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  1. The Deathly Hallows suite was twice as long than I expected, but it was beautiful.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    The camp sequences are comedy gold. Christine Baranski doesn't get enough props for playing a goody-two-shoes counselor, because she and Peter McNichol play off well against Ricci and David Krumholtz. And the Wednesday/Amanda rivalry is a hoot on its own.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Addams Family Values Probably one of the most underrated sequels of the 1990s. The first one was marginally amusing, but with Paul Rudnick writing this on his own, he delights in macabre and subversive humor. Christina Ricci and Joan Cusack are the main reasons to see this (especially Ricci's deadpan delivery), but the whole cast is winning especially Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston, and the late Raul Julia. The movie is endlessly quotable and Marc Shaiman's score accentuates the humor nicely, especially the interpolations and deconstruction of Vic Mizzy's iconic theme.
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    The Lion King (Jon Favreau)

    I saw the trailer... yeah, I'm skipping out on this. And furthermore, you DON'T need the cast cards at the end (touting Beyonce's involvement) -- people will come to see it even if Disney reused the original vocal tracks from 1994. If Disney likes remaking their animated films in live action (or realistic CG), they need to set them apart more and let them stand on their own merits. This and last year's Beauty and the Beast remake is just pointless.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    I think the end titles are just "Haunted Halloween" and "Gummy Bears" cut together.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween -- Dominic Lewis I think it's better than Elfman's score, actually. There's energy to spare and Lewis really taxes the brass and woodwind sections with complex counterpoint writing and melody to spare. Lewis wrote a new motif that meshes well with Elfman's theme (which pops up in several cues like "Witch, Please!" and "Allegro con spirito") and the score feels more robust overall. It's a very fun score!
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    It's a shame Neve Campbell kept her clothes on in that one, she's hotter than Denise. -- Prom Night Jamie Lee Curtis must have been hard up for money when she did this because this is shockingly boring. Hardly any T&A, the plot is hard to follow, and the deaths aren't that creative. The only non-Halloween horror films in her resume worth a damn are Terror Train.
  8. @Jay Does the set credit the session musicians that performed on the three scores? It's not a make-or-break deal for me, I'm just curious. I'm not anal retentive about the Indy scores. They sound just fine to my ears and while they're not C&C, Temple was what I wanted and it was nearly complete anyway.
  9. I bought the IJ set solely for Temple of Doom, but I have a newfound appreciation for Last Crusade.
  10. The IJ set was cheaper than the $100 LLL wants for the expanded HP films.
  11. I'm looking at a way to justify it as I did with the Concord IJ set.
  12. Great news, but the only expanded set I want is PoA. Any chance LLL might do a separate release in the future?
  13. Grindelwald will be fine financially. But there are warning signs that WB and Rowling need to keep in mind for the third FB film, and whether or not to wrap things up. And just because Rowling says there is a five-film plan doesn't mean it will happen. Lionsgate canceled the final Divergent film due to diminishing returns and the idiotic move to split the third book into two movies, for example. And the two-part DH film closely followed the book, so any misgivings you had can be attributed to the source material.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Chain of Desire The premise of the movie sounds good on paper, but the execution is botched. There are some pretty good names here -- Linda Fiorentino, Malcolm McDowell, Seymour Cassel -- but it comes off like a softcore porno meets 1990s Lifetime movie-of-the-week. The title itself is a play on the AIDS crisis in the 1980s-1990s and the optics date this movie badly. I have to say, some scenes made me laugh -- like Kevin Conroy having sex with a horny married woman on a wet paint canvas (and their clothes stay on).
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    New JW Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Music!!

    I would buy a pressed CD of Williams' Galaxy Edge album. I mean, Disney is milking Williams for every little bit of music while he's still able... why make it a digital-only release?
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    New JW Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Music!!

    Episode IX doesn't wrap until February unless Abrams finishes a month or two early. I'm sure with the post-production schedule, they're going for staggered L.A. sessions again throughout summer and fall 2019. I'd be surprised if Abrams and Williams want to record in London.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    A few even outdo JKR in terms of overall quality. As for the smutty HP fanfic... some shippers like pairing up sworn enemies or students with professors. It's disturbing.
  18. A third film is inevitable, but WB is holding the purse strings. The first film eked out a $164 million profit due to the worldwide earnings, but the sequel cost more and is coming off a poor RT score and less enthusiastic audience ratings. If the movie's opening weekend gross here in America ends up being less than the $61-65 million projected, WB is going to be doing some trimming. They're either going to have JKR work with an experienced screenwriter to shape the script for the third film, ditch David Yates for a new director (my preference), or trim the budget back.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Showgirls Talk about excess! It has some classic bad movie moments (like Elizabeth Berkley dry humping or licking anything), but it's largely boring and Paul Verhoeven's excesses work against the movie. You know the movie can't get anything right when the lap dancing scene isn't even sexy, just Berkley gyrating like a crack whore while Kyle McLachlan and Gina Gershon pretend to be turned on. The best thing about the movie is the tits. Too bad the movie is less sexy than a softcore porno.
  20. I noticed all the throwbacks to the Deathly Hallows, as well as . But even those don’t save the film, they’re cumbersome cinematically. And it’s not just Rowling’s busy plotting, but the characters are not that endearing (apart from Dumbledore and Leta). It’s hard to root for a hero like Newt when he doesn’t engage with me on any level. You like the movie, that’s fine. But Rowling needs to end it before even the fans get tired of it.
  21. You know what, you are right. And one key producer on FB is Steven Kloves, the man who adapted six of the HP books. There's no reason he can't work with JKR to co-write and streamline the third film since they have a working relationship before. I really hope the weakening domestic box office for Grindelwald will 'encourage' the producers to wind things down.
  22. I really hope the 49% on Rotten Tomatoes kills the box office momentum for Grindelwald. The dense plot is one big problem here, but Depp is another one. He doesn't even make an effort to be intimidating, he's just playing dress-up at this point. Why Yates and Rowling picked him, of all actors, to play a crucial villain in the HP series makes no sense (they could've picked a better character actor with zero baggage). He doesn't have the creepy charisma and malevolence Ralph Fiennes imbued Voldemort with. Jude Law and Zoe Kravitz were the only highlights of this movie, as are the Hogwarts scenes. Like I said earlier, Eddie Redmayne doesn't even bother going deeper with Newt, he's the EXACT same character from beginning to end here. Not that he was endearing to begin with. It's a waste of money, time, and fine character actors. The big revelation about Ezra Miller's Credence had me going WTF? and not in a good way. I'm a Potter fan, but I was meh on the first one and didn't like Grindelwald. I hope that Rowling needs to get a co-writer or simplify the script for the third film (which is planned for a summer 2019 shoot). Because if she, Yates, and co. continue with their plans for FB, then they can kiss a planned full five-film franchise goodbye.
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