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  1. Marc, you're a wizard. All your arrangements, the JW ones and the video games ones, are top notch. One of the best musicians I know of on Youtube.
  2. Empire Strikes Back Temple of Doom Born on the Fourth of July I usually prefer end titles that are not mostly comprised of other cues edited together, as good as those kind of suites can be.
  3. Good to hear. Like its predecessor, this is a great show. Vince Gilligan and company are just incredible writers and creators.
  4. Really good video and a great Youtube channel in general. I'd love to see him do a Williams score.
  5. I've never thought that franchise filmmaking and artistic freedom are necessarily mutually exclusive. They're just not exercised in tandem that often. But there are exceptions. Empire adheres to certain paradigms set up by the original film but it is different in a lot of ways. I can't say for certain that it's an Irvin Kershner film because I'm not as familiar with his overall body of work but it clearly is not a film directed by George Lucas or Richard Marquand. And that extends to The Force Awakens as well. It was authentically Star Wars but it was also very much a JJ Abrams movie, with a l
  6. Definitely Rian Johnson. He's one of the most original and unique up and coming auteurs. The fact that he's writing and directing VIII still seems too good to be true.
  7. Peter Jackson doesn't have ownership over wide shots of mountains.
  8. He was one of the only actors who did an admirable job. I think most of that is because he was perfectly cast in the role. With good writing and directing, which VIII will certainly have, it'd be great to have him back in whatever (probably minor) capacity.
  9. 1:57 to 2:11 So wistful and bittersweet. It's moments like this that speaks to what being a child is so profoundly to me. It essentially is childhood coded in music.
  10. Can't believe I missed this. Happy belated, maestro.
  11. This was a fantastic listen. Really increased my appreciation of the score and Williams as a composer, high as they were already.
  12. I love "Battle of Hoth" so friggin much. I don't know if I'd call Empire the absolute best for action cues but that track has to be up there with my favorite pieces in the series.
  13. A lot of the comments he's made in recent years are just mind boggling. He often comes off as a petulant child.
  14. Lucas is an incredibly complicated and fascinating individual. There is virtually no one else in the movie business like him; the kind of person who, arguably more than any other single person, has shaped the ways movies are made in the modern age and yet has a reputation for being a hack. I'm not sure he was ever a truly talented writer and director. His earliest films are good but the success of Star Wars was in a lot of ways due to the collaborative way in which it was made. But it was Lucas' vision and it cannot be understated how great that vision was. He's one of the best idea men the in
  15. It is odd that Poe has more of a theme than Finn does but I think part of that might be by design. I anticipate Poe having a bigger role to play in subsequent films, making his theme a taste of things to come, and Finn growing into whatever kind of character he will be. It's important to keep in mind that not every character in the original film had their own theme. For some it wasn't until later that a thematic stamp was put in the music.
  16. The incoming X-Wings skimming the water and Poe's subsequent incredible attack run. Rey's entire introductory sequence is one of the best of the film but the flute bit when we first see her face is particularly great. The whole escape from Jakku sequence is also great. Finn's motif has such a fun, propulsive rhythm to it.
  17. This was a strong year for film scores, looking at that lineup. Any year with Williams and Morricone is an exceptional one indeed.
  18. I just wanted to say thanks for this breakdown. It helped a lot when I acquired the FYC release.
  19. "Funeral Pyre for a Jedi" The statements in "The Battle of Yavin", specifically when the X-Wings first dive into their attack run and then when Luke hears Obi-Wan's call to "use the force". Gets me every time. The opening to "The Rebel Fleet". I think one of the only times the theme has been developed beyond what it normally is. I remember several years ago there was a forum-wide poll to determine our collective favorite John Williams theme and the Force theme won it. I still stand by that.
  20. The Resistance theme is one of my favorite elements of the new score. And story wise I think it's really interesting that this time around the (ostensible) good guys have their own march. Traditionally in Star Wars the bad guys get the marches, be it the Trade Federation or the Empire. The good factions get the shorter motifs but here it is the other way around. It's a salient reflection of the the way the galactic powers are setup in the films.
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