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This is a post that I've been thinking about for awhile. Recently, I opened up the discussion to other members of the staff to get their feelings on the matter, and their opinions generally matched mine, which is this:

Within the last year or so, there's been a steady increase of negative posts in movie threads. We've always had some heated discussions for some movies, but recently things have not only gotten more histrionic in those threads (generally speaking, the CBM ones), but they've started to spread to other franchises and other movies as well. I'm not talking about out-and-out trolling, I'm talking about members feeling they have to consistently shit on a movie (or studio, or star) simply because they aren't interested in the current project or projects. With every piece of news about a movie, it's now a virtual guarantee that there's a flood of people rushing to say they think it sucks, they don't like the current trailer/tv spot/actor/actress/director/concept. And I get it -- we all have movies we don't like, movies which we think are bad ideas, industry people that just don't appeal to us. But there's a fine line between expressing your opinion about this and doing it so often, with such consistency, that the collective emphasis of all of it basically brings down the entire thread and thus the entire forum.

There's no easy answer to this. We don't want to crush freedom of expression here. But at the same time, the spirit of this forum is for people to have fun talking about the movies they love and the box-office runs they love.

To have fun.

And while it may be fun -- in a sense -- to personally vent about a movie, or to vent at people who dare to enjoy something you don't, it doesn't bring fun to our community. In fact, it generally drags down the overall fun for everyone else. We've had people repeatedly mention to us over the last several months or so that in some cases they don't even bother going into some threads -- even for movies they're curious about! -- because they just don't want to deal with the overall mess those threads contain. And frankly, that matches the personal opinion of most of the staff as well.

So this post is both a request and a warning. 

The request: Next time you feel like taking a dump on a movie (or a topic) for the dozenth time, take a moment to consider whether it's really worth it. People probably already have a good idea of what your attitude about the project is. Maybe just put your posting energy into a movie that you enjoy and love or are excited about.

The warning: The staff is going to be taking a closer look at some of these threads and we'll be more active with temp thread-bans if we think it'll help the overall vibe of the forum. I'd rather we don't have to, but it's not going to constrain any of you too much if you aren't allowed to post about a movie you supposedly don't care about anyway.

Remember the words of Bill and Ted: "Be Excellent to Each Other".

They're just movies, guys. It's about having fun.

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Score and soundtracks - 2015 discussion

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Jurassic World score was decent, but it comes no where close to the first 2 films. 

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Fury Road is the kind of score I despise on paper (Zimmer control approved droning noise, deafening drums, repetitive sound FX loops in action scenes and cheesy violins playing trite melodies barely resembling a theme in the slow parts) but it's a miracle that I loved the movie that much in spite of all this because the brash over-the-topness of it all just sweeps me away (Dat fat sludge-y guitar riffing)  that I can listen to tracks like The Bog, Storm Is Coming, Brothers In Arms and Immortan Joe's theme to remind me the sheer awesomeness of the movie without cringing at all the repetitive and numbing shit.

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Patrick Doyle's score for Cinderella has still managed to stick with me. Most of Disney's live action remakes have been garbage (though I reasonably liked Cinderella), but I'll be damned if they don't get some really good music. Fury Road and Inside Out were also pretty strong, as well as Jupiter Ascending. Paddington's score also had its charms. Otherwise, it hasn't been a super exciting year for me so far. Here's that I'm looking forward to most for the year:

 

Mychael Danna (The Good Dinosaur)

Thomas Newman (Bridge of Spies)

Fernando Velazquez (Crimson Peak)

John Powell (Pan) - I'm disappointed we lost Marianelli, but Powell's often pretty reliable in terms of family adventures.

Carter Burwell (Carol)

John Williams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

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Ex Machina's score is perfectly atmospheric. Cues aren't memorable on their own, but they were excellent at mood-setting.

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Jupiter Ascending, very space operatic.

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I don't get all the love Mad Max score is receiving. Solid score, but far from memorable, IMHO

 

Jupiter Ascending score trascended its own movie, and that doesn't happen many times

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Jurassic World is the main one that I'm still listening to. A great mix of new and old.

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I just watched "Far from the Madding Crowd" the other night. and while the movie was actually pretty good for the kind of film it was, what really stood out was the score,  fantastic, some of the ques are very similar to "The Village's" theme.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NhDyTIgEHg

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have been listening JW score for quite a while now. I'm surprised how good it was and how it matched seamlessly new and old material, the tone of the score for the first movie while still keeping some Giacchino flair. It could almost pass for a lesser John Williams score.

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have been listening JW score for quite a while now. I'm surprised how good it was and how it matched seamlessly new and old material, the tone of the score for the first movie while still keeping some Giacchino flair. It could almost pass for a lesser John Williams score.

Still insane that for everyone else in the industry that this is called high praise.
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have been listening JW score for quite a while now. I'm surprised how good it was and how it matched seamlessly new and old material, the tone of the score for the first movie while still keeping some Giacchino flair. It could almost pass for a lesser John Williams score.

That is so true! 

 

But we all know that the Score of all Scores 2015 is coming this December ;)

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What about scores like Bridge of Spies or Steve Jobs?

Really liked them also. Still has to properly listen to Martian, Spectre and Crimson Peak.

It is one of the best years in recent history for me.

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On 12/11/2015 10:25:30, ShouldIBeHere said:

 

Thank you for sharing!

 

Any list that does not put Star Wars in top is useless. For me, top3 would be Star Wars original trilogy, LotR trilogy and a Morricone score.

 

Only a Goldsmith score? Weird, considering he composed gems like Planet of the Apes, Poltergeist, Alien, First Blood or The prophecy.

 

Not a single JNH score in the list? AWFUL!

 

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1 hour ago, stripe said:

 

Thank you for sharing!

 

Any list that does not put Star Wars in top is useless. For me, top3 would be Star Wars original trilogy, LotR trilogy and a Morricone score.

 

Only a Goldsmith score? Weird, considering he composed gems like Planet of the Apes, Poltergeist, Alien, First Blood or The prophecy.

 

Not a single JNH score in the list? AWFUL!

 

Why only the original trilogy? The prequels have just as good scores.

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The PT scores are incredible, but the OT scores are a step further in creativity and ambition. TPM is the best score of the PT, but I cannot consider AotC and RotS to be in the same outstanding level. They both sure had fantastic cues and are never less than impressive... But George Lucas killed AotC score editing previously released music in the third act, while RotS suffers a lot because of the not so inspired editing of the album.

The last two scores do not have an official complete edition and both really needed it.

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Any shortcomings AOTC's score had is made up by Across the Stars IMO.

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On 11/15/2015, 3:33:29, WrathOfHan said:

Any shortcomings AOTC's score had is made up by Across the Stars IMO.

Yes yes yes YES!

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