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      Donation time at JWFan   01/16/18


      For those who may not know, JWFan relies entirely on donations to keep running.  Donations pay for our server bills, as well as keeping our domain and Invision Powerboard fees.
      As an incentive to donate, I am offering a series of free CDS to anyone who donates over a certain amount!   Last time this was a modest success, where I raised $500 of our desired $1,000 and mailed out 3 free CDs to lucky JWFanners.  This time I'll be doing the raffling a littler different!   Our goal is $1000 once again, and I will have four tiers of free CDs you can win once again.  But this time, the more you donate, the more entries into each raffle you'll get!   Each $10 you donate gets your name put into the raffle mug once for the $10 pool, twice for the $20 pool, thrice for the $30 pool, and five times into the $50 pool.  Here is the list of CDs you can win - and I have more to add at a later time when I get a little more organized (I'll post what they are by Friday at the latest)   The $10 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you one ticket into this pool) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $250 donated Tyler Bates - God of War; Ascension (OST, La La Land Records) Danny Elfman - Planet of the Apes (OST, Sony) Danny Elfman - Taking Woodstock (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Identity Thief (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (OST) Michael Giacchino - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (OST, Varese Sarabande) Dave Holmes & Various - Ocean's 11 (OST, WB Records) Joel McNeely & Various - Hollywood '94 (Varese Sarabande) Joe Kraemer - Jack Reacher (OST, La La Land Records) John Williams - Born on the Fourth of July (OST, MCA Records)   The $20 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you two ticket into this pool, must donate at least $20 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $500 donated John Barry - First Love (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - The Challenge (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - In Harm's Way (2009 Intrada edition) Jerry Goldsmith - The Red Pony (Varese) Alan Silvestri - Dutch (La La Land) Shirley Walker - Willard (La La Land) John Williams - Family Plot (Varese Sarabande) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   The $30 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you three ticket into this pool, must donate at least $30 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $750 donated James Horner - Gorky Park (OOP Kritzerland Edition) James Newton Howard - Outbreak (2CD, Varese Deluxe Edition) Laurence Rosenthal - Clash of the Titans (2CD, Intrada) John Williams - The Fury (2CD, La La Land) John Williams - Jane Eyre (OOP, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   The $50 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you five ticket into this pool, must donate at least $50 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $1,000 donated Jerry Fielding - The Wild Bunch (3CD, FSM) Ira Newborn - The Naked Gun trilogy (3CD, La La Land) Shirley Walker and Various - Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 (4CD, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer     All shipping will be paid by me to anywhere in the world!   I will pull names from a hat for each pool, and you get to pick whatever CD set you want if I pull your name!   To be eligible, leave your JWFan username in the comments area of your donation.  If you want to donate but not be in the running for a free CD, mention that in the comment.   Use this link or the link on the mainpage.       Thank you!   Jason, Ricard, and Andreas.


