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  1. I was at the Sunday concert and it was a lot of fun. Of course, since I have finished my podcast, I knew there would be no new film music for me to hear, but that was fine. The Overture to the Oscars was new, I think? I have to look it up, but it sounded like the music that opened the 2002 Oscars when he was co-musical director. I enjoyed seeing JW looking so lively at 89 years old. I spoke with a woman after the show, and after I told her John Williams was five months away from turning 90, she said, "He looked like he was in his 70s!" But the highlight of the show was meeting Eduardo Victoria, who was a cohost on my podcast for the "War of the Worlds" episode. It was the first time meeting one of my cohosts in person, and we had a wonderful pre-show conversation.
    12 points
  2. I don't know if the things Bespin and Jurassic Shark said about MKW are technically against the rules or not, but geez guys, talk about gross and pointless posts that many people using our forum don't want to see here. Read the room and maybe find another place online to share these kinds of thoughts would be my advice.
    6 points
  3. I saw John Williams at a grocery store in Los Angeles last year. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a douche and bother him and ask him for photos or anything. He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?” I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the doors with like fifteen Milky Ways in his hands without paying. The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Sir, you need to pay for those first.” At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter. When she took one of the bars and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think that’s a word. After she scanned each bar and put them in a bag and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.
    5 points
  4. I've told this story before, but back in the Summer of 2010 my wife and I spent several weeks in the US. We started of in San Francisco, went to LA, Vegas, the Grand Canyon and we drove as much as we could of the historic Route 66 to Chicago. From there we flew to Florida and after a week or so took a plane to New York. Just before heading out to Washington DC, we -on August 3- drove to Tanglewood for my first -and only- John Williams concert. Now I knew it is quite rare to get an autograph at Tanglewood, let alone have the chance to share a few words with John Williams, so therefore I was very content with the prospect of 'just' seeing the maestro conduct. Upon arrival, I got my first chance to see the program of the evening. To my slight disappointment, I saw that Williams would only conduct the second half of the concert and that Keith Lockhart would conduct until intermission. Just before the concert started, my wife whispered: 'Isn't that John Williams?' I wanted to respond with something like: 'No, that is Keith Lockhart...', but I noticed she was pointing at someone in the audience. And there he was, sitting about 20 meters away from where we were seated: John Williams (can you spot him?) He wasn't backstage waiting for his moment to shine, no: he was sitting enjoying the concert like anyone else attending that day. At the start of intermission, I expected Williams to make his way to the dressing room or whatever, but I noticed he stood up and amicably talked to some people around him. With my heart pounding I slowly approached John Williams and from there things start to get blurry. I know I got to shake his hand and he signed the program booklet I got at the entry point. I know John Williams was the one who suggested signing it on the upper left corner since there is would be most visible. And I know I said I came all the way from The Netherlands and he said: 'Oh, that's wonderful! Enjoy the rest of the concert my friend!' 'My friend.' Wow. Williams conducted the rest of the program, but I was in a completely different world at that time. In a way, I still am. It was a true highlight in my life and a memory I will cherish forever.
    3 points
  5. Saw the film last night and loved it! Loved the CGI-heavy third act a little less than the compelling and visceral first two acts, but it was all very well done. Loved all the actors, loved the characters, was impressed by how emotionally resonant the relationships were and how compelling the villain was. The score was generally quite good and aided the film well, although I wish there'd been a more memorable main theme. The Chinese flavor was well integrated with the western orchestra. I highly recommend everyone go check out the film in theater, and maybe sample the score on Spotify before purchasing digitally. Yavar
    3 points
  6. I assume you're trying to be edgy here but this is a seriously ugly comment, even without factoring in the actor's tragic death.
    3 points
  7. According to a RCP insider, it usually works like this: 1. Zimmer writes the suites and themes (WW and Dune sketchbook) 2. With cue by cue scoring, Zimmer works during a certain part of the day and then one of his assistant takes over when Zimmer retires for the day/night and then he returns to see what has been done and make corrections.
