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Naïve Old Fart

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  1. Drax, your 5 are VERY interesting, and include what many would claim to be "minor" scores: "Sleepers", "SpaceCamp", and the masterly "The Accidental Tourist" (although TAT didn't make my 5, it would definitely make my top-10). Good choices, all round, and a lot more than the 2-dimensional choices of most people on this site-myself included!
  2. This is a fascinating remark, Mark, and one that begs the question: "Will J.W. ever officially retire, or will he just compose/conduct less and less, and simply fade away?" I would like to see some sort of "farewell" tour (preferably at The Barbican, and with The L.S.O.), but if he never makes another note of music again, then I'll still die a happy bunny, knowing that I will have all my J.W. c.d.s (all 192 of 'em) to play, and savour.
  3. No, guys, ET has a point. Most "popular" films are made, and/or sponsored by some fast-food chain, or some godsawful soft drink manufacturer, and, as such, these "people" do not have the slightest idea as to what makes a good film. They only care about how it does on its first weekend, or, as Roger Waters once put it: "who cares what it's about, as long as the kids go". Unfortunately, this mentality is creeping into all "art", to the point where people's taste will be compromised so much, that they will simply forget what a "good" film really is. Most mainstream films, these days, are lazy, cynical, parochial, and manipulative, and the "joke" is that people do not even realise that this brainwashing is goong on. This is how good taste dies: to thunderous applause. You lost me at Roger Waters. When you say "You lost me at Roger Waters", do you mean that you got confused, or that you gave up reading?
  4. Not sure what is meant by "under", or "over" rated, but the scores which interested me in the last decade were: "Traffic"-Clif Martinez, "Solaris"-Cliff Martinez, "Master And Commander", "The Matrix" Trilogy-Don Davies, "Freda"-Elliot Goldenthal, "Hollow Man"-Jerry Goldsmith ("Isobel Comes Back" is brilliant!), "A.I."/"Minority Report"/"War Of The Worlds" (do I really have to state who these are by...?). Anything that I don't like, I simply don't listen to. I don't have time for "overrated music", I only make time for "my music".
  5. Welcome, Jeff, to The Mojave Club. Oops, sorry, that's "The Spy Who Loved Me", isn't it. My top 5 are; 1-"C.E.3.K." (nothing touches it-nothing!), 2-"Superman", 3-"The Emipre Strikes Back", 4-"E.T.", 5-"Raiders Of The Lost Ark". That's enough to be going on with, by any standard. Of course, the interesting thing is WHY are these scores our favourites, which is why you have put a little expalnation of each score, thank-you very much. I look forward to sharing the board with you, as, I'm sure, we all do. Welcome to JW fan net
  6. Face it, folks, we've got what we've got. We either listen to it, or we don't. I actually listened to a bit of ROTS this very morning, and I liked it. Just one question: "Throne Room" in the "End Title" of ROTS? W...T...F?
  7. 6 years, is a long time, Morlock. Give it another go; you might be surprised. Granted, "The Name Of The Rose" is probably Horner's "Images", or, even "The Thing", or, quite possibly "The Lion In Winter", or "POTA", but it is well worth investigating.
  8. Films- "The Abyss", "The Terminator". Scores-"The Abyss"/"Aliens" (equal sharing). Everything else is trash.
  9. Interseting. Which (and I am not trying to be sarcastic, here - as Gordon Sumner says: "I have only come seeking knowledge, things they couldn't teach me of in college") are your favourite moments from S+I? Tell me, and I'll be wrapped around your finger. I can't say I can recall off-hand, as I rarely listen to it. But I love the main titles. When those strings come in at the end, I get goosebumps. And IIRC, 'The Bicycle' is nice. But I was speaking more in terms of the film. It's not a very good one, and I recall there being only a couple of instances where the music really added something. I can't be sure, but perhaps this is the way that Martin Ritt likes his scores to be: filler, not killer.
