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Everything posted by Romão

  1. The Main Titles are absolutely perfect. One of the most striking examples I haver ever witnessed of an opening piece of music immediately setting the tone and feel of the film that will follow.
  2. So, thanks to Laserschwert's wonderful efforts, I decided to print the poster art for the first two Monkey Island games and have them framed in old, piratey-looking frames I found in thrift-shops. Took a while to convince the missus This is the result:
  3. I'm thinkin of getting War of the Ring this Christmas, seems like tremendous fun.
  4. Their other adventure games, while still good for the most part, did not reach the heights of those 6, which, tainted by nostalgia or not, I consider to be pretty much perfect. And great scores too. I never thought equally highly rated games like Broken Sword ever were at the same level
  5. The first three Monkey Island games, Fate of Atlantis, Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango are probably the top 6 adventure games I have ever played
  6. Wow, you might be right: Awful acting, though, whoever it was However, in this interview, Hopper claims to not have met Lynch prior doing Blue Velvet: I was a fan of David’s from watching the Elephant Man and that science fiction thing he did down in Mexico. You know, with Dean Stockewell? Dune? Dune. Yes, of course. Dune. So I was given the part in Blue Velvet. I assumed my agent got it, or David requested me. I really don’t know. But I was given the part in Blue Velvet without ever having met David. And I called him in Wilmington [North Carolina, where Blue Velvet was shot]. He was having lunch with Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, and Isabella Rossellini. I said "Listen David, I know we’ve never met, but believe me: I am Frank Booth." https://www.gq.com/story/a-lost-phone-call-with-dennis-hopper
  7. The first game in what I consider to be the most endearing, enduring, enchanting of all video game universes was released 30 years ago. Happy 30th anniversary to the absolutely legendary:
  8. Never heard about Hopper and Dune. I know Patrick Stewart was a late replacement for some other actor, but I don't think it was Hopper
  9. It's kinda hard to look away. Everything is weird, from the tone, to the performances...even the score. It's certainly unique
  10. I agree completely, the score does lose some momentum after the capture of Aqaba. But that first half is absolute gold
  11. Cleopatra was actually of Greek ancestry (some think she might have some native Egyptian blood on her mother's side, but with no consensus). My history might be a bit hazy, but as far as I recall, she did indeed need the help of powerful men to even have a kingdom, which she only ruled as client state of Rome
  12. Thor, I was writing a lengthy response to your comments, but I accidently deleted it and I was not able to recover what I had written thus far and I just can't bring myself to rewrite right now, it's too frustrating. I'll get to back you in a few days. Lousy "back" button on the mouse
  13. Probably someone like Basil Poledouris, only in the sense I wouldn't place him in the top echelon next to composers like Williams, Goldsmith, Hermann, Waxman, etc. I would consider him to be second tier, instead of second rate, which to my ear has a more negative connotation
