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  1. Just re watched TLJ. It’s amazing how many Mickey Mousing moments Williams achieve that are so great and have all the advantages of Mickey mousing without the drawbacks.
    6 points
  2. The Phasma Fight especially is downright remarkable! I attempted to transcribe it to show just how precisely coordinated those brutal orchestral stabs are with the action.
    4 points
  3. I consider that one of his specialties! Punching up the physical action in a way that isn’t eye-rolling. In a way that sounds relatively natural, musically.
    3 points
  4. What a dismal thing to say on a John Williams fan-board of all places. So you'd prefer we not have these brand new Star Wars scores by the maestro?
    3 points
  5. https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/10/kathleen-kennedy-star-wars-royal-honor-cbe/amp Caption: A 'Raiders' reunion: Producer Frank Marshall; Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy; Samantha Winslow, wife of composer John Williams; and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. Also I noted that Rian Johnson was invited to this shindig... in case anyone doubts that he is still in her good graces...
    3 points
  6. Just finished listening to my copy, which arrived today. It's a revelation, the sound is spectacular. I've been waiting almost twenty years for this and it does not disappoint one bit.
    3 points
  7. More Mickey-Mouseing in The Fathiers, than elsewhere in the score! Reminded me of some of Williams' older action scores - particularly Indiana Jones!
    2 points
  8. I've said it before and I'll say it again- the iron scene is one of Williams most loveable little play-alongs, between the Death Star motif and the youthful main theme that follows. And scenes like the throne room fight and Finn v. Phasma are some of my favourites from that score as well. A New Alliance becomes more and more ridiculously good with each listen.
    2 points
  9. No, that’s what you’re called!
    2 points
  10. Just because it features the same characters, doesn’t mean it’s a legit continuation of the same story. It’s a story completely and utterly separate to that of episodes I-VI. It exists purely because the filmmakers could make it. But they were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, that they didn’t stop to think if they should.
    2 points
  11. Honestly, Gravity is such a visual film that I can understand you didn't care for it.
    2 points
  12. You make a lot of great points in your write up, Chen. I think you're absolutely right that a two-film structure could have turned out worse than what we got. At the same time, I think Jackson and co. could definitely have made three better films than the ones we got. They could have even been great! I've said it before and I'll say it again, the biggest problem with this series is not that they turned such a short book into a trilogy. The biggest problems were time constraints and the lack of a finished, internally consistent vision for the series. The filmmakers just needed to pick a tone and stick with it, whether that was lighthearted faithful adaptation, gritty fantasy prequel, or even goofy video gamey actioner.
    2 points
  13. I dunno, I guess that after a decade and a half of moody Batman music, we'll have a more expansive Batman theme since the days of Elfman/Goldenthal. For some reason, whenever I try to imagine how a Giacchino Batman theme would sound like, the first thing that pops in my head is this:
    2 points
  14. Between this scene and the Kylo/Rey/Praetorian Guard fight sequence, JW really nailed the mickey mousing in this score.
    1 point
  15. October has been a busy month, and very fun! Family Plot was a better score than I expected. And the movie was OK, too.
    1 point
  16. Bruce Botnick remastered the score so it's possible with the remastering it just pulled out stuff you normally wouldn't hear but guessing not. I wished Mike Matessino had been able to helm this project.
    1 point
  17. There is one thing that strikes me. We all know from various interviews that Williams seems humble to a fault regarding his career and successes. That’s why I have a realy hard time believing he would write some sort of grand finale containing all the themes. I think, as always, he will try to fit the picture, story and directors’ needs. No more, no less. So our only hope for some sort of us big special score from Williams is that JJ asks and argues for it.
    1 point
  18. Wojo

    THE BOYS

    @Quintus We've been binging The Boys today, and while it's full of great holy shit moments... In episode 4 when that SPOILER flies through the window in slo-mo... Holy shit!
    1 point
  19. That's a decent score @Trent B. It might not have majesty of Goldsmith, or the playful finesse of Horner, nor the quirkiness of Rosenman, but it's certainly a worthy entry.
