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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Marian Schedenig in Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director’s Cut 4K Restoration (supervised by Mike Matessino)   
    As someone else who was lucky enough to go, I can honestly say that it was, absolutely superb to hear an extended selection from one of his finest scores, including real life blaster beam and organ. It's a shame that with all the live score to film concerts where they've done Michael Giacchino's Star Trek scores that the one that would most benefit from being performed live to picture will never probably be performed as such. Even if Giacchino's Star Trek scores were great (they are... fine), the films are too noisy to be worth bothering getting a live symphony orchestra to play live whereas Jerry's gets the benefit of long "boring" sections of film with virtually no dialogue and few sound effects to play against. Ah well, maybe one day...
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Tallguy in Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director’s Cut 4K Restoration (supervised by Mike Matessino)   
    As someone else who was lucky enough to go, I can honestly say that it was, absolutely superb to hear an extended selection from one of his finest scores, including real life blaster beam and organ. It's a shame that with all the live score to film concerts where they've done Michael Giacchino's Star Trek scores that the one that would most benefit from being performed live to picture will never probably be performed as such. Even if Giacchino's Star Trek scores were great (they are... fine), the films are too noisy to be worth bothering getting a live symphony orchestra to play live whereas Jerry's gets the benefit of long "boring" sections of film with virtually no dialogue and few sound effects to play against. Ah well, maybe one day...
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to The Illustrious Jerry 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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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Naïve Old Fart in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    TIMECRASH is eight minutes of pure joy.
    I love the synthesized, retro sound of the score, when we first see Davison.
    "...cos you know what, Doctor? You were my Doctor".
    Copy that 
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Naïve Old Fart in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    Hee, hee. Colin Baker is much bigger on the outside. I nearly bought a Doctor #6 t-shirt, but I went with a Doctor #7 one, instead.
    It's rather nippy, up here. Time to get my Doctor #4 scarves out.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Tallguy in What is your favorite score to a Spiderman movie?   
    You know, I love Horner's Amazing Spider-Man just because it's a beautiful score. There is certainly no detracting from Elfman's achievement.
     
    But it was when I heard Academic Decommitment that I said "THAT'S SPIDER-MAN!" Listening to No Way Home I'm amazed at how in one theme and the various ways it's used you get all the aspects of Spider-Man. It's a little goofy, it's jazzy, it's youthful sounding. Then it kicks in and it's ACTION and HEROISM. And it can't be a Spider-Man theme if you can't make it a little sad sometimes. What can I say? It swings!
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Holko in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    Received a batch of classical discs (thanks for the help/recommendations/reinforcements, guys), will be going through them now. Obvious starting spot:

    The Nutcracker
    A very nice suite of fluff and grand highlights. I already knew a lot of it thanks to Christmas media and Jamie Uys but there were plenty of other stuff to enjoy too, like Clara and the Nutcracker or Mother Gigogne. Overall I preferred Act II with the Divertissement and finale.
     

    Sleeping Beauty
    The one I know the least well but liked it a lot! Much more like storytelling, better structured - the fantastic Act I finale for the kingdom going to sleep and the celebratory Act II finale for waking up have a lot of impact, Act III's a bit too much to pile on top of it though.
     

    Swan Lake
    And finally a subject matter with enough dramatic and tragic weight in it to drive the ballet - even if the dance inserts take up most of the time, the presence and development of the swans' fantastic theme makes it all worthwile. I guess I could recommend this as the most film score-like one!
     
    Based on the pieces I knew already beforehand, all of these are of course great LSO/Previn performances, highly energetic where needed, taking their time where needed, doing justice to pieces with longform melody development and short bursts of fun alike.
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from crocodile in Michael Giacchino's SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME (2021)   
    It was such a surprise that he scored this film given the types of films he generally scored at that stage of his career, but he did a great job.
     
