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  1. 4 points
    NOTHING taints the original! It's one of the greatest films ever made, full stop. Robert Shaw created one of the most memorable and iconic characters in cinema history. The first time I ever got drunk I recited Quint's speech from Jaws. My only regret is that Spielberg never made his "Indianapolis" sequel. That would have been something.
  2. 4 points
    Þekþiþm

    Star Wars Disenchantment

    TPM ***** AOTC ***** ROTS ***** TLJ ************** R1 **!*!*!*!*!! TFA :--( ROTJ $$$$$$$$$$$ SW ???? ESB 💩
  3. 3 points
    No, while many would pin Giacchino's Rogue One to have been lackluster, we must admit that his cue titles are always amusing and punny. The other day I considered what a Giacchino track list for Solo might have looked like. Here's what I came up with. 1. Introductions and Han-dshakes (Meet Han) 2. How To Chase a Speeder (Corellia Chase) 3 which was Spaceport I couldn't think of one. 4. Not A Wookiee Mistake (Flying with Chewie) 5 (Train Heist) could easily be Heist to See You but he's used that for Incredibles 6. Not Nesting Around (Marauder Arrive) 7 Chicken in the Pot is already an oddball. 8 Is This Seat Taken? I couldn't come up with one. 9. Falcon at First Sight (L3 and Millenium Falcon) 10. The Lady, the Pilot, and the Wardrobe (Lando's Closet) 11. That's Mine! (Mine Mission) 12. If Ain't Break Out Don't Fix It (Break Out) 13. A Han-dsome Guy (The Good Guy) 14 Reminiscence Therapy is already pretty clever. 15. I Want My MawMaw (Into the Maw) 16. Leaving the Nest (Savareen Stand-Off) 17. The Vos Breaks (Testing Allegiance) 18. Kicked the Beckett (Good Thing You Were Listening) 19. Beating the Cheater (Dice and Roll)
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    Nick Parker

    John Williams: Unpopular Opinions

    Goood, goood, Sev! Let it out, let it alllll out! Let all of that filthy, disgusting, vile, sacrilegious, shit-brained, hare-brained, idiotic, piss poor, insulting, putrid, vomit-inducing, bowel-emptying, reused colostomy bag that you DARE call an opinion OUUUTTTT!!!!!!!!!! What a lovely day for you to share with your family here, Sev. 🙃
  6. 2 points
    Incanus

    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    The Amazing Spider-Man by James Horner: Heck this is actually a pretty great superhero score and easily among the strongest Spider-Man scores (I never warmed up to Elfman's Spidey scores). Familiar it might be in style and execution for anyone well enough versed in Horner but the guy had such good dramatic instincts and ability to write engaging lengthy sustained pieces of music for film that these little Hornerisms are easily forgiven.
  7. 2 points
    I think it is curious that 2 minutes of Private Ryan gets people to take out their wallets, but 5+ min of Superman doesn’t? Yeah, it’s an odd inclusion - but so what? What is the world - and JWfan!!! - coming to?! Is it because it’s source? MM should’ve put “film version” in brackets at the end of each title, maybe that would’ve helped... ?
  8. 2 points
    Naïve Old Fart

    Currently watching Braveheart

    @TitanicFan2018, its now Tuesday. Have you finished BRAVEHEART, yet? I've heard of "director's cut", but this is ridiculous!
  9. 2 points
    Kasey Kockroach

    Star Wars Disenchantment

    But we need stars to help us defeat Bowser and rescue the princess! I want that cake, damn it!
  10. 2 points
    And then there are the Transformers movies! I don't think it's healthy to swing too far the other way of what you describe: I find the attitude of "This movie is supposed to be _fun_, turn your brain off!" to be potentially just as obnoxious and disheartening. Why the hell should I have shut off my brain to have a good time? There's been plenty of great, lighthearted, kooky, adventurous, goofy, whatever movies over the years that have a certain zest of intelligence or wit to them. There are directors who made their career off of these things! (Joe Dante, Blake Edwards, and to a lesser degree, Steven Spielberg come to mind.) Am I pretentious 'cause I don't like watching movies where Melissa McCarthy and co. act like grown-up dumbass Looney Tunes kids? I don't think the people who see those are necessarily dumb by any stretch, mind. I think some people when watching a movie really do just want to relax the critical part of their brain for a little while...just don't get pissy at a dude or dudette that asks for more.
  11. 1 point
    Hurwitz Fan

    Hello!

    Hello! I am James. I love John Williams, Howard Shore, La La Land, classical music, Indiana Jones, and I been visiting this board a bit within the past two years. I decided to finally join.
  12. 1 point
    woj

    The Doctor Who Thread.....