    1 point
  20. I agree that the ST in general has no real purpose in the context of the larger saga but it still works for me as stand-alone entertainment and "Expanded Universe" stuff. Plus it gave us 3 new Star Wars Williams scores, which alone completely justifies its existence.
    1 point
  21. Always a fun one to listen to. Especially the recent anniversary release that's fully complete. The last score I listened to was the Intrada release for Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country and it was last night.
    1 point
  22. There was every reason to make prequels to Star Wars, given the Empire Strikes Back reveal. They weren’t much good, but they weren’t superfluous. When I watched the movies with a young cousin of mine for the first time, by the end of Return of the Jedi he was sure it was the end: and he was right.
    1 point
  23. Nah, the ewok barbecue party song's the real conclusion.
    1 point
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  25. Someone in work who I can't stand is REALLY angry that the UK release date of The Lighthouse has been shifted from the 31st of this month to the end of January instead (she had a big sweary rant about it on Tumblr). Hehehe.
    1 point
  26. I've been enjoying, admiring, and loving John Williams's Minority Report for almost twenty years now, and I can't wait to discover it all over again!!! This one sentence makes me so happy!
    1 point
  27. Arpy

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    I thought Zombie Peter Cushing was great in Rogue One.
    1 point
  28. I hope the action version of Rey's Theme only found in the TLJ deleted scene is somehow tracked into this movie and included on the OST!
    1 point
  29. I'm not advocating for the two film cut-off, you could've ended film one on the Carrock, like it did. I am, however, frustrated that they couldn't have excised a great deal of extraneous material from all three to focus on the real story. It was a muddled vision and I'm pretty sure it all went south after Guillermo del Toro left and PJ and Co. had to rewrite almost everything. Having an extra year for BotFA helped to finish the film, certainly, but it didn't help to allow PJ more time to conclude and polish every other aspect of the story and production as it could've been. I love many aspects of the films, don't get me wrong, and I was with the films all the way from their announcement, however looking back on them I can't help but feel slightly disappointed.
    1 point
  30. Can confirm, front row is the best by far. You’ll be able to hear orchestras do these pieces for years to come, but seeing the man himself conduct them two or three feet in front of you is an experience like no other. It’s how I’ve seen him at the majority of the concerts I’ve been to, and it’s truly jaw dropping, not to mention the little interactions you get as mentioned above. I’ve exchanged head nods, little eyebrow raises, and smiles with Williams himself after hearing my favorite pieces live conducted by him, and it’s surreal. This past year at Tanglewood, after one of the Star Wars pieces, he even gave me a big smile and raised both his arms in a kind of “huzzah” in response to my excited clapping!
    1 point
  31. Bad Taste is way more fun than Dead Alive!
    1 point
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  33. I'm calling it right now, there is a ZERO percent chance that Franglen gets a gig as high profile as Avatar 2. I don't care how associated he is with imitating Horner. He gets to do the theme park music, not the movie.
    1 point
  34. Is it me, or are these people looking old?
    1 point
  35. You're weird. Although my favourite bit of WATERWORLD isn't necessarily the swashbuckling theme (great as that is), but the glorious "Swimming" track. That's JNH's application for doing the AVATAR sequels right there.
    1 point
  36. She hath given girlth acrothh the world a reathon to dream❤😊
    1 point
  37. Ah ok. Thank you for the information and will remember it for the future.
    1 point
  38. Because Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Spider-man: Far From Home are two of the best blockbuster scores he's ever written
    1 point
  39. Mike Zeroh is known as the clown of Star Wars "news". He's famous online for being a flat-out liar and steals most of his material from shady posts on Reddit. He also has a bunch of bot accounts he's used to harass people who call him out on YouTube. I've gotten into many arguments with him personally on Reddit; he's the kind of person you want to avoid at all cost. He's a massive dick only looking for ad revenue on YouTube.
