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    Stefancos reacted to woj in Caption Contest #35 - For all the depressed JWFanners. Best enjoyed on a cold day with hot cocoa, a blanket, and an optional fireplace.   
    Beverly: Data! That was uncalled for!
    Data: Possibly, but it feels soooo good
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    Stefancos got a reaction from Trent B in Music, during times of sadness!   
    To bore one to death until he falls into a dreamless sleep you mean?
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    Stefancos got a reaction from hornist in What Are You Eating Tonight?   
    Hornist, I know what I'm talking about!
    Went though 5 sessions yesterday.
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    Stefancos got a reaction from publicist in FILM: Skyfall   
    It used to be so simple in the old days, every 2 years you had a Bond film, every film made according to a specific formula.
    The film could be good or bad, but that didn't have anything to do with the formula, but just how they executed it. You always knew going in what to expect.
    Those days are gone. After some careful experimenting in the Brosnan era, the series cut of most of the fat when Daniel Craig took over as Bond.
    The formula still exists, and is acknowledged and honoured, but parts of it are only used when it benefits the film.
    After the luke-warm reception of Quantum of Solace I expected the producers to play it safe and do something a little bit more traditional. Instead they deviated more then ever!
    What they did do was fix what was wrong with QoS. The cinematography and editing hampered the film, which contained many action scenes, but none of them as memorable as the ones in Casino Royale.
    The cinematographer this time is Roger Deakins, who knows that shaking a camera about is a bad way to get your audience to know what's going on.
    The editor is once again Stuart Baird, who knows how many shots per second the human brain can absorb.
    The director is Sam Mendes, an unusual choice for an action film, but such choices have worked out in the past. (Michael Apted did TWINE, an underrated Bond film IMO)
    The film starts of with a stupendous chase, first through Istanbul, then on top and though a train. This elaborate sequence is impressively mounted.
    At the end of it....Bond dies. Shot....in a way by M
    Since Casino Royale the writers have been building an actual relationship between the characters of 007 and M, and it pays of here. This is Judi Dench last hurray in the role, and she's fantastic.
    After the initial action scene we see Bond, not actually dead but recovering, shell shocked, embittered, and enjoying empty sex and too much booze. He returns to MI6 because he must, but is resentful. For the first time ever 007 has a 3 days beard for a considerable part of the movie. Daniel Craig looks worn out here, wounded.
    Finally he shaves, or gets shaved, but on a black tuxedo and once again becomes Bond. Since Sean Connery no actor has emparted so much machismo into the role as Craig. He simply IS James Bond, through and through.
    He also finally made it an actors role. (an Aussie model or man with a twitchy left eye could have played this)
    The villain appears very late in this film. And is introduced in an impressive long shot were Javier Bardem moves ever closer to the camera while talking. The initial encounter is...shall we say unusual. 007 has been tortured by the male villains, but never never has an attempt of seduction been made. (both Craig and Bardem play this beautifully)
    Bardem's villian is a vile monster, once again not bent on world domination, but on revenge. Aspects reminded me of Ricardo Montalban's immortal role of Khan.
    Up to this point the film has followed a fairly standard Bond outline. stunts and action scenes, exotic locations (Turkey, China, Macau).
    The film then returns to England, and stays there. And to a large extent abandons much of the Bond formula.
    Silva (Bardem escapes custody and goes after the person he blames for the wrongs in his life. M.
    In am impressive display of suspense it actually feel;s like M is going to be killed. Dench's delivery of the Tenyson poem seemed like the perfect way to go out on.
    She and Bond escape and 007 decides to go back to basics, this involves taking an ancient Aston Martin DB5 (with ejector seat and machine guns....it's the actual Goldfinger car!!!!) and go to Skyfall. Bonds ancestral home.
    Devoid of technology they await Bardem, while booby trapping the place and sawing of some shotguns. (Albert Finney is there as Bonds gamekeeper for some reason. It's weird seeing Finney shoot people)
    The final action scene takes place in the moist and dreary highlands, but it's very impressive. Bond's house is shot at, blown up, blown up really good and then a helicopter flies into it.
    The final showdown takes place in an old chapel......
    Mendes directs this with competence and gusto. The film looks GREAT. It's one of the best looking Bond films ever. Full of depth and texture.
    The cast is good all the way through. From Craig and Dench to Fiennes, who after being killed as Voldemort last year needed a new iconic British franchise to latch on too. Bardem is weird and terrifying. There are two Bond girls. Naomi Harris is feisty and seductive as Eve. And Bérénice Marlohe is both sexy and disturbing as Séveriné. Ben Whishaw as Q is nothing like Desmond LLewelyn and that a good thing. He creates his own energy.
    Thomas Newman had never really done an action based score in his life, but he doesn well with Skyfall. His approuch is very similar in style to David Arnolds. SAn infusion of orchestral and synthetic. With a strong percussive drive in the action scenes. He has some fun with the Bond theme. But for the two extended renditions of it he reuses the "My Name Is Bond...James Bond" arragement that Arnold did for Casino Royale.
