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Comments about the soundtrack for The Last Airbender (James Newton Howard)
Howard Pulled A Horner!

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Howard Pulled A Horner!   Sunday, July 4, 2010 (1:29 p.m.) 
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Throughout the score, I heard some cues from "King Kong", and others injected into this film score. Even tiny bits of "The Happening" was used for this film. However, I have no complaints. The movie was great, the score was fantastic. Jams Newton Howard has moved to be my second favorite film composer, behind John Williams and James Horner tied for 1st. Zimmer is in third. Howard has truely established himself as a recognizable composer. Look for this score to be nominated for best film score for 2010. Howard deserves it! Well done.


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Re: Howard Pulled A Horner!   Thursday, November 4, 2010 (1:32 p.m.) 

> Throughout the score, I heard some cues from "King Kong", and
> others injected into this film score. Even tiny bits of "The
> Happening" was used for this film. However, I have no complaints. The
> movie was great, the score was fantastic. Jams Newton Howard has moved to
> be my second favorite film composer, behind John Williams and James Horner
> tied for 1st. Zimmer is in third. Howard has truely established himself as
> a recognizable composer. Look for this score to be nominated for best film
> score for 2010. Howard deserves it! Well done.

Everyone reuses a bit of their own material once in a while, though I feel the comparison to Horner is not entirely accurate. Horner's reused themes are blatantly obvious, a distraction to some.

I feel for some other composers, their reuse of previous motifs are sort of like "easter eggs" for film music buffs; in the sense they are not in your face, but if you pay attention, its a hidden treat you'll notice that sort of "rewards" you for listening to their previous works.


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