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  1. 4 points
  2. that's not really the same thing you were initially complaining about, though. It doesn't have to be the exact SAME thing in order for it to be "reasonably serious." The idea you keep going back to, that the monster's nature (and more specifically, it's size) precludes it from any "reasonable seriousness" being applied is pretty arbitrary, overall. Monsters are monsters. You can tell serious monster stories. Many have. Is the specific monster story in "King of the Monsters" deserving of the reasonably serious approach being taken? Not really. Or rather - they didn't execute the seriousness so well that it justified the approach. But you're repeatedly making the argument that there's something inherently lesser in the very premise of Godzilla, that Godzilla as a concept itself is somehow beneath "reasonable seriousness" and that's an argument I think fails out when applied to films like, for example, "vs. Destoroyah" or "Shin" or even the 2014 version. You don't have to take Honda's original out of context (Why would you want to, by the way? What good would that do? Even with the context removed it's still "reasonably serious") in order to strengthen your assertion that the series is inherently silly. What the series is, is malleable - it can be whatever it needs to be based on whatever the person in charge of that movie wants it to be. It's flexible, and very much so. That's part of the reason it still resonates after 65 years. You're arguing that it's inflexible, and that its very nature is baseline stupid, and aspiring beyond that base (and stupid/silly) nature is pointless. I disagree strongly. There's a lot of value in approaching monster stories with reasonable seriousness. That seems self-evident to me. Have people executed it well? Not as much as anyone would like, I'd guess. But that doesn't mean it should no longer be attempted.
    4 points
  3. You know, good on them for putting up a budget and having a go at this sort of thing. It doesn't really look like something I'd get into, but I hope it finds an audience. It'd be a positive for the genre.
    3 points
  4. I'm not sure what to make of this score. This gives me a bit of a headache. Bear once again feels a need to have every single instrument under the sun to play at the same time. It's mostly the same thing we've been hearing for the past decade in every damn blockbuster (not to mention trailers) ---- string ostinati punctuated by big drums and chanting. The funniest thing is that it makes you miss Desplat's "intimate" 150-whatever-piece (!) orchestra from the 2014 film. It was a much better score - focused and coherent. This one has some good moments, especially when it's not full-on, but 97-minute album is probably an overkill. I do like that he used some classic monster themes... especially the classic Mothra's Song. Mosura Ya Mosura! Having watched the film yesterday, I can state it doesn't really accomplish much in context either. Karol
    2 points
  5. Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Decent for what it is - an monster bash action extravaganza. But nothing more. And the action, while certainly entertaining, is largely devoid of any creativity. It is 100% brawn. If that's not your cup of tea, don't bother. The 2014 movie did everything in this one better, save for one -- quantity of Godzilla. It certainly feel like they upped his screentime in this one. I for one didn't think there was too little of Godzilla in the first one, although a couple of deliberate cutaways were annoying. Overall though, this sequel is almost the opposite of the first. Where the first showed restraint and took its time to build scenes, this one drops in the action thick and fast. One complaint people had with the first is the allegedly underdeveloped human element. I thought halfway through when it was clear the world was facing skyscraper sized beings, the movie deliberately dropped any human development because, well... it was pointless. The point was that humans are powerless and insignificant against the MUTOs and Godzilla. Humans onscreen were nothing more than a vessel for the audience to observe the monsters and nothing more. The bridge attack showcased how massive and powerful Godzilla was against the army, Godzilla could just walk through the bridge as if it wasn't there. But they staged and built the sequence masterfully so that you could feel the scale of Godzilla and his might. You don't get that kind of staging and atmosphere in KotM. So if you want a better balance of brains and brawn in terms of action execution, 2014 is way superior. If you want pure muscle on muscle brawn for action, this one is it.
    2 points
  6. Ollie

    The Pixar Thread

    I just wanna know who’s doing the music. Should be Thomas Newman’s turn in the rotation.
    2 points
  7. Loved part one of Empire Poggo. It's obvious you blokes have been looking forward to this one since you started the podcast, can't wait for part 2!
    2 points
  8. Shostakovich: Piano Quintet (Op. 57) I am extremely attached to that finale. Shostakovich is a master of the piano in my mind, never ceasing to create the most uniquely delicious of melodies!
    2 points
  9. Completely agree with this. The last two tracks just absolutely crush me. I also like how both tracks feel like end credits pieces.
    2 points
  10. Masterpiece or not, I do think that the concluding tracks on the album contain some of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous and moving music that I know. So the score means a lot to me, even while it may not be the most engaging listening experience as a whole.
    2 points
  11. SteveMc