    This new Doctor is certainly exuberant and enthusiastic in her portrayal. So far, she's a delight. Her blob of solder on the sonic screwdriver circuit board was less than ideal, but I digress.
  13. 1 point
    Well, not necessarily a story arc in the Moffat sense. But even the Ecclestone series had Bad Wolf, and after Broadchurch, where every series was just one long story split into several episodes, I will probably be disappointed if the new series doesn't have *some* element to tie it together.
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    Not convinced by the score so far. We'll see how it goes over a few episodes, but so far my fears that under Chibnall's direction the music will take a backseat and get reduced to atmospheric synth soundscapes seem confirmed. Sure, Gold was over the top, but in my mind that was often the part that sold the over the top scifi elements. There were a few moments during this episode that felt understated to me and might have worked better with a more extrovert score, like the reveal of the Doctor's new costume. Aside from that, it looks good. I pretty confident I'm going to love Whittaker's Doctor, and the new companions seem likeable enough. The story wasn't anything special (basically a remake of the first season DS9 episode Captive Pursuit), but all the character stuff was there. Chibnall's previous episodes were mostly unremarkable anyway, at least as far as their stories go. I'm hoping he'll compensate with a strong season arch.
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  17. 1 point
    Jay, tell publicist to stop fake quoting my posts!
  18. 1 point
    Nick1066

    Explain Your Avatar

    This was 1984, and those were his moonwalking zapatos!
  19. 1 point
    The Illustrious Jerry

    Hello!

    Hello James! Welcome to the forum. You will fit in will judging by your preferences.
  20. 1 point
    Hi! NAME: James SEX: Male FAVORITE JOHN WILLIAMS SCORES: Indiana Jones, like Raiders mostly FAVORITE OTHER SCORES: Michael Giacchino FAVORITE FILMS: La La Land, Indiana Jones FAVORITE DIRECTORS: Damien Chazelle (cuz La La Land) SPECIAL INTERESTS: Some classical music. VISITING THIS BOARD SINCE: within the past two years, more within this year.
  21. 1 point
    Jay

    Explain Your Avatar

    @Quintus's new avatar is amazing!
  22. 1 point
    NL197

    Currently watching Braveheart

    Not long after getting the LLL Braveheart album, I ended up watching the film twice in one week, and it wasn't even spaced out much it was like viewing one was on a Sunday while the second was a Tuesday. I was just so happy to revisit the film, which as I said before has such a stunning Blu-ray release, and getting an even better sense of the music through the LLL release really added to the enjoyment and appreciation of the film. Hard-hitting, tragic, but such a inspirational and hopeful story told by what was clearly a group of people who had a hell of a time. Horner once said Braveheart was the score he was most proud of. It's not hard to see why.
  23. 1 point
    Score

    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    I've been exploring Morricone's non-film music recently. I came across this interesting set of three pieces for children's choir, titled "Il silenzio, il gioco, la memoria" (= Silence, game, memory), based on three texts by the Italian musicologist Sergio Miceli (who was a friend of the great composer and wrote important books and essays on his works). I find the second piece, "Zum Beispiel" (the "game" part) particularly interesting. It starts at 7:18 and ends at 11:25. In the central section of that piece, the 25 boys forming the choir sing the same modal melody, but they must individually delay their entrances (by an amount fixed by the composer), creating a sort of 25-parts canon that achieves a nicely chaotic effect (that mimics the noise of a crowd of children playing and shouting outside, I guess). It's a good example of the kind of experimental (albeit tonal!) writing that Morricone applied to his most unconventional film music as well. Enjoy (the audio file is not great, unfortunately):
  24. 1 point
    Nick Parker

    How do you rate The Terminal?

    You're outclassed, dude, give it a rest. Almost every JWFan who has a reputation for being rude and belligerent are absolute masters in matters of love and romance. So quit trying.
  25. 1 point
    Naïve Old Fart

    the mstrox thread

    "He"? Something as purely beautiful as Autumn, must be a "she".
  26. 1 point
    Can't recall, my memory is but a ruin. Karol
  27. 1 point
    SteveMc

    the mstrox thread

    Autumn called me this morning. Said he was running late. Would arrive in my neck of the woods next week, at the earliest. Capricious fellow.
  28. 1 point
    karelm

    The Composer's Thread

    I liked it! Has some appropriate Englishness. Nice transitions and melodies.
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    TitanicFan2018

    Currently watching Braveheart

    I finished the movie already, but I'm probably going to watch it several times over and over. It was a really good film.
  31. 1 point
    Nick1066

    Currently watching Braveheart

    Wait 'til he tries the Kingdom of Heaven Director's Cut! Which is also fantastic, BTW. Probably the single film ever that has most benefitted from, and been transformed by, a DC.
  32. 1 point
    Richard Penna

    The Doctor Who Thread.....

    Great introduction for Whittake's Doctor, although the monster and story in general were pretty standard. I'd love to see an opener with a truly groundbreaking story rather than just the doctor saving the day against a stock alien as a nice easy establishing win. I rather liked the music, which is definitely a departure. Thing with Gold's scoring is that sometimes it felt overscored, and the later CD releases dragged a bit. A more electronic-based scoring feels like it's addressing the tension more. It won't be to everyone's tastes but I liked it. And definitely a cinematic look - I'm sure they didn't film those scenes on a real crane, but at no point did 'green screen' even enter my mind.
  33. 1 point
    Nick1066

    Currently watching Braveheart

    Braveheart is fantastic, the score is fantastic, the battle scenes are fantastic (and some of the best ever put to film), and it all only gets better with age. What Mel Gibson did as a relatively inexperienced director was a marvel. IMO this is a movie that should be taught in film school. Gibson clearly had an incredible commitment and passion for the project, which shows to anyone whose watched some of the behind the scenes docs. Gladiator is excellent as well, but much more polished. And perhaps closer to the spirit of the old style Hollywood epics than Braveheart. I love them both, and I wish Hollywood made more historical epics like these.
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  35. 1 point
    Chen G.

