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    MikeH reacted to karelm in The lack of “John Williams” literature is astounding. What’s the deal?   
    He's a very private man.  I asked Jon Burlingame the question and his response was sobering...he doubts a biography will be written when he's alive.  Those closest to him respect his privacy and that's a big part of the dearth of literature.  I don't think there is anything salacious or scandalous just someone who deeply guards his privacy.  I also think part of that attitude is generational.  I worked with someone who performed on many of the scores I adored, and I kept on telling them how much their performances on scores like 1941, Close Encounters, Jurassic Park, etc. meant to me and I didn't catch how uncomfortable the accolades made them feel.  They got to the point where they said, "can we just focus on the music?" and I realized my adoration was deeply uncomfortable for them.  That makes so much more sense to me now.  It's literally the same thing I see in others of that generation like Apollo Astronauts to walked on the moon.  They freaking hated talking about it though it was such a momentous moment in history.  For instance, Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins (1930-2021) of the same generation was invited to talk about aerospace at MIT and the one condition he gave was as long as there are no questions about the moon landing.  From a normal persons point of view, that is the only reason he is famous.  And that is the one thing he's so tired of talking about because from his point of view, he's said all that can be said and he did a job that was requested of him at that time.  For the rest of us, that is insufficient.  To him, he's said all he has to say.  I think JW is like that. 
    It's not to say they are hiding something or don't want to talk about it.  It's more about they aren't speaking the same language the rest of us are so think they've said it all already thousands of times and keep getting asked the same questions.  A good interviewer, like Burlingame, understands this and can draw truth from them in a way that makes them feel comfortable.  That is very rare and makes them reluctant.  
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    MikeH reacted to Darth Mulder in John Williams consulted NASA about the science of E.T.   
    Is John Williams really such a genius as we think? 
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    MikeH reacted to Jurassic Shark in John Williams consulted NASA about the science of E.T.   
    I'd like to know JW's escape velocity when Hanz sneaks up on him at job events. 
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    MikeH reacted to Jurassic Shark in John Williams consulted NASA about the science of E.T.   
    Um... someone should tell JW they're just flying on Earth with the moon in the background. 
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    MikeH reacted to Mr. Who in Titanic - 2023 theatrical re-release (HFR & 3D)   
    Not the better half…
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    MikeH reacted to 1977 in Titanic - 2023 theatrical re-release (HFR & 3D)   
    It's the same as on the original poster, it's just uncropped.

    I quite like the negative space on the new poster, I see a custom score cover in my future 🙂
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    MikeH reacted to Richard Penna in Titanic - 2023 theatrical re-release (HFR & 3D)   
    The 3D bit isn't new - Cameron had it converted years ago. As far as conversion jobs go it was done exceptionally well.
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    MikeH reacted to Fabulin in John Williams Writes New Theme for ESPN College Football Championship - OF GRIT AND GLORY   
    In the 'collective unconscious' Williams's triumphant brass sound is so easily identifiable with American culture at this point, that if you put it over an American national sporting event, it appears to fit like a glove. As if it had always been there.
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    MikeH reacted to Will in John Williams Writes New Theme for ESPN College Football Championship - OF GRIT AND GLORY   
    This is such exciting news! I don't often watch college football (prefer the NFL) but will make sure to tune in to this. 
    3:30 of new, extroverted Williams fanfares is such a treat. What a wonderful surprise, totally out of the blue. The maestro never ceases to amaze.
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    MikeH reacted to Disco Stu in John Williams Writes New Theme for ESPN College Football Championship - OF GRIT AND GLORY   
    You just never know when Williams is gonna blindside you with a new commission out of nowhere.
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    MikeH reacted to Jay in John Williams Writes New Theme for ESPN College Football Championship - OF GRIT AND GLORY   
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    MikeH reacted to DangerMotif in John Williams Writes New Theme for ESPN College Football Championship - OF GRIT AND GLORY   
    Legendary composer John Williams has written an original theme for ESPN’s College Football Playoff National Championship, airing at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Monday night prior to the TCU-Georgia game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
    Titled “Of Grit and Glory,” it runs three and a half minutes and will score a specially created series of visuals that convey “the feeling behind the night, fear and anticipation, triumph and failure,” ESPN co-director and producer Martin Khodabakhshian tells Variety.
    Williams’ new theme – previewed for Variety late Thursday – plays like a joyful overture, opening with fanfares and shifting seamlessly from martial urgency to anthemic splendor, all richly orchestrated and instantly memorable.
    Khodabakhshian and his co-director and editor Michael Sciallis of Victory Pictures had dreamed about getting the world’s most famous film composer to write music for their opening sequence. So three months ago, at the urging of lead game producer Bill Bonnell (who had worked with the composer on past Olympic events), they wrote what Khodabakhshian calls “a love letter” to Williams, outlining their thoughts and gently inquiring about the possibility of an original theme.
    “There’s no better person on the planet to write about emotions and the things that come with the biggest night on ESPN’s biggest stage, our Super Bowl, than John Williams,” Khodabakhshian says. Adds Sciallis: “We wrote about the emotions of bringing people together, not just the competition side of it, but how audiences are affected.”
    Two days later, word came back: “He’s started writing something.” The ESPN team jumped into action, conceiving a visual sequence that would feature “college football heroes and legends from all eras” but also add “the beauty of Hollywood and California,” where the game would take place, Khodabakhshian notes.
    Williams conducted a 96-piece orchestra on the Sony scoring stage on Dec. 21. And ESPN was there with seven cameras, shooting the entire three-hour recording session, parts of which will be intertwined throughout the opening segment – “so you feel the energy of those orchestra members, and of John, playing this music for the first time, so the audience gets to feel that as well,” Sciallis says.