    The Pixar Thread

    I think Cars is some of their best work. It captured a zeitgeist, the mid 00s Nascar culture here in America, and captured it with surprising wit and accuracy.
    1 point
  12. CRASH TEAM RACING IS BETTER THAN MARIO KART
    1 point
  13. "New Bangles fan forum"? Ha! Fuck that! I did it first.
    1 point
  14. I think Shout's Blurays are usually Region A locked.
    1 point
  15. SteveMc

    The THE BANGLES Thread

    It has finally gone online! The new Bangles fan forum on Reddit! https://www.reddit.com/r/thebangles https://old.reddit.com/r/TheBangles/ Definitely hope it will grow in the coming weeks and months and increase awareness and knowledge of the band, as well as a place for fans to hang out and discuss the band.
    1 point
  16. A wonderful interview. David Newman always talks very passionately about film music as an artform.
    1 point
  17. mrbellamy

    The Pixar Thread

    The Danna bros were already announced
    1 point
  18. That's not the only reason "Gojira" is percieved as serious at all though. And it also ignores other films that took a "reasonably serious" approach, such as Ghidorah (91), Destoroyah, Biollante, 2014, Shin, etc. Not to mention literally any other "reasonably serious" monster movie (The Descent, The Mist, King Kong, Alien, Predator, etc.) that's ever existed outside of this series, many of which didn't need a near-genocidal wartime tragedy as inspiration to generate a sense of depth and meaning. Was "Cloverfield" a 9/11 riff? Absolutely. Does it work as a "reasonably serious" monster movie without that allegory being present? Absolutely. Same way most kids who first saw "Godzilla" (even the Burr re-edit) understood that movie is meant to be serious without realizing it was a comment on America dropping nuclear bombs on Japan. The whole of your argument is "It should be nothing but stupidity and weightlessness, there's no need for anything otherwise" and I disagree with that stance. There are way too many positive examples of fantasy & science-fiction being approached with "reasonable seriousness" for me to accept your premise.
    1 point
  19. But it is. Your point is that the original Gojira proved a serious approach to Godzilla can work. But it's only perceived as very serious because the World War II bombing is the context and background. The shots of the wounded and the dead for example wouldn't be half as impactful without it. If you wanted to do a similarly earnest film, you'd need to either a) do a remake, or b) find an equally tragic historic event to base a movie on. Which, by the way, Shin Godzilla does by evoking the Tsunami and Fukushima. I cut the text that follows because I said none of the things you think you read. Also, concerning above tweet, likeable characters and a great story aren't the same.
    1 point
  20. It is probably my favorite post-2005 Williams score, though for me it has some very strong competition from Lincoln - they both do a lot for me. I do consider War Horse to be masterpiece level from Williams, and I think it is one of his greatest original soundtrack albums as well. It's so well arranged and tells a complete story on its own. In that sense I feel like the score is practically a tone poem and works as a self contained piece of programmatic music.
    1 point
  21. Ughh you know, James used to do fun movie reviews and he was pretty good at placing them within a fairly digestible cultural context, but reviews like this one demonstrate how he seems more content these days to just lounge out with his nobody mates and pick apart films in superficial video listicles. It's a bit sad to watch really. It's a big reason why I migrated to RLM as a stronger authority on pop movie criticism - whether I agree or disagree with Mike and Jay's conclusions, they do have a deeper understanding of the language of film that James seems to lack the ability to articulate. He used to be a pioneer at online video critiquing, standing as an inspiration to other fledgling content creators, but now he's fallen into the worst of YouTube geek culture excesses.
    1 point
  22. 1 point
  23. Yes, that was one of the first differences I noticed when listening to the album, however for the sake of listening experience, the tracks combined on the album work so well together!
    1 point
  24. Thanks for that Faleel - not so Potter-centric now
    1 point
  25. One part I do quite like is the end of Plowing, which we first heard in the trailer. There's big sweeping strings followed by a mournful French horn. As we saw a transition from the cold battlefield to a warm sunset, it looked and sounded as though it would be another great Spielberg flick. Shame.
    1 point
  26. Creed II by Ludwig Göransson I've been absolutely hooked on this for the last few weeks, and I've assembled a great 40 minute or so playlist that is great for underscoring a great many things, as I've found out. From working out to mowing the lawn, it screams power and energy! Some absolutely delicious writing from Goransson, whose upcoming projects I've shared my enthusiasm about based on the potential I see in scores such as this.
    1 point
  27. RoboCop 2 by Leonard Rosenman. Why do people hate this so much? It's terrific fun. Karol
    1 point
