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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 'Jurassic World 2' set for 2018; Pratt & Howard returning Trevorrow is not returning to direct, but he is co-writing the script with Derek Connolly and will have an executive producer credit.
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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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    First time I've listened to Goldsmith's Supergirl theme. Absolutely wonderful! Do I listen to the full score or is this the main highlight?
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    The Grudge 2 - Christopher Young The Journey of Natty Gann - James Horner
  17. Three Identical Strangers It's an absorbing documentary, and that truth is stranger than fiction (and just as heartbreaking). At first, it seems like a happy instance of reunification but as the brothers, their family, and friends reveal -- much more was going on behind their separation. You'd never look at an adoption agency the same way again, and just as infuriating as the Magdalene laundries debacle in Ireland.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    The Whale - Debbie Wiseman Silva Screen didn't issue a soundtrack release for the TV movie, but that's OK. The main theme encompasses the best bits. Haunted - Debbie Wiseman The album is repetitive and the ensemble she used here sounds small. The suite in her album is, again, better due to the larger orchestra and distilling all the best parts into a nice meaty suite.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    B-movie schlock like Resident Evil is mainly what they release, but there are a few jewels like Easy A. And then hysterically funny bad movies like Burlesque.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Oh, come on. There are VFX-heavy films that come out and they don't hold up well after a year or two.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Maleficent All style and not much substance. Linda Woolverton had the unenviable task of marrying a live-action Sleeping Beauty remake with the recent Disney trend of "make the villain sympathetic" -- her script's plotting doesn't mesh well. Either go all in on the latter or stick with a remake, don't half-ass it by trying to have both. And why make the three good fairies all CGI? Their faces are fucking creepy. The film is buoyed by Angelina Jolie, James Newton Howard's amazing score, and Robert Stromberg's stylish direction. Even though the film is four years old, the visuals hold up nicely.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    It is boring in sections. Roberts is more palatable in supporting roles. Her star vehicles (apart from Pretty Woman) just irritate me.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Pretty Woman The movie that inflicted Julia Roberts on the moviegoing public. Basically set the framework for romantic comedies, but it has an easygoing charm and goes down smoothly. It's definitely the best film Marshall's directed, everything else is terrible.
  24. I'm glad Kelly Marie Tran is back. The racist fans hounding her on social media like Daisy Ridley made me sick. Maybe we can get some proper Rose/Finn character development. You're getting an enjoyable Williams autopilot SW score, enjoy it while you can.
  25. I'm just tired of hearing the same MV/RC sound in every major blockbuster. Maybe it'll play better in the actual film.
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