    Interesting the thoughts on the various Spider-Man themes. Elfman's great, but as I think was noted in one of the FSM podcasts, the theme itself relatively simple but works superbly with the running strings and percussion. Horner's is one of those melodies that I find humming to myself curiously often, a total earworm. However, oddly, for me, Giacchino's theme feels the most appropriate to the character. I can't quite put my finger on why, guess it feels a bit more light and less grandly heroic than the others. A more everyday hero theme somehow.
     
    No Way Home downloaded... first listen, imminent...
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Film Fest Ghent in New Film Fest Ghent CD: World Soundtrack Awards: Tribute to the Film Composer   
    Thank you for the kind words Jay and Tom! It was a labour of love for all involved, and indeed, we hope interest in the physical editions of our annual albums remains.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to GerateWohl in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    Yesterday I experienced Mahler's 3rd symphony live in the Berliner Philharmonie. Really an impressive body of work. The live performance was more than brillant. About a hundred minutes of nonstop music.
    But I think, nothing I would listen to at home from CD.
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from publicist in The Classical Music Recommendation Thread   
    Lutosławski - 20 Polish Christmas Carols (https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/7940465--lutos-awski-twenty-polish-christmas-carols-etc) - With apologies to whoever recommended this album but it really is wonderful. I can't say I recognise any of the carols, but the arrangements for orchestra, chorus and soloist are expectedly wonderful, quite filmic in places too. The Lacrimosa and 5 Songs that round out the album are slightly more gnarly, closer to typical Lutosławski but still worth the effort.
     
    At this time of year I always (OK... often) have to recommend the Naxos album (https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/7926856--kelly-b-improvisations-on-christmas-carols-etc) containing Carol Symphonies by Victor Hely-Hutchinson and Patric Standford, as well as Improvisations on Christmas Carols by Bryan Kelly and a couple of shorter works. If you listen to the Christmas at Carnegie Hall track from Home Alone 2 and wish there were a whole album of JW style arrangements of Christmas carols, this is probably as close are you're going to get. Terrific.
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from TSMefford in Michael Giacchino's SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME (2021)   
    It was such a surprise that he scored this film given the types of films he generally scored at that stage of his career, but he did a great job.
     
    Interesting the thoughts on the various Spider-Man themes. Elfman's great, but as I think was noted in one of the FSM podcasts, the theme itself relatively simple but works superbly with the running strings and percussion. Horner's is one of those melodies that I find humming to myself curiously often, a total earworm. However, oddly, for me, Giacchino's theme feels the most appropriate to the character. I can't quite put my finger on why, guess it feels a bit more light and less grandly heroic than the others. A more everyday hero theme somehow.
     
    No Way Home downloaded... first listen, imminent...
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to JoeinAR in Michael Giacchino's SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME (2021)   
    Horner >>>zim=gia 
    Mathematically speaking
     
     
     
     
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to His Royal Noelness in Michael Giacchino's SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME (2021)   
    I miss Horner. I wish he’d gotten to score the second one too.
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from fommes in New Film Fest Ghent CD: World Soundtrack Awards: Tribute to the Film Composer   
    Agreed, this is a super album, very well performed and featuring a nice mixture of composers and styles that mix mainstream with more offbeat, but equally enjoyable, choices. Of course if you don't get at least 90% of the scores featured in the Tribute to the Film Composer, your film music licence will be revoked ;-)
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Sweeping Strings in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    'Not every man can pull off a decorative vegetable ... fair play'. 
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Naïve Old Fart in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    To be fair, there are three specials, including a regeneration, still to come. All might be resolved. Personally, I don't have much faith that Chibnall can pull any rabbits out of hats, but, I'll watch, anyway.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Positivatee in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    The Flux event cheapens the universe that our Doctor knows and loves and fights to protect, while trying to cash in on the multiverse concept that every other major franchise has adopted. 
     
