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Re: Only negative review I have found
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• Posted by: GK
• Date: Saturday, August 14, 2010, at 6:53 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Only negative review I have found (love JNH)

> Exactly the kind of arrogant one-line dismissal of other opinions that
> makes so many filmtracks posters come across as snobs. If you think you
> are more intelligent than other readers and also more knowledgable than 5
> IFMCA members who have given this soundtrack a positive final score then
> good for you (I know that you do think you're more intelligent so don't
> bother confirming it for me).

Good you added the last sentence, since that spares me some work. Do you mean the kind of arrogant one-line dismissal like the original poster put on display? Just clarifying ...

I never said I'm more "intelligent" than others. I guess that's your hurt ego remembering your brain's interpretation of my comments.

I said that people listening to film music only occasionally are more easily impressable than people who listen to film music often; and that some people have an inborn, deeper musical understanding, and need more complex music to be fully satisfied, whereas others don't have musical sensibilities and are fully satisfied by music like Inception.

The world is full of dullards that have no understanding, not a faint one, what craftsmanship or art is, but that doesn't keep them from showcasing ignorance and arrogance towards it; so it's our good right to show some arrogance in return.

That is neither snobbish nor derogatory, it's simple fact. Deal with it.

I have no problem when people love this score. What I do have a problem with is people saying this IS a great score.
Because it is not. It's triste, repetitious, mundane, monotone, and the comments of the composer around it border on the idiotic.

Some people do give this thing a positive final score because it's not a bad score. It's not a bad score because it is a blatant, even less entertaining copy of scores that worked.

It depends on which standard you apply.
Is it memorability, intelligence or skill? Then Inception is not even close to meeting them.
Is it entertainment and functionality? Then Inception succeeds. But then, every score more or less does, unless you have another "Spontaneous Human Combustion" in front of you.

Of course, not too long ago, it went without saying that a score should be of some intelligence and musical skill, no matter how purely entertaining or functional it was supposed to be.

But you shouldn't expect that from a man who says that film music is more shallow than "real" music.
And you shouldn't pretend that his music is not just that nowadays: shallow.

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