    This is a strong Bond film, AND a strong film in it's own right. The producers seem no longer willing to let Bond be a one dimensional character, but one that thinks and feels and works through stuff. Actions now have consequences in the Bond Universe.
    It's a completly unique Bond film in many ways.
    **** out of ****
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    Stefancos got a reaction from ShowUStheHOOK in What Are You Eating Tonight?   
    My mom's home made chicken soup and some tortillas.
    Manna from heaven!
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    Stefancos got a reaction from alicebrallice in Brazilian student sells virginity for $780,000 and what do we think about it?   
    I sold mine for a glass of Cola....
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    Stefancos got a reaction from Ren in The Hobbit Film Trilogy Thread   
    I really don't see how this film could hope to work without him.
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    Stefancos got a reaction from Brónach in Mental illness (or disorder)... anybody suffer from it?   
    We should start a club, meet up and not talk to each other...
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    Stefancos got a reaction from ShowUStheHOOK in Mental illness (or disorder)... anybody suffer from it?   
    Seems a lot of people are feeling down here.
    I do think it has to be understood that feeling depressed, or having certain personality quirks (like a preference for neatness, having difficulty in social situations etc....) means you suffer from a personality disorder or mental illness in any way shape or form.
    For instance I've been pretty down in the last year because there's a lot of shit going on in my life that I'm trying to deal with. Not because I'm mentally ill, bipolar or anything like that. Once that stuff improves, I'll feel better.
    And because I'm awkward in social situations doesn't mean I have autism, aspergers or anything like that. It's just who I am. (and in recent years my social skills have improved).
    So let's not self-diagnose ourselves into a mental institution.....
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    Stefancos got a reaction from Hlao-roo in Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – Action Tracks that embody less is more   
    Another example of Goldsmiths linear perfection.
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    Stefancos got a reaction from hornist in Relationship status   
    Take it or leave it!
    As for break up details.....NEVER!
    Self pity and whining is all you'll ever get out of me.
    Now for the booze!
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    Stefancos got a reaction from publicist in Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – Action Tracks that embody less is more   
    The Hijacking - Jerry Goldsmith (Air Force One)
    Goldsmith, in his later days became a master of saying so much with so little, and this track is probably his the finest example of this.
    Perfectly streamlined, with not a single note that feels redundant of cannot be accounted for.
    It is economic perfection.
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    Stefancos got a reaction from alicebrallice in The Hobbit Film Trilogy Thread   
    I really don't see how this film could hope to work without him.
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    Stefancos got a reaction from woj in Relationship status   
    But not JWFanners!
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    Stefancos got a reaction from mahler3 in Why can't we delete our accounts here? [AKA: Salacius has left the forum!]   
    You don't ever really quit JWFAN.
    It's like the Maffia!
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    Stefancos got a reaction from Salacius in Why can't we delete our accounts here? [AKA: Salacius has left the forum!]   
    You don't ever really quit JWFAN.
    It's like the Maffia!
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    Stefancos got a reaction from woj in What is the last Television series you watched?   
    I loved the Cosby Show.
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    Stefancos got a reaction from Brónach in JWFAN Members Top 10 John Williams scores lists   
    E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
    Jaws
    Star Wars
    Jurassic Park
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
    Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    The Lost World: Jurassic Park
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    Stefancos got a reaction from MrJosh in JWFAN Members Top 10 John Williams scores lists   
    E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
    Jaws
    Star Wars
    Jurassic Park
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
    Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    The Lost World: Jurassic Park
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    Stefancos got a reaction from MrJosh in JWFAN Members Top 10 John Williams scores lists   
    Just pick 10 you cry babies.
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    Stefancos got a reaction from Delorean90 in E.T. original version in select theaters 10/3   
    You NEED to sort out your priorities!
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    Stefancos got a reaction from Kendal_Ozzel in If Adele does the theme to "Skyfall"....   
    Your lack of taste?
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    Stefancos got a reaction from Admiral Holdo in Creative Descisions in soundtrack re-releases   
    Why is it that when a label does a re-release the only format that is deemed acceptable these days is a complete and chronological presentation, preferably with the OST presentation on a second disc and some alternate material.
    For instance Varese frequently gets bashed for not always doing this. the dominant opinion seems to be that they screwed up, they are incompetent etc...
    Not that long ago the DCC Raiders was a god send, the 1 CD expansion of Poltergeist was much lauded, and the Star Wars Anthology box set sold platinum numbers (not the mention is basically started the soundtrack re-release racket)
    If any of these releases would have been done today many would simply complain.
    Also participation of the composer also does not seem to be appropriated by soundtrack fans.
    So is the comprehensive complete and chronological release the only viable way? Is any other format now inexcusable?
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    Stefancos got a reaction from Henry Buck in Relationship status   
    A moderator should rise above that.
    They used too....
    I know how Robert Pattinson feels like!
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    Stefancos reacted to Alexcremers in Blu-ray News and Deals   
    Don't be fooled. The second Terminator looks great in HD!
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