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  1. "The Mecha World" is one of my favorite JW tracks ever.
  2. I saw it again today and felt the same. I still think there are editing issues (mainly because of Canto Bight; that whole story avenue needed to be reshaped and shortened), but going in already knowing what the story would do allowed me to more easily digest how it was being presented. There are certain sequences that I wish had been left without cutting into the other plot threads, namely the throne room sequence which is, as a whole, maybe the best part of the movie.
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    Has it ever been divulged what went on between them? I remember hearing they fired him out of the blue without explanation.
  4. What's The Last Book You Read?

    Stephen King's The Stand. Very long, mostly incredible journey. I really hope it gets a proper cinematic treatment at some point; it's considered by many even today to be King's best.
  5. I definitely anticipate a more conventional film with IX. Even if VIII had received unanimous praise from everyone I think that would've happened, just for the fact that Abrams is directing it. I think he has strengths as a director, but daring originality certainly is not one of them. I hope that the slate Johnson created with this challenges Abrams to take more chances, but I'm not expecting it necessarily. And that's not really a bad thing... to a point. If he throws another Deathstar into it I'm gonna have a problem.
  6. I feel I need to see it again (at least once) to process my own feelings about it. I think this movie has problems, the biggest of which being Finn and Rose's plot thread, but there is still so much in it that I love. And I have to admire the risks that were taken even if not all of them work. But I'm sympathetic to the people who feel cheated and let down by it. This is a film that seemed almost engineered to be divisive, and will undoubtedly be analyzed and debated for years to come. Rian Johnson and the Lucasfilm suits had to have known there would be controversy with this movie, which makes the decision to give Johnson a whole trilogy of his own pretty strange and even more brazen than it already looked.
  7. TPM for both. The score is unequivocally outstanding. Top ten JW score for me. It's such a large piece of work with so much new material and yet it is still identifiable as Star Wars. JW kind of opened up what a Star Wars score could be, so much so that the other two, while still very good, feel somewhat like they're in its shadow, particularly with "Duel of the Fates". It's insane to call TPM a better movie than the rest of the PT, because it is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination. But it feels the most tactile, the most "cinematic" in the way the OT was visually and production-wise that it wins nearly by default. The digital cinematography of the latter two just looks awful, and contains some truly terrible elements that TPM does not have, namely Hayden Christensen and the "romance" between Padme and Anakin. Plus it has easily the best lightsaber fight, the only one that's really worth a damn in the PT.
  8. Born on the Fourth of July has always been a top ten JW score for me, maybe even top five.
  9. There can't be very many solo bassoonists in the world. She's full time with the Nashville Symphony.
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    It amazes me that almost none of its music consists of old material. It's all new and grand orchestral score and yet it still feels like Mario. That game is truly a masterpiece on every front.
  11. I was just able to get a floor ticket for $275. Nashville has become a chaotic sea of tourists on weekend nights and it was a nightmare wading through all that to get the hall. But it was worth it. It was a great concert. And more than that, a great moment in my life. Just being in the same building as the man. Hearing his voice. Seeing him in all his soft spoken candor on the stage. A really strong set list as well, mixing stuff I wasn't as familiar with with the classics. The highlight for me was the Throne Room suite at the end (prior to the three encores; in all there were about six standing ovations). Full on tears at the force theme.

    The divorce compounded it, but I think it grew from a deep-seated feeling of jealousy and inadequacy in Chuck that his ego would never allow him to face. He was the "good son" who worked hard to master his field and had the respect of friends and colleagues. He seemingly had every success in the world, and yet everyone still seemed to like Jimmy more, even his own wife. Jimmy the screw-up, the conman who had been using his charm to manipulate people his whole life. That resentment is the root of his mental illness, I think. The hidden envy of his brother. So when the things that Chuck had used to make himself feel superior fall away, he's left with nothing but self loathing. Completely alone.
  13. Video Game Thread II

    Apparently it's going to have free DLC as well. Sounds too good to be true.
  14. The prequels are worse, but both are pretty bad. I do think the PT doesn't have as perfect a piece of casting as Freeman as Bilbo. Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan comes close, but he wasn't given as much focus as Freeman had (though he didn't have nearly enough).
  15. I lean toward Empire for both, but I've always had special affection for Jedi's score. As a film it's clearly the least of the three, though the stuff with Luke, Vader, and the Emperor is pretty much perfect.