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    The Jerry Thread

    Basil Poledouris: "Hold my beer." Yavar
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    New Lonesome Dove (Poledouris) Varese (8 Mar 2019)

    😮 The rare expansion Thor actually approves of! Yavar
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    New Lonesome Dove (Poledouris) Varese (8 Mar 2019)

    Discussed at FSM. Reissue of the Basil-approved Sonic Images expanded (but far from complete) edition, with one added track of a song performed by Zoe Poledouris and her husband. (This is per Ford Thaxton.) https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=134011&forumID=1&archive=0 No, it's the expanded program with a bonus track of a new song based on his theme written and performed by his Daughter Zoe and her husband. Basil worked very hard on the original program and I went t through it with him nearly 20 years ago when SONIC IMAGES reissued it. The Family and the folks at VARESE agreed that we should honor his wishes and keep it the way he had approved it. Ford A. Thaxton Yavar
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    RIP Nick Redman

    RIP Nick. Yavar
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    Patrick Doyle's DEATH ON THE NILE (2020)

    I think it makes sense to continue this new franchise with another well-known title before moving onto the lesser-known ones, assuming there is financial audience support... Yavar
  6. Red October is one score that's perfect in the film, but outside of obvious musical highlights, doesn't play great in complete form on album. I'm still grateful for the complete release but I edit it down. Yavar
  7. I liked whatever movie Kate McKinnon thought she was in. Whenever she was onscreen, I was engaged. Her character was so nuts it was just entertaining whenever she was there. Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth also seemed to be having fun. But when it focused on the central Wiig/McCarthy characters, it was shockingly lame. So much dumb modern Hollywood stuff in the movie too. I really wanted to like it (rebooting the series with woman wasn't the problem) but it just fell flat for me overall, which was really disappointing since I was surprised at how much I really loved Spy. Yavar
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    Patrick Doyle's DEATH ON THE NILE (2020)

    Nope. I really liked both, and I also am a fan of the original film and score. Yavar
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    The Official Intrada Thread

    That's surprising, as I find the cover for one of their post-Black Friday releases rather unforgettable...I kinda thought that, once seen, it could never be unseen : As soon as I get my physical copy you can bet I'll be turning my booklet around so this one is displayed... Maybe a bit less memorable but also less embarrassing if someone should see it (unfortunately my wife already saw the front cover when I requested this as a Christmas present...lets just say it convinced her to get me something else). Yavar
  10. But of course James Horner would have both maintained thematic continuity, while also very much changing his approach for the different setting/tone of the new film. But that new setting/tone isn't present from the beginning sequences of the film; it only starts when they go back in time. And many things are still carried over and developed from the previous film, like the Kirk/McCoy/Spock dynamic, with Spock learning to be himself again essentially. I don't feel the Rosenman score DID overall "fit like a glove" -- in fact I found it largely distracting and detracting (again the final cue for the reveal of the Enterprise-A being an exception). And without sharing my opinion with her beforehand, my wife very much felt the same way, reacting incredibly negatively to the music in the film (physically screwing up her expression by way of reaction, even) when I went through all the Star Trek films with her. Yavar
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    In your opinion, is Avatar a GREAT score?

    It is a quite solid score with some great moments...calling it "great" overall is going a bit overboard IMO. Feel similarly about Horner's other two collaborations with Cameron for that matter...put any of them up against say Legends of the Fall and it's "Game over, man! Game over..." Yavar
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    Dracula vs Bram Stoker's Dracula

    No I’ve seen quite a few Dracula films. None of them is a remotely faithful adaptation of the novel. I guess the closest (which isn’t saying much) is the silent film Nosferatu. At least it better captures the feel of a Stoker vampire. Yavar
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    New Jerry Goldsmith Projects in 2019?

    Try the opening of The Attack and compare the cool and unique off-kilter drum rhythm of the original performance to the Tadlow, which changes it. Another moment that feels off: The wind machine in The Baloon/First Blood/Victory is way too prominent. It's super subtle in the film score but here it is unbalanced and overwhelms. Most of the recording is good, but it's not perfect. Maybe I'm just pickier since this is such a seminal Goldsmith work compared to something like The Salamander or Hour of the Gun, which I compared less closely on. But on the other hand, QBVII is one of my favorite Goldsmith scores of all time and I think Tadlow pretty much NAILED that one. I think it because James Fitzpatrick has said as much. In regards to Goldsmith in particular, it was revealed on the FSM board recently that sales of Prometheus's Goldsmith series were disappointing (though not as much as some of their other titles like The Alamo, or Tadlow's Taras Bulba) so Luc van de Ven has opted not to fund any more Goldsmith (and seems to be virtually stopping funding anyway, though he did pay for The Vikings recently). I think the only Tadlow Goldsmith recording that might happen in the future is a third volume of Thriller to finish off Jerry's contribution to that series, assuming the second volume sold anywhere near as well as the first one apparently did. But this is because Thriller scores are much less expensive to record (small orchestras) than the big things. I find parts of it easy to get into (the thematic parts are very nice), but the rest is very modernist and challenging, yes. Not that Damnation Alley doesn't have parts like that, but they aren't dominant in the score and there's plenty of rhythm to keep the less melodic parts going. I suspect you'll appreciate Peter Proud more if you ever get around to seeing the film (which was recently put out on Blu-ray). But definitely a score in any case which rewards more with multiple listens, because of all the layers it has. Not an easy score but one you can keep going back to to get more out of. Yavar
  14. It's not bullshit criticism, especially since the film is a *direct* sequel to the preceding one by the same director. (The James Bond films are all pretty much stand-alone.) Consistency is more important then. Like, imagine James Horner getting to develop his Spock theme further in this new setting. What a missed opportunity. Yavar