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I'm the Admin there. You can feel free to check it out and if you would like to comment and give constructive criticism feel free to PM me. If you're interested in joining the group, PM me or IM me on AOL Instant Messenger. My SN is AnyaAng there.
I collect film scores, nearly 100 are in my collection. Some of them cannot be found in stores.
I also collect carousels, snow globes and music boxes, coffee mugs, and keychains.
I love international cuisine, especially Italian, Mexican and Chinese.
I love any film with a good story to it. In random order, here's some of my recent favorites:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe
Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
LOTR, all 3 films; come on, what kind of film buff would I be if I DIDN'T have it listed?
Favorite Scores of All Time:
The Ten Commandments (1956, Elmer Bernstein)
Brokeback Mountain (2005, Gustavo Santaolalla)
Munich (2005, John Williams)
The Village (2004, James Newton Howard)
Lady In The Water (2006, James Newton Howard)
Braveheart (1995, James Horner)
Casablanca (1942, Max Steiner)
Gone With The Wind (1939, Max Steiner)
Apollo 13 (1995, James Horner)
The Secret of NIMH (1982, Jerry Goldsmith)
First Knight (1994? Jerry Goldsmith)
Mulan (1998, Jerry Goldsmith)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996, Alan Menken)
I also love musicals:
Singin' In The Rain
An American In Paris
The Wizard of Oz (who doesn't love this one?)
West Side Story
Les Miserables (all-time favorite)
Fiddler On The Roof
Beauty & The Beast (Broadway version)
I'm also a figure skating fan, particularly of the men's event.
Scott Hamilton (what fan doesn't like him!)
Brian Joubert (he's growing on me!)
Stephane Lambiel (he makes me DIZZY with those spins!)
Evgeni Plushenko (tie with Kulik for absolute favorite)
Michael Weiss (as a PRO, not as a competitor)
I also enjoy SELECT performances from Timothy Goebel, but don't get your hopes up, American In Paris is NOT one of them. (American Pie IS, as are most of his exhibitions. Just like Evan Lysacek only worse, Tim was NEVER a very interesting competitor; Michael Weiss is the same way)
Mao Asada (flutz and all!)
Yu Na Kim
Angela Nikodinov (I MISS HER)
Michelle Kwan (96-03)
(Honorable Mention to Mirai Nagasu, Rachel Flatt, Joannie Rochette, Ashley Wagner and Julianna Camarozo, aka Zoey Bloch from Ice Princess)
Anissina & Peizerat
Lobacheva & Averbukh
Denkova & Stavisky
Fusar-Poli & Murgalio
Delobel & Schoenfelder
Domnina & Shabalin (sorry if I butchered the spelling)
Drobiasko & Vanagas
Sinead & John Kerr
Gregory & Petukhov
(HAVEN'T SEEN MUCH FROM TORVIL & DEAN, THAT'S WHY THEY'RE NOT HERE YET! DON'T YELL AT ME LOL!)
Gordeeva & Grinkov (come on, you'd have to be inhuman not to love them!)
Mishkatanuk & Dmitriev
Kazakova & Dmitriev
Bechke & Petrov
Ina & Zimmerman
Sato & Dunjen
Shen & Zhao
Pang & Tong
Zhang & Zhang
Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze
PROUD SUPPORTER OF BEREZHNAYA & SIKHARULIDZE'S 2002 OLYMPIC GOLD!
The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
Educational, caring, landscapes are comparable to The Lion King, great music
I haven't seen such breathtaking landscape animation since The Lion King! This animation was partially beyond compare, and partially worse than most animated films out there. Even Quest For Camelot's characters seem better drawn. But still, it was a great try.
As for the story, it's wonderful, absolutely wonderful. My cousin cares a great deal about wildlife, at just 9 years old. She identifies with Eliza, and hasn't seen this movie yet but I was able to appreciate how educational and morally right this movie was. It's splendid in its dimensions, and deserves some recognition.
What I expected more of was comedy, though. But I think it's just fine the way it is.
