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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Tallguy in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    I kind of take the regeneration episodes out of the running a bit. But if I didn't then Twice Upon a Time and Time of the Doctor win.
    The RTD Christmas specials are so good. And the Moffat specials are even better.
    Yeah, we watched Last Christmas and Voyage of the Damned yesterday. Watched Runaway Bride last week. So this Christmas we watched David, Matt, Peter, and we'll watch Jodie on New Years.
    (I need to watch The Next Doctor. Because I barely remember it.)
    This is the Christmas where I've finally accepted that Capaldi is my favorite Doctor. (At least of nuWho.) And Clara and Donna are running neck and neck for favorite companion. And who would have thought that after Clara's first season. (Imagine if Donna had gotten three seasons?)
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Disco Stu in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    Spent my Christmas morning drive listening to the complete Hoosiers!  🎄 🇺🇸 
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Tallguy in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    I'm taking a stand. Capaldi has the best Christmas specials. 
    (Please bring back Christmas, RTD.) 
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Cerebral Cortex in Michael Giacchino's SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME (2021)   
    I've seen a lot of people wishing that the old themes had been used more and then others saying that they were used quite frequently because the themes appeared in multiple moments, are present in cues X,Y,Z etc. I think what most people who wished for more usage of the old themes are saying is that they wish the themes had been more present and more involved in the musical fabric of the film. People of course may have different interpretations of how that is achieved.
    For me at least, that means that, for one, themes aren't just reprised briefly and verbatim and then discarded with for the rest of the cue. Yes, it's nice that Horner's theme is in there. It's neat that Elfman's Spidey and Responsibility themes are used. But if you quote them more or less directly in these very isolated ways, there's not much impact to really be had from them. Doc Ock's theme is in there, Goblin's theme is in there, but usually in these very brief statements that never fully state the theme and that never really feel like their power is fully-harnessed (the bridge fight with Ock being a bit of an exception IMO). It feels very surface-level. They're in there, they exist within the music of the film, but they don't really feel like they're woven into the score. And if you're gonna go to the trouble of having them back, why use them hardly at all?
    That's not to say there aren't cool variations of old themes, sure. But, I think something that goes a long ways is to have those themes actually interact with one another, not just exist in these standalone snippets. Young did this superbly in the climactic end fight of Spider-Man 3, even despite quite a few in-film edits that hack at the score. You have Sandman's theme building and then falling to make way for Spidey's theme before being interrupted by Venom's theme which transitions back to Sandman's theme into New Goblin's theme, etc. Themes play individually, sometimes together, but always in powerful and memorable ways that ebb and flow with a musical momentum that is mirrored on-screen, in addition to appearing based on who currently has the upper hand. The musical themes are an active part of the film and are working supplemental to the visuals to heighten the emotional response. They do not just appear briefly for a few seconds for mostly inconsequential impact. Some have argued that the final fight in NWH is edited in such a way that to do something similar musically for the climax would have been very messy, and I really don't think that's the case. The film if anything presents itself in a way to make such an approach easier, with villains kinda awkwardly being introduced one-by-one and never once being featured all at together. And, honestly, how great would it have been to have had all 3 Spidey themes weaving (webbing?) in and out of one another during the final fight? It's not impossible, it just takes effort and is admittedly harder. It's made all the more upsetting when Giacchino actually does this really well earlier in the film during the Strange/Spidey altercation. 
    None of this is meant to come across as entitlement. It's Giacchino's score, he can do what he wants. He doesn't owe us anything. I think his heart was ultimately in the right place. He didn't have to bring back any of these themes, but it was cool he did and I'm happy for it. I'm more just trying to explain I think why people are disappointed with the usage of older themes from my own perspective.
    I also agree with the idea that, as this is Holland's film, his theme should, whether you like it or not, be front and center. But when you choose to beat us over the head with it in almost every major moment of potentially emotional consequence in the final act...
    ...It starts to lose its effectiveness. It becomes a Force theme/Last Jedi situation. You hear it so much that it doesn't really mean anything. And ideally a good theme allows you to forge this emotional connection to what it is the theme is representing, a connection that becomes undermined when it starts to be used for things the theme isn't meant to really represent on-screen.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to scallenger in Jurassic World: Dominion (Colin Trevorrow 2022)   
    I wrote an article about this, haha.
    I like the idea of having vicious Raptors back in the film, but I think it's funny how the director makes it sound like something that is new. It's how they used to be in these films! LOL. Before anyone asks, yes, Atrociraptor is a real dinosaur despite its amusing name.
    I comment how the image looks like something out of a James Bond movie, complete with a closing quip: "Do you think there’s just No Time To Die for Owen in this image, or is it an atrocity?". Yeah. I'm proud of that line.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Bespin in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    Today I listen to three favourite scores by Howard Shore : The Return of the King OST, Ed Wood (Collector's Ed) and The Aviator OST.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Sweeping Strings in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    I am perhaps alone in wishing The Husbands Of River Song had carried the light, 'rompy' tone to the end. My favourite Capaldi special remains The Return Of Doctor Mysterio ... the notion that the Doctor would accidentally create a superhero is pleasing, there's a sweet romance at its heart and it's funny too (the Doctor saying that 'Skills' are how he can carry a full glass of water in his pocket, 'I brought snacks', 'I've flooded the downstairs with Pokemon' and his 'Yeah,yeah, yeah' as he 'sonics' the defeated-but-still-giving-it-yadda-yadda-yadda bad guy's weapon (his Indiana Jones 'just shooting the swordsman 'cause he doesn't need this shit right now' equivalent, maybe) are all great.   
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Phantomjedi in STAR WARS Custom Covers thread   
    Continuing my Concept Art Collection.
    Set 1: Skywalker Highlights

