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  1. "I'm going to a write a very cool, unique and heroic version of Rey's theme when she leaps over the TIE fighter. There is no point in including that in the soundtrack album so I'll micro-edit that cue to remove it" - John Williams, 2019
  2. I saw this on Erik Wood's twitter. Really great bombastic theme based action writing. I hear some Williamsisms. I've no idea who this guy is but lets hope he gets a big break soon. I see he is currently working as an orchestrator on The Orville.
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    It is very heartwarming to see so much appreciation for JW on social media around this time.
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    Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2020)

    I'm not at all disappointed by this news. It isn't a project that interests me, either as a movie or as a score. Being realistic, there is probably only a small number of future movies for which JW will compose and arranging someone else's music seems like a waste of that time. I'd rather he spends his energy focusing on Ep9. That is the biggest priority for me. Had Spielberg decided to do Robopocalypse, I definitely would have wanted JW to score that. After Ep9, who knows. It wouldn't surprise me if he retires from scoring, and I wouldn't be too disappointed with that, but then it would be really nice if his last movie is for Spielberg, perhaps Indy 5. But I don't think I'll be able to fully relax until JW has finished his final recording session for Ep9. Nothing can get in the way of that.
  5. "'Ow, my ears!!'. Williams reenacts hearing Dudamel's Star Wars main title for the first time"
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    RUMOR: John Williams plans to retire in 2019

    Williams will never retire from writing. He simply loves it. But he may retire from writing for film given the extra stress that entails of keeping to schedule, dealing with studios, long days at scoring sessions, etc. I think retiring from scoring after episode IX would be a great achievement having completed a trilogy of trilogies that has started all the way back in 1977. However, he may be sentimental about Spielberg and want his last score to be for him, although neither WSS or Indy 5 excites me as film prospects but Indy 5 would also be a great final send off for him, whenever that actually happens. My main concern though is episode IX. Ever since I heard TFA, I've wanted JW to finish the trilogy. I wouldn't be too disheartened if Indy 5 gets scored by someone else like John Powell (maybe with JW writing a new theme). Given their collaboration on Solo, I'd imagine he'd be high on JW's list of recommendations to Spielberg for Indy 5 if he's not doing it himself.
  7. I watched it last night for the first time in about 6 years. It is such a great film, not just a great Potter film, but a great film in general. It looks absolutely beautiful, has some fantastic camera work, the three leads have totally matured into their roles, and the story in gripping. David Thewlis and Gary Oldman are excellent additions to the cast. And of course JW's score ... 👍
  8. The cue Hovercraft Chase is a good example of how I think the electronics ruin that score. The themes and structure of that cue is great. It heavily uses the various components of the Bond theme while including some new material written for the movie. But all the electronic manipulation in that cue is rather obnoxious especially when compared to the good balance of orchestra and electronics in his previous Bond scores. When the Bond theme is played on guitar, it sounds like 96 kbps recorded over a 70s rotary phone. Compare that to its fantastic appearance in Backseat Driver from TNG. I'd love to hear a good fully orchestral re-recording of that cue.
  9. The World Is Not Enough is also great and I'm super looking forward to getting the expanded LLL album. Shame he leaned so heavily on the electronic manipulation for Die Another Day. In a way though, it suited the OTT bat shit crazy nature of that film.
  10. John Williams Michael Giachinno James Newton Howard Howard Shore Danny Elfman David Arnold John Powell Alexandre Desplat Alan Silvestri Hans Zimmer Composers like Shore, Arnold and Powell are curious. Unlike the rest, they are only on my top 10 due to a small number of their scores relative to their whole career rather than having widespread appeal across their career. Arnold has the trio of Stargate, Tomorrow Never Dies and ID4 but I'd also add Casino Royale. Shore has the 6 Tolkien scores and Powell has Bourne and How To Train Your Dragon. They've all done a lot of great work elsewhere but those small samples of their full career is enough to get them a place in my top 10. BTW, I admit referring to Shore's Tolkien work as a "small sample" sounds odd but you know what I mean - he's had a prolific career before and after it. There are also composers like Chrisopher Young who did fantastic work on Drag Me To Hell, Spidey 3 and Priest. Had Hollywood took notice and maybe given him the same opportunities that Gia has had on some franchises, he'd probably be in my top 10 too. He certainly has the talent for it.
  11. Fantastic Jay. A great resource. Thanks so much!
  12. Ordered Harry Potter, Schlinder's List, and The World Is Not Enough
  13. I just saw the new one and Rowling really dropped the ball. All exposition and no payoff. Felt like a two hour first act. And Queenie made some very unusual choices for her character. I only time I felt a hint of the magic from the Potter series was when we saw Hogwarts. It made me wish this prequel series featured Dumbledore as the central character as a teacher in Hogwarts and maybe Newt as a young teacher there too. Not hopeful for part 3. Depp was actually OK mostly because he toned down his eccentricities and kept his performance fairly restrained, which therefore increased the menace.
  14. Worrying seems to be the default position of some people when an expended release is announced. How do we know this box set is the score by our John Williams and not a previously unknown alternate score by guitarist John Williams
  15. I wonder are they waiting for episode IX to be released and then they'll do a 12 disc six movie box set in 2020?