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  1. I'm glad this new release is turning out to be somewhat of an 'eyeopener' to those who are primarily into his post-STAR WARS output, or who previously had no interest in checking this out.
    4 points
  2. Yeah, Cuarón is great! The extended scene in the middle with bland Newt blandly feeding these bland CG things in this bland world with a bland friend is where I gave up.
    4 points
  3. I hope that after this show he move on Tintin 2. Peter I've been waiting for too long this movie don't make me wait another decade!
    3 points
  4. The ultimate problem with this franchise is very simple: why should I care? I don't relate to these stilted, dull characters. It's never made clear why the events occurring are important. Even the titular "hook" fails to deliver on the imagery it conjures. It's also inexplicable why we need FIVE FILMS to tell such an unfocused, haphazard story. Yates' bland direction notwithstanding, I agree that no director could have saved that abominable second movie. I won't bother reiterating all the reasons I think Yates is a terrible choice for this series, I've detailed my thoughts on that
    3 points
  5. Azkaban is the most well crafted Potter film, and Cuarón is probably the best director to work on the series. But I personally prefer the Yates films when they're older and the stakes are higher. Yates has a reputation I guess as a pretty bland director, but I don't think he gets enough credit (along with Steve Kloves) for how well he managed to bring those last three massive, complicated books to the screen. It could all have very easily gone wrong and I think the fact that it worked out as well as it did probably made it look easy. I'm not sure Cuarón, with his sensibilities, co
    3 points
  6. I mean, I wasn’t as crazy about Gravity as everyone else seemed to be, but it was still pretty well directed.... Azkaban on the other hand... no other Potter film even comes close: Yavar
    3 points
  7. FB1 had nice moments and a comparably good story. But what does not work out for me in general are these scenes around these fantastic beasts. I as a viewer am really not interested in what happens about non-existing fantasy creatures unless it drives the story somehow. But those scenes that just show those animals behaving and people watching them, feeding them, caressing them, being moved or fascinated by them bore me to... very very far. No matter how good the CGI is. And in FB1 there were for my taste too many of these scenes.
    3 points
  8. Maybe, but he sure is an insanely, actively bland one who brings the magical material down to his mundane "vision". At least for HP5-8 (though 5 can be fun enough) and the first half of FB1, haven't seen more.
    3 points
  9. Quite frankly. It doesn't matter who directed Crimes of Grindlewald. The best Director in the world could not have made that film good if they were tied to such a poor script.
    3 points
  10. Will it be a crossover with the Fast & Furious franchise? I'm already picturing Diesel and the family driving their cars into Pandora.
    2 points
  11. I dunno, it looks very clean and straight and simple to me. Lots of straight empty corridors, the paintings and ghosts just act nice if they're present at all. The stairs are just pivoting 90 degrees and that's it. Very little of the book Hogwarts' kookiness and personality, tapestries, suits of armor, secret passages, stairs that lead somewhere else on a Thursday, portraits going over to visit another portrait for a party, Peeves causing trouble... Cuarón's Hogwarts has a lot more life like that to it.
    2 points
  12. For all the criticism against Chris Columbus his vision of Hogwarts was spot on.
    2 points
  13. The context of JW's massive body of work only makes this score more interesting. This is a JW already after his first Oscar but still 3 years from being a general population household name and 5 years from ruling over the universe for all time. A highly experimental and out there exercise, especially when compared to the vastly melodic, sweeping and fun The Cowboys, composed and recorded only months before. In certain tracks, it sounds almost unrecogniseable, but parts of other tracks, despite their experimentalness, are very much recogniseable JW - he rarely went back to full-blown Images ter
    2 points
  14. I have a déja vu from the recent discussion around just enjoying the world building effords of the director instead of complaining about lush stories around Avatar.
    2 points
  15. So, yeah, I did not mean to quote/misquote you, my computer is going haywire.
    2 points
  16. I think that sums up my feelings on it too. I think I’m kinda in the “I don’t really want to know how he lived in retirement” camp. Better to imagine the crew setting off after the last movie to keep on trekking rather than dark elaborate adventures where every character has a new, miserable backstory grafted on for the period between when they last appeared on screen and when they appear in the show. The outcome of that story in Picard didn’t make a fat lot of sense either. I’ll watch it of course but will probably get way more out of the Orville these days…
    2 points
  17. Oh, I completely agree about the first movie. I kind of misposted, I thought the first one as a standalone movie worked perfectly and I'd be in favour of an anthology as well. Or just a Grindelwald saga without Newt. And let the record show, for completeness sake, that Yates IS a bad director.
    2 points
  18. JNH is totally an under-appreciated soul. I first of all think he hasn't quite received the best opportunities in his career - equalling his talent. Or he hasn't had really big directors give him opportunities the way Williams, Elfman, Silvestri, Zimmer, Shore, Desplat got. So he has remained a journeyman composer only moderate in fame and respect but I think he totally belongs with the all stars. I think it is a straight scandal that even his pees in the music branch in the academy couldn't see fit to nominate his work in Fantastic Beasts. Maybe they did not give it en
    2 points
  19. Personally, I am not remotely interested in Grindlewald Vs Dumbledore. I am way more interested in the four from the first film and the beasts. While I agree with you @bollemannekethat it does feel like two different stories, I disagree that Yates is a bad director and that overall the beasts or Newt are the problem. I think a lot of the issues lie with JKR and to an extent this need to make Fantastic Beasts another Franchise that has to tick off some boxes. As in: We have to have a big overarching name to the franchise: Fantastic Beasts. This hurts the entire series, because now they al
    2 points
  20. I see two main issues in this franchise: bad writing and bad directing. Hiring Yates was a mistake from the begining and sadly as much as I love JK's writing, this Fantastic Beasts story clearly show a lack of love.
