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Comments about the soundtrack for Last Man Standing (Elmer Bernstein/Ry Cooder)

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Last Man Standing
• Posted by: Rick Lapin   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 3:14 p.m.
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Message Edited: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 5:25 p.m.

Look, it's like this:

As a remake of "Yojimbo" and "Fistful of Dollars", this film -- and no doubt Hill -- not only wanted but needed something as edgy as the scores for those two films were when they were issued.

That means Cooder was in direct competition with Satoh and Morricone; he knew it, and wrote accordingly ... Bernstein had no idea, probably less curiosity, and went with this warmed over batch of stuff from his reject trunk.

Get it yet?

Listen to "Yojimbo". Now, tell me Satoh's jazz-and-African inflected score would have made the characters in Tokugawa Japan less nervous than Cooder's score would make those in Jericho -- no high-hats back then! Not too sure the Japanese of the era had ever seen a trumpet! POS score on your radar, right? Then explain how Morricone's score could have been heard at any barn dance or in any concert hall in the days just after the Civil War.

OK to have a hard-on for certain composers, I guess -- although I avoid it, myself -- but you work way too hard to stack the deck, here, buddy. Bernstein has been rejected again and again because he failed to advance his craft past a certain point, knowing guys like you would support him all the way.

Now, take a shot or two of Jim Beam. Relax. Clear your mind of preconceptions, just like the Real Critics do. Then watch "Last Man Standing" just as the fairly straight-forward revenge film it is.

Then please rewrite your review.

Quite frankly, and to quote you yourself, as it now stands it is "Inappropriate".

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