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    Updated to include Minority Report and Monsignor. Hopefully we can tick a few more off before the end of the year
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    The Phantom Menace is 20 years old.

    The 8-horn section on this score was phenomenal !! Here's my transcription and cover of 6m3 "Take to your ships"
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    I didn't care for Frozen. I prefer Batman & Robin for my fix of cartoon snowmen and empowered women.
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    Okay, so apparently this just happened!? I don't have Disney+ (not available in Australia) and details appear to be scarce, but apparently the entire saga from the prequels to the sequels has just dropped in 4K with Dolby Atmos exclusive to Disney+ Disney+ gets every 'Star Wars' movie in 4K, Dolby Vision and Atmos
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    Since they are still recording and the Vienna concert will happen, I hope more Bruckner style, like the Spark. 😎😍
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    They’re almost certainly from Episode 9: both posts were tagged by JKMS with #studiomusician.
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    Yeah. Soon, Concord and Bozereau will make it all right.
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    The film was great. The music for the reminded me a bit of Williams' approach to similar moments (in a good way).
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    Mission Impossible - Fallout by Lorne Balfe Just listened to a complete edit that was circuling around. Balfe has been the most loyal and devoted Zimmer apprentice - and by that, I mean the one that followed his gospels more faithfully, instead of comitting the heresy of creating his own musical voice (like Powell, HGW and, hell, even JXL). This score sounds like a mix between The Dark Knight Rises, Inception and Mad Max: Fury Road, and him turning the classic Schifrin themes into RCP-style epic anthems is woefully misguided. It's rather funny to see Balfe posting enthusiatic pics of the big orchestra he used on his social media, when if fact the whole score sounds very overproduced, much to the way people seem to like these days. Look, this guy clearly have (some) talent. I really like the Ethan's regret theme, it is sad, emotional and gives the movie almost an apocalyptic, fateful, vibe. However, the action music, with a few exceptions is uninspired, unoriginal, boring and tiresome to hear. Anyway, it's not the worst score ever made, it's probably not even the worse of the last year. It has some good ideas and great moments. But I would really like to see Balfe developing his own identity, instead of just copying and paste his mentor on everything he does.
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    The Birthday Thread

