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    The Illustrious Jerry got a reaction from Naïve Old Fart in Movies you should see but probably haven’t   
    Jay trying to clean up these threads: 
     

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    The Illustrious Jerry got a reaction from Michael G. in Music by John Williams - The T-Shirt   
    JOHN WILLIAMS: A JOHN WILLIAMS STORY
    Directed by John Williams  Produced by John Williams  Based off of John Williams Starring John Williams
    In association with John Williams   
    Score composed by Michael Giacchino
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to Tom in Who do you think will score the new Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series, using Williams' theme?   
    Assuming the rumor is true, I think she will do well.  She has shown great potential.  She has the theme/s by Williams (and probably some general guidance from him as well--he seems to genuinely like to mentor).  While her resume is good, this could be a transformative assignment.  
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to Holko in Who do you think will score the new Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series, using Williams' theme?   
    I listened to Loki today too and there's definitely some good stuff in there.
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to crocodile in Your Favorite Third Act Musical Surprise   
    I was truly amazed what Howard Shore managed to do with Smaug's material in the third act of The Desolation of Smaug. It didn't like all that much in the first score, to be honest. The themes felt established well enough before that but only in the third act of the second movie did they transform from a functional villain material to exceptional villain material. Imposing and terrifying, gorgeous and uncomfortable. All at the same time. Perfect.
     
    Karol
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to Stu in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022) by James Newton Howard   
    I hope the theme (I call it the main theme, no idea if it is or not lol) I liked so much from the first film gets more play in this score.
     
     
     
    Huh I'm the inverse.  I really like the second melody introduced in the middle of the title track and didn't really like the opening.  I'm still whistling that second melody two hours after first hearing it!  It's really nicely introduced and developed.
     
     
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to Andy in The Official Intrada Thread   
    Ordered!
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to Stu in Obi-Wan TV show confirmed   
    I hope they go back to all the D+ shows premiering on Fridays, I've still not gotten used to the Wednesday schedule.
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to mstrox in Obi-Wan TV show confirmed   
    Hell yeah, Friday premieres are where it’s at!
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to Aliandra in The Thomas Newman Thread   
    Thomas Newman's first ballet Of Mice and Men will premiere next month on April 27 and will run until May 8:
     
    "Thomas Newman is one of the most potent and evocative voices in Hollywood music, his versatility is at the top of his class - and incredibly, this is his first-ever score for ballet," said Speck. "He has a remarkable way of evoking the wide-open spaces, dusty air and countrified feel of Central California nearly a century ago. Newman's rhythmic drive takes the form of instruments that you might have heard playing in a saloon band in that time and place - a piano, a guitar, maybe a solo violin. But just as often, we hear the full orchestra in all its glory. Kudos to Cathy Marston for suggesting him as our composer, and to The Joffrey Ballet for making it happen!"
     
    https://joffrey.org/season-and-tickets/2021-2022-season/of-mice-and-men-and-serenade/
     

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    The Illustrious Jerry got a reaction from KK in The Official Jóhann Jóhannsson Thread   
    This gorgeous work now has an official release:
     
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to Jay in John Williams Returns to ‘Star Wars’ Universe with ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Theme - Jon Burlingame Variety article   
    That's exactly what he did.  Had you been thinking differently until now?
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to Stu in "Violin Concerto No. 2 and Selected Film Themes" Williams / Mutter album coming June 3rd from DG - Blu Ray Video coming August 19   
    It's the "world premiere recording" but not "a recording OF the world premiere"  
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to Stu in DC Extended Universe Thread   
    This talk show clip from when Batman Returns came out is so funny 
     
     
     
    Thinking about making this an avatar
     

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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to Quintus in Obi-Wan TV show confirmed   
    I doubt younger members will fully appreciate my rather wistful point, but Star Wars originally held an almost supernaturally mystical status when it was part of the past classics pantheon of western cinema, an untouched one-off of a legendary trilogy, eminently looked back on as being the predominant science fiction phenomenon of the Reagan era. There were no sequels and none were ever really expected; and the fans, casuals and die-hards alike, were actually fine with that - it allowed the Luke Skywalker saga to "bed-in" and become entrenched as a major nostalgic mainstay of popular culture at the time and for almost fifteen years after: it was always just Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and people would rewatch them over and over like Bond movies, like Bridge Over the River Kwai and The Great Escape. That's why they became endlessly quotable and constantly referenced everywhere. The Star Wars trilogy was a sacrosanct icon of American cinema, locked in time. 
     
