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Comments about the soundtrack for True Lies (Brad Fiedel)
This is a great score!

Luis L.
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Christian Clemmensen
This is a great score!   Thursday, May 1, 2003 (2:34 p.m.) 

I recently bought this album, and I enjoyed Brad Fiedel's score very much. It was great in the film, and it still kicks ass on album! Fiedel's music for the first two Terminator films and True Lies are wonderful listens. Start thinking straight before writing a review, Clemmenson!

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Defrère Jérémy
Re: Nay, it is a great film...   Thursday, May 1, 2003 (7:11 p.m.) 

> Start thinking straight before writing a review, Clemmenson!

ClemmensEn.

I've noticed over the years, interestingly, that when I give a positive rating to a score, very few people say anything in response to that review. On the other hand, if I give a negative rating to a score, everyone congregates in that place to denounce me as an incompetent.

Why is this? One would think that the opinion is irrelevant when compared to the fact that it's nice to have any review page at all for scores like True Lies. I have a whole box of one-star CDs waiting for review!

Christian



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Re: Nay, it is a great film...   Thursday, May 1, 2003 (9:47 p.m.) 

Heh, I have actually often wondered if Christian ever reads the posts. I guess I have my answer!

Speaking of answers, the answer to your question I think lies in simply human psychology: agreement doesn't stir passion the way disagreement does. When you give a score a high rating, its usually because it really stands out, and few would argue it wasn't a great score. People simple don't have anything to add. (Though I seem to recall someone actually posting they thought Cutthroat Island didn't deserve a positive review, though his reasoning was shakey at best.) On the other hand, say something negative, and there is almost guaranteed to be at least one person who liked it, and wants to say so.

I saw a sign once that read "when I do something good, no one remembers, when I do something bad, no one forgets". Positive reinforcement is sadly in short supply.

Anyway, I'm reminded of when Varese Sarbande exec Robert Townson wrote once that about how everyone complains that Varese CDs are short, and few people ever say "thank you" for releasing a score album at all. Link here: http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/articles/2000/17_Aug---Varese_Sarabande_Producer_Letter.asp (side note -- explaination of short CDs here: http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/articles/1998/06_Aug---30_Minute_Varese_CDs_Label_Response.asp )

Anyway, this is turning into a novel. In summary, I thoroughly enjoy this site, as well as reading the reviews, and I find it to be one of the best organized film score sites on the net. Even though we don't always agree at the end. Hey, its YOUR site, therefore ultimately you can say what you like. I personally LOVE the feature, however, that we can actually post our OWN opinions and thoughts if we like. Sometimes the discussions over a score are as interesting and informative to read as the review.
> ClemmensEn.

> I've noticed over the years, interestingly, that when I give a positive
> rating to a score, very few people say anything in response to that
> review. On the other hand, if I give a negative rating to a score,
> everyone congregates in that place to denounce me as an incompetent.

> Why is this? One would think that the opinion is irrelevant when compared
> to the fact that it's nice to have any review page at all for scores like
> True Lies. I have a whole box of one-star CDs waiting for review!

> Christian


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Re: Nay, it is a fun score...   Thursday, May 1, 2003 (9:52 p.m.) 

Oh yeah. It is too a good score. Nyah.

(Whew, I think I started to sound too mature and reasonable in that last post. Had to fix that. )

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Luis L.
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Christian Clemmensen
Re: Nay, it is a great film...   Friday, May 2, 2003 (7:08 a.m.) 

> ClemmensEn.

> I've noticed over the years, interestingly, that when I give a positive
> rating to a score, very few people say anything in response to that
> review. On the other hand, if I give a negative rating to a score,
> everyone congregates in that place to denounce me as an incompetent.

> Why is this? One would think that the opinion is irrelevant when compared
> to the fact that it's nice to have any review page at all for scores like
> True Lies. I have a whole box of one-star CDs waiting for review!

> Christian

I admit that I was a bit harsh with that last comment I made. I appreciate that the album was reviewed, but it deserves much more than one star. At least a three-star rating would have been more appropriate. Most of your reviews are quite good, actually. By the way, when will we get to read reviews on the re-releases of The Omen Trilogy CDs that were released by Varese Sarabande in late 2001?

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Re: Nay, it is a great film...   Wednesday, May 14, 2003 (2:08 a.m.) 

> ClemmensEn.

> I've noticed over the years, interestingly, that when I give a positive
> rating to a score, very few people say anything in response to that
> review. On the other hand, if I give a negative rating to a score,
> everyone congregates in that place to denounce me as an incompetent.

> Why is this? One would think that the opinion is irrelevant when compared
> to the fact that it's nice to have any review page at all for scores like
> True Lies. I have a whole box of one-star CDs waiting for review!

> Christian

False!!! As I fully agree with your review of Zimmer's Hannibal soundtrack in that you think it is one of the greatest achievements by the composer. Great review, indeed ! Honestly, I must admit I woulda never thought I'd say that to you ! You know, this idea that you and I have this little something in common frightens me so bad !!!

So, are you feeling less alone now ?

I have a question for you, Christian : is it easier to review a good or a bad score ?

DJ

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