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  1. My review of VICTORIA & ABDUL, for anyone who's interested:

    https://moviemusicuk.us/2017/09/22/vict … as-newman/

    Jon
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      CommentAuthorSouthall
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2017
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      CommentAuthorSouthall
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2017
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      CommentAuthorMartijn
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2017
    Thank you for your review of Thank You For Your Service.

    Would you do me the service of a review of my thank you for your review of Thank You For Your Service?
    'no passion nor excitement here, despite all the notes and musicians' ~ Falkirkbairn
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2017
    Only would we get a response like tha from Martijn.
    Tom smile
    listen to more classical music!
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2018
    Pocket review of THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE:

    http://celluloidtunes.no/the-man-with-o … as-newman/
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorLSH
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2018
    I'm a massive fan of Newman's earlier scores - indeed he seems to revisit that style a lot lately - but I haven't heard this one yet. Looking forward to it.
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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2019
    1917: Sam Mendes latest movie gets high praise, yet still a few weeks before it is released here. I'm immensly looking forward to it. Also because Newman is the composer!

    You can listen to the score on the FYC website.
    https://universalpicturesawards.com/1917/score
    Kazoo
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2019
    Outside a track or two, the score is a huge letdown. At least on album. I'm sure it fares better in the film, which doesn't premiere in Norway untill January 24th.
    I am extremely serious.
  2. Thor wrote
    Outside a track or two, the score is a huge letdown. At least on album. I'm sure it fares better in the film, which doesn't premiere in Norway untill January 24th.


    True, you would expect it to contain a hefty doses of Newman emotion. But that's barely there. Plus War Zimmer is never far away (was surprised to hear Thin Red Line even in it)
    waaaaaahhhhhhhh!!! Where's my nut? arrrghhhhhhh
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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2019 edited
    Yeah, I'm disappointed too. I had heard The Night Window on Spotify, the only track that was released, so I was a bit hyped. But the full album is a let down. Oddly enough, there's indeed a bit of Zimmer's war scores in there. Journey to the Line and even Dunkirk (the propelling/ticking/...)
    Kazoo
  3. Newman deserves an Oscar at some point but would be quite a travesty if he gets it for this. It barely even sounds like him. "Night Window" and to a slightly lesser extent "Ending" are the only cues worth hearing really.
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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2020 edited
    What an impressive movie.

    Visually it's just downright stunning. I'll never forget some of the scenes: the part with the fantastic track The Night Window got me goosebums and scares shocked . Playing with light and darkness. Some of it made me think of ... Skyfall

    As a viewer, you're not spared from the horror of the trenches. Since the movie is seemingly one long shot, some of the setpieces (those with the dugouts for example) must have been huge. The story is simple, the focus is on the path of the two soldiers where so many things go wrong, but also, where the soliders are quite lucky too.

    You could say that initially the long shot is distracting, but that is purely out of interest for me "how the hell did they go from there to that angle". The camera travels from out of a trench towards a crater and hovers over the water inside it, all in one take. It's only a few times you know it's a new scene. But perhaps people will be distracted. The feat might also be seen as that the story in itself is weak. For me, it made it spectacular because of that.

    Newman delivers a very supportive score, I don't think much else could've been done, due to the nature of the story. I was disappointed by hearing it on cd, but in the movie, it adds to the tension and spectacle. The two highlights of the cd are also the highlights in the movie: The Night Window and Sixteen Hundred Men. Great that music is in the forefront, even with all the explosions and war sounds. Lots of elements from his Bond scores as well in this music.
    Kazoo
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      CommentAuthorezukax
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2020
    Really excited to finally have this on vinyl - the ‘American Beauty’ soundtrack by Thomas Newman. It’s a great pressing and sounds so good.
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      CommentAuthorLSH
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2020
    Literally about to walk in and watch 1917. Very much looking forward to hearing how the score works in context. It’s not massively listenable on album, bar the highlights everyone has now pointed to, but I’m expecting greatness with picture. Other than that, I’m looking forward to the film as a whole.
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      CommentAuthorLSH
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2020
    ...

    And wow. That was quite something. I’ve left rather speechless.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2020
    I saw 1917 yesterday. The score works much better in context than it does in album (except marvelous setpieces like "The Night Window", of course), but this scores pales in comparison to TOLKIEN, IMO. A much weaker film, but a much stronger score. TOLKIEN is his best of 2019.
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2020
    What did you think of the film?
    Kazoo
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2020
    Well, it's not the ravishing masterpiece I had been told about. It's no new SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, that's for sure. But overall, it's a great, slick film with some incredible setpieces. I liked it considerably better than my colleagues.
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorLSH
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2020
    It has stayed with me for a good few days. Technically, it’s superb. The ‘one-shot’ format is impressive on many levels. Some of those sets must have been fucking huge. So kudos to the production designers.

    Sure, it’s a simple story but one which suits the format. Get from A to B. That’s it. Like you said, Thor, there are some very impressive set-pieces, and I think it has a good pace. Even the slower parts are tense and horrifying. Newman’s score kind of lingers ominously in the background until it really needs to shine. And boy does it, when it needs to.
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      CommentAuthorCaliburn
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2020
    For who is interested in my thoughts. I have reviewed 1917. I think it was one of the best movie I have seen in years!

    https://soundtrackworld.com/2020/01/1917-thomas-newman/
  4. LSH wrote
    Sure, it’s a simple story but one which suits the format. Get from A to B. That’s it.


    Yeah, I think that was my problem with it. No story. You didn't get to know the characters in any way to made you care much for them. And several implausible parts in what appeared to me to be a movie shot for realism, just made it not work for me.