  28. We haven’t! Not in a decade. We are a foul, mucilaginous emulsion of stagnant words, impure thoughts, and fervent, cultish religiosity wrapped in a shroud of inside jokes. The only change that graces us is rot! Now get the fuck back on topic before I report you all to our do-nothing moderation team!
    1 point
  29. The Crown Season 2 Never knew I would enjoy it as I did. The bad news is that it's over. The good news is that season 3 is coming! No longer with Claire Foy but with Olivia Colman as the Queen. And Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip. And Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.
    1 point
  30. Finally got around to watching this. Cool doc, lots of stuff I already knew and mostly glowing toward him as expected but some interesting moments addressing the biggest criticisms about him. I don’t know that I’d heard him address the Color Purple stuff. Would have liked them to cover more of his movies and some of the chronology was a little weird. When they skipped fron CE3K to ET, I knew they’d get to Raiders but I actually wondered if they were really just gonna ignore 1941 The best section for me was his friendship with the movie brats. I had never seen any of that home video footage and it was really special to see Scorsese, Lucas, DePalma, and Coppola all talking about their friendship so candidly. Part of me always wondered “How good of friends were they really?” like if it was a lot of blowing smoke or the media mostly lumping them together, but seeing them partying, Spielberg trying to get Lucas to do a stupid camera trick at the billiards table, Scorsese driving around with him to look at the Jaws lines, DePalma reminiscing about fucking around with Spielberg's car phone to pick up girls, Spielberg impersonating Julia Child, and his friends talking about how fun and nerdy he was to hang out with. That shit was gold, great to see that side of him.
    1 point
  31. Chronological score blog has posted a chronological order for HTTYD3: https://chrono-score.blogspot.com/2019/05/how-to-train-your-dragon-3-hidden-world.html?m=1 Long story short: S12 - With Love Comes A Great Waterfall (1:00-End) [Rename to "A Great Waterfall"] S13 - The Hidden World (5:16) S12 - With Love Comes A Great Waterfall (:00-1:00) [Rename to "With Loves Comes Loss"]
    1 point
  32. Yes, the 2014 Godzilla is majestic. A rare diamond in the realm of stupid blockbusters. A movie that succeeds despite the unmemorable human characters, which are mostly beside the point of the spectacle on screen anyway. Personally I thought there were moments when it was too obvious the director deliberately wanted to cut away from a Godzilla fight, but it didn't really matter because he gave us a proper kickass showdown in the finale, replete with beautiful imagery. Even in the first 2/3 of the movie where there supposedly wasn't enough Godzilla, I wasn't left wanting because it still had a number of brilliantly mounted and executed sequences involving the MUTOs. The new one sounds like the usual dumb blockbuster. I'll probably still see it as I have free tickets. If the action scenes are good I'm all for it.
    1 point
  33. I listened to the Batman episode. That was awesome. Catching up with Raiders and Jurassic Park before settling down to what should be a great Empire Strikes Back episode.
    1 point
  34. I put Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on for the kids this afternoon and ended up following it myself with them. If all superhero movies were as inspired as this I'd watch them all. Only the third Spider-Man movie I've ever watched, I thought it was visually dazzling, and surely one of the finest superhero films ever made. The style of animation was stunning, the direction an exercise in stirring verve and cool invention, and the soundtrack was absolutely wicked throughout. Certainly the most enjoyable superhero flick I've sat through since the original Kick-Ass, and I have no issues whatsoever calling this Spidey a modern classic.
    1 point
  35. The Crown S2: The episode with Margaret and the photographer ... OMG ... OMG ...
    1 point
  36. I think of it as a film. It transcends genres.
    1 point
  37. The 1998 movie is all that matters.
    1 point
  38. Gotta love this one then. Why don't I just go ahead and do one from each SW movie I haven't done yet since I love them all.
    1 point
  39. Masterpiece of a movie, that is. Some more from me
    1 point
  40. This has always been a favorite of mine because it sums up much of what the whole movie is about in a single shot. As Keys looks sympathetically on Elliot, saying that he's dreamed about this (meeting an alien) since he was Elliot's age, we see Elliot's image projected directly onto Keys, making it clear in a very visual and visceral way that Keys sees himself in Elliot. And at the same time, by showing Elliot's reflection on Keys' face, there is also a sense that, if one's child-like imagination is allowed to die (as Elliot is dying), then we end up turning into the purely rational, scientific beings that Keys represents and cutting ourselves off from a vital part of our humanity. I love how Keys' bio suit captures both the scientific aspect and a physical barrier that separates him from Elliot at the same time. Spielberg at his very best.
    1 point
  41. 1 point
  42. Oh, the scene with framed promotional photos from TLC.
    1 point
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