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    MikeH reacted to Muad'Dib in Jurassic World: Dominion (Colin Trevorrow 2022)   
    Is that cut at 0:14 in the second clip for real?
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    MikeH reacted to mstrox in Attack of the Clones was released 20 years ago today   
    I don’t think the plot of 2 or the prequels generally is any more ludicrous than things in the originals or in the sequels/spin-offs.  You can “unravel the spaghetti” of pretty much any movie, as demonstrated in a dozen popular, joyless YouTube channels.  That’s more on the viewer than the filmmaker, imo 
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    MikeH reacted to Disco Stu in Jurassic World: Dominion (Colin Trevorrow 2022)   
    Laura Dern looks too Hollywood in this movie.  For the character of Satler I mean.
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    MikeH got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in The Legacy of John Williams (Website & Podcast)   
    These continue to be such wonderful listens, can’t wait for what’s next!
     
    I hope you’ll be able to get Ramiro Belgardt onboard someday. It’d be great to hear about the nuts and bolts of JW’s daily process when it comes to timings and the music editing/dubbing process. 
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    MikeH reacted to Docteur Qui in Rian Johnson developing a fourth Star Wars trilogy... Oh my..   
    I think you're right that you can't measure in degrees of conflictedness.
     
    But I prefer to think in terms of what's compelling to watch. Luke searching for answers for how to fix the past and inadvertently abandoning his friends doesn't hit me as hard as Luke deliberately abandoning his friends because of the guilt he feels for a fleeting moment of primal and war-like violence. The shame he displays - not only as a result of the moment, but also in how he selfishly justifies the abandonment - is compelling to watch. It's a commentary about how when we (as individuals and as a society) mature our binary ideas about right and wrong become only more muddled and difficult to navigate. The greatest triumph of Luke was removing the burden of shame and redeeming himself with a final, powerful act of nonviolence to counter his earlier struggle, and stand for what is right in the face of the oppressive forces of war and hatred. That, to me, is a story worth telling, especially now.
     
    Again, I get why people didn't like it. But it worked very well for me, and helped to push the boundaries for legacy franchises beyond hammering the nostalgia button.
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    MikeH reacted to crocodile in Rian Johnson developing a fourth Star Wars trilogy... Oh my..   
    Yeah, that is, more or less, how I see it as well. And whatever Mark thinks of his part, he's never been better than here.
     
    Having said that, I also think people spend way too much time and energy on these movies. They are neither good enough nor bad enough to bother. 😉 
     
    Karol
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    MikeH reacted to Jurassic Shark in Since 1990, has John Williams ever scored a bad movie, and how did his score impact the film?   
    So you'd prefer a cheap triangle instead.
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    MikeH reacted to artguy360 in Since 1990, has John Williams ever scored a bad movie, and how did his score impact the film?   
    With one important exception: The Star Wars movies because John Williams Star Wars music is it's own genre.
     
    Also, since 1990.
     
    John Williams heightens any movie he works on, some say he breathes life into films. He has also worked on some of the most successful and well-regarded movies or all time. 
     
    But what about the bad movies he scored? What's that list look like? And how did his score impact those movies? Did he knock it out of the ballpark? Did his music heighten the movie? Did he *GASP* write a bad score?!
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    MikeH got a reaction from Brando in The Legacy of John Williams (Website & Podcast)   
    These continue to be such wonderful listens, can’t wait for what’s next!
     
    I hope you’ll be able to get Ramiro Belgardt onboard someday. It’d be great to hear about the nuts and bolts of JW’s daily process when it comes to timings and the music editing/dubbing process. 
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    MikeH reacted to mrbellamy in Williams expects to complete the Indiana Jones 5 score "this year"   
    It's wild to think that 10 years ago I was just happy he was doing Lincoln. If you told me in May 2012 that in a few months Disney would buy Lucasfilm and John Williams would  be writing Star Wars and Indiana Jones music into his 90s I would have told you to get out of my face. 
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    MikeH reacted to Not Mr. Big in Williams expects to complete the Indiana Jones 5 score "this year"   
    Your past self would probably be more interested in the "time travel is real" part to be honest 
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    MikeH reacted to Jay in Williams expects to complete the Indiana Jones 5 score "this year"   
    John Williams is writing Indiana Jones "right now", per Mike Matessino, 1:14:20 into this podcast
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2022/05/20/spacecamp-presumed-innocent-podcast/
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    MikeH reacted to Jay in Bernard Herrmann's THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH & ON DANGEROUS GROUND - Intrada Records 2022 Kickstarter   
    5/17/2022
     
    Bernard Herrmann excitement! Following on our continuing series of successful re-recordings of film music with Maestro William T. Stromberg on the podium and myself tapping him on the shoulder every time we want more French horns in bar 27, we’re readying the scores and parts to two incredible scores Herrmann scored in the fifties: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and On Dangerous Ground (1951).
     
