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    Chen G. got a reaction from bruce marshall in What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)   
    They're NOT like you and me.
     
    You and me don't have people murdered!
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    Chen G. got a reaction from bruce marshall in What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)   
    To reference a Scorsese film, I do have sympathy for Travis Bickle because it takes a while for him to be reduced to the kind of person who would plan a murder, and even longer (virtually the entire length of the film) to actually carry such a deed out. I think there was more to be made of Travis' normalcy early on, but still.
     
    That's completely different to watching Goodfellas where the characters are already embroiled in organized crime from minute one of the film.
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    Chen G. got a reaction from bruce marshall in What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)   
    For sure.
     
    But there's a difference between "less noble qualities" and the protagonist being a vile criminal and murderer from the outset.
     
    I mean, I empathize tremendously with William Wallace and he straight-up mauls defenceless foes, but its still not the same as the kind of bloodshed we see in Goodfellas or The Irishman, or the Godfather sequels, or The Sopranos.
     
    I empathize with Siegmund and Sieglinde's incestuous affair, and yet its not the same as the kind of sleaziness we see Once Upon a Time in America.
     
    To use a different example, I empathize with a good Othello who ends-up murdering his wife after five whole acts of being prodded by Iago, or a TE Lawrence who takes three-hours of battling with megalomania, sadism and several misadventures to become the sort of person who can command a massacre. That as compared to the characters in most crime-dramas.
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    Chen G. reacted to AC1 in What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)   
    No Martin Scorsese flicks for Koray then. Seems limited for a cinephile to only like movies about perfect people. I prefer them flawed, much more interesting. 
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    Chen G. reacted to Koray Savas in What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)   
    It certainly helps. I have trouble connecting to movies or shows that have zero relatability. Characters like Walter White or Don Draper have little I can empathize with, despite being well written and interesting protagonists. 
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    Chen G. reacted to bruce marshall in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    The first notes of the prelude mimic  Liszt " Excelsior".
    Even Wagner acknowledged this !
    https://youtu.be/gCaY0w17jTk
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    Chen G. got a reaction from Marian Schedenig in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    More to the point, where would Sieglinde's Nighmare be without it?
     
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    Chen G. reacted to Loert in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    Where would film music be without Liszt?
     
     
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    Chen G. reacted to Doug Adams in The Music Of The Hobbit Films - Doug Adams' Book confirmed by Howard Shore   
    Also worth noting that documentaries, by their nature, are still filmmaking. Certain elements are shaped to make them more easily observed. Clever editing, ADR, and even visual effects are still employed. (My first appearance in the Smaug video blog employs some subtle CGI, although you'd never know it!) 
     
    Just saying. 
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    Chen G. reacted to Score in RIP Stephen Sondheim   
    A great loss, indeed. I also think he was the greatest composer (and lyricist!) in musical theater. 
     
    This is my favourite performance of "Sweeney Todd". The cast absolutely nailed it:
     
     
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    Chen G. reacted to Jim Ware in The Music Of The Hobbit Films - Doug Adams' Book confirmed by Howard Shore   
    Shore had approval over any podium changes of this nature.
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    Chen G. got a reaction from Tiburon in Question about thematic connections in TROS   
    Because it just sounded right? Seems pretty straightforward to me. Williams had never shied away from using his themes purely for affect.
     
    I mean - and not that this is a justification for this practice, per se - but what is the Tarnhelm theme doing there when Waltraute tells Brunhilde that Wotan's Spear is in pieces? It has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the Tarnhelm. And we keep on hearing Tarnhelm-y music throughout this passage, like here where the Tarnhelm chords "poison" the Valhalla theme for no particular reason, and later when Alberich recalls the same scenario to Hagen.
     
