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  1. Williams' deep love of Claude Thornhill is well known, as he mentioned him as the source of inspiration also for Heartwood and one of the movements of the Conversations piano suite. I think it's almost moving to see JW keeping his passion for what he loved as a youngster so much alive even in this late phase of his artistic life. He's definitely an artist very much in tune with the deepest parts of his soul.
    7 points
  2. Elliot Goldenthal would've been such a perfect fit for this
    5 points
  3. The best score of 2013 was The Desolation of Smaug.
    3 points
  4. What a beautiful album! Thank you @Disco Stu This one was definitely a surprise:
    3 points
  5. I like that Zimmer is releasing these "sketchbooks" alongside his OSTs these days. In the case of Dark Phoenix for example, I felt the music as Zimmer conceived it was more interesting than the music than actually ended up in the film.
    3 points
  6. One of my favourite films ever. For that reason I try not to watch it too much... once a year usually. I felt that it was time, appropriately with some good wine to accompany. Fantastic jazzy score from Rolfe Kent.
    3 points
  7. Nick1Ø66

    Villeneuve's DUNE

    I think there's some truth to this, but I also think Tolkien's dislike of Dune comes from much more basic level. Tolkien's characters are largely mythological archetypes. He's interested in morality, grace, and virtue, and thought his stories should reflect those things. He wanted to tell heroic tales, and if he has characters with shades of grey (mostly in The Silmarillion), it's typically because they were on their way to falling from grace. Tolkien didn't have "anti-heroes" as we'd think of them today, at most he had heroes who were flawed and Tolkien made clear they were flawed in ways one shouldn't aspire to. In short, Tolkien hated everything about what we'd now call "postmodernism". It shouldn't surprise anyone that Tolkien wanted to tell epic, mythological stories inspired by the Icelandic sagas he loved so much. Dune is much more morally relativistic, and this is reflected in almost all the characters. It's psychologically complex in an arguably Jungian way, that Tolkien would have found to be devoid of meaning. There's also a strain of nihilism and existentialism that Tolkien would have abhorred. Herbert doesn't have heroes as such, and none of his characters are on a hero's journey. Dune is also full of allegory, which Tolkien famously despised. If Tolkien was inspired by the Sagas of the Icelanders, Herbert was inspired by Lawrence of Arabia (a film he loved). I don't want to get into more specifics out of respect to people like Jay and Chen G. who haven't read it or seen the Lynch film, but basically, more or less everything Tolkien hated was in Dune. BTW, none of this is a criticism of Dune on my part. It's a great book in my opinion, and a masterpiece of science fiction that I'd recommend anyone read. But from Tolkien's POV, I get why he hates it.
    3 points
  8. An attractive woman in a tight outfit and my mind naturally gravitates to how good JW looks.
    3 points
  9. I'm here. Gorgeous night for a concert! And it's not even buggy
    2 points
  10. The Book Thief by William Johns
    2 points
  11. Yep that's the one! Personally, I prefer Angela Morley's arrangement that she recorded herself in the 50s (under her birth name) and that John Wilson later recorded for his Morley tribute album. I've always wondered why Williams commissioned a new one when he worked with Morley as an arranger/orchestrator frequently in the 80s. Here's that Morley arrangement:
    2 points
  12. Everyone who will be there: have a great evening! German/French TV station arte will show the concert tomorrow evening, 8pm CEST. https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/104491-000-A/anne-sophie-mutter-und-john-williams-mit-einer-urauffuehrung/
    2 points
  13. I was thinking they could mo-cap his head onto Tony Hawk and have him do some sick skating tricks
    2 points
  14. Jay

