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    There is no "dark side", he's just a top professional who requests a certain kind of behaviour and attitude from the people who work for/with him. He doesn't fire musicians just because they accidentally drop a pencil on the floor. What Don and Dan Higgins said in the clips above is that, if you're recording with JW, you as a player don't call to stop the take for any reason. JW might even ignore a performance error, a pencil dropping, or a noisy pageturn because he might like the energy and the feel of that particular take, so he might want to continue and get to the end. He's the "commander in chief" on the recording stage, so it's up to him calling the shots and decide if the take has to be stopped or not. He might prefer to do a full take, even if there are performance errors, check it, address the various issues, and then doing another full one. If you ends up making a zillion of stops during a single take, you lose more time, hence more money. And you also lose the musicality and the feeling of the actual performance from the players.
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    Again, people here are not focusing on what was the point of Don Williams speaking about that episode: when you record with JW, you just focus on doing your best performance, because that's what you're requested to do. It's not up to you (even if you're concertmaster) to stop the take for any reason--"iron fist in a velvet glove" is probably an apt definition when it comes to JW (or any other great conductor) on the recording stage.
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    SOURCE: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER: Rumored PHANTOM character revealed in THIS surprising behind-the-scenes photo
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    Chen will now discuss with you the 3 part structure of the story arc.
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    Not the Throne room again, mercy!
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    I love this, he slips in theme after theme, making it seem so effortless—
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    THIS rendition of the Force Theme! (at 4:43)
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    I agree with that. I just don't think Williams fired a person, Harvey Weinstein or Donald Trump-style, over a single incident like that. Like Don said, he reprimanded said concert master with a strict "I'll have to have the floor". If he was fired, someone else in the project must have done it to accomodate Williams, or he must have transgressed repeatedly. Anything else would be absurd. It would go against everyhing we know about Williams as a person.
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    The Illustrious Jerry

    Official Discord Thread

    I think it'd be good to promote these listening sessions to get a decent turnout. Join us!
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    It's all about the meta commentary these days Richard.
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    They have crappy grab-and-go type of food. Burgers, fries, etc. They do have a salad bar also. But I think there's a nicer cafe somewhere too, if you go out of your way to look for it. There are also restaurants along the road leading to the venue, though I haven't tried many of them. The grounds are beautiful, and definitely worth taking extra time to walk around. You can also picnic there... some people go all out. Plus you can try and communicate with Highwood's ghost. Enjoy!
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    That much is true: the films are much lighter, more dynamic, succint, and the plot is allowed to unfold in an almost completely linear manner (little to no use of flashback/flashforward). The Middle Earth films, by comparison, take an already complex narrative, full of a large number of characters, setpieces, story threads and concepts, and compounds that complexity by playing large parts of it out of chronological order. Technically, too, certainly with regards to the entries directed by George Lucas, the filmmaking style of Star Wars is much more plain: not very pushed closeups, not a lot of movement, high-key lighting, no long takes to speak of, no use of slow-motion, etcetra. By comparison, Peter Jackson's camerawork is full of movement, stark closeups, superimposition, slow-motion, POV shots, etcetra. Its much more florid that way. The space setting really serves Star Wars in this regard, too, because each planet is distilled to one archetypal environment: Tatooine is a desert planet; Hoth is an ice planet; Dagobah is a swamp planet, and Curoscant is an urban planet. We never get - nor do we need - a sense of geography of the Galaxy itself, other than there being an "outer rim" over which both the Republic and Empire - we come to learn - can't maintain tight control. By comparison, the viewer of the Middle Earth films needs to get some sense for the geography of Middle Earth, hence the occasional shots of map throughout the films. I would also say some of the characterizations are more complex. The most complex character Star Wars pulled off is Kylo Ren, but he's still the villain of the piece. The Middle Earth films pull off complex characters as deuteragonists and protagonists, such as Thorin and Boromir. The way the story is serialized is more complex, too. With the exception of The Last Jedi, every Star Wars film is set within some time period away from the previous film, and the text crawl is used to reorient the audience. With Middle Earth, each film within each trilogy is technically set immediately after the end of the previous one, with little to no recap. There are certain thematic ideas in Sir Peter's films which are more complex, too. There's a commentary on isolationism throughout all six films, from the Hobbits' "its non of our concern what goes on beyond our borders" to Thranduils "other lands are not my concern" and Treebeard's "This is not our war." Star Wars isn't in the same thematic ballpark. The imagery's and some story beats are more challenging, of course. I forgot how violent the fight with Lurtz really was! and the severed heads catapulted into Minas Tirith, yeesh! The only Star Wars film to play in the same league was Revenge of the Sith. Part of the distinction comes from Star Wars being aimed at a younger demographic. That also effects their popularity, with people being exposed to Star Wars at a younger, more impressionable age.
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    Star Wars is more accessible to general audiences and more popular overall. LOTR is more pretentious and boring, so strictly for nerds.
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    Star Trek is better than everything

