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    TheUlyssesian reacted to Quintus in What is the last Television series you watched?   
    I love making the headboard smash against the wall, but it can be a noisy pain when the kids are already downstairs.
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from Smeltington in When Williams Nails It With A Melody   
    With Malice Towards None is the perfect representation of Lincoln in music form. The theme just screams GOOD NOBLE PERSON. There is a quiet dignity about the theme which is unmissable. Speilberg and the film basically portray Lincoln as an angel - almost with a halo round his head. And with Williams' theme, I just about fall for it, the theme is that convincing.
     
    Now Lincoln is a concept album and the theme is I believe used only once in the film, for the actual speech, but it is plentiful on the album and it brings a lump to my throat as I fall into a reverie about the end of slavery and the righteousness and the justice of it all.
     
    It really is a distillation of the man - the version of the man the Spielberg wants us to believe in. And it is an outstanding theme to boot - whether as a piano solo or violin solo or horn solo.
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from bollemanneke in Potterdom Film/Score Series Thread   
    Williams has never had an equivalent opportunity - for the 3 series for which he wrote 3 scores each - Star Wars, Indiana Jones and HP - they all had different circumstances.
     
    Stars Wars as noted above was written film from film. There was no grand design, atleast none communicated to Williams. So he scored them film to film. Also the films were shot and released over a 7 year period and Williams was in his prolific period then. He couldn't just stop - write themes for a movie coming out 7 years later and then then score 6 years later etc. And again, there was no sense of a grand design.
     
    Indiana Jones is individual episodes with a new adventure in every episode. So characters etc do not carry over from one installment to the other typically. So there is no concept of a grand design there.
     
    Harry potter is the closest in comparison. A grand saga that Williams could indeed have potentially planned for because he would know exactly where the story was going to go, which characters were going to emerge etc. But even hear, having different directors made each film so entirely different, that a consistent tapestry was not possible. HP 3 is so entirely different in tone, directorial style, color palette, themes, even set design and costume design, cinematography from what came previously that Williams wrote a completely new score - chucking out most of his old themes and writing in a new may. Also the 3rd film abandons the central Harry-Voldemort conflict and does a different story.
     
    One would say, with these enormous challenges, Williams managed quite well. His still managed to establish an overarching main theme for each franchise and provide each series with a unmistakable musical identity.
     
    One would say Shore hasn't done quite well. When I ask people what is the main theme or music identity of the LOTR films - I get 3 responses - Shire Theme, Fellowship theme and Gondor theme. So maybe Shore did not do a great job of establishing 1 primary overall idea.
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    TheUlyssesian reacted to JoeinAR in Potterdom Film/Score Series Thread   
    And yet Williams has so many scores superior to Lotr
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    TheUlyssesian reacted to Jay in Potterdom Film/Score Series Thread   
    The reason some people consider Shore's LOTR trilogy to be one long score, but not Williams' Potter trilogy, is due to the completely different production schedules.
     
    All the LOTR movies were written together, had pre-production together, and were shot together, and Shore composed all the themes he'd need for the entire trilogy before writing individual FOTR cues once post-production on FOTR started.

    For Potter, each film was written, then shot, then had post with Williams writing the score to just that film - without even know if there'd be a sequel or if he'd score it - at the time.
     
    So that's why there's a difference.
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from hornist in When Williams Nails It With A Melody   
    With Malice Towards None is the perfect representation of Lincoln in music form. The theme just screams GOOD NOBLE PERSON. There is a quiet dignity about the theme which is unmissable. Speilberg and the film basically portray Lincoln as an angel - almost with a halo round his head. And with Williams' theme, I just about fall for it, the theme is that convincing.
     
    Now Lincoln is a concept album and the theme is I believe used only once in the film, for the actual speech, but it is plentiful on the album and it brings a lump to my throat as I fall into a reverie about the end of slavery and the righteousness and the justice of it all.
     
    It really is a distillation of the man - the version of the man the Spielberg wants us to believe in. And it is an outstanding theme to boot - whether as a piano solo or violin solo or horn solo.
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from The Illustrious Jerry in When Williams Nails It With A Melody   
    With Malice Towards None is the perfect representation of Lincoln in music form. The theme just screams GOOD NOBLE PERSON. There is a quiet dignity about the theme which is unmissable. Speilberg and the film basically portray Lincoln as an angel - almost with a halo round his head. And with Williams' theme, I just about fall for it, the theme is that convincing.
     
    Now Lincoln is a concept album and the theme is I believe used only once in the film, for the actual speech, but it is plentiful on the album and it brings a lump to my throat as I fall into a reverie about the end of slavery and the righteousness and the justice of it all.
     
    It really is a distillation of the man - the version of the man the Spielberg wants us to believe in. And it is an outstanding theme to boot - whether as a piano solo or violin solo or horn solo.
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from A Ghost From Highwood in Williams' manliest most testosterone-fuelled music?   
    is it his moment?
     
     
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from Not Mr. Big in When Williams Nails It With A Melody   
    With Malice Towards None is the perfect representation of Lincoln in music form. The theme just screams GOOD NOBLE PERSON. There is a quiet dignity about the theme which is unmissable. Speilberg and the film basically portray Lincoln as an angel - almost with a halo round his head. And with Williams' theme, I just about fall for it, the theme is that convincing.
     
    Now Lincoln is a concept album and the theme is I believe used only once in the film, for the actual speech, but it is plentiful on the album and it brings a lump to my throat as I fall into a reverie about the end of slavery and the righteousness and the justice of it all.
     
