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Re: Better than Episode IV
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• Posted by: Amuro
• Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at 5:24 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Better than Episode IV (Dave)

> Amuro,

> There are two different James Horners. Don't confuse them.

> 1978 - 1995 Horner
1996 - 2005 Horner

> 1978-1995 Horner is a good, exciting young composer who at least had
> passion for what he did. He genuinely sounds like he is having fun- it
> really shows in his music. The Rocketeer captured the excitement of
> flying, Legends of the Fall captured the romance of the West.

> 1996-2005 Horner is dead inside. Sometime in the mid-to-late '90s, Horner
> said "to hell with it, I'll just give them a rehashed version of
> every score I've ever done. I can make a lot of money if I incorporate a
> sh*tty song at the end of my album. I'll do that as well." Every
> score made in this time period, sells well on album (because pre-teen
> girls want to buy memorabilia from the romance/chick flick which he has
> inevitably overscored), but severely detracts from the movie. He is one of
> the few composers alive who has managed to make movies worse with his
> score's inclusion.

> 2005-future: I see no reason to give Horner the benefit of the doubt; he's
> had a decade to get his act together, but he's decided that he'd rather
> rake in profit from sh*tty pop drivel.

Agreed, to an extent. I like "A Beautiful Mind" and I do belive "The Missing" was quite good.

"The Four Feathers" shows immense promise! And I don't think "Titanic" is that bad... its not like amazingly good, but its not too bad either. Yeah, there are two Horners, but I don't hate the second of the two as much as you obviously do (no problem with that, its a matter of opinion). But honestly I do hate the people who think Williams is some God and Horner is a hack... because they're both guilty of the same stuff.


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