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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    It is yes. I've not watched the remake nor likely to. Any film with Shane Rimmer and Buck Rogers' Pamela Hensley isn't entirely bad.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Watched a few in the past month, recent forays include- Rollerball, Air Force One, Bridge of Spies, the '58 Dunkirk and culminating with Das Boot. The lattermost on Blu-ray. Far cry from when I had a VHS of it and the opening shot of the submarine approaching the camera was so murky (like my old Red October VHS) you were nonethewiser really if there was a sub there.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    a few Goldsmith's -Escape from Planet of the Apes, First Blood, Air Force One, The Blue Max and The Swarm. Horner- 48 Hours, Star Trek's II and III and Cocoon.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Selected Goldsmith tracks -Generals Suite, Winter March/German Advance, All Glory is Fleeting and Bound for Bastogne from Patton, tracks from First Blood, The Waltons theme and Police Story which I can't get enough of. Yesterday, Elmer Bernstein's Ghostbusters, The Bridge at Remagen and Heavy Metal.
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    The reply with a movie quote story game.

    Soon you will be intoxicated by the sheer exuberance of your own velocity.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Red Heat. Silly stupid film but it's fun in a way and I like the score (Russian Streets was one of the first Horner tracks I ever heard thanks to the 2CD Titanic: Best of Horner thing I got for Christmas aeons ago). Also, only just twigged it's got the guy who looks vaguely like a Russian Connery in Hunt for Red October. Sven-Ole Thorsen...and he's Danish. It's like 30C here so I apologise...
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    As mentioned elsewhere re-read Boys from Brazil, the film and went to the score. Something about that waltzy main theme but also the music for the first reveal of Mengele. Proper 'bad guy' music. But, again in light of finding the book, John Barry's Dances With Wolves. A beautiful score, I found Dunbar's theme quite moving this time round but the favoured track remains The Buffalo Hunt (Film Version) -the way it gradually builds, soars even and that sound when you see Dunbar racing in to the hunt -has an old Western feel from the 50s. You want to see the frontier? Yes sir, before it's gone.
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    The Best John Williams Score of the 2010s

    Voted Lincoln, it was either that or Episode VII.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Well, one of the last films I watched prior to Pool of London was The Boys from Brazil. I recently brought a secondhand copy of the book, I've not read it in years but have seen the film a few times and so revisited it. I guess it's largely a weird, hokey film. Cloning Hitler, having the said little Hitler's turn into said Fuhrer by killing the fathers when the boys' are a certain age and so forth. But personally, it's driven by the performances of Peck (tad hammy I suppose but something quite enjoyable about it) and Olivier. And then there's the score. Still, I read that Peck's Mengele got voted villain of the year or was nominated for it. Something weird about that in itself.
  10. Build it, and they will come. -- If it's my Friday off I might be able to come.
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    What's The Last Book You Read?

    Prussian Blue, Philip Kerrthe penultimate Bernie Gunther. There's one more, Beware of Greeks, typical Bernie though by now I was marvelling at Kerr's ability by now to fit Gunther into the fabric of the Third Reich (such is the length of the series and how much was established in the first trio of books). I then google and to my surprise, great surprise, see that Philip Kerr died in March of this year. Great shame.
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    Anyone else ugly and unattractive and destined to die alone?

    Die alone, for sure.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    end of last week watched The Poseidon Adventure. Tend to do so at some point every year and it's almost a guilty pleasure watch (forget the sequel. Waste of time). But on this viewing I marvelled more at Williams' score -chiefly Raising the Christmas Tree and when the survivors first sight the red wheel. The former makes something almost comical as raising a huge Christmas decoration immensely epic. Like climbing Everest. (I reread the book and easy to see why changes were made, they were more survivors in the book -32 and a few other things). Anyway, tradition is that once I watch Poseidon, onto Towering Inferno, or vice versa. Footnote is that this was probably the first Gene Hackman film I watched and though it's probably down his all time favourites, still a role I enjoy him in. Even if there's touches of ham along the way: "Why God? Why this woman!?"
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    revisited Enemy at the Gates. I think it was the first Horner disc I ever brought (from the old Tower Records, Piccadilly Circus) and for a while it was all the rage in my listening cycle. That being said, this time I had re-listened after Perfect Storm and the two sort of crossed-over in my mind as well as the earlier listen of Titanic this week. However, one part that still works for me is about 6.42 in "Betrayal" that sound when Tania catches sight of Sacha hanging -the music full of angst and horror before segueing into the Russian counterattack against the Germans (I've not seen the movie for a while so probably thinking of a different scene). River Crossing to Stalingrad starts well, resonating with that image of the globe and the seemingly unstoppable tide of the German blitzkrieg. Another highlight the Tractor Factory.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Meteor, Laurence Rosenthal On Her Majesty's Secret Service, John Barry Live and Let Die, George Martin and The Final Option/Who Dares Wins, Roy Budd lattermost makes you want to run around shooting bad guys a la Lewis Collins style