    1 point
  40. The Good Place (Season 1) I forking loved it! The script is wonderful, the cast is great, the stories are simultaneously hilarious and thrilling... I can see why they say this has become one of the best comedy series on recent years. And actually, I was kinda surprised when I checked Wikipedia and they said this was on NBC, and not a streaming original series (here it's on Netflix, the even cards "A Netflix Original Series" before the beginning of the episodes). I thought the series, with its agile plot and lots of unexpected twists and turns, makes it perfect for binge-watching. I've finished the entire season in two sits, actually (although it's just 13 episodes). I really love unpredictable series, and, with the unexpected plot twist at the ending of the season, I literally can't imagine where the story goes for the next three seasons! Also, I loved Troy. His participations always made me ROFL.
    1 point
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  42. Here's some inside information (inside Vienna that is; I don't have any direct ties to the Musikverein itself, other than being a regular visitor): I don't know if the original two concerts ever sold out. If they did, they did so very late. Tickets were available for months. They obviously did really poor promotion on this. Obviously the best seats in each category were gone very quickly, but you could still get plenty of decent tickets in I think all or most price ranges much later. Not sure if those were all available right away or if they got released as a separate contingent after a while. Personally, I queued in front of the ticket office at I think 4:30 in the morning, and I was alone their until I got joined by another person about an hour later. The others arrived not before 7 or later, and I think we were about 10 people when the office opened. Of course there were many online and phone orders as well, so picking the very best seats was still a bit of a race. Still, I wouldn't risk anything; more people might be interested this time (or not). I'll be queuing early again, though probably not quite as early. As far as I remember, a membership can be booked online now, and as soon as that's activated, you can automatically access the membership exclusive dates on the website (if you're logged in). I don't know if the membership has to be processed manually, and if they're fully staffed on weekends, so if in doubt, perhaps better get one right away (it's Friday just an hour after noon right now) or early on Monday (CEST). Booking a seat online (or at the box office) uses the hall layout posted above. You can either pick a category and let the system assign you the "best" seat, or pick one manually. The interface is a bit wonky (the new website design that was introduced about 2 years ago didn't improve much and made some things worse), so best play around with it with another concert before to get the hang of it. The categories vary, and I haven't been able to figure out exactly which seats belong to which category in general, but you can use other concerts as a rough guide. The best and most expensive seats are in the rear half of the Cercle, I think - probably some of the boxes, too, but I'm not a big fan of most of them. The further back you sit, the more reverb you're likely to get (also depends on the seat though, I think the boxes are a bit different in sound), so on the "cheaper" seats on the balcony and gallery, you get a glorious sound but not necessarily very detailed acoustics. For everyone asking if I could pick them up a ticket: I'm sorry, but I first have to coordinate with all the people I got tickets for last time, and with my other friends who are also booking tickets online. It's 4 tickets per membership, so for the first two days every person can only get a total of 8 tickets. We had to plan out purchases very carefully to make sure all of us got all the tickets they wanted (I'll be going twice again, once with the best ticket I can get and the second time probably with a cheaper one). There were leftovers, so if you want to risk it, and aren't picky regarding which seat you get, I can probably let you know what's left once we've fully supplied our immediate circles of friends. It's certainly worded in such a way that he'll at least conduct a part of the concert (so more than was promised for Tanglewood earlier this year, where he still ended up conducting the final third). I do remember we had similar speculations last time, and in the end he was clearly supposed to conduct the whole affair himself (he was the only conductor listed right before the cancellation). I would imagine there will be a backup conductor, and I wouldn't be surprised if they go ahead without Williams should he not feel up to it, but I'd expect unless he falls ill again, unless his overall condition isn't as good as last year, there's a good chance he'll do the full concerts himself. I'll only really believe it when he shows up on stage anyway. Last year I started believing this was really going to happen about two weeks before the concert, and look where that got us.
    1 point
  43. It’s an analogy. He doesn’t think he’s literally writing gospel. His entire open letter:
    1 point
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