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Everything posted by Red

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. This was a strong year for film scores, looking at that lineup. Any year with Williams and Morricone is an exceptional one indeed.
  4. I just wanted to say thanks for this breakdown. It helped a lot when I acquired the FYC release.
  5. "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.
  6. 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.
  7. I expect more of Poe's theme because I expect he will be in the movie more than he was in VII. It seems to me that the score, like the film, is in many ways a setup for this new trilogy. So a character like Dameron has his own adventurous theme despite the character not actually having a lot of screentime. Same with Finn and to an extent Kylo Ren; I'd expect the motifs for those characters to get a lot more development in subsequent scores. I don't know if Williams was intentionally doing this, but Kylo's motif being as brief as it is recalls the fact that Vader didn't have a fully-fledged theme until the second installment of the OT. Could be that he was emulating himself there and is waiting to pull out a full overture for Kylo and/or The First Order in VIII.
  8. Yeah, that's a fundamental part of it for me as well. The universe Lucas created is one of the most potent ever. You can tell literally any kind of story you want to tell. Fantasy, sci-fi, western, horror, comedy, tragedy, romance, war epic. And you see shades of all those genres in the films, blending together. It's like a distillation of so much mythology blown up on the grandest scale.
  9. I get the feeling he doesn't want to. Because, like you said, in nearly 40 years there hasn't been anything to stop him and as far as Star Wars themes go it's one of the most iconic. Maybe he prefers to just have the theme exist within the context of the scores.
  10. Red

    The NINTENDO Thread

    That's actually too good. It makes me upset that it isn't real.
  11. ME! Though if I have to be honest, it doesn't quite look like I expected it to look (for example, I prefer Barret's design in Advent Children (which was closer to the original game's design) than in this video). Still, I was originally mainly interested in the remake for the music, but now, after having watched the video, I'm intrigued by the game itself. It looks a lot like the upcoming Final Fantasy XV with the real-time combat and urban setting. Which is basically what I was expecting the remake to be. I would've preferred something that skewed more towards the original with some kind turn-based combat system but I understand that there might not be much of a point in doing a remake if they weren't going to change it up, especially with the original game being ported to PS4. But my real problem is Barrett's sunglasses. It's a small thing but they just look dumb.
  12. This makes me feel for Jackson more than I had before. But I'm also relieved and appreciative of his level of honesty and self-realization. That's the key difference between him and Lucas; he can admit when he's out of his element.
  13. As long as they can confirm the game is coming out next year I don't really care.
  14. Well, there was the whole virgin birth thing. And the chosen one prophecy. But it's inaccurate to claim Vader was just some guy in the OT. He was very much the face of the Empire, an active commander who inspired fear in everyone around him. So it makes sense that thirty years on he would be held up as this paragon of the Empire and dark side, especially when his final turn away from it was unknown to almost everyone.
  15. I don't recall Han having a theme other than "Han Solo & the Princess" which was kind of larger than that single character. I also don't remember Obi-Wan and Boba Fett having their own themes but I'm probably just not informed enough.
  16. Cool. If you look at the OT not every lead character had their own theme. Leia did and Luke technically did but his also served as the main theme. Maybe it will be different this time around.
  17. It's probably my favorite of the three, though I like them all. It's a true even-split collaboration between Zimmer and Howard that diminished as the series went on until it just became Zimmer. While I like Zimmer and think these are some of his best works Begins having the most of Howard's influence means I kind of gravitate toward it by default.
  18. James Newton Howard's The Village I always dig into this score during this time of year. It is so representative of the fall season to me; all of its beauty, austerity, and chilly foreboding.
  19. I'm more interested in what BioWare has cooking up. Possible KOTOR 3?
  20. The trailer gave me a better grasp on the characters, which was the main thing I wanted out of it. I don't care too much about plot specifics, especially for this movie. The trailer established more of a general feel for the state of the story rather than the story's beats and that's fine for me. When it comes to trailers I usually err on the side of ambiguity, not because it can be misleading but because I'd rather not have the story spoiled for me.
  21. Nice, very impressive. Now let's see Paul Allen's card.
  22. They could've still made it unobtrusive and optional within the game through diary/audio logs. The fact that you can't access any of that stuff within the game proper is a problem to me. I love the ambient, environmental storytelling that games are so adept at.
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