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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2017
    ehehe. remember my original topic title to which alan objected? I think I was spot on back then wink
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
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      CommentAuthorSouthall
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2018
    Review of Tomb Raider

    http://www.movie-wave.net/tomb-raider/

    I guess in fairness you don't need to click on the link to know what I've written.
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      CommentAuthorCaliburn
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2018
    Just curious, have you heard his score of Brimstone? In my opinion, he is able to write film scores from time to time :-)
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2018
    Caliburn wrote
    Just curious, have you heard his score of Brimstone? In my opinion, he is able to write film scores from time to time :-)


    One of the best scores last year!
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorSouthall
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2018
    Caliburn wrote
    Just curious, have you heard his score of Brimstone? In my opinion, he is able to write film scores from time to time :-)


    Yes, I thought it was terrible.
  1. I love reading Southall's "NO STARS" reviews.
    The views and opinions of Ford A. Thaxton are his own and do not necessarily reflect the ones of ANYONE else.
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      CommentAuthorSouthall
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2018
    In that case you'll be pleased to know that I just acquired the latest score by Lorne Balfe.
  2. If you could find some way to make a video of it -- but I don't know how without tripping the copyright -- for Youtube, you'd have something like CinemaSins.
    The views and opinions of Ford A. Thaxton are his own and do not necessarily reflect the ones of ANYONE else.
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      CommentAuthorCaliburn
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2018
    Southall wrote
    Caliburn wrote
    Just curious, have you heard his score of Brimstone? In my opinion, he is able to write film scores from time to time :-)


    Yes, I thought it was terrible.


    Fair enough :D
  3. My review of TOMB RAIDER, for anyone who's interested:

    https://moviemusicuk.us/2018/03/21/tomb … olkenborg/

    Jon
  4. Jon Broxton wrote
    the 50 or so other composers who never get a sniff of something like this but could write Holkenborg out of the water

    50 is a conservative estimate, I'd say.

    Good review. At some point you have to stop looking for the tiny kernels of not-completely-awful music scattered across Mr. XL's career and realize that the bigger picture is that every film he scores is a massive wasted opportunity for something better. Even those films that, by chance, are a good match for his narrow range - like Mad Max: Fury Road - would have been better-served by a score that has the exact same style and tone but was written by somebody with superior dramatic instincts. I just don't understand why he keeps getting hired.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2018 edited
    JXL is brilliant in every shape and form; as I often say: One of the best film composers currently working, with an incredibly impressive range. But yes -- TOMB RAIDER was a rare miss.
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2018 edited
    Edmund Meinerts wrote
    Jon Broxton wrote
    the 50 or so other composers who never get a sniff of something like this but could write Holkenborg out of the water

    I just don't understand why he keeps getting hired.


    Because he's brilliant in every shape and form, one of the best film composers currently working with an incredibly impressive range. Jeez.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2018
    That's true, actually. No irony required.
    I am extremely serious.
  5. He can do drums. And slow strings. And sound design. And sometimes all three in the same score, even, when he's really stretching himself.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2018 edited
    He's had superb top 10 annual scores three times now -- probably more than most composers since I started doing these lists back in 2013, and vastly different in approach and sound, all of them. I'm wondering if there will be another this year. TOMB RAIDER is not it. Perhaps ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL will deliver.
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorSouthall
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2018
    It almost certainly will. Hard to put into words just how good this composer is.
  6. Edmund Meinerts wrote
    He can do drums. And slow strings. And sound design. And sometimes all three in the same score, even, when he's really stretching himself.


    Having heard some of the bizarrely amateurish percussion patterns in Tomb Raider, I'm beginning to question whether he can even do drums.
  7. I never said he could do them well. wink
  8. I have enjoyed hearing him talk about his work on his YouTube Channel though - seems like a nice guy, and I'm fascinated by sound design.