    3 points
  8. I've never met him, and do not need to. He's got better things to do than meet people like me! Plus, I know him via his work. Good enough.
    3 points
  9. I voted for Timeline. As you can tell I am a huge Crichton-related fan, even though the movie was a travesty. But it was around this time I started looking into film music, realizing this was my insane "music of choice" compared to the Top 40 world around us, haha. So it was funny that it was around this time that I got wrapped up into the drama of this score, since I had been following the film's unfortunate production. While I was a fan of Brian Tyler's take on it (and also Bill Brown's for the game adaptation that actually preceded the movie by like a couple years!), I had been so curious to hear the original Goldsmith version! I believe the sessions bootleg actually leaked a while before Varese had their album release, so that was actually how I originally heard it first. While it isn't the greatest score ever made by any stretch, I still think its action finale is such a fun and propulsive listen. I think it is the nostalgia of this score for me personally that wins me over more than anything. I did end up buying Varese's original release, but I found it somehow was damaged a few years back. Now I believe it is pretty hard to get for cheap, so any kind of re-release would be great. To have the rest of the music from the session files would be great though, because there definitely were a few gems that were left off.
    2 points
  10. After years of blockbusters filmed in studios with green screens (thanks a lot, Zack Snyder), it's refreshing to see a big budget movie being filmed in location. Up until the fourth movie, one of the great things about the Indy movies is to put him in adventures around the world.
    2 points
  11. Yes, very nice roster of locations so far, with Italy and Morocco to come. Great to have an actual globe-trotting Indiana Jones adventure after the uninspired studio backlots of KOCS.
    2 points
  12. So do I, but somehow the iso score tracks for Rudy/Hollow Man/L.A. Confidential, even though lossy, still make them somewhat lower priorities for me personally, in terms of what I want expanded. Same with The 13th Warrior, which doesn't have an iso track but does have a good sounding unofficial release in complete form... but I don't think Varese is really taking that sort of thing into account in terms of what they expand, because they put out Air Force One and Executive Decision. Yavar
    2 points
  13. Ah, Sicily. but for real, loving these on-location shoots for this film already.
    2 points
  14. For what it's worth (which, coming from me, is not much, I know, but...) I read @Jurassic Shark's comment as a jibe against the cinematography of SOLO, and certainly not as a comment on the colour of a deceased actor's skin. The fact that Howard et. al. wanted him back seems to indicate their willingness to, somehow, right a wrong. One can only reach out to the Williams family, in whatever way that one can, and hope and pray that they will be able to find a way through this most saddest of occurrences.
    2 points
  15. He knows they are (compared to him).
    2 points
  16. "You know you didn't even give them a good *bang* at the end of songs, to let them know when to clap" - Salieri
    2 points
  17. In 'The Force Awakens Suite for Orchestra' [John Williams Signature Edition] there are two options at the end of the 'Jedi Steps and Finale' Concert Ending Film Ending That recording above they opted for the concert version.
    2 points
  18. Two sad news in one day. To me Belmondo was Le Magnifique, it was the first time I saw him in a movie and he was so great I've mostly seen Michael K. Williams in his small cinema apparences like Twelve Years a Slave, Kill the Messenger, Brooklyn's Finest in which he was always great. But to me he'll always be the greatest Biology teacher for his apperence in Community RIP both of you and thanks for your art
    2 points
  19. Because they changed directors (Lord & Miller, to Ron Howard), and had to rework and refilm things, and he was doing Red Sea Diving Resort by then.
    2 points
  20. There was a guy here at the forum that claimed he had dinner with John Williams' doctor. However, things escalated and the thread quickly became an all out war with FSM. Sometimes I check this thread when I want to have a good laugh, it's hysterical.
