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 : June 20, 2024, 10:47:16 AM 
dave jenkins - drinkanddestroy
This is pretty typical of that generation of composers who thought of themselves as serious artists. Film scoring wasn't writing symphonies etc. it was composing a series of bits (an overture at most if you were lucky).And film music didn't stand on its own, it was supporting somebody else's work. It paid the bills, but it wasn't the ideal gig. Bernard Herrmann was pretty much of the same mind (although in his case he wanted to be great conductor). Today there are plenty who aspire to be film composers only, but their work is less impressive than the old masters who were slumming.

Prior to 1960, how many film scores (other than musicals of course) could stand on their own as great music to be enjoyed apart from the movie? I can think of very, very few.


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 : June 20, 2024, 09:46:02 AM 
PowerRR - T.H.
Boyz in the Hood (1991) - One of the very rare movies that would be much improved if it was a good ~40 minutes longer. With the way the plot was structured, everything feels very melodramatic since the story is so rushed. It's a good movie that is held down by trying to fit so much into such a short runtime -- which was quite jarring after not having seen this in such a long time. It is also not aided by its dated score, the movie's soundtrack should have been entirely comprised of 70's soul and late 80's hip hop. Menace II Society is the better and more honest movie.  B-


Dead Presidents (1995) - It's a token example of a film where you ask yourself, "Is this movie good?". Maybe? I think so? There are definitely some very powerful scenes, but it ultimately would have worked better had it just been a coming of age movie set in late 60's NYC, or a Vietnam movie, or a 70's set heist movie. Instead, we get an entertaining movie that's all over the place with a very fun heist scene near the end. It's one of those movies I was expecting to like more as an adult, but it comes up short, even though there are certainly a lot of great scenes.  C+


Straight Outta Compton (2015) - I normally avoid these modern music bio pics like the plague, but maybe the one that started this ridiculously played-out trend was good...and eh. The first half, while melodramatic, is at least fast paced and entertaining, but the second half (or post N.W.A. breakup) is a total mess with pointless cameos and a total disregard for anything resembling the truth. I will stick to avoiding these formulaic movies regardless if I'm a fan of the music or not.  C


Apocalypto (2006) - Had Gibson not shot this like it was a Bourne Identity movie, this would be a masterpiece and possibly the single best movie of the 21st Century (at least on the short list). However, this movie suffers badly from Paul Greengrass-itis and it also features way too many boring medium close up shots. It is a crime that this wasn't shot in scope and let the action play out more organically. But outside of that gripe, and the movie possibly betraying its realistic tone in the climax, this is a phenomenal movie.  A-

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 : June 20, 2024, 07:08:38 AM 
moorman - titoli
I remember it only as a forgettable mess.

You're generous. Terribly PC.

 84 
 : June 20, 2024, 07:06:42 AM 
dave jenkins - dave jenkins
This is pretty typical of that generation of composers who thought of themselves as serious artists. Film scoring wasn't writing symphonies etc. it was composing a series of bits (an overture at most if you were lucky).And film music didn't stand on its own, it was supporting somebody else's work. It paid the bills, but it wasn't the ideal gig. Bernard Herrmann was pretty much of the same mind (although in his case he wanted to be great conductor). Today there are plenty who aspire to be film composers only, but their work is less impressive than the old masters who were slumming.

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 : June 20, 2024, 06:29:41 AM 
dave jenkins - Cusser
I saw the movie on TCM.

So Ennio was deeply emotional, still heavily admires the teacher of his youth, and (if not his entire life, for much of it) was somewhat embarrassed that his career was as a film composer

Just finished this last night, and agree.  Ennio was somewhat embarrassed early on by working on films....

 86 
 : June 20, 2024, 01:36:10 AM 
moorman - stanton
I remember it only as a forgettable mess.

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 : June 19, 2024, 08:39:49 PM 
titoli - moorman
I found the plot quite familiar but still creative. The choice of actors and filming locations is also extremely suitable. Holden's performances are also extremely impressive. I don't understand why people find his movements superficial and lifeless. I will give this movie 7/10 for what it has brought.
. I agree.  It was a strong performance by Holden.  You even saw his character take a surprising arc in this film.  Its a underrated performance.

 88 
 : June 19, 2024, 08:34:50 PM 
moorman - moorman
I couldn't find a thread on this so here goes. This film takes the usual stereotypes, Iconoclasm and history taught in schools, Hollywood, etc. and revels in it.  It is very polarizing. That out of the way, it took that well worn path and was actually pretty good.  Brock Peters, Burl Ives,  Nancy Kwan, Jack Palance and David Carrandine did a fantastic job here.  The musical scoring was actually pretty good.  I saw a very bad copy on Tubi so I can't attest to the photography.  I rate this a solid 7 1/2 out of 10.

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 : June 19, 2024, 08:23:27 PM 
titoli - tendonsweatsuit
I found the plot quite familiar but still creative. The choice of actors and filming locations is also extremely suitable. Holden's performances are also extremely impressive. I don't understand why people find his movements superficial and lifeless. I will give this movie 7/10 for what it has brought.

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 : June 19, 2024, 09:59:57 AM 
noodles_leone - Novecento
The cinematography by Chris Menges is also outstanding. Of course, it helps to be shooting in such a stunning location.

Iguacu Falls is the most beautiful place I've ever visited.

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