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  1. Parasite is easily the most deserving best picture nomination in years. I love that it won.
  2. One of the most intense performers to ever come out of the golden age of Hollywood with so many classics to his name (Ace in The Hole, Paths of Glory etc...). RIP to a legend.
  3. I was a big fan of it as well. I raved about it in my review. I think it's Tarantino's best since Basterds, and my first or second favorite of the Best Picture nominees.
  4. Had Chinese takeout on Christmas eve, mom and dad didn't want to cook, can't blame them either. They were already working hard for the next day. We had fantastic food on Christmas, sausage gravy for breakfast / lunch, and an assortment of decent chicken, vegetables, some fantastic cut potato slices, and some delicious deserts for dinner. I actually ate so much after, I felt terribly sick for hours. Now that wasn't so much fun.
  5. I enjoyed this, probably more then most, but I still had a lot of issues, particularly with how they handled The Last Jedi stuff. I also thought that Palpatine's return thematically didn't make as much sense as it could have. I will say that the last scene got to me, it helps that most of the performances were pretty good, and John Williams's score was fantastic as ever, but it's clear that they should have had properly plotted out this trilogy from the start. In the long run, it really felt all disconnected.
  6. Because simple put especially for me, they're better. Sure the prequels were groundbreaking in terms of technology, but even as someone who grew up with all films (The Phantom Menace was everything for me in 1999), I find myself more drawn to rewatch the recent TFA and TLJ much more. Better fleshed-out characters, and lightsaber battle too. Plus the movies don't have the burden of having to set up a massive world and characters that we were already attached to beforehand, the way the prequels did.
  7. Yes. It's also really well-cast and shot. I'm not even sure I spotted everything about the film on first viewing too. It's going to be interesting and fun, to go back and rewatch it a a second time.
  8. Oh yes, the main theme in Total Recall feels like standard Jerry Goldsmith, whereas The Shadow feels more like Goldsmith unhinged. I particularly enjoy that secondary vague oriental sounding action motif / theme for Khan, and as mentioned already the love theme is nothing sort of exquisite. The Burbs is my favorite of his Joe Dante collaborations, both film and score. So much fun. I remember years and years ago stumbling upon the Square One End Credits on Youtube, and playing it nonstop like twenty times. Love the Patton reference, especially.
  9. Depending on what day it is, it would be either Gremlins 2 or The Burbs. I prefer The Shadow over Total Recall as well. Sure the later has some incredible action and orchestral, but for some reason it's The Shadow I keep going back. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I can't get enough of that main theme, or the fact that I'm actually a big fan of the movie it's based off, so my love for that score is partially routed in that. The track Mirrors is an incredible piece of action writing.
  10. Knives Out - One of the most entertaining films I've seen all year. I love a good mystery film, and this is no exception. It reminds me of Get Out in how straightforward it is with its premise. There are many twists and turns, and it's funny, but it's also skillfully made and well-acted too. The cast is great from top to bottom, but I thought Ana De Armas in particular was fantastic (she's my current best actress win). I think this is a movie I'll be returning to quite frequently. - 8 / 10 Also reviews of The Irishman, and Frozen II. Sadly I probably won't be publishing any more reviews at the month, since the website I write reviews for is going under in December. https://herecast.us/985465 https://herecast.us/985449
  11. Kingdom of Heaven is fantastic, and it's a score I'd really love to see get a proper expansion some day (so much is missing). If HGW could bring that same sort of Orientalism and heroic nature to Mulan that would be great.
  12. This was a very fun episode to listen to. Not just for the Goldsmith discussion, but also honestly from the way you guys described those Gunsmoke shows, it made me wanna go back and look at the series again. I remember watching it years ago on TVland, and it didn't make much of an impression, but to be fair I was also like 8 at the time.
  13. Alligator is a great little B monster movie, and Forster is a huge part of the reason why it works as good as it does. RIP!!!
  14. My review of The Downton Abbey movie, which was a pleasant enough watch. https://herecast.us/984060
  15. Just listened to the whole interview. Really interesting. Peter Bernstein had a lot of funny insights into his father. I was a little disappointed he didn't have more to say about The Black Cauldron, but I guess for him it was just another day of work. I've been a big fan of Elmer Bernstein's music since I watched How to Kill a Mockingbird in Jr. High. While his music is very noticeable and his own, there's a lot of richness and variety in there, to go from The Great Santini to Zulu Dawn in the same time period shows a lot of versatility for example. Of the unreleased sampled theme tracks that I heard, Leonard Part 6 interested me the most just because I've never heard him compose something that "rocking sounding" in the eighties, especially for such a bad movie. I know Peter mentioned that Elmer originally hired him so he could work on more band instruments like guitars, but it just stood out to me.
  16. Joker - I really enjoyed a lot about this. It's very stylish, has a great little "retro soundtrack", and Phoenix's performance as The Joker is nothing short of remarkable. He manages to convey insanity while not truly"breaking down", or going OOT. Also I thought they did a solid job of laying out the anarchistic "eat the rich" themes, without it ever truly becoming "problematic". However, I do admit that I agree with the criticisms that the characters outside of Arthur aka The Joker are paper-thin for the most part (I guess DeNiro's talk show character has a personality, but we don't see not enough of him anyway). Also there's the issue of trying to center the movie entirely around a "villain". It's often a case of not trying to make him too sympathetic, and not making him too repulsive that it turns off audiences. I'm not sure the movie entirely succeeded in finding a middle ground, but I really need to think it over. - 7 / 10
  17. I feel like limiting Elfman to just one essential score isn't doing his overall oeuvre justice, but if there's one Elfman score I return to the most it's Batman Returns.There's just something about it that really clicks to me. I also love Sommersby, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Big Fish. Black Beauty was a recent wonderful discover for me. I never knew Elfman was capable of writing such beautiful "personal sounding music" until recently. Now that I've listened to a lot more of his work I feel stupid for even questioning that. I love the "sheer joy" that comes from this track.
  18. Saw Abominable over the weekend. Pretty predictable stuff as far as animated films go, but I enjoyed it a lot more then I expected to. My review. https://herecast.us/983856
  19. Saw It: Chapter Two last weekend. Enjoyed a lot about it, but just like the book it's based off, it fell a bit short of the first. My review. https://herecast.us/profile/2232/983339
  20. Saw Good Boys last weekend. Raunchy comedy with preteens that I enjoyed a lot more then I expected to. My review - https://herecast.us/982584
  21. Just finished it. I've been waiting for this episode for a while now, and it didn't disappoint. A really thoughtful examination of what I consider one of Jerry's finest half-hours of television composing. Admittedly the actual discussion about the episode could have come sooner, but I enjoyed the interview, and discussion on Goldsmith's scores prior. Really interesting too. You mentioned him using an electronic organ, and I had no idea. I also think the lack of theme adds to the eeriness of the episode. It makes it seem "otherworldly", which is a huge part of why I think it's his accomplished TZ score (admittedly maybe not his most listenable). It helps that I'm a big fan of the episode. Those strings you mentioned too, actually frightened me when I first saw it. Just a really masterful example of the music matching the images on screen.
  22. Saw Yesterday last weekend, eh it was alright - My review - https://www.dailyuv.com/profile/2232/981131 Also saw Spider-Man: Far From Home and really enjoyed it, especially due to Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. My review as well - https://www.dailyuv.com/profile/2232/981174
  23. Spider-Man 3 Ratatouille Pirates of The Caribbean: At World's End Atonement 3:10 to Yuma Beowulf The Water Horse: Legend of The Deep
  24. Toy Story 4 Review - https://www.dailyuv.com/980636
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