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  1. Elfman's piece for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain premiered this weekend. The reaction on social media and in the handful of reviews out there has been very positive. It's available to listen to on BBC iPlayer if you can access that. BBC Radio 3 - BBC Proms, 2022, Prom 27: NYOGB play Elfman, Gershwin and Ravel If not, someone has uploaded it to Youtube, but I imagine it'll be taken down soon enough. The performance will be broadcast later this month.
  2. 'Additional composers' don't bother me much at all. But what does interest me is that JNH explicitly said in an interview with Steven Price not long ago that he writes it all himself, apparently dismissing work by Sven Faulconer, Stuart Michael Thomas, Chris Bacon and Xander Rodzinski over the years. Elfman similiarly talked in a Doctor Strange interview about having a really small team and only having Chris Bacon to 'pick up a cue' when he's running out of time, which, again, really seems to underplay his role, and that's not even to mention David Buckley or T J Lindgren (who Elfman always credits - they're sometimes even given clear cue credit in the album booklets!). So what is it? Is the work of these guys more of a 'technical role' and they genuinely don't see it as farming out work, or are they just trying to sell themselves? Both? Both composers have always struck me as being pretty direct and I'd like to think neither would deny credit to those who deserve it.
  3. Clemmensen's review of DS2 disappointed me. It's not that he didn't seem to care for the score, which is obviously fine, but he refused to evaluate it for what it is. He throws out comments about Wanda and Strange's themes fighting as if that's not a really cool thing. He mentions the similarities between Strange's and Wanda's themes as if that wasn't entirely purposeful, and he doesn't mention how Strange's theme links to America's theme or the Illuminati theme. He mistakes Wong's theme for Strange's. He mentions that the Wanda theme dominates the suites when the Strange theme is objectively played more. He doesn't seem to notice the development of Strange's theme at the end of 'An Interesting Question.' It's a weird review from Clemmenson, who I've always relied on to deconstruct dense scores to help me understand them better.
  4. I admired The Batman but wasn't even remotely invested in the story or its characters. It had no heart.
  5. It has a few fun moments, but this is pretty comfortably my least favourite of the four (Thor) scores.
  6. It won't be Strange. Though the references are fleeting, I can't see why anyone would think they were poorly handled musically. Plus he seems to be an Elfman fan in general. It'll be a clunky version of a Williams theme in Jurassic World. The 2016 comment is probably referring to Rogue One, which would make sense to reference. It would inspire a more...passionate response.
  7. I'm a teacher. A few months ago, I told one of my students that his shirt was inside-out. He sang out loud Chris Young's black Spidey theme from Spider-Man 3. Apparently it was (is?) popular on TikTok.
  8. I love this performance of the Grand Central chase cue from Carlito's Way. I wish Doyle and De Palma had worked together again.
  9. Some of my favourite Doyle love themes.
  10. I love Doyle. I at least like every score he's ever written. My favourite might be Indochine, which has a theme I can never get enough of. I imagine most people will respond by saying that Doyle has lost is way in recent years, but I'd counter that by saying that Cinderella and Murder on the Orient Express are two of the best scored Hollywood movies of recent times. Doyle's score for the latter tells Christie's story far better on album than Branagh did on film. And Cinderella is just a marvel of a score (and film!). Always present, always gently guiding the viewer along but never becoming cloying or insincere... I think it's magic.
  11. I think this entire score is just brilliant.
  12. The only Burton movies that aren't part comedy are probably Planet of the Apes and Big Eyes. I think his funniest film is Sleepy Hollow, actually. Anyway, there's nothing to get excited about here. I always hope for a comeback for Burton, but this is far too on-the-nose a choice of project for him.
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