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  1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald More of the same. Johnny Depp is just as miscast in the film as the trailers indicate, if not worse. Eddie Redmayne continues to play Newt as an idiotic semi-autistic ingrate with a cute little Niffler stealing the show. Jude Law is a welcome delight as a younger Dumbledore (as is all the Hogwarts scenes), as are the deliciously gorgeous Zoe Kravitz and Claudia Kim. Some big plot twists abound (I mostly rolled my eyes) as are a plethora of Easter eggs, but they don’t resound with emotional authenticity. Die hard fans will eat this up regardless but this spin-off franchise is well past its sell-by date. James Newton Howard again revisits his themes (and quotes Williams’ appropriately), but the film left me jaded. I doubt I will see the next three movies now. They need some fresh blood and ditch David Yates, he’s been there far too long.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Halloween (John Carpenter/Cody Carpenter/Daniel Davies) It doesn't work as effectively on the album as it does in the film. Carpenter's original themes pop up and he uses them sparingly to good effect, but most of the album is grinding background noise (a la Blade Runner 2049). You could probably cull the more interesting cues into a nice 10-15 minute suite.
  3. Halloween (2018) A surprisingly good entry in the long-in-the-tooth franchise. David Gordon Green milks genuine tension and shocks from most of the set pieces. The last 30 minutes had a lot of people at my screening at the edge of their seat and Jamie Lee Curtis dedicates 110% to her role without repeating what she did in Halloween H20. John Carpenter returning to co-score the film brings a welcome feel to the proceedings. If the studio and producers had any integrity, this would be a perfect film to end the Halloween franchise on.
  4. Goosebumps 2 A few notches above DTV sequel level, in terms of story and scope. It's a painless 90 minutes, even though it's rife with plot holes and logic gaps. Dominic Lewis's score is surprisingly fun, giving the film some well-needed life. His score feels like a genuine continuation of Elfman's style from the previous film, even quoting his theme often for good measure.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    And her last name is pronounced as 'Vice.' 😳
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    The Howling It's clever but not that scary. Rather boring, actually. The sequel was actually more entertaining.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    I wasn't even aware of them until 3-4 years ago, lol.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Hollywood '95 It still sounds great. The Horner and Goldsmith suites (particularly "Casper's Lullaby" and First Knight's "End Credits") feel like the original composers were at the podium, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's performance is on point. I'm surprised that ensemble hasn't been used more often in recent years, their playing is comparable to the L.A. and London session players.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    The Voice of the Turtle Who would've thought Ronald Reagan was a better actor than a hideously overrated President. It's a shame most of his filmography consisted of either chick flicks or World War II propaganda films, but this is a pleasantly entertaining screwball romantic comedy. Eve Arden and Eleanor Parker are absolutely delightful.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    It's too good to be a Netflix original. I imagine if it were to be made today, it would be produced by Alcon and released by Warner Brothers, i.e. Blade Runner 2049. Or released through a smaller label like Bleeker, IFC Films or Lionsgate.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Gattaca I forgot how good this was, but also how much of a slow burn it was. Had it been released today, it wouldn't have been released through a major studio like Sony. There's a lot of thematic richness and attention to detail, and it still feels relevant even today. I know Ethan Hawke is better known for his collaborations with Richard Linklater, but this is one of his best leading roles for a major studio film. Michael Nyman's score is beautiful but incredibly repetitive.
  12. RBG Whether your political views lean conservative, liberal, or somewhere in between -- this documentary shows a very nuanced and funny portrait of judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I appreciated that they highlighted her friendship with the late conservative judge Antonin Scalia in addition to her earlier work against sex-based discrimination.
  13. According to an interview with editor Martin Walsh, he talked about how Patty used Zimmer's music as a temp track in the score (which Rupert Gregson-Williams obviously followed). Or maybe Zimmer saw Wonder Woman and went, "Damn, I passed on this?" If that was the case, Patty had no problem nabbing him for the sequel. Personally, I would be happier if Zimmer kept his word on never scoring comic book movies again.
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    RIP Aretha Franklin

    RIP. Her duet with the Eurythmics was my personal favorite.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    X-Men - Michael Kamen The majority of the score is hit-and-miss for me, but "Logan Holds Rogue" is always a treat. Just beautiful and haunting.