    Villeneuve's DUNE

    Yes Do you know where you are?
    2 points
  15. Everywhere I go there is always someone using the word Wailing Woman. As if every time a woman sings in a song, its the same one when this sounds way different from what I am used to.
    2 points
  16. Anne Sophie said in a recent interview that she wants to record the concerto. Not sure if live or studio. There will be encores from the Across the stars album and arte will stream the full concert https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/104491-000-A/anne-sophie-mutter-und-john-williams-mit-einer-urauffuehrung/
    2 points
  17. With DG providing a post-live stream for the concert, I wouldn't be surprised if we get an official release by them before long (in 20 different versions and formats). Might be they make a separate studio recordings, but that's expensive, and it also can't be sold on video, so I would imagine there's a good chance they'll release a Blu-ray of the actual premiere concert.
    2 points
  18. Finally, these 2 rare Kritzerland sets. The Friedhofer's was a tough catch.
    2 points
  19. For the past 6-9 months my listening has more and more been dominated by jazz of the 20s-50s, so it's gratifying to see that Williams still keeps that music of his formative years in his mind. Thornhill is interesting because so much of his output is nakedly commercial but for the attentive listener (as I'm sure Williams was in his teen years) the Thornhill arrangements often have ear-tingling features of harmony and orchestration. By the end of the 40s Thornhill was also using Gil Evans as an arranger and started recording some less frivolous tunes by bebop pioneers like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Illinois Jacquet. Clearly that specific Thornhill era was hugely influential on Williams. I like to imagine JW really vibing on something like this around age 17
    2 points
  20. Terry Pratchett famously wrote: "Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?" This new batch, which arrived on the 17th anniversary of Goldsmith's death, shows that Goldsmith is still very much alive in our world:
    2 points
  21. I will. Lucky you! Enjoy the performance!
    1 point
  22. I also like Oblivion.
    1 point
  23. Great score!
    1 point
  24. No reason. It was the best cover I found online.
    1 point
  25. For 2012, my own pick is firmly in line with the "consensus". It's Danna's LIFE OF PI all the way. But there were other good ones: DANS LA MAISON, MANIAC, BRAVE, KATMANDU, TALE OF A FOREST, PUSHER, UNMEI NO HITO, THE LITTLE WIZARD, PROMETHEUS, 30 COULEUR, 90 MINUTTER, LINCOLN, THE IMPOSSIBLE, ISABEL, SALMON FISHING IN YEMEN, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, PROMISED LAND, DARK SHADOWS, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, SPRING BREAKERS, SUMMER IN FEBRUARY, A LATE QUARTET, BAZTAN, 30 I FEBRUARI, BIANCANIEVES, PEOPLE LIKE US....just to mention some.
    1 point
  26. That was filmed in the summer of 2019 and could have, and really should have, been a Holiday 2019 release. But Disney wanted it to be their big Holiday 2020 movie in between Star Wars and Avatar releases: Christmas 2015: STAR WARS Christmas 2016: STAR WARS Christmas 2017: STAR WARS Christmas 2018: mary poppins Christmas 2019: STAR WARS Christmas 2020: west side story Christmas 2021: AVATAR Christmas 2022: STAR WARS Christmas 2023: AVATAR Christmas 2024: STAR WARS Christmas 2025: AVATAR Christmas 2026: STAR WARS Christmas 2027: AVATAR so it sat finished for a year. Then, covid pushed it and all the Star Wars and Avatar movies back another year Christmas 2015: STAR WARS Christmas 2016: STAR WARS Christmas 2017: STAR WARS Christmas 2018: mary poppins Christmas 2019: STAR WARS Christmas 2020: covid Christmas 2021: west side story Christmas 2022: AVATAR Christmas 2023: STAR WARS Christmas 2024: AVATAR Christmas 2025: STAR WARS Christmas 2026: AVATAR Christmas 2027: STAR WARS Christmas 2028: AVATAR So by the time it finally comes out it will be 2 1/2 years after it was filmed.
    1 point
  27. lol This is almost as bad as naming the character "Dick Johnson" or "Woody Schlongenstein"
    1 point
  28. Thornhill is this fascinating mixture of serious progressive jazz and a sort of pop classical easy listening sound; WIlliams' continued interest in him makes all the sense in the world given the interesting contradictions of Williams' own career! Williams commissioned a Dick Hyman arrangement of "Snowfall" in the early 80s that has stayed in the Boston Pops Christmas repertoire ever since.
    1 point
  29. Nick1Ø66

    Villeneuve's DUNE

    Dune & Arrival.
    1 point
  30. It is a free streaming link for the full concert. Stream starts sunday at 8 pm german time. I suspect it will only be available in Germany and France.
    1 point
  31. Thank you sooooooo very much. This means the world to me. Thanks for making the effort! Cheers!!!
    1 point
  32. thestat

