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Re: Blade Runner vs Minority Report
• Posted by: GreetingsEarthling   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at 10:18 p.m.
• IP Address: va-loudon-68-67-234-254.chvlva.adelphia.net
• In Response to: Blade Runner vs Minority Report (ugly joe)

> Hi, Levente
how are you doing?
I've just read your interesting
> mail and I'd just like to add a few personal impressions. Certainly, there
> are some similarities between these two films, but don't let them confuse
> us. Blade Runner is a masterpiece, a jewel, whereas Minority Report is a
> good film, yeah, maybe one of the best Spielberg films in years, but
> that's all. Spielberg's film will never equal Bladerunner.
And this
> applies as well to music. No matter how much Williams tries to echo
> Vangelis' superb score, William's music is crap. Noisy, stupid, it lacks
> originality, beauty, it once again proves what I've been saying for such a
> long time: JOHN WILLIAMS HAS RUN OUT OF IDEAS, HE HAS NOTHING NEW TO
> OFFER, AND HIS MUSIC IS QUITE MEDIOCRE. Obviously, I won't go on comparing
> Vangelis with Williams, because Vangelis is a genius, wheras Williams is
> not. All you have to do is compare the discography of both musicians. If
> all Williams' recordings sound the same, Vangelis has made Jazz,
> avant-garde, rock, progressve, orchestral, new age, futuristic,
> soundtracks... and with excellent results most of the times.
>
Williams... please, go home
ugly joe

John Williams and Vangelis are not easily compared, for their geniuses go in different directions. Williams writes technically masterful works, and sometimes manages emotional grandeur (personally, his Duel of the Fates ranks as the single best piece of film music ever written in my opinion.) Vangelis has little or no technical skill, but paints an emotional soundscape of unrivaled intensity and color. Just because one of the approaches appeals more strongly to you, based on your prejudices, do not dismiss the worth of the other approach. If a composer might achieve both, that would be the best, agreed?




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