    Huh huh. You said blow.
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    Don ---Hey John! John ---What? Don ---I told them. John ---Told them what? Don ---Told them that there are going to be many themes in the new movie. John ---Uh-huh. Don ---Including Leia, Yoda, Vader, and... "The Phantom". John ---What? Don ---"The Phantom". You wouldn't believe how excited the press is about it. John ---But there is no such a thing as... <steps can be heard> Oh, just what have you don! JJ Abrams ---Excuse me, Williamses... but... I've read on the internet about this awesome theme---"The Phantom". I don't think you told me about it yet, John. Could you improvise it for me? Don ---Sure he can! Johnny is the coolest pianist in town! John ---You know, Angel Baby, Don can play it for you on the timpani. Brother, you will sure find the theme in the sheets. Don <realizes> John --- <Duel of the faces>
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    Seen lots of fit birds walking around the UK all week
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    What about American Tail Part 2?
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    There aren't any racist drunks with blue faces in Jackson's Middle Earth, at least as far as I can remember.
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    Ah, the underwater symphony.
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    After 45 years, I am finally free of this crap and Finale
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    The music of the knight
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    Something more than that -- primarily its use of various 'eye' and 'portal' imagery as visual motifs relating to the soul (or corruption of the soul), as well as the use of green and red as indicators for life and death. It has one corny, out-of-place sequence that seems to be from another film, almost (shortly after the ship is sabotaged), but the rest is fantastic -- including the operatic, Clive Barker-ish final act. I go into some more detail in this article -- in Norwegian, but pretty intelligible through Google Translate: https://montages.no/2017/08/event-horizon-1997/
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    I think you forgot a few unreleased concert versions . I'll try to remember them again
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    Somewhere In Time by John Barry Quintessential and wholesome John Barry goodness. Trademark flute solos and elegant string passages. Planet of the Apes by Jerry Goldsmith ('97 Varese) Quirky and yet still groovy and fun! Curious instrumentation. A classic. Concert suites from Return of the Jedi by John Williams
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    The Fellowship of the Ring (complete recordings) Yeah, this might be the greatest film score of all time. ***** out of *****
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    No, he secretly hired Frank Lehman (aka @Falstaft) to point and remind him of every single theme and motif he's going to use
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    It's been 30 years......I seem to remember a little bad synth in the Earthquake track. Pretty sure Jaws 2 was End Title/End Cast (or at least some of it.) I got rid of it when I bought the Varese Earthquake & Jaws 2 in 1990 (I was in the navy in San Diego - I used to hit Tower Records every weekend)
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    Huh. I thought the villain was very weak and a lot of beats, including the final decision and through its proxy, the ending, felt completely unearned and not well-motivated. Fluff moments went on way too long. More subjective, but I hate that orange-ish brownish dusk light the final "battle" was staged in, it doesn't look pleasing at all and mutes out everything else. Just overall I like the first 2 visually a lot more, don't give a rat's ass about hair or water simulation being more accurate even if it is, they were more colorful and interesting-looking. I love the first 2 complete scores, listened to 3 maybe... 3 times since I've seen the film? I just don't find myself wanting to go back to it and get into it, it didn't draw me in the way the first 2 did.
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    "Oh bugger off"! Love it. Keep that as you new name, Jerry.
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    Oh, don't worry, I was there to intercept them before they were launched, I swapped them out with the master tapes for Hook...
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    Video Game Music

    This one's for the forum. It will either save us or destroy us. @Kasey Kockroach you too.
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    Star Wars is filled with robots and yet it's Fantasy. It's Lord Of The Rings put in space. Well, I agree. I've always been was a bit baffled with why that movie is considered to be one of the best sci-fi works ever made. Not that it's bad, mind you, but to rank it amongst the very best science fiction movies?! Heck, can we even call it sci-fi? Maybe it arrived at 101? Personally, if I was Slant, I would have forgotten about it too. Slant ... Alex Slant.
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    It'd be funny if, while we're here talking about how the quote is getting blown out of proportion, the score to TROS actually did somehow have every single Star Wars theme in it.
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    Racist? Can't even cooperate for long with other types of orcs, not to mention his hate for humans, elves and hobbits Drunk? Remember how his colleagues tried to make a Hobbit drink their horrible beverage and laughed when he couldn't? Also is vulgar and either fights or is serving those with more proper English. Did I already mention the Dunlendings who shouted "murderers" about the rohirrim and their king, and ran around with polearms? Sounds exactly like the impression that Braveheart characters make on a viewer.
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    (Most of) the RESIDENT EVIL films are great -- and highly underrated as a mythological creation -- but they pale in comparison to EVENT, which IMO is one of the best films of the 90s regardless of genre.
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