  10. Don't bother. Horner hasn't composed a truly great score since "The Name Of The Rose".
  11. No, guys, ET has a point. Most "popular" films are made, and/or sponsored by some fast-food chain, or some godsawful soft drink manufacturer, and, as such, these "people" do not have the slightest idea as to what makes a good film. They only care about how it does on its first weekend, or, as Roger Waters once put it: "who cares what it's about, as long as the kids go". Unfortunately, this mentality is creeping into all "art", to the point where people's taste will be compromised so much, that they will simply forget what a "good" film really is. Most mainstream films, these days, are lazy, cynical, parochial, and manipulative, and the "joke" is that people do not even realise that this brainwashing is goong on. This is how good taste dies: to thunderous applause.
  12. These choices may not be popular, but I stand by: "Shootin' Up The Ritz"/"Alley Fight"/"Lock-ons"-Runaway, "Main Link"/"Missing Link"-Link, "Reaching Out"-Poltergeist II, "The Costruction"/"First Flight"-Explorers, "The Finals"-Hoosiers. "The Family Arrives"-The Russia House.
  13. Main Title from "The Final Conflict". No contest. Period.
  14. He was my favorite part of the movie. "I won. Damn!"
  15. Interseting. Which (and I am not trying to be sarcastic, here - as Gordon Sumner says: "I have only come seeking knowledge, things they couldn't teach me of in college") are your favourite moments from S+I? Tell me, and I'll be wrapped around your finger.
  16. Hear, hear, Morlock! "IODP" was my fave "new" film of last year. It reminded me (visually, at least) of "Brazil", and "The Crimson Permanent Assurance". Other than that, I can't say anything about it - your mini-review said it all!
  17. While neither film, nor score, were the acme of modern cinema, I did enjoy KOTCS. I own the "Avatar" c.d., but have not wanted to play it since I bought it, last December, but I might get around to it, one day... I couldn't give a rat's ass about the film, so, I guess my indiference towards "Avatar" kind of speaks for itself. KOTCS wins it, by default.
  18. Howzabout a bio-pic of Cole Porter, with, as its soundtrack, all the songs from the "Red Hot + Blue" c.d? "Night And Day", by U2 is amazing!
  19. It is a sad fact to say that the (second) best film "doing the rounds" at the moment, is 50 years old-"Psycho". The best film "doing the rounds", is 61 years old-"The Red Shoes".
  20. The FSM c.d. says (something like) if you get more than 15 minutes of music in a Martin Ritt film, then you are doing alright, which, by that standard, would make the 30 minutes, or so, in "Stanley And Iris" a near miracle!
  21. Robopocalypse? "Gershwin"? After the box office performances of both "De-Lovely", and "Beneath The Sea", I would advise that Steven Allen Spielberg stay well clear of composer bio-pics. Besides, the ultimate bio-pic has already been done, in the shape the flawless "The Glenn Miller Story".
  22. Quite right, you're bloody well right! "Toy Story 2" is exceptional! ...and what a great film that is, too. It is a film that sweats evil. My old art teacher was the spitting image of Louis Cipher. Scary.
  23. Sadly, there was a time when a Spielberg film mattered just as much. Sad as it is, I'm inclined to agree with you, Mark. I will still see every new Spielberg film as a matter of course(even though I couldn't give a rat's one for "Tintin"), but my days of champing at the bit for a new movie by Stevie-boy are well and truly over.
  24. My top-5 is; "The Force Field"-Star Trek:TMP, "It Knows What Scares You/Rebirth"-Poltergeist, "The Final Conflict", "The Search Continues"-POTA, and "The Mutant"-Total Recall. "Quintessential"? Oh, boy, that's a toughie. Add to any list: "The Slaves"-Masada "The Bees Arrive"/"Bees Inside"-The Swarm, "Clever Girl"-Total Recall, "Nightmare At 20,000 Feet"-Twilight Zone:The Movie, "Raisulli Attacks"-The Wind And The Lion, "The Monument"/"End Of The City"-Logan's Run, "Marlin"-Islands In The Stream, "Breakout"-Capricorn One, As anyone can see, the list is almost endless
  25. The SEs might well be presented better, but the sound quailty of all the music from ROTJ is markedly better on "The Anthology". You also get "Lapti Nek", instead of that ridiculous "Jedi Rocks", but not the English version by Joseph Williams, which is, I am reliably assured, knocking around.
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