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Blah blah blah film music blah blah

Ffffffffff… FFFFFFFFFffff…. Arg. Bleg. Dust.

I’m blowing the dust of this blog because holy crap I actually have something I want to say? Amazing.

So look what just came out – the Oscar nominations. And skipping the big ones like “Best Nice Man” (Colin Firth  should get that one) and “Best Nice Lady” (Natalie, obviously) I go right to the really important category: Best original score.

So here’s what we got –

Music (Original Score)
• “How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
• “Inception” Hans Zimmer
• “The King’s Speech” Alexandre Desplat
• “127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
• “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Before I discuss what did get nominated, I’ll go over two scores that didn’t. TRON: Legacy and Black Swan. Now Black Swan was not allowed to be nominated as it contains too much of Swan Lake to be considered a fully original score. Now I haven’t seen Black Swan yet so I can’t comment on if they skipped over the best score ever, but I can say that I’m a little miffed about it because I love Clint Mansell and if “The Last Man” from The Fountain soundtrack were a blanket I would cuddle it forever.
But then there’s TRON. A lot of people thought it would be a shoe-in for a nomination. The fantastic duo of Daft Punk writing music for a film? Amazing, fantastic, how unheard of, it must be nominated. But it wasn’t. And it shouldn’t have been.

This is not because it was a bad score. It wasn’t. It really wasn’t. The music Daft Punk wrote is excellent and I think some of their best work. But the problem is how it works with the film as an actual score. And that is to say, it doesn’t work as well as it should. Despite the high quality of the music, you do however get the feeling that instead of being written specifically for the scenes, the cues are just original Daft Punk songs that happen to fit the mood of the scene. And that doesn’t equal a proper score. But this is Daft Punk’s first real move into proper film scoring, so it’s only fair that they don’t get it exactly 100% right first time. As I said, the music is excellent and is amazing to listen to outside of the film. It just didn’t work as well inside of the film as I would have liked, which is probably why it is not in the list on nominations.

But onto the ones that did get nominated.

“How to Train your Dragon” and “127 Hours” I can’t comment on as I did not see the films and so did not hear the music in the film!

But that brings us on to Inception. I have this thing with Hans Zimmer. It’s just… he’s… he did Gladiator. And it was bad. It was synth-orchestra-Holst-stealing-boring-themes bad. But everyone loved it. I didn’t understand that. He gradually got better with the third Pirates of the Caribbean film, and pairing him with James Newton-Howard for the Batman films was a stroke of genius as it allowed Zimmer to do his “WHAM BAM BOOM LOUD NOISES” action cues while Newton-Howard did the more emotional cues. And it worked.

And then there’s Inception. The annoying thing about the Inception score is how good it is. Like, it’s actually very good. And it works really well in the film. And it’s not bad outside it. It’s the best thing Zimmer has done by far, but it’s still nowhere near the heights of Goldsmith or Williams or even Horner. And while it’s still WHAAAMMMMMMMMMMing Zimmer at times, he at least has found a way to make the WHAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMs interesting.

The King’s Speech. Interesting choice. Alexandre Desplat sort of came out of nowhere (to me, at least). His name pops up on The Golden Compass and suddenly he’s scoring Twilight (everyone needs a paycheque sometimes) and Harry Potter (that’s better). And then there’s The King’s Speech, which has seemingly been nominated for, well, everything. The music itself is a very good composition, with some great subtle writing, that works well as a background to the action on the screen. It never leaps out at you at any point to say “HEY HEY LOOK IT’S THE MUSIC I’M HERE TOO!!”, which is perfect for the film. I wasn’t excepting it to be here, but I can’t say I’m upset with it there.
But then, The Social Network. See, the problems with TRON: Legacy and it’s reasons for not being on this list are made even more apparent with this score, where it does walk the line very well between working as a synthy-technoy-Trent Reznor piece, and very well as an actual film score. Trent Reznor has basically got his style down to an art form now, and seeming has no problems adapting it into score for a film. It makes for an excellent addition to the film, never taking attention away in places it shouldn’t, and also works amazingly well on its own.

The Social Network should win.

But it is a shame we won’t get to see Daft Punk turn up in their robot heads.

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December. Just “December”. That’s the whole title. This other bit isn’t the title. Ignore it.

A lot has happened in the last week. Leslie Nielsen died. Irvin Kershner died. I started watching the Star Wars: Droids cartoon (because Max Rebo is in it and I love Max Rebo). A super-awesome expanded Star Trek V Score was released. November 2010 faded into nothingness.

I wish I were Max Rebo.

So it’s now December, and that’s when we can all drop the pretences and say “Yeah, okay, fine, I guess it’s Christmas time now.”. Because it is. I mean there’s literally snow outside on the ground RIGHT NOW and if that’s not Christmassy I don’t know what is.

