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 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Why is there always a school bus on a bridge?

Because if it was in a parking lot the suspense would be minimal.

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 12:08 AM   
 By:   anakin022   (Member)

already posted a few samples on the custom covers thread, but I thought it might fit in here too:
http://hqcovers.net/2014/05/09/godzilla-by-alexandre-desplat/

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 12:28 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'm off to see the movie right now.

I'm kinda excited. Not as a GODZILLA fan (which I'm not), but as a lover of monster and disaster movies in general. I like what I've seen in the trailers.

Will report back in a couple of hours.

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 12:38 AM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

I'm off to see the movie right now.

I'm kinda excited. Not as a GODZILLA fan (which I'm not), but as a lover of monster and disaster movies in general. I like what I've seen in the trailers.



How could you be a lover of monster movies and not be a Godzilla fan?!

As a huge monster movie (and Godzilla) fan, I'm really looking forward to seeing it next weekend when it premieres in the U.S. I've purposely avoided all movie trailers and soundbites of Desplat's score. I don't even have the vaguest idea of the plot, other than it involves Godzilla.



Will report back in a couple of hours.


From now on, I will avoid this thread until after I've seen the movie. Hope you (and I) dig it!

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 2:10 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I'm liking what I'm hearing. Can't wait to see it. smile

Greg Espinoza



If it's anything close to this, I'll be happy. Easily the best thing about this film. smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 3:43 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

How could you be a lover of monster movies and not be a Godzilla fan?!

I don't know. I just never grew up with this thing.

From now on, I will avoid this thread until after I've seen the movie. Hope you (and I) dig it!

Sure, but I won't spoil anything. Then again, I guess you're not reading this anyways.

Just returned from the film. I thought it was great. Some fantastic setpieces, discrete use of 3D and just all-over intense from start to finish. The beginning is a cross between JURASSIC PARK and ALIEN (for reasons that you'll find out when you see it).

I did like Desplat's score in context too, although I can't picture myself listening to it on CD that much. Very brutal, but for once I found the composer's incessant use of endless ostinati quite appropriate -- gave the film a very primal "thrust".

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 6:31 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

I'm off to see the movie right now.

I'm kinda excited. Not as a GODZILLA fan (which I'm not), but as a lover of monster and disaster movies in general. I like what I've seen in the trailers.



How could you be a lover of monster movies and not be a Godzilla fan?!


Well, for me, I am a big fan of "monster movies" but, the "classic" Godzilla movies basically are...well, awful. I did see Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla Vs The Smog Monster in theaters as a kid, and liked them, watched other 'zilla movies on TV, but somewhere along the way it hit me...these movies are terrible. Yeah, some ( most...all ? ) are supposed to be cheesy and loopy ( right? ) but to me they are just ridiculous. I didn't want funny monsters, with baby Godzilla playing jump rope with daddy's tail big grin . Even Mothra, Gammera , I seem to remember them being more serious, but also remember them being pretty bad. I guess the overall style of those Japanese monster fests just turn me off. That's why the Emmerich Godzilla movie didn't infuriate me as it did others, to me it was an improvement. There I said it big grin For me there wasn't some holy Godzilla legacy to protect, as the original movies were never great.

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO THOR- THANKS, The one word I wanted to hear was INTENSE, GOOD, that is what I hoped for.ok, I know Josh won't hear this now but I have to answer when he asked the question how can you be a big monster film lover but not care too much for Godzilla. To me that is the easiest answer to give in film history. First off If you love all those light hearted Godzilla films from japan over the decades, fine, GOD BLESS YOU. But please get real here. Many people will share my sentiment. I know this first hand and second hand. When I was young the adults would watch and really enjoy BEAST FROM 20,000 Fathoms, The giant behemoth, Gorgo, Them, the monster that challenge the world, loads more. From them many of us grew up liking those films and respecting them as good SCIFI HORROR films. Today they still look good.But when a Son of Godzilla, Ghidrah or a Gammera came on the tube, many of the adults would start to chuckle and make remarks I won't repeat hear not because of any foul language but because of derogatory remarks made about those films. What can I say? again to each one's own. But always remember that statement means just what it says, it works both ways. But sometimes one gets the feeling that statement is siding with if it is good then it's fine but you can't say something is bad and if that is the case then To each one's own really won't mean anything, will it? Anyway I am looking forward to see this film next week and I will take my girlfriend telling her the name of the movie we are seeing is THE BIG G.Otherwise I might have a hard time getting her in the theatre[ha, ha] it's the way of the world. what can I do?

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Yeah I love those old Godzilla movies. Guy in the rubber suit never bothered me. Trampling miniature cityscape's was cool! I can't explain it. Then again I don't understand how ppl can love slasher films, but that doesn't get all the negative flack Zilla fans get. To each their own. I do wish this film was (more or less) a remake of the original film and saved the monster brawl for the sequel. But I'm still interested in seeing it.

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

How could you be a lover of monster movies and not be a Godzilla fan?!

I don't know. I just never grew up with this thing.


That’s really it though, isn’t it? Monster movies made for kids and teenagers. Big monster destroys city and kills people. Brainless nonsense. Superhero films are the same. Same drivel over and over again. It’s like no one ever grows up and out of this stuff.