    @ATXHusker HBD!
  12. 1 point
    The La La Land Records expansion was just a warm up. We haven't seen nothing yet !
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    How do you know it's boring if you haven't read it? How else do you plan to obtain enlightenment? With the Sequel Trilogy, many are already claiming "amateur storytelling". Perhaps they just don't understand the trajectory of the Saga and that this continued story is consistent with the previous episodes, with and abundance of clues that foreshadow events to come. The truth is, Lucasfilm conceived a plan for the Sequel Trilogy and stuck to it. The risk they took was in the manner of its presentation: Playing peoples' expectations and preconceptions against them... then executing the finale, blowing everyone away. The events that will conclude the Saga will be unexpected to most, not because the story didn't make sense, but because people didn't think these film makers had it in them to truly surprise and impress. Some of JJ's recent statements: “Some people feel like we shouldn’t revisit the idea of Palpatine, and I completely understand that. But if you’re looking at these nine films as one story, I don’t know many books where the last few chapters have nothing to do with those that have come before. If you look at the first eight films, all the set-ups of what we’re doing in IX are there in plain view.” “This is about bringing this thing to a close… if years from now, someone’s watching these movies, all nine of them, they’re watching a story that is as cohesive as possible.” “...we are not screwing around.” I'm curious, what about the writing do you think is JV-league? Do you have an idea of where the story is headed? If not, perhaps it's your discernment and understanding of Star Wars that is JV-league.
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    Parasite - Jung Jaeil Surprised that I haven't seen this show up much on this forum yet. The film is fantastic, and the score a big part of why the tonal shifts are able to work so well. Jaeil is in full command of his music, love both the classical first half and the thriller/drama second.
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    I doubt it's in-house stuff. They likely bought it from a stock music company, as they usually do for these adverts.
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    Completely disagree, TLJ sounds nothing like ROTS in my opinion, it's very much a continuation of the leaner sound he established in TFA. I'm not saying he's not capable of recapturing his previous styles, I'm saying that he's chosen not to for Star Wars. The march in that video is clearly modelled after the Droid material from TPM. It's too much of an emulation to be his new music. Could be a Gordy Haab for all we know, but I'll bet the farm it's not JW.
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    That big note at the bottom is Duel of the Fates
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    Let us know how it ends...this time, tomorrow
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    The Mandalorian: Episodes 1 & 2 by Ludwig Goransson Repeated listens. This is the muse of the month. Keep it coming! Seven Years in Tibet by John Williams My praise for Seven Years in Tibet has been made quite clear in the past few years, but with each listen I find myself more and more attracted to this score. We all have our personal fancies; those unique opinions that can be appreciated by others not because we share them specifically, but because we find ourselves with similar preferences. For me, Seven Years in Tibet is my defining score, rich in beauty, unique orchestrations and heart-aching cello solos, and while I've ranted about it on the forums and the Discord numerous times now, settle in for another go at it. I have gone so far as to call Seven Years in Tibet a masterpiece, and perhaps one of Williams very best "dark horse scores". Hyperbolic as that may sound, I continue to stand by these claims earnestly, as far as personal opinions go, because very few scores are as wonderful to me as this. The bookends suite (because it is worth hearing twice!) is one Williams finest, with marvelous soars of the orchestra separated by Yo-Yo Ma on cello, as well as a few subdued passages in the lower strings. It hones in an oriental sound that doesn't feel very cliched to me, but rather sincere, as if it were a compromise between Williams sound and what the film calls for based on it's Tibetan setting. Young Dalai Lama and Ceremonial Chant is certainly a curiosity, featuring some of the more ethnic excerpts of the album (throat singing, unorthodox percussion). Peter's Rescue, Harrer's Journey, and The Invasion are a great back-to-back-to-back, with a darker, brooding take and more unconventional percussion. Approaching the Summit and Heinrich's Odyssey are all-encompassing cues, giving the main themes a full run-through with solos in mind, whether it be on piano, woodwinds, or headlining cello. Regaining a Son is perhaps one of the best cues to ever fit within a 2 minute span. Gosh! I really cannot say enough good things about this score. Requires listening for any true Jw Fan. If you haven't heard it, do the right thing!
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    When the concerts were scheduled for last year, several people emailed the ticket office to ask if there was a chance that they would be recorded, and got the reply that the plan was to record and release them. At least one person asked if that plan was still current and got a a reply confirming that it was. Not an actual official announcement, as I said, but presumably from a sufficiently official source.
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    yep, it sure did. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/charlie-angels-fell-grace-box-144129679.html
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    The Illustrious Jerry

    The Birthday Thread

    Happy birthday @ATXHusker!
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    The Concord box definitely wasn't the best that could be done with those scores. It was a product of its time, when JW was uncomfortable with adding additional music to his albums, and also the person doing the tape transfers apparently not knowing what they were doing. (pitch problems) Surely in practical terms, there's nothing that makes them more difficult to expand than any other scores during the 80s. But it's Indy, which brings all sorts of complicated baggage and pretentiousness.
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    That wouldn’t be an agent’s influence. Writing credits are taken pretty seriously by the Writers Guild of America and when there are multiple writers, they often arbitrate those credits by having a volunteer panel of veteran writers/guild members look at anonymously labeled drafts (Writer A, Writer B etc) to determine the authors of the final screenplay. Pretty sure it’s mandatory when the director or producer is a co-writer, specifically to avoid power plays, and those guild members are vetted to make sure they’re not acquainted with the filmmakers in question (obviously gotta be hard to find with something like this). Pretty spicy stuff. Incidentally, Trevorrow was pretty much exactly in JJ’s position when he did Jurassic World and tried (and failed) to argue his screenplay wasn’t based on previous material. I guess remains to be seen if JJ’s gonna similarly want to dispute this or just let it slide. I assume he knows it wouldn’t be a good look if he tries to revert it. Maybe he thinks it’s fair, privately, despite the tall tales he tells publicly about starting with nothing. It’ll be interesting to hear what he says when he’s inevitably asked about it. Anyway there’s a screenwriting podcast run by John August (Go, Big Fish) and Craig Mazin (Hangover, Chernobyl), they’ve been arbiters and did a whole episode on this after the Jurassic drama. Interesting listen/read.
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    The 2020 Oscars are, unusually early, on the 9th of February, a day after Williams' 88th birthsday. Voting will happen between the 2nd and 7th of January, when TROS should still be raging in cinemas. By musical hook or Disney's crook, I hope he receives a nice birthsday gift.
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    The dark knight. I feel really conflicted about it, so I’ll start with the two things that can’t be disputed: Heath Ledger is simply fantastic and Gary Oldman is brilliant. Other than that… I don’t know. Maybe I’ve watched too many Marvel movies, maybe I’ve just become too critical over the past eight years or maybe this movie just isn’t as spectacular as I once thought it was. I especially found the beginning rather disjointed and one or two sentences explaining motivations would have been really welcome. Then, there’s this growling Batman driving me up the walls and the conversations about what a hero is, might be, shouldn’t be, but could be. It’s all food for thought, but it somehow just didn’t work for me. Rachel’s death still made me sad, but only very briefly. If the movie failed to capture my attention, the score certainly didn’t help either. D minor, D minor, A minor, tracked Batman Begins material and some interesting James Newton Howard moments. The Joker’s identity would have been so much more interesting if this hadn’t been Zimmer’s 56th score in D minor. And then two scenes that could have been really emotional get truly horrible music: Dent mourning Rachel in hospital and the prisoner disposing of the detonator. In conclusion, my mother’s exasperated sighs said it all.
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    At this point I don't care who composed this because it sounds great and I want to hear it in its full glory. Now, my bet is that it's Williams.
  34. 1 point

