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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2020
    Timmer wrote
    Are you still with the Norwegian lady you were dating?


    Eehhhh.... alas, no. But I'm in good health and enjoying a life of maths and physics. I realise that's not quite as glamourous as big fuck sized mountains, but once I've finally finished my studies, there will be plenty of chances for that (also when the apocalypse subsides in 2045 rolleyes ).

    Damn dude, just checked out those pictures. What a life! punk


    John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection

    A fine colletion indeed. The ordering is a bit odd, feels better to put it in some chronological order (and bunch sequels together).
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2020
    The Hidden Life James Newton Howard

    Director: "Write something deserving of the phrase stops you in your tracks"

    JNH: "Done"
  1. Agree Steven! Such a lush and lovely score by JNH.

    Also lovely is:

    NP: The Flowers of War by Qigang Chen.

    I love the choir voices mingled with Joshua Bell's gorgeous violin. Even though Christian Bale is my favorite actor of all-time, I couldn't stomach the gore and violence in the film, so I had to stop it a few minutes in. I wish I could edit out the gore to see the rest of the film because the music is incredible - and I'd love to hear it in context. Oh well.
  2. The theme from The Hidden Life does indeed stop me in my tracks every time.

    I also agree that The Flowers of War is beautiful. Some of the most beautiful choral music I've heard in film, actually. I haven't seen the film, either, but from what I understand, if you don't like all the gore and violence, then you'll never be able to see the music in context. This is one of those cases where the composer wrote music that is directly opposed to the images on screen. I heard that the most beautiful cues were written for the grisliest images. I can't stomach that sort of thing in film, either, so it seems neither of us will get to hear the music in context.

    I just finished listening to the end credits of James Horner's unreleased score to Romeo and Juliet. It's a Horner score - lovely and derivative of his other works. If this were released commercially I would definitely buy it.
    • CommentAuthorLars
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2020
    christopher wrote
    The theme from The Hidden Life does indeed stop me in my tracks every time.

    I also agree that The Flowers of War is beautiful. Some of the most beautiful choral music I've heard in film, actually. I haven't seen the film, either, but from what I understand, if you don't like all the gore and violence, then you'll never be able to see the music in context. This is one of those cases where the composer wrote music that is directly opposed to the images on screen. I heard that the most beautiful cues were written for the grisliest images. I can't stomach that sort of thing in film, either, so it seems neither of us will get to hear the music in context.

    The movie has not more gore and violence than Saving Private Ryan and the battle scene is in the first 25 min if i remember correctly. The international cut has even around 4 min less action than the chinese cut. I don't see a problem to watch the international cut, because it has "normal" violence for a war movie and it is just at the beginning of the movie. The score works very good in the movie.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2020
    Never seen the film either, but it's an amazing score that was one of my absolute favourites that year.

    As for A HIDDEN LIFE, I've gone on record many times to say how much I love that. The undisputed "winner" of 2019 and a true return to form for JNH. The film is also fantastic, and currently leads my list of 2020 (it's a 2020 film in Norway).
    I am extremely serious.
  3. Lars wrote
    The movie has not more gore and violence than Saving Private Ryan.


    That's exactly the problem for me. I felt so physically ill after sitting through Saving Private Ryan in the theater - the gore was too much for me in that film, and I just won't do that to myself again. That's why I had to stop watching Flowers of War, because it was starting to affect me in a similar way. I can handle most typical movie violence but those two are just too realistic for me.
    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2020
    Ennio Morricone - La Sindrome Di Stendhal

    A sublime hypnotic nightmare.
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2020 edited
    Lethal Weapon 4 Michael Kamen

    It's really only the action parts that I like about the Lethal Weapon scores. Kamen was a master at action writing, the sort of stuff I would want to write if I became a composer. How do you even learn to write like this? Melodies seem natural to be able to write, I can easily sit at a piano and shit out a half-decent melody. But effective and entertaining action is a superpower as far as I'm concerned. I find it endlessly facinating how composers are able to do this.
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2020 edited
    The Three Musketeers Michael Kamen

    Two of the greatest action composers wrote music for a Musketeers film. The other, of course, being David Arnold. (Kamen's middle name being Arnold, incidentally.)
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2020
    The Force Awakens John Williams

    I. Love. This. Score.

    There, past Steven, put that in your pipe and smoke it. rolleyes
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      CommentAuthorLSH
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2020 edited
    Steven wrote
    The Three Musketeers Michael Kamen


    Thanks for the reminder to re-visit this.

