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Comments about the soundtrack for Titanic (James Horner)

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Re: I love Titanic
• Posted by: Mohammad Raza   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, November 25, 2002, at 12:25 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: I love Titanic (Danny French)

Nah, I'm still convinced that Horner Rules

> Very apt! Score *maker* - not *composer*! A shoe*maker* manufactures shoes
> out of pre-existing materials. Maybe the shoemaker fashioned the materials
> or maybe he purchased or stole them from elsewhere. Then he picks them up
> in the combinations that he knows will make an acceptable shoe, and sews
> them together to make a shoe very similar to all the other shoes he's made
> out of those particular components. If he makes a good shoe with a
> particular type of leather, why not use it again? Never really changing
> his materials or basic construction technique, he can be sure that the
> shoes he produces will continue to be popular. >

> Are you implying that LOTR was a Horner effort? It was not, sir - it was
> *composed* by Howard Shore.

> I believe you are right. Titanic appeals to the masses - the lowest common
> denominator. I didn't enjoy it - I thought it was the most obnoxious pile
> of steaming horse manure and I'll tell you why.

> It's 1) Cheesy, 2) Repetitive, 3) Annoying, 4) Badly scored, 5)
> Synthesised for no good reason, and finally 6) Inappropriate. Also it
> sounds almost indisginguishable from every single other score Horner
> "fashioned" in the last ten years. That electronic choir is
> ridiculous - it sounds utterly cheap and is wholly inappropriate for use
> in a film set in the early 20th Century!

> I will admit that it does have *some* inspired moments. But make no
> mistake, an awful lot of it is meandering children's music that wouldn't
> be out of place in Casper. Anybody notice that Deep Impact (a totally
> different film set in a totally different time period about a totally
> different subject) of one year later is an almost direct theft from
> Titanic?

> Repeat after me: Horner is a *THIEF*, he's *PATRONISING*, his electronics
> are *SICKENING*.

> It lives in mine as another Hollywood attempt at re-writing history - an
> overlong, self congratulatory vehicle for the director which makes me sick
> to my stomach. It was an ill-conceived, outstandingly expensive bucket of
> horse manure. By the way, my mum loves both film and score... *growls*

> He makes damn sure it will never be forgotton! You can't remember a Horner
> theme? Don't panic, it'll show up in the film he scores next year! Horner
> has plagiarised his own music right from his second score. In his first
> score, he plagiarised from Russian classical composers!

> Don't get me wrong - some of Horner's earlier scores I quite enjoy -
> Krull, Star Trek II and III, for example. But Titanic can walk the plank.

> ^^^ My opinion - to which I am entitled just as you are yours. No hard
> feelings, my friend. I think Horner is shite, but that's life!

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • I love Titanic  (4085 views)
       Anas Assaad - Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at 4:03 a.m.
    •    Re: I love Titanic  (3586 views)
         james - Saturday, November 2, 2002, at 8:33 p.m.
    •    Re: I love Titanic  (3743 views)
         Danny French - Saturday, November 2, 2002, at 2:59 p.m.
      •      Re: I love Titanic  (4507 views)    We're Here
           Mohammad Raza - Monday, November 25, 2002, at 12:25 p.m.

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