    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Lady and the Tramp (2019) by Joseph Trapanese Really enjoyed this one. More than warm and pleasant, I think it has some substance to it that hits the right spot. The orchestrations are lovely, crafted with some care. The enveloping "A Home" is a notable example. And there are some moments of surprising harmonic vitality, like in the opening of "Busting Peg and Bull" A nice listen indeed.
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    Y'all sure know how to keep it positive... It’s like King Mark vibes. ”This cue will probably be unreleased for decades”
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    What saddens me is not that they are still recording and asking Williams to write new music or do rewrites due to scenes changing until the very last minute. What bothers me is that it won’t prevent the music to be butchered in the editing process.
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    The Stones are all holy grails of mine.
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    Tell me they’re preparing a LTP score or something, not that they’re still recording.....
  39. 1 point
    Just in time for the 2020 election: The John Williams / Oliver Stone Boxed Set. The complete scores to Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, and Nixon. All of the Americana music to express the hope and promise of the process, the sinister music for the dirty tricks and unspoken realities of the process, and the edgy modern music to underscore the monster clusterfuck that we all know this election will devolve into. Whaddya think? Too bleak? I don't think we'll get any more JW music than we know about currently. But I will be glad to be wrong.
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    The Simpsons on Disney+

    Disney is beginning to go down a very dangerous path with its newfound power. Imagine in the future when Disney's dominance is all-encompassing and their streaming service is the only one which future generations will be acquainted with, and episodes, seasons, films etc. are all purged from history without any democratic process or deliberation. No one has DVDs anymore, or any way to play them and the state propaganda is all they will know. Yeah, it's their platform and service so they can cut what they want, but why not let the viewer decide for themselves? Why must we be told 'no, this is bad!' like we're children?
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    King Mark

    Anyone else sick of Disney?