    2 points
  21. I’ve met him twice, they aren’t terribly interesting stories but here is the first time meeting him: I flew to Boston to see Williams conduct the Boston Pops in 1996, I was 20 years old. It wasn’t a film music concert or anything and he didn’t conduct any of his own music. I asked the Pops staff if it would be possible to meet him, and they let me go backstage to meet him (I can’t even remember if it was before/after the concert or during intermission). Keith Lockhart was back there too, though he wasn’t conducting that night. I said hello and shook his hand. I got to spend a few minutes with JW, I can’t even remember what I said, probably just fanboy gushing. I was nervous as hell. Williams was very nice and thanked me for coming all the way from Baltimore to see him. He signed my Star Wars Anthology disc 4, which I then got framed. I didn’t get a picture with him, but I would on my next meeting…
    2 points
  22. But he didn't technically "kill himself". He was battling drug addiction for the past few decades and likely accidentally overdosed. There is some speculation that it might be related to an incident (I believe at a party or some event) where drugs secretly laced with fentanyl were being shared, multiple celebrities died from it over the weekend. And this is in no way "glorifying". He was a well-known actor and likely has many fans on this site. No matter the cause, it's still a sad situation.
    2 points
  23. I REALLY hope that Amistad gets the remastered and expanded treatment, if not before the end of this year, then definitely sometime in the beginning or middle of next year to commemorate the film’s 25th anniversary.
    2 points
  24. A wonderful experience of a lifetime it was for me. Still processing it, can't quite believe it. I saw John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl! I love how in tune the orchestra was with JW on selections like Olympic Fanfare and The BFG. It's like, David Newman is a very competent conductor, and the orchestra sounded great under his baton (especially Sabrina, which is a lovely score to hear live), but when John got warmed up, it was just electric. There were moments where you felt he was getting exactly what he wanted, just the right balance during the high points of the Olympic Fanfare, clarity in the rapid intricate wind passages in The BFG (it was astonishing to see how vigorous he got at that point), and the rousing and precise end to Adventures of Han. I love how he seemed to want the audience to really like BFG, he appears proud of the work. Of course the encores were incredible. The music itself was very familiar, but the way he drew on the crowd's excitement and love and infused that energy into the orchestra was just thrilling to be part of.
    2 points
  25. Perfume, Cloud Atlas, Run, Lola, Run... these composers have more than proven themselves. We don't know how the world of the Matrix has changed and what we know about the Matrix, it's all about perspective. It will definitely be interesting to see what colors and filter they bring to this world. I'm curious how melodic it is going to be. On one hand, more difficult music would be interesting to hear from the composers of Perfume & Cloud A and then on the other hand, more melodic music would be interesting to hear within the Matrix. Either way, it is going to be an exciting release.
    1 point
  26. Worth noting that Williams wrote both versions for the film itself: the loud version is an insert that replaces the quiet ending called 'Finale Tag', but it's not yet known if it got recorded. As for why: pops concert selections tend to go for flashy endings over subtle ones, so a lot of conductors will appreciate the option, especially for outdoor venues where a quiet ending like that can easily get swallowed up.
    1 point
  27. Wow, that's a very, very wonderful story. I'm amazed that he really sat in the audience, that's really cool. Oh man, John Williams is such a good person in all aspects Are you thinking of a jwfan convention
    1 point
  28. For those who quoted me since yersterday, you'll be kind to remove the quotes. I sincerely apologize. I recognize this thread is not the place to act like I did, sorry again.
    1 point
  29. Don't you ever say my name! I'm The Fart, or His Fartness, or Farter, or El Farterino, if you're not into the whole "brevity" thing.
    1 point
  30. With the exception of the Matrix sequels which I was hot and cold on at the time (and haven’t rewatched), I’ve strongly liked everything the Wachowskis have done since The Matrix.
    1 point
  31. I'd never noticed 13th Warrior was 55 mins... I'd put it down as one of their 45 minuters. I thumbed through all of the unreleased cues and found one that was kind of nice (The Search). The rest of it was just really more of what's already on the album. It definitely is a superbly produced album.
