I was just reading James’ and Jon’s reviews of the new Independence Day movie score (and thinking I won’t buy this CD after the reviews) and decided to resurrect this topic.
First of all this topic is over two years old, and we’ve had a lot of new people join FSM in the past two years. Maybe by bringing it back, we can hook a few new “newbies” into reading their reviews. Those reviews sure help me know when to tune in or when to bring ear mufflers.
Also, I noticed that “Karol” chimed in when I first wrote this topic. Just wanted to let Karol that I often read his reviews also.
(So when are we all going to get James and Karol to move to the U.S to join Jon?)
Anyway, I hope new readers join in reading this thread, and that they take extra time to read film score reviews. We are never too Young or too Old to learn. We don’t always have to agree with various reviews, and that’s okay. Most importantly, ignorance is NOT bliss, and these men help stamp out movie music illiteracy and obliviousness.
I also love Jon and James' reviews and always read them, even though I only comment on them occasionally. Their tastes don't always mesh with mine, but it's so nice to read reviews that go beyond the usual "this sucks" .
Their contributions are invaluable, as are yours, Joan.
James, at first I was a bit nervous that you were quitting your critiques. Glad to see that isn’t true. Maybe your purpose is to no longer push people to purchase scores, but I still think that aspect works for many of us. I may not check out youtube or a movie score until I read your (and Jon’s or Karol’s) reviews. Your analysis points me towards or maybe away from scores. You are a bit like the pied piper leading our ears to hear more depth and finer details in certain scores. That’s an invaluable service for me and for others.
You wrote that you enjoy, “good film music has that dramatic flow at its heart.” Me too. So I’m glad that you will keep on writing and enjoying your “me time,” and that we get the privilege of piggybacking on to your journey.
Members, please do read his 20 year journey or reminiscence.