    Set 2: Villains

    Set 3: Locations


    Set 4: Honorable Mentions

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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Bespin in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    Today, three fave of Jerry Goldsmith, from the 70/80s : Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979, Expanded), Gremlins (1984, Expanded) and Hoosiers (1986, Expanded).
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Positivatee in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    I cry nerd tears every time 12 reveals himself to River and she figures it out. It is so sweet. 
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Tallguy in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    I watched The Husbands of River Song last night while I was wrapping presents.
    Not counting any of the regeneration specials (Time of the Doctor is amazing) this one just knocks it out of the park on almost every level.
    River: Does sarcasm help?
    Doctor: Wouldn't it be a great universe if it did?
    Doctor: My grasp of the universal constants of physical reality has been changed... ... ... forever.
    It's a light-hearted romp through and through and then it hits you with that ending!
    River: And if I happen to find myself in danger, let me tell you, the Doctor is not stupid enough, or sentimental enough, and he is certainly not in love enough to find himself standing in it with me!
    Doctor: Hello, Sweetie.
    Fortunately unlike past Christmases I got the end and turned off the TV. I have a bad habit of following this special up with Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead (or at least the ending) and wind up weeping into my bourbon.
    He had his ups and downs to be sure, but Moffat could get it done.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Sweeping Strings in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    Was delighted to see the TCE back in use with Dhawan's Master, and equally so to see that while the effects concerning the compression have improved greatly the result (the victim effectively ending up as a little figurine of themselves) looks much the same. 

    Have watched The Christmas Invasion, The Runaway Bride and The Next Doctor these last few days - damn, it's good to have a reminder of the 'spring in its step' the revived show used to have ... family entertainment (by which I don't mean blandified, I mean there's truly something in it to please everyone from 8 to 80) from the top drawer. And what more could you want from something showing in the early evening on Christmas Day, with you and yours all gathered round the telly full of food 'n' booze?  
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Bespin in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    Some classic Franz Waxman this morning from the superb Charles Gerhardt Album.

