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Disco Stu

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  1. I've seen three of the nine Picture nominees already. The Irishman Marriage Story Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Of those three, if I picked 'em, I'd give it to Marriage Story without question. I'll work on seeing the ones that interest me of the other six.
  2. Nice! Randy got another nomination for a song from Toy Story 4. Good for him. It's still going, it's live. The list will be up in a few minutes.
  3. I love that Randy and Thomas Newman are nominated together. It's happened only once before in 1995, when Randy was nominated for Toy Story and Thomas for Unstrung Heroes. This is also Randy's first Original Score nomination since 2001, when he was nominated for Monsters, Inc.
  4. Very expected list Joker Little Women Marriage Story 1917 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  5. My favorite Desplat scores do not include any of his “big movie” scores.
  6. I would add Desplat's score for The French Dispatch to the list. It's Wes Anderson so it'll be a comically nostalgic take on post-war France, which will surely allow Desplat to be VERY Desplat. Or maybe Desplat will get 15 minutes of original music while Anderson covers the film with needle-drops from contemporaneous nouvelle vague film scores, it could go either way.
  7. I think it's interesting how this vague, formless idea of "Hollywood" as an entity has become such a punching bag for people of vastly different political persuasions. For people on the right, there's the idea of the Hollywood Liberal Elite, with their lack of family values and supposed contempt for "real" Americans. For people on the left, they're all racist and sexist symbols of white patriarchy with the #OscarsSoWhite and #MeToo anti-Hollywood establishment social movements. And beyond politics, there's no question that the entertainment industry has an incredibly over-inflated sense of self-importance. And yet, the majority across society continue to be endlessly fascinated by the people and the movies/shows they make. Los Angeles continues its complete dominance, certainly in the Western world, of the stories that people happily consume on a daily basis.
  8. I liked when Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosted.
  9. The High Sparrow subplot was the last time Thrones was good and interesting. Also, Gervais was embarrassingly terrible at the Globes. I have no problem with puncturing Hollywood hypocrisy, or anyone's hypocrisy, if that's the approach you want to take, when it's witty, sharp, and delivered well. He just told badly written jokes and stumbled over his own delivery. I've never enjoyed his stand-up though. He's a better actor than stand-up IMO.
  10. I had to listen to "Freewill" first tonight after learning this news. It's the first Rush song I ever heard and within seconds of it coming on the radio I was hooked, like no rock song I'd ever heard before. This was in the late 90s, we didn't have internet yet, and I spent weeks trying to figure out who the band was. Within a month I bought the "Retrospective I" compilation on CD and began an amazing journey. I love how his songs were always wrestling with real shit, and he was such a thoughtful, smart lyricist. This seems like an appropriate second song to listen to:
  11. Two works for piano that I think make an excellent pairing. Rorem's Piano Sonata No. 2 (1949) Poulenc's Trois mouvements perpétuels (1918)
  12. First Cow from director Kelly Reichardt (a director I like a lot). I think this might Rene Auberjonois' last performance?
  13. I'm sure there are far more intellectually salient reasons to dislike him, but for me as a layman, he strikes me as someone who reverse engineered philosophy to just conveniently justify his own taste in music.
  14. I recently got about 5 pages into a dissertation comparing Copland and Mahler and I was getting a strong odor of BS. I did a Ctrl+F "adorno", got FIFTY-NINE results, and immediately closed the tab
  15. Yeah it was the same year as Batman Begins, when JNH was most associated with RCP.
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