    The “giddiness and excitement” associated with a new Williams anthem for their big college football game was palpable throughout the ESPN executive suites, Sciallis says. Yet it remained top secret until today. On Saturday, ESPN will tease the opening and the Williams score during its NFL Wild Card Doubleheader.
    Williams’ new music will be heard throughout the TCU-Georgia matchup. He recorded several takes of the main piece as well as briefer excerpts, “a re-join piece and a vamp,” Sciallis reports; “cutdowns and stingers,” shorter pieces that could be useful during the game itself, were edited in the days following the Dec. 21 session.
    “He captured the spirit of the night,” says Sciallis. Khodabakhshian confesses he broke down in tears after the recording session. “I’m so overwhelmed and grateful because he’s the GOAT!”
    This is believed to be the largest-scale musical commission ever for the sports network. What will happen with the piece after Monday night is not clear. ESPN could theoretically use it in future college football broadcasts; no plans for a commercial release have apparently been discussed.
    In terms of music for athletic competition, the five-time Oscar winner has written four Olympic fanfares, a gridiron march for NBC’s football coverage, and the score for Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-winning short “Dear Basketball.” He hasn’t written music for television since his “Great Performances” theme for PBS, which won a 2009 Emmy.
    Williams, 90, was unavailable for comment. He is currently on the Oscar shortlist for his music for Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans,” and has been working for the past several months on the score for “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” slated for release June 30.
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    MikeH reacted to Mr. Who in Avatar 2, 3 and 4 or how James Cameron stopped worrying and pulled The Hobbit on us   
    I’ve seen it twice so far but plan on a couple of more viewings but I haven’t been able to go again since before Christmas due to work and scheduling with friends.
    I saw the regular frame rate version in 3d both times and it looked incredible so I’ll go to the same screening again probably. That cinema has amazing sound as well without the imax volume which is nice.
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    MikeH reacted to midgemania in Simon Franglen's AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER (2022)   
    I’m so baffled as to how anyone can hear the end to this cue and think that Franglen’s music is the same old anodyne, ostinato-driven, derivative mediocrity that plagues so many modern film scores. This, to my ears at least, is thrilling scoring of a very high level. It perhaps doesn’t ascend to the absolute heights of the great action scores, but very few do. It’s certainly a good deal better than most, if not all, action music currently being written. 
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    MikeH reacted to leeallen01 in Simon Franglen's AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER (2022)   
    Imagine the weight involved on his shoulders. He must have gone through the last few years thinking that he's got to nail this because not only is it one of the biggest films ever made, but it's taking over from one of the all-time greats and his own friend. I'm so happy for him that he's got the best outcome possible. People love the film and his music.
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    MikeH reacted to Tydirium in Simon Franglen's AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER (2022)   
    I love all the attention/accolades Franglen is getting for this score. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.
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    MikeH got a reaction from crumbs in Simon Franglen's AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER (2022)   
    The big payoff sequence in the film that’s underscored with the first minute of Na’vi Attack is absolutely thrilling. It’s pure Horner through and through and I loved every second of it. Can’t imagine any other composer coming close to that. 
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    MikeH reacted to Yavar Moradi in The Official La-La Land Records Thread   
    It’s really, really good. Might be Robert Downey Jr’s greatest performance as an actor, honestly. And I think the score may be Barry’s greatest (if perhaps not my favorite) after Dances With Wolves. IMO it fits the film perfectly and not in a generic way. I think he was inspired.
    Hear @Jay; check out the opening sequence of the film. This is not one-size-fits-all Barry; to me it seems very specifically tailored to this film:
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    MikeH reacted to 1977 in Simon Franglen's AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER (2022)   
    Imagine Franglen's bemusement when a bunch of soundtrack fans respond "Yes!"
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    MikeH reacted to JNHFan2000 in David Arnold's TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997) - NEW! 2-CD Expanded Edition from La-La Land Records (2022)   
    Casino Royale has some cues missing.
    And I would love the full version African Rundown.
    Quantum Of Solace is missing 2 short action cues I think and maybe a few other short cues.
    It would be something to have that expanded.
    I also would love and expansion of Licence To Kill, Living Daylights & Moonraker
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    MikeH reacted to karelm in Simon Franglen's AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER (2022)   
    This was a really good film - very entertaining and wonderful score.  It didn't always feel like Horner but felt like someone who tried to embody Horner and that's the most we can ever hope for.  I'm totally fine that he wasn't cloning Horner but embodied him while doing his own thing too.  It had otherworldly themes too. There were new themes that I thought were gorgeous and I could feel the synth connection to so much of Horner's earlier scores like Titanic which to me, this film had a lot of connection to.  Thumbs up for lots of use of Lydian mode and multiple pianos ala Horner.  I loved it.  
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    MikeH reacted to leeallen01 in Simon Franglen's AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER (2022)   
    'Hard To Starboard' is peak Horner Anvil.
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    MikeH reacted to blondheim in Simon Franglen's AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER (2022)   
    I’m still suuuper gay for it, yeah.
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    MikeH reacted to Taikomochi in Simon Franglen's AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER (2022)   
    Indeed, this is an incredible score, perhaps my favorite of the decade so far. Beyond the score being a loving tribute to Horner, I’m just astounded at how well the themes are developed, all the smaller ideas like Payakan’s theme from its ethereal introduction to its badass rendition closing “A Farewell to Arm”, but especially the family theme. Just admire how Franglen gives it such a cathartic statement in the middle of “Bad Parents” before closing out the piece with a warped version of the same theme. And then just a short while later, he transforms it again in the transcendent “From Darkness to Light”. I’m having a difficult time remembering the last time I heard a new score that was this narratively satisfying.
    This is a major work of film music composition, pure and simple.
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