  14. That sounds fantastic! Jóhannsson would've been so perfect for Dune.
  15. I would add: Gloria The Temple of Doom
  16. That's not so much the issue, it's more like you refuse to try anything on a pizza that has the same color or shape of a sardine, regardless of the flavor I apologize for that, I should not have made any personal judgments. The thing that gets me, though, it's your almost absolute dismissal of expanded editions on principle, disregarding a whole plethora of nuance. You are potentially depriving yourself of musical enjoyment and discovery. Mind you, I agree with you that often shorter albums do serve some scores better. That some composers know, better than most, how to properly assemble an album to showcase his musical intentions. That there's an unhealthy obsession with unearthing and having available everything single second of music recorded for a given score. We are in absolute agreement there. However, there are frequent nuanced situations: - The OST album and the expansion offer totally different, but valid, listening experiences, without one replacing the other. Example: E.T., Jaws - The OST album was severely lacking in the way it presented the score (due to various factors, like short length, odd sequencing, lacking in sound quality, over-reliance on the inclusion of pop songs for commercial purposes, etc.), and only through the expanded edition did the score really come to fruition. Examples: The Shadow, A.I. - The OST already presented a good distillation of the score and great listening experience, but the expanded edition made the whole architecture of the score come to life, to the point tracks already included on the OST are given a new whole dimension due to the context that surrounds them. Examples: Dracula, The Lost World. - The OST was a great album, but the score is simply too sprawling and plentiful in riches to the be contained to a single cd. Examples: The Empire Strikes Back, The Phantom Menace, Hook. - The OST was a perfect summation of the score and the extra music on the expanded edition, while interesting on its own, did not improve the listening experience. Examples: Ran, Batman, Jurassic Park. - The OST was a great album, but the choice of tracks included was influenced by other factors besides purely musical flow, so a better album assembly might have been possible had all the elements been available for inclusion. Examples: Sphere. - The OST was a great album assembly and the expanded score actually made the score seem worse. Examples: Masada, The Black Cauldron, The Fury. - The OST was a good presentation of the score and listening experience, but the expanded edition, while not being a perfect listening experience on its own, presents enough valid extra material for one's own improved playlist. Examples: Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Thin Red Line. - The expanded edition presents alternates that are great to listen on their own, even when completely removed from an album program. Examples: The Matrix Reloaded, Blade Runner. This is just meant to illustrate the plethora of nuances that might exist when discussing the merits and shortcomings of expanded editions. There can be no general stance or answer that applies to all situations.
  17. And the Calm Sea theme in Jaws also greatly reminds of the very first minutes of the same symphony
  18. I didn't really want to chime in, but this is debate has been going on long enough. You know, Thor, I would take your stance much more seriously if you, albeit having a general preference for shorter, album oriented and composer supervised soundtrack presentations, would every now and then concede that some scores do indeed work much better and their musical architecture and thought becomes much more apparent in their complete form. By copy pasting the same post for the last 10 years or so (probably even more) on every thread for a new JW expanded edition, you come across as someone who found a identitary niche, a personality gimmick, to which you cling to no matter what, as it were a crucial and irreplaceable element of your self image. I mean no disrespect, as I generally enjoying reading your opinions on soundtracks and movies, and your less orthodox opinions are often refreshing. But your stance on expanded editions is starting to veer dangerously close to blind fundamentalism, just for the sake of it.
  19. Yeah, it's really hard to generalize with Goldsmith. Some scores I only truly started loving them in their expanded form (The Shadow, First Knight, The Final Frontier), while others work wonderfully well in shorter, 30 minutes albums (like Masada, although it's an album re-recording).
  20. I searched for this topic in the forum, but I wasn't able to find one. With the pandemic limitations and the coming winter, I have started spending more and more of my weekends playing board games at home with a small group of friends. Anyone else particularly into this sort of hobby? What are some of your favorite board games?
  21. Fantastic job, really brings home how accomplished this score is. Am I the only one that is constantly reminded of the opening of Vaughan Williams' Symphony 2: A London Symphony, when listening to the Calm Sea theme?
  22. First time watching this. And having a passing knowledge of the formula, tone and structure of its numerous sequels, I must say I was surprised how good this actually was. Wonderfully character driven, naturalistic performances, great sense of place and period, much grimier than I expected. This was considered schmaltzy in 1976 (and it is). But this is far richer and tasteful schmaltz than what we got in the subsequent decades. And Stallone's integrity and respect for the audience (that always comes through even in his most dismal roles and performances) is given the perfect vehicle for expression. Spot on, tone perfect performance. This movie won the Best Picture Oscar in one of the best pic nominees line ups I can remember: Rocky All the President's Men Network Bound for Glory Taxi Driver so that might have helped to drag its reputation down, as the movie that prevented superior works from being fully acknowledged, but this truly is a 70's version of a feel good movie. It's a movie I had always thought I had seen without actually seeing it. Than I knew already all the plot beats. But story remains much more important than plot. Much, much better than I was expecting.
  23. Looks like Robocop 2 and Black Cauldron are out of stock. Are they gone for good?
  24. Bummer, but probably for the best...
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