    1 point
  32. Voted for Timeline. It was his very last score. Even if it’s not his most classic composition. Let’s get all of it if it’s available:)
    1 point
  33. It's a shame that Davis isn't doing it, but that aside, I love what Klimek & Tywker (& Heil) did with Cloud Atlas, so I'm looking forward to this.
    1 point
  34. I know, but I would really like to have a physical edition of the score. Even it was just a straight reissue of the previous release
    1 point
  35. Not sure how many Italian residents we have on JWFan (paging @TownerFan) but production has released a casting call for a shoot in Sicily next month: https://www.castingnews.eu/news/news.asp?id_news=9070&id_cat=2 Imagine being an extra in an Indiana Jones film! Would be an amazing experience... good luck to anyone who can apply!
    1 point
  36. I find Wingard's reasoning for asking Junkie XL to do it perplexing as well. "Well, the original music was meant to highlight the Japanese Godzilla and the tragedy around it, so we won't use it. But, can you make your theme sound like it?" If you're going that far, then just use the original themes. McCreary proved that they can be updated faithfully. If you want original music, then do original music without having to make it sound like a bootleg of a past composer. I literally got told 'well, other composers in the franchise also didn't use Ifukube' when I expressed this. Yeah, but the key there is they wrote their own material that didn't sound like a rip-off. Takayuki Hattori, for example, came up with an entirely original score for the much-maligned Godzilla Earth trilogy. He wrote an entirely new theme for Godzilla. Not one note sounded like anything Ifukube wrote. Same goes for Michiru Ōshima, the composer of Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and Tokyo SOS. And of course, as previously mentioned, Desplat's score for the 2014 film.
    1 point
  37. I realize that I have difficulties to listen to a score on Spotify, unless I own it on CD. There's a thing I don't understand about technology! Or maybe it's a thing about psychology!
    1 point
  38. https://screenrant.com/godzilla-vs-kong-monsterverse-movie-future-max-borenstein/ Some more vaguaries with regards to the future of the Monsterverse from Max Borenstein, who wrote the script for Godzilla 2014, co-wrote Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla Vs Kong, and helped with the story of King of the Monsters. The interesting thing is that Borenstein says 'it's in good hands' - which might suggest that he has either a much more reduced role in future installments, or no involvement. Adam Wingard is apparently working on a new Monsterverse film, which may be an adaptation of Son of Kong for Legendary. EDIT: Re. the music for Godzilla Vs Kong, it is the weakest score the Monsterverse has produced thus far, a typical fare from Junkie XL mixed with knockoff Akira Ifukube. Desplat created a much more memorable original score for the 2014 film.
    1 point
  39. @BB-8 I'm sure you made someone happy by notifying here that some tickets were available for sale in the shop today... anyway, I already had mine... I had asked help for a different problem not tickets. Indeed, I take the opportunity even here to thank those who have PM'ed me (you know who you are) in these days and that offered me their help and suggestions. Thanks!
    1 point
  40. Because then Anne Sophie would stop sending him cookies.
    1 point
  41. Okay, I am calmer now. I suppose I find the immersive rationale odd. The source music of JW's SW scores are very earthly, and I think that is what makes it great. "Alien" music that is just synth based stuff seems to lack any real creativity (like out of PBS kids show about the future), and it just feels like Disney is trying to reinvent the SW musical wheel (when no such thing is called for). Maybe I am not as calm as I thought.
    1 point
  42. This thread made me make a playlist based on playcounts so I didn't keep answering "Star Wars. Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The Rocketeer. Etc." I keep forgetting about this one. And it always makes me say "Wow".
    1 point
  43. My sister, cousin and 6-year old niece went to the performance last night. My niece has been to the bowl before, but not to see John Williams. Her review is succinct: ”I had no idea idea this would be so magical. I wish this night would never end.”
    1 point
  44. I think I forgot to mention I got tickets too! Woohoo!
    1 point
  45. I will donate my CD collection to the Jurassic Shark Museum, and top researchers will use it as a basis for their Jurassic Shark related research for centuries to come.
    1 point
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