    Tecteun operates from a Division control room in a space between universes, showing how the Doctor's universe is ending and a new one is beginning. But then the purple Swarm guy kills Tecteun and says his master plan is to destroy the prime universe, only to rewind the video tape so he can watch all of time go forward and backward on endless loop, over and over. 
     
    Okay, cool. Where's the second universe come into play? Wasn't that the destination of all the souls captured by the X-men Sentinels Passengers? A new playground for existence? Nope just another dangling plot point left unresolved, or at least unfulfilled. 
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Disco Stu in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    I have a huge soft spot for Dvorak's first symphony especially (see also: his first piano trio).  Dvorak is my favorite 19th century composer though.  For me, his extraordinary gift for themes was there right from the start, he just naturally had a gift for musical narrative, a sense of drama.
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Naïve Old Fart in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    I don't think it would be that difficult to cancel out The Timeless Child bollocks, to use the technical term. Either Division, or some other, as yet unseen, group behind the scenes, are revealed to have planted the Timeless Child/Division stuff in the Master's head so the Master effectively made it happen, in order to control the Doctor some nefarious end. I mean, it would be a pretty big re-re-re-re-writing of the Doctor's history (and maybe RTD would figure it's not worth it) but there are ways to undo it.
     
    I still don't really know why the Flux isn't something the Doctor would already have known about. When you've travelled from one end of time and one end of the universe to the other, it seems unlikely the Doctor would never have heard about it... from someone at some point. Then again, with universe changing events, I guess that's always an argument you could use. Some things are just too big not to have been noticed.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Naïve Old Fart in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    Yes you bloody well can use that term!!! The "timeless child" shit, is bollocks!
    Hartnell was #1, and he always will be!! 
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in The Classical Music Recommendation Thread   
    Lutosławski - 20 Polish Christmas Carols (https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/7940465--lutos-awski-twenty-polish-christmas-carols-etc) - With apologies to whoever recommended this album but it really is wonderful. I can't say I recognise any of the carols, but the arrangements for orchestra, chorus and soloist are expectedly wonderful, quite filmic in places too. The Lacrimosa and 5 Songs that round out the album are slightly more gnarly, closer to typical Lutosławski but still worth the effort.
     
    At this time of year I always (OK... often) have to recommend the Naxos album (https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/7926856--kelly-b-improvisations-on-christmas-carols-etc) containing Carol Symphonies by Victor Hely-Hutchinson and Patric Standford, as well as Improvisations on Christmas Carols by Bryan Kelly and a couple of shorter works. If you listen to the Christmas at Carnegie Hall track from Home Alone 2 and wish there were a whole album of JW style arrangements of Christmas carols, this is probably as close are you're going to get. Terrific.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Disco Stu in The Classical Music Recommendation Thread   
    If I'm remembering correctly, Shark is a big fan of John Wilson generally, so I bet he knows those albums well.
     
    I must confess I have never listened to a single note of Korngold's pre-Hollywood music.
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Disco Stu in The Classical Music Recommendation Thread   
    Lutosławski - 20 Polish Christmas Carols (https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/7940465--lutos-awski-twenty-polish-christmas-carols-etc) - With apologies to whoever recommended this album but it really is wonderful. I can't say I recognise any of the carols, but the arrangements for orchestra, chorus and soloist are expectedly wonderful, quite filmic in places too. The Lacrimosa and 5 Songs that round out the album are slightly more gnarly, closer to typical Lutosławski but still worth the effort.
     
    At this time of year I always (OK... often) have to recommend the Naxos album (https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/7926856--kelly-b-improvisations-on-christmas-carols-etc) containing Carol Symphonies by Victor Hely-Hutchinson and Patric Standford, as well as Improvisations on Christmas Carols by Bryan Kelly and a couple of shorter works. If you listen to the Christmas at Carnegie Hall track from Home Alone 2 and wish there were a whole album of JW style arrangements of Christmas carols, this is probably as close are you're going to get. Terrific.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Tom in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    Is that why my DG Zimmer album is 60 minutes of silence?  
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