    It really is superb.
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      CommentAuthorLSH
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2020
    NP: THE ELEPHANT QUEEN - ALEX HEFFES

    Really quite lovely. Especially if you appreciate prominent but not overdone African flavours.
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      CommentAuthorchristopher
    • CommentTime7 days ago edited
    Filmscoregirl wrote
    Lars wrote
    The movie has not more gore and violence than Saving Private Ryan.


    That's exactly the problem for me. I felt so physically ill after sitting through Saving Private Ryan in the theater - the gore was too much for me in that film, and I just won't do that to myself again. That's why I had to stop watching Flowers of War, because it was starting to affect me in a similar way. I can handle most typical movie violence but those two are just too realistic for me.


    Same. I saw an edited version of Saving Private Ryan where they apparently removed the most gruesome violence and the violence that remained was still shocking to me. I closed my eyes at one point because I just couldn't watch any more.

    NP: ISONOKENO HITOBITO - Naoki Sato
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTime6 days ago edited
    christopher wrote
    Filmscoregirl wrote
    Lars wrote
    The movie has not more gore and violence than Saving Private Ryan.


    That's exactly the problem for me. I felt so physically ill after sitting through Saving Private Ryan in the theater - the gore was too much for me in that film, and I just won't do that to myself again. That's why I had to stop watching Flowers of War, because it was starting to affect me in a similar way. I can handle most typical movie violence but those two are just too realistic for me.


    Same. I saw an edited version of Saving Private Ryan where they apparently removed the most gruesome violence and the violence that remained was still shocking to me. I closed my eyes at one point because I just couldn't watch any more.


    Y'all are some wimps. Don't get me wrong, seeing that in real life would be awful, but the whole point of the film is to show us a glimpse of the nightmare of war. The violence and gruesomeness is integral to the film. That edited version sounds like a terrible idea.

    As religious folk, how on Earth did you handle Passion of the Christ?
  4. Not well. Similar nauseous experience. I saw it once, but couldn't see it again. Yep, I'm a total wimp, or I like to think just highly sensitive. I'm a vegetarian too because I can't handle the thought of killing animals either. I know it I might sound lame for that, but I can't help who I am. smile
  5. NP: Tron Legacy by Daft Punk - thanks to Erik's recommendation on his Best of the Last Decade podcast - love it!
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTime6 days ago
    Filmscoregirl wrote
    Not well. Similar nauseous experience. I saw it once, but couldn't see it again. Yep, I'm a total wimp, or I like to think just highly sensitive. I'm a vegetarian too because I can't handle the thought of killing animals either. I know it I might sound lame for that, but I can't help who I am. smile


    wave Fellow veggie here too. Funny, I can watch real footage of human violence and gore, but I can't stomach it when it comes to animals. (In movies, neither bother me. Love me some Tarantino. lick )
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime6 days ago
    I have no problem with movie violence -- whether it's funny slasher-type stuff or gruesome, realistic stuff like SPR. What I weirdly DO have problems with, though, is graphic depictions of natural bodily functions and attributes. Like births or whatever.
    I am extremely serious.
    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTime6 days ago
    This violent discussion has forced me to listen to a rather uninteresting score that works brilliantly in a film that I would not recommend.

    Ishikawa Chū - Tetsuo

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096251/reference
  6. Steven wrote
    christopher wrote
    Filmscoregirl wrote
    Lars wrote
    The movie has not more gore and violence than Saving Private Ryan.


    That's exactly the problem for me. I felt so physically ill after sitting through Saving Private Ryan in the theater - the gore was too much for me in that film, and I just won't do that to myself again. That's why I had to stop watching Flowers of War, because it was starting to affect me in a similar way. I can handle most typical movie violence but those two are just too realistic for me.


    Same. I saw an edited version of Saving Private Ryan where they apparently removed the most gruesome violence and the violence that remained was still shocking to me. I closed my eyes at one point because I just couldn't watch any more.


    Y'all are some wimps. Don't get me wrong, seeing that in real life would be awful, but the whole point of the film is to show us a glimpse of the nightmare of war. The violence and gruesomeness is integral to the film. That edited version sounds like a terrible idea.

    As religious folk, how on Earth did you handle Passion of the Christ?


    I actually didn't see it smile I knew it wasn't going to be for me.
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTime5 days ago
    Fair do's. To be fair I haven't seen the film, only the bloody end scene. It was a wee bit excessive. Good music though.