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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Sweeping Strings in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    Yes, it's quite creepy. A sinister variation on the Tissue Compression Eliminator.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Docteur Qui in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    The Monk trilogy had the potential to be something really incredible, but Moffat has revealed that his mother died while he was writing series 10 which directly impacted that block of the show. I can't imagine how difficult that must've been while doing such an insanely demanding job. Had it not happened the trilogy could've ended up as one the most ambitious and interesting things the show ever attempted. There's a lot to still like about it though, especially the wonderful Extremis. 
    That always reminds me of the terrific game No-One Lives Forever 2 and the hilarious cubed henchmen:
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Docteur Qui in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    Yes, it's quite creepy. A sinister variation on the Tissue Compression Eliminator.
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Docteur Qui in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    I guess that's one of the main issues/paradoxes with the concept of the show - things should essentially never be new as they're always there. As it were.
    Just watched Timecrash, what a lovely but hilarious 8 minutes. Just the right mix of whimsy, meta references, sentiment and funny. Say what you like about Stephen Moffat's tenure, but he can really write some great stuff even if it's meant to be a silly 8 minutes to pad out Children in Need (political rant about paying taxes deleted).
    My re-watch of Peter Capaldi's tenure has reached Empress of Mars. I quite enjoyed the few episodes dealing with the monks, having totally forgotten about them (which is kinda ironic). It's funny how they are disconnected episodes that tie quite well together into a bigger story arc. If only a recent 6 episodes had been done so well... maybe Flux would have been better had it worked up to the Flux rather than starting with it and going off at tangents that sort of returned to it by the end.
    I'm not sure Empress of Mars is going to go down as one of my favourite episodes, but it has a classic "film music reference in the most unlikely places" where Bill mentions the film The Vikings and how much she loves the theme. True, Mario Nascimbene doesn't get name checked but a cutely random moment. Maybe writer Mark Gatiss is a fan...
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Naïve Old Fart in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    I am The Master. You will obey me.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Marian Schedenig in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    Both expansions are very much worth it. The one for HA1 has truly lovely source music arrangements of various carols, and the alternate finale is essential - Williams's take on O Holy Night might be the secret highlight of the entire score.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to GerateWohl in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    I think, they are both out of print, aren't they?
    Quo Vadis - Miklós Rózsa
    Nic Raine and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
    I just had the choral suite and thought, that gave a good overview.
    But I was so wrong.
    This! Score! Is ! AMAZING!
    Especially the recording. The arabesque tracks are wonderful. The romantic tracks are haunting. At the moment this is my christmas score.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to crocodile in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (2021 scores)   
    Ghostbusters by Elmer Ernstein and Ghostbusters: Afterlife by Rob Simonsen. Probably my favourite work from Elmer - so infectious and charming. It was the first time for me to hear it outside of the film and it is a lot of fun. And the new sequel score is actually one of the best modern follow ups if its kind. Feels organic and genuinely well crafted. Something the superfluous by-the-numbers film itself struggles with. Very pleasantly surprised by this score and album. 
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to badbu in What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)   
    love it! one of my top 10 movies of all time!
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Tallguy in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    We have two John Williams Home Alone scores. But only one Superman. 
    Oh heavens, yes. My son was playing Jolly Old Saint Nicholas for a Christmas concert and it took me right to the sleigh launch scene. The horns in that scene are amazing. 
    That is so the plan. Every Christmas I have money in the kitty just in case someone announces it. I know I'm obligated. 😁 I wish all of my obligations were as nice. 
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Marian Schedenig in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    And some relevant new arrangements of old themes. The second half of Arrival in New York is just a workaround for Somewhere in My Memory, but it's still one of the score's highlights.
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Jay in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (JW) - Clearly the best Christmas score ever. Search your feelings, you know it to be true... but seriously, it's basically the original score, plus a metric shit ton of other new themes. In amongst his many fine qualities as a composer, I think it's the quality of his secondary themes that makes JW stand out from even the finest of his peers and HA2 is stacked full of melodies. Many are so good that most film composers would weep with joy to have written them, but in a JW score there they're just a throwaway theme for a particular moment but are strong enough that in many scores they could be the main theme. I mean, it even had great Christmas carols that could easily be in the standard repertoire, not to mention Merry Christmas x2 which is cheesier than a stilton soaked in port and covered in brie (so, cheesy in a good way), but the tune is insanely catchy and would make a great encore for any amateur Christmas choral and orchestral concert (assuming they didn't screw it up, I'm guessing the orchestral part is a bitch to play).
    Get Santa (Ilan Eshkeri) - I serve up, as an example of a charming, Christmassy score, full of lovely moments about which I can't honestly remember anything in particular. I mean, I enjoyed it when it was playing but now... not so much. Eshkeri is a fine composer and it's a nice addition to the Christmas scoring pantheon but I'll be buggered if I can remember much about it.
    The Polar Express (Alan Silvestri) - Having said that, The Polar Express is pretty stacked with themes itself. I wonder if that's one of the benefits of writing a handful of songs. It's pretty much Christmas scoring on steroids (Al definitely wasn't aiming for subtle) and the Elf Processional is like Christmas carol tourettes but it's so gleefully joyous that it's hard not to be swept away by it all. Some fine action writing in there too. This must surely be one of the best scores of the last 20 years to have basically not received an even halfway "proper" release. I can't believe it's not made it out yet. Fortunately, if you look hard enough here and there online... it's not impossible to find. Just make sure you then buy the legit version when it's released or Santa will put you on his naughty list.
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