    Tango Urilla

    Not only is this a place name in the greatest spoof ever on fascism, but it's an actual Tango by Poledouris The great Klendathu Drop and Destruction of Rodger Young get all the limelight - the delights of this score are in these weird balletic, dance-like action scenes A Starship ballet would be something, dancing fascism, not unlike The Producers, a thousand Ricos dancing to Basil's obscene rhythms......
    1 point
  33. Coincidence? Karol
    1 point
  34. Filming has begun! Here's 75 photos from some beach shooting in Malibu https://www.justjared.com/2021/07/23/steven-spielberg-films-a-beach-scene-for-the-fabelmans-with-newcomer-sam-rechner/ and they'll be filming in Moorpark in August https://www.mpacorn.com/articles/spielberg-film-slated-to-be-shot-on-high-street/
    1 point
  35. I blame Arthur C. Clarke.
    1 point
  36. I absolutely hate the co-relation between the Best Picture category and the Best Score category. It is totally ludicrous that 4 of the 5 nominees come from best picture nominees. This is simply not plausible. There as an unconscionable bias towards the "films of the year" so that every branch tries to throw nominations at them. For example Moonlight is a good movie, but did it really have to be nominated for score. Brokeback Mountain? Babel? Seriously, someone listened to those things and said this is a great example of the art of film scoring compared to everything else this year? Like seriously, Three Billboards had one of the scores of the year? JNH can't get in for Fantastic Beasts and gets nominated for News of the World? My favorite nominations for Score are the ones which I know were nominated for the score and composer only and would have been nominated regardless whether the actual films were in award conversation or not. You gotta hand it to John Williams and Thomas Newman. They have consistently achieved nominations because of the work they produced or the respect they commanded from their peers. As opposed to Desplat - who I like, but is absolutely what I would think of as a "bait" composer. He gets hired or picks films that will be Oscar contenders and gets automatic nominations. Desplat's 11 nominations have come for 9 best picture nominees and 2 best animated feature nominees - both extremely friendly to best score nominations. That to be is extremely fraudulent. It tells me Desplat picks well, not that he composes well. A true mark of respect commanded by his peers would be if they nominate him even if the film itself is not in contention. Could he land a sole nomination like The Book Thief or Tintin? I think not. Micahel Danna could write the masterpiece of his life and wouldn't get long-listed. But score an oscar front-runner and the oscar is ready for you. Not to say it isn't a good score but that's how it goes. It's a mercy Gia won his oscar long ago. Because as good as Gia is, the kind of films he scores will simply never net him oscar nominations. Ditto JNH. JNH consistently writes magnificent music but it is the oscar bait movies which get him into the conversation. So note to composers who want to win their Academy Award - pick well. You don't necessarily need to score well. PS: And lest I completely throw the academy awards under the bus, it is undeniable the composers covet them and are honored by them. JNH has said that of course he is honored to receive a nomination. In the trade of film scoring, there is no bigger recognition or prize to be had than winning an academy award. There really aren't many other film score prizes worth a hat.
    1 point
  37. It instantly gives Magneto more depth and makes the audience more confused about rooting for him or not!
    1 point
  38. I already explained my choice in the other thread. And at €33.95 plus shipping, the CD version was expensive enough. Good service by Music Box, too. With the new tax situation, they might become my new go to store for limited soundtrack releases.
    1 point
  39. I voted for CSR in both categories
    1 point
  40. Yay! after a long wait it's here!!!
    1 point
  41. Please don't go to all three concerts and let others also have a chance to get tickets!
    1 point
  42. I enjoy these covers that the artist Mizue Hamilton illustrated and designed for Capitol/Angel Records in the 1970s:
    1 point
  43. Anyway, the old varese CD sounds perfect to my ears on my hi-fi system.
    1 point
  44. Beautiful! I'm a proud owner of the original vinyl release since 1980, and I applaud very much Varèse's efforts. This recording may sound poorly and hastily performed according to some, but I love its freshness and energy from start to finish.
    1 point
  45. Having just finished my first full viewing of TNG, there's a great deal more to it than the Borg episodes - and some of those are quite silly (Lore reprogramming some Borg who were separated from the Collective). Anyway, here's some things I took note of after watching TNG: - While Wesley Crusher is a fan favourite to hate on, I thought his character grew in places but the ending of his arc was completely botched. Instead of simply having him drop out of Starfleet to start his own life as a 24th Century Elon Musk, they inflated his ego bu making him a 'chosen one' to travel on different planes of existence with The Traveler. GTFO. - In Sub Rosa, the episode where Beverly fucks an alien ghost, they ignore the Prime Directive and instead of electing to help it find a new planet to survive, they shoot it with a phaser??!! What the fuck?! Upon further investigation I found this episode was ranked among many 'Worst Episode' lists. - I love Picard, Data, and Worf's character development throughout all of the 7 seasons - seeing Picard slowly open up made some mundane episodes great. It's also a shame some of that development was crammed into the last 2/3 seasons. - Working together to solve problems=TNG. I love how each member of the main crew is given a problem and through a chain of problem-solving, testing hypotheses and being put in demanding situations they are able to save the day. Discovery by comparison sadly lacks this major component of what I believe makes Star Trek what it is. - Ensign Ro was the sexiest character in both her roles on the show and I think it's a shame she didn't want to return for DS9. Her last episode was a surprisingly good send-off and cemented some of my feelings about Starfleet and the Federation as assholes, especially in s6 and 7. With her addition to the crew they were able to establish the Bajorans and Cardassians, fleshing out the world bit by bit beyond simple border disputes. - Riker is an On Again/Off Again asshole. Sometimes he can be understanding, empathetic, emotional. Other times he's got a stick up his ass that makes no sense in certain situations. Whilst I liked the idea of his clone in one episode, I couldn't decide who was worse. - What's up with Troi's accent? No other relation of hers has the same weird accent... - There's a great mystery episode in one of the later seasons where humans, Klingons, Cardassians (and Romulans I think) work together to solve an ancient mystery locked away in human DNA. The mystery was great up until the ending where instead of teasing a greater and still yet unanswered mystery, they just explain it away like they ran out of time. Which brings me to one of my greatest problems with the show: Deus Ex Machina and too little, too late. Interesting stories that go nowhere, or are wrapped up with no further questions. Urgh! There's more stuff I've jotted down somewhere, I just can't be bothered to find it. Picard feels like today's ethics and values transplanted into the world of Trek and the two don't mesh and instead comes across as an obvious appeal to modern audiences. Despite TNG being written in the late eighties/early nineties I never got the impression the characters or messages were of that particular time and I think that's what Roddenberry wanted. I don't have an issue with swearing, but it was incredibly off-putting and out of place.
    1 point
  46. So one disc for the OST and the other one for the six additional tracks?
    1 point
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