    Only a brief portion of the Hitchcock score has been previously recorded, Now listeners will finally have all of the music Herrmann composed, including four minutes of music never-before-heard that was scored but then dropped from the finished film! And that “Prelude” is one of his most exciting with brass and tympani getting center spotlight. Some of the quieter cues with James Stewart searching for his kidnapped son are extraordinary as well. On Dangerous Ground of course features the ferocious “Death Hunt” which we’ll be doing replete with eight horns, six trumpets and trombones and two tubas! In balance are the numerous lovely passages for solo viola d’amore and strings. All-in-all an incredible array of Herrmann music.
     
    We’ll post the official Kickstarter goal and launch here in just a few days as we complete the session line-up requirements for this extraordinary recording event. We’ve got a nice track record with this series, thanks to the support from all of you!
     
    http://www.intrada.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8915
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    MikeH reacted to Bayesian in Attack of the Clones was released 20 years ago today   
    I remember being disappointed it didn't become the biggest movie of the year. I also remember enjoying the movie a fair bit (my standards for summer entertainment were lower when I was younger).
     
    That summer, the first one post-9/11, was a bit of a weird one. Everyone was hesitant about when we could start enjoying frivolous things again like during the late 90s. The dark mood of Ep. II certainly didn't help lift spirits or hope much. That Ep. II did as well as it did speaks to how invested in Star Wars people still were.
     
     
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    MikeH reacted to Disco Stu in Attack of the Clones was released 20 years ago today   
    Good movie
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    MikeH reacted to ragoz350 in RESTORED ISOLATED SCORE: Star Wars Saga (Unused Music Restored To Picture)   
    The Force Awakens. This time the deleted scene.
     
    Among the many deleted scenes in the film is one for which JW wrote a total of three versions.  It is the first appearance of Leia, who is informed in a scene that Jakku's village has been destroyed. The second half of the scene is a comic scene with C3PO trying to talk to a "sleeping" R2. 
    The first half of the scene was officially released (for some reason as two separate scenes). And the second one we can apparently only judge from Foster's novelization. Of course, the C3PO lines can't be that extended in the real script, but the sync hint "Genius" at the end of 3M29 cue matches the last line of the droid ("R2, you're a genius!"). View Spoiler for novelization fragment:
     
    1. 3M29 Leia, C3PO and R2 (written no later than March 3, 2015)
    The scene was originally located right before Snoke's first appearance. The cue doesn't begin with the beginning of the scene, but with the officer's address to Leia. Cue underscores the scene in its fullest version. I also tried very conventionally to "reconstruct" the scene with C3PO .

     
    2. 3M29R Leia, C3PO and R2 (no later than June 12)
    The "revised" version is shorter than the original. The first half of the scene has been truncated (Leia's order to C3PO has been cut out), and the last dialogue has been shortened. But Leia's theme sounds in the fuller version. Interestingly, this part of the cue appears in the film during one of Han and Leia's dialogues. 
    The second half of the cue is almost unchanged, except for the addition of a bass clarinet at 0:58-1:07, and changes to the last bars for a smoother transition to the next cue (apparently, the last "silent" shot was cut). 

     
    3. 1M4A Introductions (no later than July 28)
    The scene has been moved to a very different place, right after the First Order departs from the Jakku planet at the beginning of the movie. Nevertheless, this served as an excuse for JW to revisit the cue again. 
    The Resistance theme (both A and B!) is now prominent in the first half of the scene, while Leia's theme gets a new "polyrhythmic" rendition. 
    The second half of the cue is based on the old, but heavily "revised" material. A faster tempo prompted JW to "embellish" bassoon solo with many other instruments.  


    Bonus: there is a fragment in the 1M4A cue sketch that Williams crossed out before the cue was even submitted (which is very rare). It's a fragment from the second half of the cue, but it's different in texture from the rest of the cue. I made a separate mockup of it for fun. 

