhetoric, however friendly he is as a person, can at times be callously harmful to this generation of aspiring artists who simply will never have access to the kind of climate, resources and experiences that Williams' generation had. As an influencer in his own industry, Pope could instead be more valuable in helping youth navigate the challenging terrains of today. The traditional career ladders that were there in Williams' years no longer exist, at least in the same form. And there are very few ladders, if any, to climb at all. It's far more challenging to find meaningful direction for a young composer now than it used to be. This is where someone with Pope's experience and expertise could lend their support, instead of actively lamenting the "golden days" with every public platform he gets. It also goes without saying that technique and training are obviously essential things. As with any art, understanding the system is crucial before trying to manipulate it. And it is lamentable that people can rise to positions of power in the industry without having that necessary foundation...but I don't think that's necessarily a new problem. There are loads of talented individuals, with plenty of that who are struggling to find their place in the world. And having a senior musician like Pope, continuing to reinforce the idea that "You will never be or have what Williams had" just doesn't seem like a very healthy or conducive attitude to keep in the industry.
  14. Of course! They should have left it as a one-off thing with the first season. So do I. Though it is sometimes a little too Instagram-filter-ey for my tastes.
  15. Indeed. Season 2 essentially felt like a massive exploitation of contemporary social and political cynicism. I pulled through to the season's end, but felt sick about the whole thing. It all reeked of misconstrued intentions.
  16. There are some very fine movies on this list. Mad Max wouldn't be my pick, but it's a pretty fair survey of the decade.
  17. One thing you can credit them for doing well enough is keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end. The more the episode kept going, the more impossible the odds looked, the more out-of-this-world the ending had to be...right?
  18. Indeed. Though I think this became painfully obvious and clear in the last season. When the Night King started burning down the wall so conveniently, it cemented the kind of banal plotting we would see in these concluding episodes.
  19. Still, like Lee said, it's hard to imagine staying so invested. The very first shot of the show opened with the Others, and we were led to believe that that would be the ultimate arc of the series, but with that storyline so unceremoniously terminated and still half a season to go, it's just hard to care as much.
  20. To be honest, I found the end music weirdly distracting. It certainly was no "Light of the Seven". I believe he's the guy who directed the Hardhome battle.
  21. So I didn't read everything that was said here, but for the most part, I wasn't that surprised by the episode. It represents everything the show had become once it went off-script. And I long suspected that many of the elaborate fan-theories (especially nuanced suggestions/perspectives a la Gloin's) would never have a chance to make it onto screen. GOT went Hollywood a long time ago, and so everything about this episode was going to scream spectacle and cheap thrills. With all that said, I thought the battle was staged well. I had no problem seeing the action really, and thought the idea of the endless night was visually represented well, though it takes many cues from some of the Mordor/Pelennor battles in LOTR. Because it was so long, and there were so many characters, and the tactics of these creatures was already largely familiar, it might not have sustained the intensity of something as terrifying as Hardhome, but it was staged well. It's just a shame that the writers ended up not making even the slightest effort to address the elaborate character backgrounds, sometimes quite mystical (especially with Arya and Bran), into context. Long before Melisandre even gives away the climax, I was musing on how useless her "Girl with No Name" stuff ended up being, aside from just being able to fight better. And that's the case with many of these characters, the Three-Eyed Raven being of particular disappointment. With that said, cheap thrills still work. If the execution was a little less hokey (Arya jumping onto the Night King? Come on...), they might have even gotten away with it better. Though there was a point where I genuinely thought Arya was a goner...but a deus ex machina was inevitable anyway.
  22. The Leftovers did all that better anyway
  23. Really? From my experience, Infinity War had almost zero character. Aside from the obligatory gags and decently developed Thanos, it was mostly just moving pieces around and setting up the ending. Absurd plot aside, it was nice seeing an emphasis on character and personality here.
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