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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Aisle Seat 5-6: May Catalog Mania by Andy Dursin
 Posted:   May 6, 2014 - 12:39 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

This is one comment I couldn't let pass

"(notice I’m NOT talking about Nicholas Meyer’s “Volunteers,” still one of the all-time unfunniest comedies to come out of that decade)."

I saw that film in the theater and it was a blast, far from perfect but I laughed a lot.

Different Strokes for different folks...

Ford A. Thaxton

 Posted:   May 6, 2014 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Correction: "Goldsmith’s score swells like the sea itself, offering a beautiful pallet of themes...."

I think you meant palette, the board on which an artist mixes colors, verses "pallet" - which is either a straw mattress or a wood framework for cargo.

But I make the point more to note that "palette of themes" doesn't really work as a metaphor for music. "Palette" denotes the raw materials the artist uses, a "palette" of colors, of paints, etc. The comparison in music would I think be better suited to notes, or chords, or harmonies, or even rhythms - but not themes, which would be better compared to sketches, pictures, etc.

I know, I know. Once an English major, always an English major....

 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

Regarding critics coming down hard on some of Spielberg`s movies. That reminded me of when I went to film school in Stockholm, Sweden almost ten years ago where everyone in the class (including the teachers) more or less hated Spielberg and his films. That is everyone except for two people in the class and I was one of those two. Actually that other Spielberg fan is the only one in the class who have had best luck in finding work in the film industry.

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