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    I won't say much, except to say that I'm still here. I didn't off myself (well, not in that sense ). I'll post longer, soon. In the meantime...THANKS!
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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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    Disco Stu

    Mike Matessino Star Wars tease?

    Well, tease or not, I like the video!
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    Gruesome Son of a Bitch

    the mstrox thread

    @Naïve Old Fart As you may or may not be aware, I was in a similarly dismal state in recent years. The darkest place I hope I'll ever be. But the night is always darkest before the dawn, and the dawn will come for you. I stayed in homeless shelters and did what I had to to get back on my feet and most importantly, become happy again. Nobody had my back, but I had support from JWFan. Even I managed to thrive and find joy in life and I'm an idiot who suffers from debilitating depression. As the Joker once said, put on a happy face. You're one of the favorite members on JWFan and one of the most dependable for movie quotes. I simply won't allow you to just give up. You will not be deactivated! You're an officer on board this forum and I require you to perform your duty! That is an order, commandah!
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    Chewie looks like Butt-head in the new photo.
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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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    the mstrox thread

    Richard, mate - I hate to say that I don’t know where you are currently. Please contact a free suicide help line or a local crisis center. If you tell me where you live, either here or by DM, I can find the numbers for you. If you are in a place with socialized health care, an emergency room is also a very effective option! Those people are trained and equipped to be the neutral sounding board you’re looking for and to help you work through those feelings before you do anything dire. My friend killed herself a few months ago, and without going into all the details, please believe me when I say that nobody is better off when somebody goes. Not the person who does it, not anybody who knew them. Please seek help. DM me if you don’t know how or where and I’ll be sure to assist.
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    That is JW's percussion concerto!
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    We need a poll. "Would you rather listen to a one-hour loop of Banning Back Home or to a compilation of indistinguishable Hans Zimmer action cues?"
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    That's what happens when Mike Matessino isn't in charge I guess.
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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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    Mike Matessino Star Wars tease?

    Saw this pop up in my YT notifications on MM's page. This of course caused folks to ask if this meant that he was currently working on a new release to which he replied: Well? Is he telling the truth, trying to throw folks off track, or just totally messing with our fragile psyche?
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    The Official La-La Land Records Thread

    I like Banning Back Home, it's a nice change of sound from the rest of the score.
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    It's way too inspired and lively for elevator music.
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    John Powell kicks ass

    Once again a nice interview of Powell! He really his a composer I like and easily take the second place after John Williams imho. BTW: he talks a bit about Williams
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    I think @DominicCobb was referring to reshoots. TFA definitely recorded the score until mid-November but I didn't think TFA had reshoots as late as TROS.
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    I'll say it. I miss Chewie's nice Return of the Jedi hairdo.
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    Even if they didn't, if they still had to prepare and send even a couple dozen copies of film to various theaters, they were damn quick!
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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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    Always loved this cue: Williams suspense/conspiratorial scoring was simply amazing circa 2002: the Kamino music, Presenting the Pre Cogs, The Arrival at Tatooeine (specifically when the Lars family tells Anakin what happened to his mother), the wonderful Anakin Changes, The Writing on the Wall... But Petrified Justin is by far my favorite. The low key performances of Philosopher's Stone 1M1 Prologue, the Spiders theme and the Chamber theme create a creepy, unsettling atmosphere. Then, starting on 1:36, we hear dramatic, sad strings and harp as Harry says to McGonagall he is innocent, but she says only Dumbledore can help him now (or something like that). The combination of Williams' music with Maggie Smith's performance really sells the idea of the horrible gravity of the situation, all culminating in a great fanfare for Dumbledore's office. It's very easy to fright moviegoers with jump scares and dissonant violins. But much less common is to create an atmosphere of danger and menace, specially on a kids movie - in other words, when not even the head of your house compreehends entirely what is happening and how to stop the attacks, well, you're fucked.
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    Yes you're probably right. My instinct with these things is to have an overabundance of caution.
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    It's John Williams mimicking corporate music: the bassline is tasty, and it has some cool drum fills. Could've been way worse.
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    TFA is an educational example how, from the writing, editing, recording, and mixing perspectives---to diminish the potent effects of music in a Star Wars film.
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    I have to disagree @Docteur Qui. All those trademark Star Wars flourishes (especially in the flutes and piccolos) that were stripped out of his writing in TFA were back in TLJ, especially in action cues like Escape and Battle of Crait. Whereas the action material in TFA is a bit more rhythmic and unfocused, with streamlined orchestration. Arguably the different recording style hides some of those details but even the difference in editing between JJ and RJ gave Williams a larger palette to write more developed, sprawling ideas (especially having a greater chance to present long-form thematic and motivic ideas, something he rarely got to explore in TFA).
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    The film version is better.
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    Banning Back Home film version was one of the best tracks on the La-La Land CD because it wasn't even on the bootleg. It's a wonder it was included.
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    Nice. Does it attract a lot of girls?
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    They’re almost certainly from Episode 9: both posts were tagged by JKMS with #studiomusician.
  35. 1 point
    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!
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    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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    Let us know how it ends...this time, tomorrow
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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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