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  1. From JW, Zam the Assassin has already been mentioned, but I also have a soft spot for Indy's Very First Adventure. Not only exceptionally well written but exceptionally witty as well. Jerry Goldsmith's action music for Total Recall is fantastic, as is Planet of the Apes (which has already been mentioned). Written by somebody who really knows what he's doing! The Battle by Alex North: And the incredible action music from the finale of ID4 by David Arnold. That one's quite possibly my favourite live-action action score. In the case of animated films, my favourite has to be John Powell's score to the final battle scene from HTTYD. Now, which action music is underrated? I think all of it is underrated! My impression is that the listening public is biased towards softer, more relaxing, "emotional" music, at least when it comes to instrumental music. I find it very hard to understand this, as for me, well-written action music has always been a thrill to listen to. So I try to increase the awareness of great action music wherever I can.
  2. Chicken Run Ice Age 2 & 3 United 93 X-Men Happy Feet Kung Fu Panda 1 & 2 Bolt Horton Hears A Who How To Train Your Dragon 1 & 2 Pan Solo How To Train Your Dragon 1 is my favourite - it's probably my most listened-to film score (apart from JW's Temple of Doom).
  3. The thing about Williams is he doesn't need musical solutions, as he never runs into musical problems in the first place. *ahem*
  4. Discs 5 and 6 are indeed satisfactory (disc 5 in particular works especially well in terms of album presentation and it's the one I listen to the most), but yeah, if you e.g. compare the film recordings of TC and Ben-Hur (recorded 3 years later), the latter sounds quite a bit better. Not only in terms of space but also in terms of performance - TC sounds very rough in places. In fact, TC would be very fitting for a Live to Projection concert, as the music isn't technically that difficult to play, but it has the potential to make a massive impression if you get a big-enough orchestra to play it. The length might be an issue, though...
  5. For me it's ultimately a toss-up between John Williams and John Powell. John Williams has the better compositional technique, honed by hours upon hours of experience, but I feel like John Powell has the greater raw talent, and his compositional technique is only increasing with time.
  6. The Ten Commandments (Elmer Bernstein) I must be honest; what little bits of this score I've listened to in the past didn't impress me much. But after getting around to watching the film and giving the score a subsequent full listen, I have to take my hat off to Bernstein for what he achieved. It really is an impressive work, particularly in the second act. It is just a shame that it sounds like it was recorded in somebody's bedroom - I hope by some miracle that the whole thing gets re-recorded in a modern day studio.
  7. The word "repetitiveness" is very vague in the context of music. Is minimalism repetitive? Yes. But the idea behind minimalism is that sparse, yet noticeable changes in musical material make a greater impact than constant changes. So it makes little sense e.g. to take Glass' "Einstein on the Beach" and criticize it for being too repetitive and not sounding like a R. Strauss opera. In some ways this is like asking a painter "How much white is too much white?" or a writer "How much dialogue is too much dialogue?". There is no correct answer - if there were, it wouldn't be art. As for themes in music, I really do not care how many themes there are, or how often they are repeated. To me, the question of themes are at a level of analysis which is not really connected to the fundamental elements of music. There is both "good" and "bad" music which contains themes (or no themes) in all sorts of different ways. This is really more of a question relating to drama than to music. I enjoy both athematic music... and thematic music... ...as long as it's done right!
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    The Ten Commandments (1956) Had to set aside three evenings to watch this one, but it was definitely worth it in the end!
  9. TFA is the best end credits post-"original trilogy", IMO.
  10. TESB - that final statement of the Han & Princess theme with the transition into that trumpet fanfare with Vader's theme pelting in the bass...simply majestic!
  11. As John Adams might say, Copland's Third has a long shelf-life.
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    King Kong (1933)

    If Steiner's score to King Kong doesn't deserve 5 stars then I don't know what does. Definitely a masterpiece of film scoring.
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    John Williams' Inspirations

    @cordax you should read this interview: http://www.musicweb-international.com/film/lacejw.htm Especially this section: Williams has also stated that his favourite composer is Haydn, though I can't remember where. He was certainly channelling Haydn when writing his music for the Ewoks: And I also seem to remember him saying that his favourite piece of music is Elgar's Cello Concerto.
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    How do you rate The Witches of Eastwick?

    As far as JW's overall output is concerned, TWoE is on the better end of the spectrum. It's wholesome Williams.
  15. Something makes me think that JW takes a lot of inspiration from this piece:
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