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 8:10 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Sorry couldn't disagree with you more. There is no form of entertainment that can't be injected with a adult attitude if one wants to and it has many times. Eugene Lourie former war photographer made 3 films that could easily be enjoyed by all people in the monster genre. I remember years ago at SHEA STADIUM[where the New York Mets played] there was a sign that said baseball is for kids REALLY, I think it is much more then that. It takes wisdom and deep thinking to see there is adult value in any venture. But that does not mean the vision of Eugene was not a lot different then the vision of the director of SON OF GODZILLA.

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I would imagine that sign you’re referring to was more the idea to encourage kids from an early age to play baseball like any sport to gain interest and be active at it. I don’t see any 'deep thinking' as an adult in a Godzilla movie or a guy dressed in a superhero costume. But that’s just my opinion.

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)


 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

My review of the soundtrack, if anyone's interested:

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


Nice review James but I will disagree on one point- as far as brass clusters and Goldenthal like scoring, Banos' Evil Dead still reigns supreme for recent vicious scoring. It's the closest thing to Alien3 we've heard in the last several years.

Truth be told, and remember I'm the guy who started this thread, I'm a little vexed by this score. I listened through today but found it rather unaffected. Yes, technically it's very well executed and the brass writing with those crazy triplets and quadruplets are very nice. But it doesn't sound very far removed melodically in its approach from Arnold's 1998 score. I'm also a little surprised at the lack of vacuous hall size. If Desplat used a large orchestra you almost wouldn't know I it based on how close mic'd the instruments are. There's little to no "air" in the room to give the music that vacuous bigness that even Ifukube managed with resources a third of the size.

I'm seeing the film opening night and hope it makes me like the score more. At this point I hate to admit I'm a little disappointed (in the music). I guess I was envisioning Shostakovich meets Ligeti or Varese.

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2014 - 4:59 AM   
 By:   jwb   (Member)

I think I'll still be re-spinning Arnold's version more than Desplat's. If anything, Arnold really nailed a great theme.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2014 - 5:50 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

I'm also a little surprised at the lack of vacuous hall size. If Desplat used a large orchestra you almost wouldn't know I it based on how close mic'd the instruments are. There's little to no "air" in the room to give the music that vacuous bigness that even Ifukube managed with resources a third of the size.


I noticed this as well.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2014 - 6:03 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

My review of the soundtrack, if anyone's interested:

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


Nice review James but I will disagree on one point- as far as brass clusters and Goldenthal like scoring, Banos' Evil Dead still reigns supreme for recent vicious scoring. It's the closest thing to Alien3 we've heard in the last several years.

Truth be told, and remember I'm the guy who started this thread, I'm a little vexed by this score. I listened through today but found it rather unaffected. Yes, technically it's very well executed and the brass writing with those crazy triplets and quadruplets are very nice. But it doesn't sound very far removed melodically in its approach from Arnold's 1998 score. I'm also a little surprised at the lack of vacuous hall size. If Desplat used a large orchestra you almost wouldn't know I it based on how close mic'd the instruments are. There's little to no "air" in the room to give the music that vacuous bigness that even Ifukube managed with resources a third of the size.

I'm seeing the film opening night and hope it makes me like the score more. At this point I hate to admit I'm a little disappointed (in the music). I guess I was envisioning Shostakovich meets Ligeti or Varese.



Maybe you should lower your expectations a little bit, David!... smile

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2014 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Desplat at the premiere:

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2014 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

I think I'll still be re-spinning Arnold's version more than Desplat's. If anything, Arnold really nailed a great theme.

Well, sort of. That 4 note motif is Herrmann's Cape Fear. But his actual theme was indeed very nice!

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2014 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

My review of the soundtrack, if anyone's interested:

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


Nice review James but I will disagree on one point- as far as brass clusters and Goldenthal like scoring, Banos' Evil Dead still reigns supreme for recent vicious scoring. It's the closest thing to Alien3 we've heard in the last several years.

Truth be told, and remember I'm the guy who started this thread, I'm a little vexed by this score. I listened through today but found it rather unaffected. Yes, technically it's very well executed and the brass writing with those crazy triplets and quadruplets are very nice. But it doesn't sound very far removed melodically in its approach from Arnold's 1998 score. I'm also a little surprised at the lack of vacuous hall size. If Desplat used a large orchestra you almost wouldn't know I it based on how close mic'd the instruments are. There's little to no "air" in the room to give the music that vacuous bigness that even Ifukube managed with resources a third of the size.

I'm seeing the film opening night and hope it makes me like the score more. At this point I hate to admit I'm a little disappointed (in the music). I guess I was envisioning Shostakovich meets Ligeti or Varese.



Maybe you should lower your expectations a little bit, David!... smile


I know. But truthfully, I LOVE Desplat's Zero Dark Thirty and that one cue Flight to the Compound is perfect for Godzilla. IT also sounded BIG.

I'm sure I will appreciate it much more after having seen the film. If you look up any of my comments on this forum, you will see I've been a big advocate of Desplat for a long time so I'm not keen on dissing the guy's music.
smile

 
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