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Comments about the soundtrack for Titus (Elliot Goldenthal)

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Re: ...an unbelievably stupid argument...
• Posted by: Defrère Jérémy   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, August 1, 2003, at 10:29 a.m.
• IP Address: 89.173-200-80.adsl.skynet.be
• In Response to: ...an unbelievably stupid argument... (Christian Clemmensen)

> First of all, there was no "typo" in the star count. It's called an opinion, > not an error.

Agree. Absolutely nothing to add about that. While I'm at it, I want to apologize to you when I said your opinion on Titus was downright wrong. It was stupid, I admit that. But, you know, we're only humans, and sometimes, well..., we just do and say crazy sh*t that we didn't think. Everyone has his/her own opinion, and we hafta respect that, whether that opinion is negative or positive.

> Second, the quoted statement above is nuts, because it is an impossible
> ideal. I receive upwards of a dozen albums per week to review. Many of
> them are for films that aren't going to be released for another month.
> What the hell am I supposed to do with all of those albums? Sit on them?
> Spend $60 a week watching all of the films? When would I have time to
> actually write the review?

The fact that you receive upwards of a dozen albums per week to review is none of my business, Christian. All I know is that it must be one hell of a job, and we're all thankful for that. Listen, what I care about is that you tend to forget there's also a movie behind the music. I just want you to always bear that in mind while reviewing your soundtracks, OK? No offense intended, of course.

> I have a hard time believing that people like you guys would actually
> prefer that I write nothing about all of these albums... Of course it's
> beneficial to see the films, but it's just not possible.

Just for you to know, film music composers don't write music for air or to make good albums on CDs (these are secondary things, IMO, even though the CD is for us, film music fans, our guilty pleasure), they do write it in order to accompany the images of the film. Just in case it's not very clear. Now feel free to consider my argument as stupid as you want, but I don't believe it's possible to review a score if you haven't, at least, seen the movie that goes with it.

> It's a ridiculous misunderstanding about how things work, and it's a
> stupid argument to use against the reviews.

Oh, y'know, there are lots of stupid things in this world, and all we can do is either notice them and shut up or notice them and despise/regret them.

> Unbelievable...

Ditto.




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