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 Posted:   Jul 26, 2020 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   Mathias   (Member)

I would like to praise James Southall´s review site Movie Wave. If you haven´t visited this site I really recommend you to do so. James has written so many great reviews. Whether you have the same music taste or not doesn´t matter. He is almost always entertaining and passionate in his writing.

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

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2020 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   lacoq   (Member)

It's a great website! I've been reading his reviews for years and his writing is always spot on, knowledgeable and most entertaining.......with a dash of humor! Definitely one of the few top-ranked soundtrack review sites.
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 Posted:   Jul 26, 2020 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   dv95327   (Member)

Oh yes. This is about the only site I take seriously as James' tastes are aligned largely with mine. His wit is incomparable and his writing sharp. His Horner Odyssey has been wonderful and I'm glad to see he seems to be doing the same with Morricone.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2020 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   Richard May   (Member)

Oh yes. This is about the only site I take seriously as James' tastes are aligned largely with mine. His wit is incomparable and his writing sharp. His Horner Odyssey has been wonderful and I'm glad to see he seems to be doing the same with Morricone.

I agree wholeheartedly. I would also add that thr reviews are just the right length for me. Enough to allow me to understand James’ rationale but not too long that I start to skip paragraphs (so happens with one or other review websites which are just too long for me).

I still member bumping into James in Bath, England, near to HMV around the time of the release of Star Wars: Phantom Menace, if I recall correctly. To think that’s over 20 years ago now....

Richard

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2020 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

James writes wonderful reviews. His reviews help me decide which movies I want to see and which scores I want to hear.


You can find a little more about James Southall and another reviewer who sadly left FSM in this topic.

https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=103575&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2020 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   EricHG30   (Member)

I just discovered this site *last night*. Funny coincidence. And yes, seems a worthwhile site--he doesn't have some of the crazy hang ups that a certain other famous film score review site has...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2020 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

Ha, thanks everyone! Much appreciated.

I remember that meeting in Bath, Richard. I spent an awful lot of time in that HMV!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2020 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   knisper.shayan   (Member)

my favourite review site of movie scores!
thank you, james for all your hard work, so much appreciated!

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2020 - 3:06 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

James is still after many years my favorite film music reviewer, because his writing is unique and funny, his taste is excellent (even when it doesn't perfectly align with mine it's always well justified), and his selection of what titles to review hits many things (such as Morricone) that other reviewers ignore. Thanks James, and keep up the great work!

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2020 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   EricHG30   (Member)

Although, as a fan of better synth scores, his complete disdain for Moroder (and by association Faltermeyer) is something I have to ignore. wink (I mean his blanket statement about Moroder, "I used inverted commas around "scores" because they weren't dramatic film scores per se, they were just a series of instrumental pop songs which happened to be playing at the same time as the film," definitely doesn't describe the scores for Midnight Express, Cat People, or even Thief of Hearts, etc (which do all have instrumental variations of usually one pop song theme that shows up in places but no more than a song theme comes up in many scores by Horner or Menken or Goldsmith), whether one likes them or thinks they're good or not (and ironically his site loved--as I do too--the Tron: Legacy soundtrack which owes so much to Moroder). Of course many of these scores are badly presented on their albums, to be fair, often being presented as pop albums (I'm surprised we haven't had a proper expanded Midnight Express release yet). Of course I'm also a big fan of Burt Bacharach's film scores, and he is often criticized for writing "instrumental pop songs" as scoring (something he has admitted to, though I think that doesn't give credit to his best film scoring). But I digress wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 9:32 AM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

Well, that was an arrogant thing to say even by my standards! I don't remember saying it so hopefully it was a long time ago and I can blame being young and stupid.

 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)

When I first started getting into collecting in the mid-late nineties, Movie Wave, Movie Music UK, and Filmtracks were the three places I frequented whenever I had access to a computer with the internet. I learned a ton about film music from all three and spent countless hours on the free library computers reading reviews when I should have been doing homework. It was the dark ages for me and those three websites offered the faintest glimpse of light. I can remember getting really excited anytime a new "big" score was released because I liked to see how the three sites differed and were similar in their reviews.

FWIW, that was a big part of getting into film music for me and I don't know that I would have without sites like Movie Wave.

 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 8:29 PM   
 By:   General Kael   (Member)

When I first started getting into collecting in the mid-late nineties, Movie Wave, Movie Music UK, and Filmtracks were the three places I frequented whenever I had access to a computer with the internet. I learned a ton about film music from all three and spent countless hours on the free library computers reading reviews when I should have been doing homework. It was the dark ages for me and those three websites offered the faintest glimpse of light. I can remember getting really excited anytime a new "big" score was released because I liked to see how the three sites differed and were similar in their reviews.

FWIW, that was a big part of getting into film music for me and I don't know that I would have without sites like Movie Wave.


This was also my holy trinity so to speak. Filmtracks, Movie Music UK, and Movie Wave. And then later I eventually found this wonderful discussion board, and I must say that I quite like all you people and our shared hobby! My sincere thanks to all of you and these sites for deeply enriching my life.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2020 - 5:30 AM   
 By:   EricHG30   (Member)

Well, that was an arrogant thing to say even by my standards! I don't remember saying it so hopefully it was a long time ago and I can blame being young and stupid.

Ha! It was definitely an older review--and I have to apologize for the tone of my own post which was meant to sound more... jokey, for lack of a better word than it came off. Besides, unlike some other movie score review sites, you give proper credit to Alan Menken for his scoring work, so all is good wink

 
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