    Nowadays it's treated like the latest Assassin's Creed instalment, watered down to the point where the extraordinary "magic" has all but evaporated and been replaced with curdled cow's milk, to be forcibly twisted from the teat on demand, ready for the next "audience engagement". 
     
    Disclosure: I really liked The Mandalorian overall, but that doesn't mean I don't also lament the changing and diminishing of Star Wars as a part of the untouched lexicon of exceptional cultural highlights. 
     
    I sound like a jaded old superfan here, but the irony of my remarks is that I didn't even bother to watch it (the trilogy) till my late teens (the 90s), and whilst I enjoyed a short fad of personal fandom, I was never that into it after. Yet I had always appreciated its status and its impact. It makes me feel a little sad to see it's ongoing basardisation now, and this latest spin off may as well have been produced by Ubisoft. 
     
    But I'm sure it'll be "fine". Though something else, something of abstract significance, shall nevertheless be lost. I guess time moves on. 
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to mrbellamy in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021)   
    I would definitely agree that the thing about your list is that all you really have to do is just follow Cannes, Berlin, and/or Venice in addition to the Oscars. They're major film institutions and a commercial marketplace, it's not like you're digging around blindly for obscure stuff just to be different. Many commercially viable and not so commercially viable movies come out of the history of these festivals. A big Hollywood distribution sale is part of many an international film's narrative.
     
    I'd say anybody who is even a little more interested in movies than average, for example enjoys watching Oscar Best Picture winners or AFI 100 classics, would also be equally encouraged to make the Palme D'Or winners and Sight & Sound part of their movie world. I found many entertaining and interesting favorites doing this and I'm basic as hell. I live in rural midwest America and work at a Target warehouse with a 2-year college degree. I'm pretty fuckin average. But I did drive an hour+ to see Annette, Benedetta, Parallel Mothers, Drive My Car, and The Worst Person in the World in a multiplex and Licorice Pizza in 70MM.
     
    I wouldn't say I defend WSS and Spielberg's direction on limited mainstream Hollywood parameters. I saw Annette, I like Annette, I love Carax and Sparks. I was excited for Annette and I was not that excited for West Side Story. I thought West Side Story was a better movie musical and a more rigorous (if less eccentric) piece of direction. I wouldn't call it banal. It's okay if it doesn't make someone's top 25. I also thought Drive My Car was brilliant and engrossing. Although I admit I was waiting for somebody to fuck the car. Wrong movie.
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    The Illustrious Jerry got a reaction from HunterTech in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021)   
    Funny how much of a boring, pointless, overlong, and unnecessary waste of time this discussion about West Side Story supposedly being a boring, pointless, overlong, and unnecessary waste of time is. And now we're a full page into Film 101 with Professor Ulyssesian and the Tenet guy for some reason???
     
    We're all very tired and I think you should give it a rest.
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    The Illustrious Jerry got a reaction from mrbellamy in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021)   
    Funny how much of a boring, pointless, overlong, and unnecessary waste of time this discussion about West Side Story supposedly being a boring, pointless, overlong, and unnecessary waste of time is. And now we're a full page into Film 101 with Professor Ulyssesian and the Tenet guy for some reason???
     
    We're all very tired and I think you should give it a rest.
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    The Illustrious Jerry got a reaction from Edmilson in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021)   
    Funny how much of a boring, pointless, overlong, and unnecessary waste of time this discussion about West Side Story supposedly being a boring, pointless, overlong, and unnecessary waste of time is. And now we're a full page into Film 101 with Professor Ulyssesian and the Tenet guy for some reason???
     
    We're all very tired and I think you should give it a rest.
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    The Illustrious Jerry got a reaction from Not Mr. Big in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021)   
    Funny how much of a boring, pointless, overlong, and unnecessary waste of time this discussion about West Side Story supposedly being a boring, pointless, overlong, and unnecessary waste of time is. And now we're a full page into Film 101 with Professor Ulyssesian and the Tenet guy for some reason???
     