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  1. god I hope not, if they have one director and writer for every movie (Rian Johnson) then he better come up with a broad plan for things so they don't seem as contradictory or non-sequential like the sequel trilogy, where each movie is essentially a 'pick up from the other one's mess' rather than continuing a trilogy.
  2. I'm noticing a little rising string motif for Rey/variation on Rey's theme. it appears two times on the FYC: 1. Rey's Journey: 2. The Last Jedi (FYC) 0:44
  3. it's funny that you mention that because I felt the exact same way hearing 'The Rebellion is Reborn' for the first time. I always thought that cue was Williams and that kind of cements it in my mind. I could very easily see it being an alternate for some kind of BB8 or R2 scene.
  4. one thing TLJ has that I've missed in recent Star Wars scores is that wonderful musical dissonance! there were great eerie moments like that in ESB and it really set apart Williams writing from anything else, and TLJ has seen a return to that creative kind of underscore particularly in the aforementioned nightmare-like part in 'Old Friends' at 2:43.
  5. ooo that's a nice little exciting passage. I'm guessing that's misnamed though since I've never heard anything like that in TFA, so it must be from TLJ.
  6. what exactly is it about this score that makes it sound so much more like Star Wars to me than TFA? is it the mix? and I'm not talking about the returning material, the new stuff fits very snugly in the Star Wars lexicon in the way that still feels suprisingly flesh.
  7. while interesting, that is not a crutch for a film. what would be more reasonable is that the deleted scenes give greater context, explanation or depth to the events of the movie - or possibly new sequences entirely. and of course, confirmed new music, wooooo! I avoided the Nerd Crew Stuff because spoilers but I'd like to hear Mike's genuine reaction to the film based off him loving the Force Awakens.
  8. perhaps, I don't really care much for initial reactions as a good measure of a film's quality. 2 years later and most people's opinions on the Force Awakens were vastly transformed and settled, my gut feeling is that The Last Jedi will age much better ala Empire Strikes Back (obviously not as well), mostly because it's easy to have a knee-jerk reaction to things that strike out as unsettling or different.
  9. dear god there really is nothing more obnoxious than reading impotent fan-boy rage, is there?
  10. dear god, that motif might be the most exciting, most Star Wars-y fanfare punch-the-air-fuck-yeah moment I've heard single the original trilogy. I can't state how much I love it, and when I think that it couldn't get any better it just builds to a crescendo - simply sublime. TLJ is what I always wanted from a new Star Wars score. I wanted for it to sound fresh, exciting, propulsive and energetic but still just ooze Star Wars - and TLJ delivers on all those fronts for me. even the more I listen to Rose's theme in the concert suite 'The Rebellion is Reborn' it sounds like it could've easily been written for the OT, particularly how its treated so innocently instrumentation wise like Luke's theme - talk about a revitalisation! I'd also like to draw attention to how much the end of 'The Spark' is what I so wanted that TFA was missing in that parade grounds sequence. where the music just goes so beautifully bombastic and dramatic to really heighten the sequence, and the building nature of it reminds me of a combination of the unreleased music for the parade grounds as well as the 'Chamber of Secrets' cue from well, the Chamber of Secrets. I just know I'm in for a treat when my first experience of the score is positive and my love for it just keeps building on-top of that, what a great time to be a fan of John Williams!
  11. I think the reason why I'm feeling so positive on The Last Jedi's soundtrack so far is because it addressed the major concern I had with TFA - the action music. It seems like such an oddity to me in Williams career of writing exciting, thrilling and propulsive action pieces to get the meandering and stripped down 'Follow Me and the Falcon' or the bland 'The Rathtars'. I like Scherzo for X-Wings but it is represented god-awfully in the actual film, practically hacked to pieces with micro-edits. TLJ in the other hand, oh my goodness. Probably owed to the fact there's a lot more action in this respective film, but any kind of action set piece is so thrilling and energetic, some even having some memorable leit-motifs the like I haven't heard since the prequel trilogy (The Fathiers/The Battle of Crait). I think it may be owed to the sound-mix this time around, the brass sounds absolutely glorious and not too dry like it was in TFA, everything sounds much more full and powerful. Right now I have to say 'The Escape' is my favourite part of the score, amazingly fun and rousing action writing combined with a very poignant dramatic shift which always makes me tear up a little. Not to mention some fantastic renditions of March of the Resistance.
  12. god damn it, I got excited because I remember last time recognising that the music from the Jakku Star Tours update video could be from the new score and it was, albeit a shortened alternate. on the other hand it makes my worry as I heard it of 'wow this just sounds like TFA again' invalid, since it quite literally is just TFA with some alternates. the march of the resistance one sounds interesting, but I'm inclined to believe its more of an alternate rather than a TLJ recording. they seem to be really under wraps with the TLJ music, even more-so with TFA since they quite happily gave parts of the score to the scene around this time before the movie came out.
  13. The Last Jedi Soundtrack.

    what a complete and utterly useless thread. may as well put a loudspeaker into an asylum room.
  14. Unidentified music in new official Star Wars video...

    that'd be some pretty unusual stock music. I hope it's from TLJ just for the sake of having some score variety that TFA was sorely lacking.
  15. Star Wars "Rebels" - Kevin Kiner Returns!

    the irony is that the Scorpion King track sounds more like Star Wars than the Rebels one!