Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

Just waving as I pass by...

I actually have a lot to write about, stuff that happened at work and several films to discuss, but i don't feel up to doing so just about now... instead I shall find something or someone to eat.

"I'd never shoot anyone accidentally. I need their votes."

I will mention that I did spend a bit of time avoiding viewing The Wind and the Lion again - I initially saw the film back in '96 or '97 owing as to how impressed I was with the score - primarily to avoid hearing music that I would yearn for but, to the best of my understanding, would never be able to have. I contented myself with the LP version of the score which I thought was an excellent representation of the score. There were many gems on Intrada's release of the complete score that I surely would pine after had I seen the movie again before this edition. "The Riff/The Well," the Yellowstone fanfare that opens "The True Symbol" on the new disc, "The Blue People" and "Times Remembered" all spring to mind. And sure enough, when I sat down and watched the film again, those cues stood out to me because they were such new discoveries. Although the sound as a whole is a bit limited (I did appreciate the old-school hard panning of dialogue spoken by characters on either side of the screen), the score features very strongly in the sound mix. As brilliant as the music sounds on its own, what Goldsmith is doing dramatically can only be fully appreciated in context of the film. The way in which the themes intertwine, the theme-sharing that occurs between Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Keith, outstanding) and the Raisuli (Sean Connery) is deftly handled.

I'll have more to say about The Wind and the Lion in a little while. I'm going to listen to John Milius' commentary track first, as I'd like to hear what he has to say about making this film (while his talk with Schwarzenegger over Conan the Barbarian was completely useless, the Big Wednesday commentary was very engaging. I will say that the politics of the film sat very strangely with me when I first say it, and now in a post 9/11 world, it is even more bizarre.

Twelve inches, baby!
(just like a Weasley)

Yoinked from janetweiss69:

Wood type: maple
Length: 12 inches
Core: Dragon Heartstring

get your own wand!

Maple is a favorite wood for magical wands and has an excellent longevity. Maple wood often symbolizes attraction, luring, drawing in, or bringing things together. It has very positive energy. This wand tends to choose those who have a love an appreciation for beautiful things. It is an excellent wand for love spells and also for Divination.

Wands with Dragon Heartstring cores are excellent for hexes, or for dueling, not to mention fire magic. They tend to choose a witch or wizard who is strong not only physically, but also emotionally, and who usually has very strong opinions on things, though they often tend to be strong willed and thickheaded as well.

Attention melancthe: No semicolons were required for this post; I have therefore written this coda as so to include one.
Tags: film music, harry potter, jerry goldsmith, memes
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