    2 points
  21. Picard show-runners are what the French call 'les incompétents'
    2 points
  22. Sinfonietta for Wind Ensemble (1968) We continue with the second of Williams's 1960s symphonic efforts, the Sinfonietta for Wind Ensemble. Sometimes mislabeled as a second symphony by Williams, this three movement work is one of considerable scope and ambition, while staying on a definite clear path. @Falstaft has written a great analysis of the piece, tying it to contemporary musical trends and JWs later film score characteristics. Here is that article: http://unsungsymphonies.blogspot.com/2011/10/innocuous-as-film-score-williams.html The work was taken up by the Eastma
    1 point
  23. First reactions to BW are popping on Twitter: This one mentions Balfe's score:
    1 point
  24. I love Order of the Phoenix since I read it for the first time, at age 10. I don't care how "long and meandering" it is, I just loved to spend time with the characters as they faced challenges. On the other hand, I re-read Goblet of Fire about 2 years ago, and that was a little boring and very convoluted book.
    1 point
  25. Yeah. I’m not a huge fan of the first two films, but Columbus got the look, and most importantly the casting, right which set the template for all the other films. And I think his fealty to the books, while cumbersome at times, established legitimacy for Harry Potter as cinema and that foundation gave the directors who followed more freedom and credibility to stray from the written word.
    1 point
  26. With lots of heavy lifting done by JW, of course
    1 point
  27. Very true. But it was a part many of the book lovers really missed. Including it might feel like fan service but it created a plot hole that existed till the end of the series. It does not bother me as bad as the wand in DH2.
    1 point
  28. The end result is nevertheless that Phoenix is more affecting than Azkaban.
    1 point
  29. At least you're good enough for JWFan.
    1 point
  30. I've listened to Superman Returns and was pleasantly impressed. Never watched the full movie, but I remember this great plane action sequence and damn Rough Flight is awesome.
    1 point
  31. I don't think Yates is even the biggest problem of the franchise. The problem lies with JK Rowling herself. Crimes of Grindelwald might be one of the worst scripts ever written for a major Hollywood blockbuster. It's bizarre how poorly written that movie was. It's like Rowling had a bunch of ideas, but instead of actually developing them in a satisfying way, she just threw everything but the kitchen sink into the script.
    1 point
  32. ANH sounds alright. Nope! Absolutely not! Endgame has one of the most disgusting mixes I have ever heard! My ranking of the ST mixes are 1. The Last Jedi, 2. The Rise of Skywalker, and 3. The Force Awakens. The TFA mix is okay in some areas (the textures in celeste and harp Rey's Theme have an interesting sound) however the dry sound is not ideal. The Main Title recording is really disappointing.
    1 point
  33. The set also looks very nice, the design is simplistic but fittingly and tastefully vintage feeling. The font already helps a lot in placing it in time. The border and text on the front cover looks like The Post!
    1 point
  34. The Vareses showed up 3 weeks ago, the JP piano score book last Tuesday, the Quartets last Thursday, and the Schubert today (that one was a prize for recognising the first few bars of the printed score on the RSO's Facebook feed - easy enough if you know the symphony and have basic reading skills).
    1 point
  35. You could watch it as a curio. "Aw too bad they didn't make more!" The bakery is a very nice little ending on its own, the little hint that Jacob might remember. Ignore the Grindelwald stuff and the foursome has a story that stands on its own.
    1 point
  36. Sad to see no love for this (long unreleased) miniature masterpiece! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxWgmhYWi1A&ab_channel=JohnWilliams-TopicJohnWilliams-Topic (I ended up voting for X-Mark The Spot, but this would be 2nd)
    1 point
  37. Well I guess we can all be thankful he didn't read any of the Prequel scripts in advance.
    1 point
  38. Your neighbours will think you have an exciting sex life!
    1 point
  39. And while we wait for Williams' original liner notes for the album, here's an excerpt from an interview in which the Maestro discusses his work on the score, published on the 1975 book Knowing the Score, by Irwin Bazelon. (Also available here: https://www.jwfan.com/?p=4583):
    1 point
  40. Those weren't by Mike Matessino Not With My Wife, You Don't's OST LP was actually released by FSM as a separate release from their film track restoration
    1 point
  41. Don't forget you also get JW's original liner notes.
    1 point
  42. I bet he's waiting for the 50th anniversary of the movie in 2024. That would be a great and memorable release. Imagine the title of the thread: After half a century we've finnaly got it: John Williams' Sugarland Express 50th anniversary edition by La La Land Records
    1 point
  43. Wouldn't be surprised if he allows it once every other non-Indy Spielberg score is done. With any luck, the other 4 scores should be out in the next 2.5 years (especially if both LLL and Intrada are licensing the Spielberg scores now). Maybe once the dust has settled on Indy 5, JW/Disney might be interested in expanding those 5 scores too. Even just a 5000 quantity limit where anything less doesn't qualify for fees. Such a simple addition... sigh.
    1 point
  44. And one of these days the union has to come to their senses about the post-2005 re-use pricing, right!?
    1 point
  45. @crumbs You can cross another one off: So, setting aside the special case of The Sugarland Express, which was vetoed (for now, anyway), that just leaves Amistad, Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal for unexpanded pre-2005 Spielberg/Williams scores.
    1 point
  46. Look at the flyer again. It indicates that AI is 3 discs, but says nothing about number of discs for the other releases - because they are all 1disc releases. LLL's flyers always reveal how many discs (and number of copies) each release has.
    1 point
  47. Great news! This is a good excuse to revisit the interview with Jim Thatcher, where he shares some great stories about the incredible horn solo he had to play: https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/10/23/james-thatcher-podcast/
    1 point
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