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    Nick Parker got a reaction from Josh500 in Which are your Top 5 Danny Elfman scores?   
    It's been years and years since I've listened to this one, thanks for sharing a link! Definitely agree with you about the score. I really liked his other three from 2008, though; a lot of people seem to diss Hellboy II, which I certainly did, when I first listened to it, but it became a favorite of mine! 
     
    I used to buy every Elfman score that came out until about 2010 or so, but my interest in him started to wane, and my tastes began to diverge from his voice. Over the last year or so, though, I've had that feeling of "Huh, I wonder how the guy is doing." While his palette seems to be a little more monochromatic than in his earlier days, after checking some of his scores over the last several years, I'm reminded why I enjoyed him when I was younger; while I don't go crazy over his stuff, I do have a lot of respect for him as film composer in the tradition of Jerry Goldsmith, where he experiments and tries to do something unique for the film he's working on.   That said, my first reaction to Tulip Fever was "Holy crap! I miss this side of Elfman!"
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    Nick Parker got a reaction from Gruesome Son of a Bitch in Star Trek Discovery   
    You bring up an interesting distinction, actually: stuff like that and Data using contractions, etc. are definitely signs of oversights rather than deliberate moments on part of the cast and crew. With Discovery though, it's a lot closer to one of my biggest pet peeves that seem to pop up in a lot of modern media: when writers feel the need to make every character super snappy, quick-witted, sharp, and critical, feeling like they're writing the characters from their own point of view rather than that of the characters themselves. This was the number one turn-off for me when I watched Birdman.
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    Nick Parker got a reaction from Fancyarcher in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
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    Nick Parker got a reaction from Naïve Old Fart in John Williams: Unpopular Opinions   
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    Nick Parker reacted to Ollie in John Williams: Unpopular Opinions   
    The Lost World is a much better score than Jurassic Park.
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    Nick Parker got a reaction from Holko in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson 2017)   
    I agree with all those who say Han's death left very little impact. When I saw it in theaters, I remember thinking, "This is a classic character, one that I and millions of people over multiple generations have grown up with...I should be feeling something right now", but I only felt strangely neutral. Part of it for me was I think they jam-packed so much stuff into the final act, where it was event, event, event, event...and I thought the Starkiller was so dumb and tensionless that it felt exhausting.
     
    The music unfortunately made it worse...I don't know if JJ Abrams was afraid of being too sentimental, but the rescore was so understated in a way that shows me that less and subtle isn't always best, certainly not in a Star Wars movie like this. When I saw the version that someone here (crumbs?) posted with the original cue, I was shocked..."Oh, _this_ is how I wanted this moment to feel!"
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    Nick Parker reacted to publicist in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    The most delicious parody of Morricone's western style is...naturally...by the maestro himself. 'Il Mio Nome E' Nessuno' is a great movie and a great score (all germans growing up in the 80's can testify, it ran every two weeks and we always watched it). I await Tarantino covering the tune above in his next movie. It's deserving.
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    Nick Parker got a reaction from Nick1Ø66 in Anime suggestions wanted   
    It's got problems, but I have a certain fondness for the movie Royal Space Force, which takes place on an alternate Earth with a lot of futuristic technology just on the verge of building a spacecraft. It's got a pretty cool score written chiefly by Ryuichi Sakamoto (why I watched the film in the first place)
     
     
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    Nick Parker got a reaction from Disco Stu in Danny Elfman's JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017)   
    You must learn to channel your illness into something that creates value; next time you cough, try making passing insults at films that need music to give them a sense of worth.
     
    (Wish you the best in your recovery.)
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    Nick Parker got a reaction from Marian Schedenig in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
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    Nick Parker got a reaction from Not Mr. Big in Right now, who are your Top 5 film composers?   
    Yes. The latter is passive (or submissive perhaps more accurately) and a lot of times is really not "nice" at all, borne more from a sense of insecurity/fear than anything. The former comes from a respect of others _and_ oneself. I think the back and forth of this thread is happening with it being murky as to which one is being discussed.
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    Nick Parker got a reaction from Smeltington in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial La-La Land ANNOUNCEMENT Thread   
    It was then that Michael Mattessino had to use his secret weapon in the negotiations: Daisy Ridley.
     
    "Mr. John Williams, I was told that Botanicus could possibly be on this new ET set...I would absolutely be delighted if that were true! It would be a fantasy come to life...you know what's it like for a fantasy to come to life, don't you, Mr. John Williams?"
     
    It was a victorious day for La La Land.
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    Nick Parker got a reaction from Gruesome Son of a Bitch in What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)   
    If you're not gonna put her on a pedestal, then you'll put her on a slab!
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    Nick Parker got a reaction from Holko in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial La-La Land ANNOUNCEMENT Thread   
    It was then that Michael Mattessino had to use his secret weapon in the negotiations: Daisy Ridley.
     
    "Mr. John Williams, I was told that Botanicus could possibly be on this new ET set...I would absolutely be delighted if that were true! It would be a fantasy come to life...you know what's it like for a fantasy to come to life, don't you, Mr. John Williams?"
     
    It was a victorious day for La La Land.
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    Nick Parker got a reaction from crumbs in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial La-La Land ANNOUNCEMENT Thread   
    It was then that Michael Mattessino had to use his secret weapon in the negotiations: Daisy Ridley.
     
    "Mr. John Williams, I was told that Botanicus could possibly be on this new ET set...I would absolutely be delighted if that were true! It would be a fantasy come to life...you know what's it like for a fantasy to come to life, don't you, Mr. John Williams?"
     
    It was a victorious day for La La Land.
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    Nick Parker got a reaction from Sir Hilary Bray in John Williams's most transcending/sophisticated harmonies?   
    Ooh la la, so many choices. This is something I think about quite a bit! I definitely agree with you that his sense of harmonic richness gives his work a depth that looks you straight in the eye and says, "This is for real".  For Empire Strikes Back, my harmonic money shot is here from 2:06 to 3:14
     
     
    Special mention for that chord around 3:04, which also shows WIlliams' skill for layering really slick elements that both conform to and enhance/expand the underlying harmonies.
     
    For now I'll just say one more from his film work (starting at the string elegy around 1:13)
     
     
    I remember listening to this piece on YouTube for the first time several years ago, listening to the horn solo thinking, "Okay, this is cute I guess. A nice little John Williams solemn horn solo, nothing super far-out." Then that initial string chord came in...my eyes bulged at the computer screen, my head slowly shaking from side to side: "No way...no way, John Williams...." Ultimately it was very good my eyes were so wide, so they had room to pour out all that water.   ...  ...  ...  
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