    Currently watching Braveheart

    Its actualy not at all like the old epics. Some have criticised Braveheart for the simplicity of its script (as far as characterization goes) but I think major kudos are in order for Randall Wallace for the way in which he kind of tempered with the tropes of the 60s epics: again, with the very contemporary dialogue (juxtaposed with the awful faux-biblical stuff that passed for dialogue in the old epics), including injections of irreverent comedy, as well as crudity and profanity. I think its the best film in the genre.
  36. 1 point
    Fair point, and yes, you can go too far in that direction. But I generally think critics often fail to see the fun in a film (and again, Kermode does this the most that I see). Gravity is one case where they got it right - Cuaron wasn't out to make the next pretentious character study (I really don't like those most of the time) but to make a 90 minute rollercoaster with spectacular visuals and tension. Critics recognised it for what he was trying to do. One rare occasion where I think the oscars got it right. In this case we don't know until watching it, but that audience score makes me suspicious that critics might've missed something.
  37. 1 point
    Stefancos

    Currently watching Braveheart

    It was all the rage at the time. Even The Rock had a Gaelic sounding theme. Cameron was probably going for that Irish sound.
  38. 1 point
    Kasey Kockroach

    Star Wars Disenchantment

    Bryce Dallas Howard (giving Severin a smooch): Come on, everyone. Let's bake a delicious cake...for Severin.
  39. 1 point
    Arpy

    Star Wars Disenchantment

    I've found rating systems to be increasingly inapplicable. They never truly represent a film.
  40. 1 point
    Kasey Kockroach

    Star Wars Disenchantment

    Who cares about stupid stars and pointy arrows!?
  41. 1 point
    TitanicFan2018

    Currently watching Braveheart

    The only thing Titanic and Braveheart have in common are the use of uilleann bagpipes; Braveheart uses them extensively, while they're used sparingly in Titanic. Deeper than that, their musical styles, orchestrations, and how they're performed are vastly different. Braveheart's score is in the style of medieval Scottish music, has an immense orchestration (boys' choir, synths, orchestra, jungle drums, quena and Japanese flutes, bagpipes, etc.), performed exuberantly, and its battle cues are very heavy. The score doesn't contain any pop songs or cues in that style. On the other hand, Titanic's score is not only lesser-scaled than Braveheart's, it has a totally different musical style (more modern harmonies used). For example, cues that have the love theme (e.g. "Rose") have a pop-style sound (syncopated rhythms and chord progressions typically heard in pop music), and the song "My Heart Will Go On" is based on the love theme. Then you have lydian mode in "Take Her To Sea, Mr. Murdoch" and the film version of "Leaving Port". And parallel fifths and octaves are heard in most cues.
  42. 1 point
    There is a plaintive cue with the theme on solo trumpet when Lindbergh first takes-off that is a blueprint for dozens of later film musical evocations of flight. Waxman often was a few years ahead of his peers, especially in the 50's.
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    SteveMc

    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    selections from Presumed Innocent by John Williams Solid stuff. Thematically strong. Different from his usual output, which makes it interesting, yet unmistakably in his voice. The Terminal by John Williams Really like this one. Pleasant and engaging. Great clarinet work, of course. Like how it gets kind of sweeping at times, heartfelt, too. I sense John had a rather good time writing this one. Batman: The Mask of the Phantasm by Shirley Walker I really dig this one. I kind of wish it were longer, more fully developed, but the atmospheres Walker created here are quite excellent. Love the main theme, really like the romantic material. Cues have pretty decent structural integrity, too. The most pleasure I've had from a Batman score. selections from The Spirit of St. Louis by Franz Waxman Several years ago, when I was a kid, I watched the whole movie and loved it. A couple of days back I caught the ending on TV, and really was impressed anew with Stewart's performance, the editing, and the glorious score. Listened to the Berlin Radio Symphony recording with narration (hit and miss, that part). Such beautiful writing. Elegant romanticism. Full marks.
  46. 1 point
    Is Venkman tapping random keys part of the score?
  47. 1 point
    There's world of a difference between something like Back to the Future and something like Suicide Squad
  48. 1 point
    crumbs

    THE LAST JEDI - Disney Records OST

    It's downright impossible. Probably the most difficult edit I've worked on. The best you can do is approximate JW's intentions and just include the parts you like best. Clearly there's a mix of alternates and inserts between the OST and final film, and we only have fragments of everything due to Williams' overzealous microediting of the OST and the film version being hacked to pieces.
  49. 0 points
    @Pieter_Boelen is right: no story arcs, and no DALEKS.
  50. 0 points
    Whatever they're shooting, I sure hope the visual effects will all be praguetical. 😁
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