    Without disney we wouldn't have 3 new Star Wars scores
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    In Jeff's latest episode of "The Baton", I joined him as a co-host to discuss one of JW's most underrated scores, The Fury https://thebatonpodcast.podbean.com/e/episode-48-the-fury/ It was lovely to be a guest of Jeff's show, he's very dedicated to this thorough job. I look forward to join him in other episodes in the future!
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    That tremolo in uplifting chords reinforced with brass.. amazing. The repeat in the bass line as Legolas prepares to leap onto the Oliphaunt is a great example of Mickeymousing. And then the triumphant melody that follows is a perfect resolution to the fearful and dwarfed by behemots beginning of Dernhelm in Battle. I like the double arc in play here: 1) Eowyn starts in a disguise and ends as an identified heroic warrior - it's even in the titles of the two tracks 2) The menace of the first track are the Oliphaunts. The second finishes with their defeat. Doug Adams said about it: The music dives steeply into crackling fanfares reminiscent of the great tradition of cinematic spectacle. Shore recalls, “If I was ever going to write in a Max Steiner vein, this was it!” Before turning Berliozesque it sure resembles the big Warner Bros fanfare! Edit: Warner Bros is the holding company of the film's distributor, New Line Cinema. An awesome coincidence. Edit2: As if all that wasn't enough, when Legolas dangles beneath the Oliphaunt and cuts the ropes, Shore mimicks the fanfare from when Luke dangled under the AT-AT and used his lightsaber.
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    http://www.jwfan.com/forums/index.php?/topic/27927-the-last-jedi-score-segments-premiere-in-new-last-jedi-star-tours-update/ http://www.jwfan.com/forums/index.php?/topic/27805-the-last-jedi-trailer-2-music-discussion/ http://www.jwfan.com/forums/index.php?/topic/25623-does-anyone-think-is-new-tfa-music/ http://www.jwfan.com/forums/index.php?/topic/28050-the-last-jedi-verizons-death-star-360-promo-music/ For those who want to relive the madness
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    BOTFOJ 30th Anniversary would be a welcome surprise! But considering JFK has been tied up for so long... Would an Oliver Stone box set be possible this year instead?
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    I recently watched The Reivers on blu-ray (actually really liked the film a lot - the score fits it well). I was not keeping track of the score and comparing it to the CD release, but I am almost 100% sure that the music that plays at the end of the horse race is not represented on any release. There is likely more missing, but that definitely stood out to me particularly because the first part of the horse race is not scored at all (or at least if it was scored, the music was not used in the film mix). So, I am hoping there is more to get from that film should sessions be found. Next year is the 50th anniversary. I think it's a very, very important part of JW's output being around the point when he went from his TV work and comedy films to full time big film projects and because the score was a big influence on Spielberg hiring him. (And also Mark Rydell and JW did 4 films together which is 3nd most (tied with George counting only his 4 directed SW movies) for a director collaboration behind Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg.) Anyway, I want more Reivers!
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    This is the most majestic batch release set from La La Land ever. I just feel so overwhelmed with the the entire titles here. Incredible and to top it off.Its my 46th Birthday! What a day !!!!!! WOhOO!
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    Naïve Old Fart

    the mstrox thread

    Ok...this is going to be a hard one, but I'll do my best. Recent months have not been good to me. I recently started a job (yea, me!), but it's part-time (no, I'm not a college professor), and I've been struggling, financially, despite being frugal. Friends and other associates have been very kind in either offering to help, or in actually helping me, to make ends meet, through much appreciated gifts of money. Still, I find that I am, slowly but surely, going under. Things have come to a head, this weekend, with me needing to spend a lot of money on car repairs, and an electricity bill. Since I don't have the available cash, it's been put on my credit card, and, with one thing and another, the amount that I owe has trebled, since I moved here. A trip to my local Citizens Advice Bureau has helped, and I have applied for Universal Credit (Welfare), which will, hopefully, alleviate things. Still, I feel utterly dejected. Despite my best efforts, I have not been able to secure a full-time job, and I am beginning to despair. Here's the hard bit, because it entails being very intimate. I'm not proud to admit this, but I'm seriously considering ending my life. I don't want to, but sometimes I just can't see a way out of my situation. The alternative is to declare bankruptcy, and move back to the mainland (probably into a homeless shelter), and begin again. I don't want to do this, because I truly want to live where I am. I can't see much hope, though. The coming months will be tough, and with no immediate prospect of full-time work, I can already feel the pressure getting heavier and heavier. I just do not know what to do. Why am I telling the good folks of JWfan this, and not friends? Well, sometimes it helps to tell someone who is "removed" from the situation - a doctor, a counselor - someone who can just listen. In my experience, family and friends have their own hangups, and, because most of my friends have families themselves, I feel that they don't want to hear about my troubles. I could be totally wrong about this, but I tried to tell some friends where I live, about how I'm feeling, but they were too self-absorbed in their own thing, that I decided not to. Reading this back before I post, I have a lump in my throat, and tears in my eyes. I'm not looking for sympathy. I'm just needing somewhere to offload onto...and guess who drew the short straw? I'll let you know how things progress, but for the moment I'll say: "Thanks for listening, JWfan, you've been a great help".
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