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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to Jay in The Towering Inferno & JFK coming from LLL!   
    You're a time traveler!
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to AC1 in What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)   
    AvP was the beginning of his arthouse period though.
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to Thor in Blade Runner 2049   
    Regardless of what one thinks of Soderbergh, the music in his films -- especially that of Martinez -- is some of the best composed in the last couple of decades.
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to Disco Stu in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    Yes yes yes. I love Davies' performance so much. It's too bad he got typecast as unhinged weirdos after this, great actor.
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to Clockwork Angel in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    The Wind and the Lion.
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    Naïve Old Fart got a reaction from Disco Stu in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    Copy that. Wade's seems to be the most useless death in the film, while Upham's treatment of the German soldier is the most shocking moment. IMO, the film is Upham's story, not Ryan's, nor even Miller's.
    In a way, the film is very much an adult version of THE COWBOYS.
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to mrbellamy in What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)   
    It's a big beautiful fucking overlong neurotic mess of a movie and one of my favorites.
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to KK in What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)   
    Magnolia
     
    Not without its flaws, but still a powerful piece of cinema. Passion and craft are aplenty here. 
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to Sharkissimo in Top 5 Albums of All Time   
    Ooh this is tough.
     
    Horses - Patti Smith
    The Sensual World - Kate Bush
    Fear of a Black Planet - Public Enemy
    Africa/Brass - John Coltrane
    Passion - Peter Gabriel
     
     
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to pixie_twinkle in Top 5 Albums of All Time   
    Is that PDQ Bach on the left?
    Favourite pop/rock albums:
    Kraftwerk: Autobahn (1974)
    Sufjan Stevens: Illinois (2005)
    Queen: A Night at the Opera (1975)
    Vangelis: Earth (1973)
    Mike Oldfield: Hergest Ridge (1973)
    Others that could just have easily made the list, but I ran out of spaces:
    Jean-Michel Jarre: Magnetic Fields (1981)
    Yes: Relayer (1974)
    Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)
    Pink Floyd: Animals (1977)
    Fleetwood Mac: Then Play On (1969)
    David Bowie: 1:Outside (1995)
    Queen: Sheer Heart Attack (1974)
    Queen: Jazz (1978)
    Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (1966)
    Damn this was a hard list to make! Too difficult to choose!
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    Naïve Old Fart got a reaction from bollemanneke in RIP Sir Neville Marriner   
    Everything we heard was true.
    RIP, sir.
     
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    Naïve Old Fart got a reaction from Cerebral Cortex in Has The BFG grown on you?   
    Have you heard MINORITY REPORT? You should hear MINORITY REPORT.
     
    Have you heard POA?
    You should hear POA.
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to Incanus in The Official Tadlow Thread   
    Forget Ben-Hur! Where is John Williams' Dracula dagnabbit!
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to Quintus in What is the last Television series you watched?   
    I don't know how people can be bothered keeping up with all these superhero shows and movies, they're much of a muchness and the sheer amount of them doing the rounds at any one time feels completely unspecial and the polar opposite of extraordinary. Not exactly "super". More like normal heroes. Boring heroes. 
     
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to #SnowyVernalSpringsEternal in TWIN PEAKS   
    I cannot reveal my sources, I'm sorry.
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to #SnowyVernalSpringsEternal in The Official Pop and Rock Music thread   
    YOU! ME! OUTSIDE....NOW!
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to Incanus in SCORE: The River (John Williams) A Review of the Soundtrack Album   
    The River
    Music Composed and Conducted by John Williams
     
    A review by Mikko Ojala
     
    This is a little gem from 1984 that shares the year with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom but musically is in a wholly different world. Rural Americana performed by small ensemble, given at times a subtle jaunty pop sensibility by a drumkit and peppy rhythms and graced with numerous gorgeous flute and guitar solos the River is a fascinating opus in the middle of the run of the composer's grand symphonic works. Williams's music perhaps with even too generously compliments director Mark Rydell's very everyday drama of a family (Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek in leading roles) struggling to make ends meet on their farm with the constant threat of the nearby river flooding and with a greedy banker/developer (played by Scott Glenn) waiting to foreclose on the land. Sounds less than riveting drama and plot-wise doesn't it. Well not so with the music!
     
    Despite the short running time of the album (the movie doesn't have much more music) the composer crafts not one, not two but three distinct thematic ideas, the jaunty down-on-the-farm main theme, the smoky bluesy often flute-led love theme for the family and the main couple and the dignified and noble "ancestral home" theme that stands for the sanctity of home and hearth and the worthy fight of standing up to the forces of nature (and pressures of modern society).
     
    Whoever says Williams is only the guy for strum-und-drang should listen to this humble work with down-to-earth melodicism, beautiful and emotional small scale soloist work, especially for flute and guitar, and the joie-de-vivre that bubbles throughout the music. It is a short album full of highlights. The track The River presents a 2-part end credits suite opening with the sprightly and excited rendition of the main title theme where drumkit gives it a slightly more contemporary (for 1980s) feel before the love theme takes over full of bluesy almost film noirish styled yearning and ends in an extended solo flute coda. Absolutely wonderful stuff and a great way to open the album.
     
    The Ancestral Home (the finale of the film, here presented in the middle of the album) is the grandest piece on the album but there is not much orchestral grand standing as Williams slowly builds and builds the long lined noble and gentle Americana theme in the strings, illustrating musically a gradual and steady struggle, which finally burgeons into a triumphant crescendo coinciding with shots of the family and neighbours coming together to build protective wall against the river, celebrating the small victory of the individuals and the community. Love Theme from The River is an extended performance of the bluesy melody, first introduced by flute and trumpet and then given a grander string accompanied reading, that is somewhere between truly romantic and longing. A truly outstanding piece of writing that feels so inherently American without pulling out the old Copland sound palette.
     
    The Pony Ride is another playfully energetic piece featuring the main theme and great deft guitar work. It is of course not all sunshine and fun and for variety we have the slow burning suspense of the Tractor Scene (a classic matter-of-fact JW title!) where slow threatening atmosphere is conjured up with minimal means. In the same style the slightly ominous Rain Clouds Gather (the actual main title) introduces the main theme on electric bass and the love theme on flute, both almost sullen and subdued by the foreboding as the eponymous river is seen swollen up by the rain. This is also the only piece of the score that in my opinion gives even a slight hint that it was written in the same year as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as the flute work here has the same mysterious, almost exotic dark quality that pervaded some of the early scenes in the Indian village in that Indy film. Young Friends Farewell presents a tender guitar dueting with the flute which rounds off the album in wistful mood, leaving us almost with a musical question mark and certainly wanting for more.
     
    The River is an often overlooked little gem of a score, intimate yet full of colours and variety and shows how Williams thrives in very different musical genres and situations and is always acutely aware of the size of the film and what are its requirements. The score is a stylistic second cousin perhaps to the later grander evocations of rural Americana in Rosewood or even the flute solo moments in War Horse and just as good. Not to be missed!
     
    4/5
     
    -Mikko Ojala-
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    Naïve Old Fart reacted to Koray Savas in The Lion King (Jon Favreau)   
    The plot is actually 416 years old
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    Naïve Old Fart got a reaction from Indianagirl in The Lion King (Jon Favreau)   
    The world truly has run out of things to say.
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