     

    ragoz350 · 1M4A - Old fragment
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    MikeH reacted to karelm in The Official James Horner Thread   
    The concert was absolutely fantastic!  I heard some music I hadn't heard before resulting in me checking out the soundtrack after the concert.  Wonderful and diverse program and it could have gone on for four more hours if you stuck IV's in the musicians arms.  Wonderful concert and still reminded of how missed he is.
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    MikeH reacted to crocodile in John Williams "didn't collaborate" with Holt for Obi-Wan show, wrote the theme and a suite in 2 weeks   
    I think it has this mystical, yet tad dark and ambiguous, tone would suit Luke's character quite well in this new trilogy. Was hoping it would become his theme.
     
    Karol
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    MikeH reacted to crocodile in John Williams "didn't collaborate" with Holt for Obi-Wan show, wrote the theme and a suite in 2 weeks   
    I would be fine with that. Jedi Steps should have been more prominent feature in the sequel scores. That mysterious religious melancholy was magical.
     
    Karol
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    MikeH reacted to publicist in Mike Matessino: "At least 5" new Williams releases due this year   
    I know, but it's a general sentiment here that scores like 'Hook' or, say, Horner's animation scores are a film music norm, which they aren't. We can be thankful for that small moment in time when a music lover like Spielberg took over, but in general, scores don't function like that.
     
    That 'Presumed Innocent' is a rather boring one-note score is less the result of it having only one theme but the movie being a low-key courtroom thriller. And its makers should be thankful that Williams gave it a strong thematical imprint (the flirring piano motif plus the strong, fateful theme following it), though like with many smaller scores of his that also suffer from being merely well-dressed window displays (Accidental Tourist, Stanley & Iris come to mind), i always got the feeling he lost either interest or ability in small ensemble writing he did so well in the 70's (this changed much later when he suddenly did all those Yo-Yo Ma etc. things). 
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    MikeH reacted to Jean-Baptiste Martin in The Official James Horner Thread   
    Just to remind you that the concert is in one week.
     
    I copy and paste the text I just published on social networks:
     
    After more than four years of development and preparations, we are now less than one week away from the first downbeat of the concert "James Horner - The Emotionalist". May 13th 2022 will undoubtedly be a night to remember.
    To experience this unique and unforgettable event, you have two options: - Buy one of the last 30 tickets still available and join us in the beautiful hall of the Szczecin Philharmonic. - Watch the live-stream of the concert, on the orchestra's YouTube-channel, next Friday at 7pm (UTC+2) Central European time, 6 pm London time, 1 pm on the American East Coast, and 10 am on the West Coast.
    We are thrilled to finally reveal the program for the concert
    Tribute Video - Part 1 - 3:35 The Rocketeer (End Titles) - 6:30 The Mask of Zorro (Zorro’s Theme)** - 3:00 For Greater Glory (Jose’s Martyrdom)** - 4:10 Braveheart (For the Love of a Princess/Bannockburn)* - 12:00 Spectral Shimmers (European Premiere)* - 14:00 Tribute Video - Part 2 - 7:05 Legends of the Fall - Concert Suite (World Premiere)**** - 14:00
    Intermission
      A Forest Passage (European Premiere)* - 10:00 Avatar (Jake’s First Flight)*** - 4:30 Aliens Suite No. 1 (Main Titles/Ripley’s Rescue) - 10:00 Titanic Suite** - 12:00 Tribute Video - Part 3 - 9:00 SECRET SURPRISE* - XX:XX
      * Arranged by Johannes L. Rusten. ** Arranged by Kim Spildrejorde. Titanic Suite is a re-arranged, 12 minute version of the 20 minute Titanic Suite 2012 version, first performed at the premiere of Titanic 3D, and later in Stavanger. *** Arranged by Simon Rhodes, from James Horner: The Classics, but with solo violin, as originally written by Simon Rhodes **** New concert suite arranged by Nikiforos Chrysoloras All the arrangements have been reviewed and approved by J.A.C. Redford.
      Important message This concert is part of our four-part series called James Horner - The Emotionalist: The Concert: Organizing a series of concerts around the world The Book: Write a reference book The Documentary: Make a documentary film The Album: release a CD album with all the unreleased works To realize these projects we need your support. Without you, these projects will not happen. With you, they will become reality! To help us, and to enjoy exclusive content, follow the behind the scenes of the projects, join us on our Patreon page.
      https://www.patreon.com/jhfm

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    MikeH got a reaction from Will in John Williams "didn't collaborate" with Holt for Obi-Wan show, wrote the theme and a suite in 2 weeks   
    I don’t know. Didn’t JW record some full orchestral “demos” for SOLO that were adapted by Powell into cues but can’t be released on their own for contract/legal reasons? 
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