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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Incanus in JW READ "The Book Thief"??   
    I thought there was some embarrassing reason why he didn't read screenplays.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Bilbo in The Avengers: Age of Ultron   
    Whatever that means.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from ChrisAfonso in The Desolation of Smaug SPOILERS ALLOWED Discussion Thread   
    Smorg? Sounds Swedish.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Joni Wiljami in Are there now more LotR/Tolkien fans in residence at JWFan than there are John Williams fans?   
    Although I like the LOTR movies, I've never connected with them the way so many other people have. It's rather like this Game of Thrones fad that I'm not getting. Well LOTR isn't really a fad because it's been around for donkey's years but it's another medieval fandom that attracts the same weirdos.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Ricard in Older film score fans vs New film score fans   
    When Quint does it, it's quite pleasant.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Sharkissimo in Are there now more LotR/Tolkien fans in residence at JWFan than there are John Williams fans?   
    This is my go-to John Barry board.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from crocodile in The Official La-La Land Records Thread   
    Hopefully one I don't want. I'm burning out!
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Koray Savas in Quentin Tarantino's top ten picks of best movies of 2013   
    I'm an unparalleled judge of quality.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Koray Savas in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 5-film series   
    Be careful when praising the original series creator for getting more control over his or her franchise. Sometimes it doesn't turn out as well as you'd hope.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Florian in Hans Zimmer's Man Of Steel   
    I rather liked Angels and Demons more than The Da Vinci Code. It felt bolder, denser and even maybe less typically Zimmer-like.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Joni Wiljami in The Book Thief (2013) - New Williams film score!   
    As if the voice over wasn't lame enough, they made an even more baffling move of saying "From the studio that brought you Life of Pi". You don't say? As well as hundreds of other flicks for the last 80 years!
    This trailer crossed the line into Youtube mashup territory.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Ricard in John Williams scoring all three new Star Wars films!!   
    You'll be deaf as a post by then.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Brónach in Hans Zimmer started on INTERSTELLAR   
    Many members here who have grown up appreciating film music that was challenging, compelling, intelligent and detailed now feel that the new crop using the RC aesthetic have hijacked the industry by applying an inferior aural banality that any musical expert would dismiss as drivel. As a result, newer films that could have had interesting and daring scores have become "missed opportunities" because they've just been slapped with the new, trendy and safe MV/RC/Zimmer/Jablonsky sound that studios and producers have become accustomed to applying because it eliminates risk and audiences have been numbed to it, so they demand even less.

    It seems to really hurt Thor's feelings that people on a John Williams board make fun of Zimmer and co., but does he understand why people make "cheapshots" at Zimmer and his ilk? From my perspective, it's always been because people feel that quality compositions and complex orchestrations have been usurped for the equivalent of film music junk food - "McZimmer" if you will. Williams has set a very high standard of excellence that few other composers have been able grasp, but when repetitive droning influences producers to call for more of the same in almost every film, Thor should realise that this frustrates many present members who demand a lot more effort. Consequently, they’ll vent their resentment in any form that amuses them on a message board where likeminded folks will listen. Levity can be therapeutic.

    Film music aficionados have been very cynical about this trend ever since that POTC incident when Silvestri got shafted in favour of the Zimmer Factory sound when it was anticipated that the composer might have delivered a thematic and bombastic action adventure score on par with his previous score for The Mummy Returns. Granted we never heard what Silvestri would have delivered, we can presume that it would have had some bombast laced with thematic integrity, as opposed to just empty bombast that doesn't really say anything, but says it loud. The moment Media Ventures was announced as Silvestri's replacement, many of us saw it as a significant turning point that would indicate a downward trend that would hurt many other films for years to come. It became rather irritating when I was reading COS forums at the time full of adolescents drooling over the idea of Klaus Badelt scoring any new Harry Potter films because they loved the POTC score so much (and these are the people Hollywood more-than-likely listens to!). Was it really that good that no other quality non-MV score prior to that caught their ear?

    After all, it’s okay if someone enjoys the Zimmer clone sound on a casual superficial level, but if anyone seriously believes that the output of Zimmer and his apprentices over the last 15 years is of superior quality and intelligence than the Williams/Goldsmith/Horner/Barry/etc. glory years of the 70s, 80s and 90s, I not only question their taste but also their sanity.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Once in Letters between Lucas and Spielberg   
    "Letters. Easier to open than pistachio. But what's inside... is much more delicious."
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Marian Schedenig in Question about the DVD commentaries and John Williams   
    Spielberg never mentions him at all in his audio commentaries.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Wojo in La-La Land releasing David Arnold's Independence Day   
    Funny you say that since I'm listening to Cutthroat Island as I type this. Still on the first disc, but I can't get enough of the sheer overpowering orchestral majesty of this score. A quality it shares with Independence Day is that there's never a dull, skippable track.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Joni Wiljami in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York - 20th Anniversary 2CD Edition by La-La Land Records (2012)   
    I can afford this but why encourage them? The Varese DE is enough music as it is. It's a wonder why they left those 12 minutes off when it seemed like it was as complete as it could be.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Gruesome Son of a Bitch in Jaws HD Restoration on Blu-Ray August 2012   
    The shark always looked real to me.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from Admiral Holdo in Shirley Walker appreciation thread   
    Memoirs of an Invisible Man is rather good. Carpenter should have relied on her more often than... himself!
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from airmanjerm in Hans Zimmer writes a new piece, donates earnings to a fund for the Aurora victims   
    Nice gesture from Zimmer, but what a dicky thing to say.
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