    We're all very tired and I think you should give it a rest.
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to Stu in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021)   
    You're so weird
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to WampaRat in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021)   
    So glad to see you loved this as much as I did. Taking a story I’ve loved since I was 5 and making me feel like I was seeing it for the first time is truly a magic act. It’s definitely the film that has moved me the most (elation and heartbreak). I’m just as gutted that it’s not doing well. When the dust settles after its bombing, I have no doubt it will be looked back on fondly and with great acclaim by people who care about this type of film. Hopefully it picks up a couple awards for it’s trouble. Especially that hungry cast. Knock-outs everyone. (Yes even Ansel!) He did a terrific job with the thankless, swooney Romance role. The script and direction gave him the necessary edge to have had a “rep bigger than the whole west side”. Just phenomenal work Mr. Spielberg! 
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    The Illustrious Jerry got a reaction from HunterTech in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021)   
    Saw the film last night and it’s a definite lock for my favourite of the year.
     
    It's strange to think that but a few months ago I could not have been less pressed over the arrival of this adaptation, and was largely skeptical about Spielberg's decision to "waste his time" on it from the start. Sure, the original is almost certainly in my holy trinity of movie musicals, but recognizing that any comparisons would be null was actually the easiest part of the whole ordeal. I don’t consider that film to be untouchable, because what does that even mean and why does it matter? Besides, there have been hundreds of performances of West Side Story, and if Steven Spielberg wants to make a grand foray into the musical genre by leaning on a surefire pick like this, his adaptation is more than welcome and certainly deserves to be realized. I didn’t expect, however, that the now 75-year-old director would end up outdoing himself in every possible way. Then again, I guess I should have known I would end up eating my own words.
     
    This is unequivocally a Steven Spielberg production of West Side Story, and while the story and score are always going to be tremendously powerful and resonant, it is nothing short of enlivening and refreshing to see one of the greatest directors of all time take the opportunity to swing for the fences like this, breathing a surge of electric energy and seemingly boundless creativity into a tragic romance I thought I was already more than familiar with.
     
    Every review I've read in advance of seeing the film has made it abundantly clear just how much Spielberg wanted to direct this, but my goodness that passion really is just dripping right off the screen. It's not even fair how good everyone is here. Kushner is doing summersaults with the material, and Dudamel's hitting dinger after dinger with the orchestra. The performances squeeze everything out of Newman's adapted score, and the recording is fittingly stunning.
     
    This is also Kaminski's best work since Munich. Nobody has a visual language like this anymore. Heck, nobody even blocks a scene or moves the camera like Spielberg does either. This is most obviously a film full of life and energy and movement, but even when the characters aren't dancing, something else is. The script, the camera, the production design- it's all there and working in perfect synthesis. That being said, the choreography itself remains amazing. Only a master could find such thrilling new ways to stage Bernstein and Sondheim’s classic numbers like this. The signature long takes and wide shots only accentuate just how well Spielberg's cinematic toolbox translates to this genre. 
     
    I'll further posit that every single casting decision is on-point. I'm well aware that it's going to be a minority opinion but I think Elgort is excellent, and if you're not convinced and still think he's the latest in a long line of woeful Spielbergian miscasts (allegations aside, of course), at least throw a bone for the discovery of Rachel Zegler, who was last seen soaring past Jupiter. I mean, talk about a movie star in the making! Other major stand-outs include Mike Faist in the role of Riff and Ariana DeBose as Anita. I also liked seeing Corey Stoll and Brian D'Arcy James as Schrank and Krupke, respectively. All in all, everyone's on their A-game, whether it be in the background or foreground.
     
    I'm well aware the reception of some of the vocal performances on the album was a little lukewarm, but I'll just say it helps immensely to see it all on screen. In fact, watching the film only makes the album more accessible, and I say this as someone who has practically known these songs by heart for years.
     
    Anyway, I'm overjoyed and elated and absolutely spoiled to have been able to take in such rich filmmaking as this. I suppose I should probably say something about how people are really missing this in favour of catching Spider-Man 8: Kevin Feige Needs Thirty New Homes or whatever they've called their latest money printer, but what's the point? If this is the last big-budget movie musical we ever get I think I can live with that. Without a doubt, Spielberg and company have knocked it out of the stratosphere.
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    The Illustrious Jerry reacted to artguy360 in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021)   
    All of Spielberg's oners are impressive in a technical way, help further the narrative or heighten the drama, but aren't quite as flashy as many other director's oners like Cuaron for example. There's something more classically Hollywood in Spielberg's oners.
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