Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Productive day

I actually got some cleaning done, for which I'm still patting myself on the back for. I saw my grandfather and participated in the discussion that the physical therapists had with him, my grandmother and my uncle about his treatment. He is tentatively scheduled to be discharged on November 14, although that depends on how well he responds to the physical therapy. He is much happier at the rehab center than at the hospital, and I can see why. The atmosphere is completely different, and the place is much more aesthetically pleasing. There are nice nooks and crannies that people can collect in and patios and the like. It's a bit.. well... I won't lie and say I'm not a little squicked by all of the amputees. To my shame, but there it is. His room is much more homey, and he can reach the controls on his new bed, although my uncle and I did have to spend a few minutes trying to figure out how to get the head to rise without the legs rising as well. It can be done, but it's slightly involved. No "mystery buttons," such as the ones that Zach and I tried to use that were on his post op hospital bed. The little pictograms showed something happening, but pushing the button would almost never do what the pictogram was demonstrating.

Movie Quote of the Week

Planet of the Apes

(reading from the Sacred Scrolls)

Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport, or lust, or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his land and yours. Shun him, for he is the harbinger of death.

On my various errands, I also made some headway into selections for my Planet of the Apes mix, which will encompass the five films and the television series, though not the Tim Burton remake. While I felt that Danny Elfman wrote some entertaining music for the new version, it is so different stylistically from the more avante-garde material that Jerry Goldsmith, Leonard Rosenman and Tom Scott came up with for the movies and the surprisingly bold music that Lalo Schifrin and Earle Hagen did for the show. From the point of view of content, it also marks a break from the (shaky) continuity that the films and series had. However, this is one case where this is an item that only film score enthusiasts would be interested in. The harsh, non-tonal soundscape pockmarked by bizarre effects and innovative imitations of ape vocalizations that Jerry Goldsmith pioneered and which was carried through throughout this franchise is film music at its most utilitarian. The music was designed to illustrate the barren world that Earth has become in millenia hence, and so it is meant in many ways to be alienating to the listener. This makes the music very challenging to listen to, but what interests me about film music is drama, and this has it in spades. This CD will be a kaleidescope of 20th Century compositional techniques, as well as sonic innovation on the part of the composers, especially Goldsmith. His score for Planet of the Apes has no electronics in it, all of the mimicking of ape sounds achieved through acoustic means. I'm looking forward to finally putting it together, but I know that it's gonna be a pretty damn esoteric mix.

The above quote was included on the original soundtrack album of Escape from the Planet of the Apes, which is replicated on the FSM release of the complete score. I plan to include it on the mix, right after the original 1933 version of the Twentieth Century Fox fanfare - though the 1953 recording of it - which opened all of the Apes films. There is no thematic unity to the series... what themes, after all?... so I think this is fitting, as it is the voice of Roddy McDowall; the quote appears in the opening of Beneath the Planet of the Apes, although David Watson plays that character for the rest of the film. McDowall appears as Cornelius or his descendants in all of the other entries in the franchise.

Important Note
about the
Batman Begins DVD

There are three editions of the Batman Begins DVD. There is the full-screen edition, which must be avoided at all costs as the film was shot in anamorphic Panavision and only half the image will be available. There is a widescreen edition which just has the movie, the trailer and an MTV Movie Awards spoof, which is nowhere near as funny as the ones included in the two Lord of the Rings sets or the Criterion Rushmore. There is also a two disc set which bundles the widescreen edition together with a second disc of features.

The reason I'm recommending the two-disc set isn't because of the extras. I haven't checked those out yet. It is because (and this may be a limited edition thing, I don't know) the two disc set also contains a booklet that reprints the first "Bat-Man" story by Bill Finger and Bob Kane and two others that the film took its inspiration from. In addition to being valuable as an insight into how the film was adapted from the comic books, the collection also how the character has evolved on the page over the course of his in-print existence, which puts Christopher Nolan's revisioning of the film into a new perspective.
Tags: film music, jerry goldsmith, mix workshop, movie moments
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