And December is cool. It’s a cool month. There’s great films coming out and Christmas specials and the gloom of November turns into the bizarre cheerfulness of Christmassy December (even for those who don’t even celebrate Christmas).

I’m not sure what my point is here except “Yay December”, BUT MAYBE THAT’S ENOUGH. DON’T JUDGE ME.

Of course the only problem with December is that right after it is the New Year, which is a time when we can look at how fat we all got and make promises of things we’ll do the next year that really wont happen. But hey, Christmas, hey!

As an additional, somehow Sarah Silverman is 40 today and still looks about 25, so that’s great!

So when is it exactly I’m supposed to grow up?

I am 24 years old. Twenty-four years old. I have, just today, not only expanded my collection of model Daleks to 18, but also just finished starting to play a new video game starring Mickey Mouse. I am 24 years old.

Is this bad? I mean, really, is it? Because it doesn’t feel bad. I’m in full time work (for now), I have a graduate degree, but yet I still don’t feel grown up, and I still end up spending money on things that, really, I should have grown out of by now. But I’m not, and I don’t think it’s just me. The market for so-called adults buying so-called children’s things seems to keep growing and growing, and my idea of what someone in their mid-twenties should be is not really happening. And I like it.

I’m fine with doing these things and buying these things, because I enjoy them. Because they make me happy. I’m sure buying a fantastical new car or an amazing set of frying pans that look like they were made in 12th Century China is what I’m supposed to be focusing my attention on right now, but really they’re just boring.

Am I wrong about this, though? Is this okay? IS IT JUST ME?


(the Daleks look cool, though)

Poor Kat Dennings

For those of you that don’t know (but pretty much anyone who is reading this now already does but hey it fill some space, doesn’t it?) actress, YouTuber, and general all-around nice person Kat Dennings had her private nakedy naked photos leaked across the internet last week.

Now I’ll say this now: They were good photos. Kat Dennings is a very attractive person and seeing a very attractive person without clothing is a pretty cool thing most of the time. She looked good in these photos is what I’m trying to say here. But that’s not the point. However stupidly attractive she looked (and she did look stupidly attractive) the fact is that they are now available worldwide without her permission, and despite her lawyers going mad taking them down from wherever they’re hosted they will never truly be gone because that’s how the internet works.

But at someone (who?) said “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”, and as an INTERNET FRIEND of mine said “Do you think being betrayed by an ex releasing private pictures isn’t as bad when the online response is unanimously ‘amazing tits!’?” – there is a silver lining to this. Mostly. The best example of this I can give is myself who, up until yesterday, had only vaguely even heard of Kat Dennings. Yesterday I ran the full spectrum of thinking “I’m not really sure who this famous girl in the photos are but she’s mighty pretty” (and she did look mighty pretty), to thinking “Hey actually she seems like a really nice person.” to actually then feeling guilty about looking at the original pictures because of just how nice she comes across as, and I am now very much pro-Kat Dennings and look forward to her in Thor. But in a strange paradox if I hadn’t have looked at the pictures I would never have known that she’s so nice that I should never have looked at them in the first place. Got that? Good.

It’s just one of those scary reminders of the way the internet is now. Now it’s possible to take a photo of something and have it leaked across the other side of the world before you put your clothes on again. And that’s terrifying, not just to the reams of very annoyed celebrities, but of course of the real danger it poses to actual real people who don’t make the connection that as soon as you send a photo of something you don’t want on the internet, the internet is exactly the first place it will go. Thankfully, and this is where I can shoehorn in a Michelle Trachtenberg (who is still the best ever ever) mention, there are people trying to get the message across to the younger generation before they do something stupid. It makes me happy in so many different scary ways that it is possible to visit a website and for girls to take a VIDEO QUIZ with Michelle who tells them about the dangers of sexting. That’s awesome. Kat Dennings, take that quiz.

VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS

 

So basically what I’m saying is this: Leaked pictures, however amazingly good they are (and hers were amazingly good), are bad. They’re a scary invasion of privacy and if a celebrity wants to go all naked then they should do it when they want to, although if you’re planning to take a whole load of drugs and get worse looking, try and do it before then (I’m looking at you, Lohan). Also you might have noticed that I was focusing on the lovely Kat Dennings leaked pictures instead of the leaked also naked pictures of Jessica Alba that spewed forth at around the same time. The reason for this is that Kat Dennings is like nine times better than Jessica Alba. Silly!

Additional: How stupid of me to forget to mention that today is Life Day! I hope everyone has a happy life day and celebrates by doing a lot of cocaine and singing a song to the main theme of a major science fiction franchise. We ceeeeelebrate a day of peace…