    It really is a distillation of the man - the version of the man the Spielberg wants us to believe in. And it is an outstanding theme to boot - whether as a piano solo or violin solo or horn solo.
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    TheUlyssesian reacted to Koray Savas in Are people rating and judging scores wrong?   
    You do realize we’re talking about soundtracks, right? The thing maybe a couple thousand people buy for $10 and the rest of the world steals and streams?
     
    Balfe’s money comes from writing the music for the film, not album sales. 
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in What's so great about Jerry Goldsmith?   
    I mean listen to the Raisuli theme at 0:23 here! Damn. A better theme has rarely been written for the movies. So full of passion, majesty and grandeur. You have yourself a great story even if you just play this theme over black screen.
     
     
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from Fabulin in What's so great about Jerry Goldsmith?   
    I mean listen to the Raisuli theme at 0:23 here! Damn. A better theme has rarely been written for the movies. So full of passion, majesty and grandeur. You have yourself a great story even if you just play this theme over black screen.
     
     
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from Chen G. in Marvel Cinematic Universe Thread   
    You cannot factor in inflation for world wide gross.
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from MrScratch in What's so great about Jerry Goldsmith?   
    What an extraordinary theme writer
     
    Of the top of my head
     
    Raisuli Theme
    Star Trek Main Theme
    Ilia's theme
    Great Train Robbery Theme
    Imhothep Theme
    Mummy Love Theme
    Patton Theme
    Ave Satani
    The Omen Love Theme
    Chinatown Theme
    Russia House Theme
    Basic Instinct Theme
    Carol Anne's Theme
    Papillion Theme
     
    Such instantly memorable themes.
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in What's so great about Jerry Goldsmith?   
    What an extraordinary theme writer
     
    Of the top of my head
     
    Raisuli Theme
    Star Trek Main Theme
    Ilia's theme
    Great Train Robbery Theme
    Imhothep Theme
    Mummy Love Theme
    Patton Theme
    Ave Satani
    The Omen Love Theme
    Chinatown Theme
    Russia House Theme
    Basic Instinct Theme
    Carol Anne's Theme
    Papillion Theme
     
    Such instantly memorable themes.
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    TheUlyssesian reacted to Yavar Moradi in What's so great about Jerry Goldsmith?   
    What I find most impressive about Total Recall is its complex synth soundscapes and textures. On that front, it's brilliant. But thematically? Blah. "The Mutant" is pretty good and that melody is not used elsewhere in the score, even once. I find the main theme entirely boring, and the main title weirdly starts off with that Conan rhythm.
     
    Now The Shadow, on the other hand...this is probably my single favorite superhero score. Yes, Jerry was obviously instructed to give them the "Danny Elfman Batman sound", but he entirely made it his own and in terms of composition I think he far eclipsed Elfman (even though I love that score). THIS gives Total Recall a run for its money when it comes to variety of sounds and complexity of soundscapes, both synth and acoustic. AND its got not just one but THREE fantastic themes at its core (plus some scattered repeated motifs). Besides the main theme, there's a cool percussive villain one that gets a ton of variation and I find it totally addictive. And there's an absolutely GORGEOUS love theme, which you'd hardly know from the original album because it only appeared once there, briefly in the end credits cue. But on the fantastic Intrada expanded album which TRIPLES the running time of the score, it is fleshed out and developed in the score in grand fashion...
     
    This one's still in print, even though the original Arista album is Sony-owned. I'm betting once Intrada sells out of this expanded edition, that's it! I would highly recommend it as one of Jerry's top three scores of the 90s...
    http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.7684/.f

    Yavar
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    TheUlyssesian reacted to JoeinAR in What are your top 5 John Williams scores?   
    I didnt. You misunderstand.  You can put up to 5 on the list. You are not limited to one from any saga. You are just limited to 5 so if you want you can put sw, esd, rotj, tfa, and TLJ..
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from JoeinAR in What are your top 5 John Williams scores?   
    John Williams Scores
    1. E.T. 
    2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    3. Star Wars 5: The Empire Strikes Back
    4. The Reivers
    5. Hook
     
    Non John Williams Score
    1. Gone With The Wind - Max Steiner
    2. Lawrence of Arabia - Maurice Jarre
    3. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg - Michel Legrand
    4. Amarcord - Nino Rota
    5. La Strada - Nino Rota
     
    Can you share the previous results with us just for context?
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    TheUlyssesian reacted to mrbellamy in What is your favorite JW long film cue?   
    “The Quidditch Match” is fab.
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in GAME OF THRONES   
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jun/16/lena-headey-cersei-death-game-of-thrones-the-flood-interview
     
    Even Cersei agrees, her death was lame. She wanted a better death too.
     
    For a character of such monumental treachery, guile and villainy - her death was extremely anti-climatic and unsatisfying.
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from hornist in 'Across the Stars': Williams/Mutter collaboration album to be released August 30th - New single: YODA'S THEME   
    I am disappointed they didn't select Lincoln. Freedom's Call has one of Williams' best violin solos.
     
     
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from Smeltington in 'Across the Stars': Williams/Mutter collaboration album to be released August 30th - New single: YODA'S THEME   
    I am disappointed they didn't select Lincoln. Freedom's Call has one of Williams' best violin solos.
     
     
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from JTWfan77 in Hans Zimmer - X:Men: Dark Phoenix   
    It's just the effect of Zimmer's music - a discussion of it always brings out the very best in people.
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    TheUlyssesian got a reaction from crumbs in Hans Zimmer - X:Men: Dark Phoenix   
    It's just the effect of Zimmer's music - a discussion of it always brings out the very best in people.
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    TheUlyssesian reacted to gkgyver in Hans Zimmer - X:Men: Dark Phoenix   
    Jason falling victim to the oversensitive PC mob brings a certain satisfactory karma.
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