     
    That's kinda the same situation, except that the thought process there seems to me as "Well, I have all of these themes; naturally I want them all to play a part in the climax of the piece..." Its a symphonic mode of thinking, in a way.
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    Chen G. got a reaction from Naïve Old Fart in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    As far as I know its D'Vozhak, but my Czech is terrible, so...
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    Chen G. got a reaction from Bellosh in Question about thematic connections in TROS   
    Because it just sounded right? Seems pretty straightforward to me. Williams had never shied away from using his themes purely for affect.
     
    I mean - and not that this is a justification for this practice, per se - but what is the Tarnhelm theme doing there when Waltraute tells Brunhilde that Wotan's Spear is in pieces? It has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the Tarnhelm. And we keep on hearing Tarnhelm-y music throughout this passage, like here where the Tarnhelm chords "poison" the Valhalla theme for no particular reason, and later when Alberich recalls the same scenario to Hagen.
     
     
    That's kinda the same situation, except that the thought process there seems to me as "Well, I have all of these themes; naturally I want them all to play a part in the climax of the piece..." Its a symphonic mode of thinking, in a way.
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    Chen G. got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in Music Box Announces: LEGEND (2CD) (JERRY GOLDSMITH)   
    Its called Siegfried.
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    Chen G. reacted to publicist in Music Box Announces: LEGEND (2CD) (JERRY GOLDSMITH)   
    He traced that back to his time in Hamburg, which must have been around 1968 when he recorded Heidi there. Long before the force theme.
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    Chen G. reacted to Brundlefly in Villeneuve's DUNE   
    The other characters that have red hair in the old movie, don't necessarily look like that in the new movie, so... please not Ed Sheeran.
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    Chen G. reacted to Jay in The Beatles: Get Back (Peter Jackson, 2021)   
    "directed by" on a documentary has always meant something different than "directed by" on a narrative film.
     
    Senna is entirely comprised of existing footage, yet is still directed by Asif Kapadia
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    Chen G. got a reaction from His Royal Noelness in Odds of a 4K UHD LOTR trilogy release?   
    And the appendices are available to those who purchase the set via streaming.
     
    And its not like there's a benefit to physical media over streaming when it comes to SD-shot extras...
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    Chen G. reacted to mstrox in The Beatles: Get Back (Peter Jackson, 2021)   
    Can’t wait for the EEs
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    Chen G. reacted to Disco Stu in Odds of a 4K UHD LOTR trilogy release?   
    I don't think it's unreasonable or entitled to expect all the DVD extras to be put on newer releases, nor to be annoyed when they aren't.  It was a mistake not to.
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    Chen G. reacted to mrbellamy in The Beatles: Get Back (Peter Jackson, 2021)   
    Official runtime is almost 8 hours, differing from the originally reported 6 hours
     
     
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    Chen G. reacted to Tallguy in What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)   
    One of the great joys of seeing The Sixth Sense was not KNOWING there was going to be a twist. I remember being so frustrated with people who saw it after the hype started when they would smugly tell me "I saw the twist coming a mile a way."
     
    The great secret of TSS is: It's a really good movie that happens to have a twist. Pity about the way the rest of Shyamalan's career has gone.
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    Chen G. reacted to Disco Stu in What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)   
    I dunno, I'm still on board with Shyamalan through The Village, which I like quite a bit.  After that he lost me (and now I just don't care either way).
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    Chen G. reacted to Falstaft in The "Here They Come" Appreciation Thread   
    This is what we've been calling Shmi's theme. 
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    Unless I've tallied wrong, it's used:
    On one occasion in TPM (so def. not a leitmotif at that point), Four distinct times in AOTC (def. a leitmotif), And maybe once, vaguely, in ROTS. I go back and forth on whether this was an intentional reference or just four notes that coincidentally resemble her theme.  The "It's Working" theme is, as far as I remember, totally restricted to TPM. It goes like this:
     

     
    You get it once in "Anakin's Racer Roars to Life," and then a variant of it is developed as the main tune in "Anakin is Free." The middle phrase is very close to ROTJ:SE's Victory Celebration and the end of the first phrase of Across the Stars, though this is probably a case of Williams's consistent harmonic language more than an intentional reference.
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