Nick succeeded in bringing a landscape to the screen, if only they could make their characters better animted.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Deserving of more respect than it is getting; and it is MENKEN'S BEST WORK YET (some spoilers)
My best friend Carolyn ranted and raved about this film, and I always said I liked Sleeping Beauty and nothing could surpass it. Well, out of curiousity I listened to some music (randomly) on a music downloading service. I was hooked with the first notes of The Bells of Notre Dame, and determined that I would someday see this movie. Well with its rerelease I bought it, and was spellbound. I just can't believe the guts the Disney execs had to pull it off. When I first heard about it, I, like many of the reviewers, thought, "What are they thinking?" but it took seeing the film (rather, hearing the music first) to appreciate it. That said, here's a bit about why this film deserves some respect: SOME SPOILERS
Poor Walt must have been rolling in his grave when he heard his execs even considering to undertake such a challenge. I think if he had been around he would have turned it down flat. He even said he wanted The Jungle Book to be far from what it was written to be. He wanted his works to be for children, pleasing to the eyes and ears, with a wholesome story. Well, I can't say he would be proud of it, however it would get his respect for a number of reasons:
The animation is far superior than any other animated film I've ever seen, surpassing Sleeping Beauty and Pocahontas. The battle for Notre Dame at the end is a spectacular clash of colors. The drawings of Notre Dame herself are amazing, especially the inside during Esmerelda's endearing ballad "God Help The Outcasts." I wasn't crazy about the three gargoyles; which is why I stayed away from this one, but seeing the movie for a few times made me realize how important they are to the story's progression. Once you analyze them and their presence it seems almost excusable. I don't care for their song however it does set a bit of opposite-foreshadowing. The gargoyles think Esmerelda is in love with Quasi but in fact she is not.
The most amazing animation comes during the song "Hellfire." This is Menken's most incredible song, and the best song I've ever heard for a film. It's innaproppriate for young children, yes. However as a sequence it deserves more respect than it's gotten.
The main reason I enjoyed this film is because of the characters. They seem almost human, unlike so many of Disney's other characters who just seem like figments of our imagination. These characters, the story, leads you to wonder if this could have, or could ever, happen. Sure it's based on Hugo, but it is not as tragic as the book. Although I have not read it, I know what happens at the end, I still want to read it. What you should do if you have not seen this movie, or avoided seeing it or analyzing it for what it is, ask yourself this: If it had been PRECISELY what Hugo wrote, nothing more, nothing less, would it have been any good?
God help this outcast in Disney films. I don't see too many people (besides soundtrack enthusiasts like myself) giving it respect.
Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy (1999)
HILARIOUS! (spoiler of plots from various episodes)
This is the most original cartoon I've seen since Garfield. I absolutely love their scams and attempts to be cool and fit in with the others and be trendsetters. A few of my favorite episodes include the one where they open the pet cleaning service, the "luxury cruise," when Eddy loses his voice, the newspaper route (if you look closely you'll see Double D without his hat breifly), and when htey try to become "Urban Rangers." My ultimate favorite is when Eddy and Ed write fake Post-it Notes for Double D. These are just some of my favorites. I liked every single episode I have seen so far. I have many of them on a 6 hour tape (call me crazy). I've never seen a more original show, at least in the toons department.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Good history, but lacks atmosphere before the attack; something is missing... could it be the music? (spoilers of a Boy Meets World episode)
Not that I loath Zimmer's score, I think it was masterful and beautiful, but for a story so similar to Titanic, wouldn't he have thought up some way to really compete with it? The song is nice but doesn't play orchestrally throughout the movie like Titanic, I suppose that's cause he didn't write it.
I like this movie, but only the parts minus the love story.
When I saw this, I wasn't expecting a Titanic ripoff. I was expecting something TRUE. I saw this very same thing (sort of) in a time travel episode of BOY MEETS WORLD. Cory goes off to the war, makes his best friend Shawn promise if he doesn't come back to marry Topanga, then he comes back from the dead so to speak, interrupting the wedding.
For an actor of Cuba's status I was surprised his character wasn't developed more. All that time they spent showing the closeness between the three fictional characters they could have spent on REAL people in Pearl Harbor before the attack, much like Cameron did in Titanic. See my review on that for more insight.
When my mom and stepfather got home from seeing this, I said, "Too bad it wasn't true," and my mom and stepfather were so misled by the love story they couldn't believe it was fiction. The same went for my sister and her husband, and even my brother who is an expert at war movies, ESPECIALLY WWII, was duped, and his girlfriend. What's hilarious is that I am the youngest out of all of them and I knew it was too soapy-Titanic-like to be true.
I don't care for war movies, so I can't really recommend an alternative one to seeing this, but I can advise, SEE THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. IF HISTORY IS WHAT YOU WANT, JUST WATCH THE ATTACK-THE END. Or perhaps check out some documentaries, or if you are into anything about America's involvement in WWII, watch BAND OF BROTHERS, excellent miniseries from HBO.
It's really a shame that they couldn't find ANYTHING AT ALL that would make the audience "care" for the real people in this event that they had to create FICTIONAL characters instead. Is this what historical filmmaking has been reduced to? Or were they just aching for a hit like Titanic?
A kiss is still a kiss... a sigh may be just a sigh, but MUSIC MAKES THIS FILM A FILM THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY
For a film that is so highly spoken of I never really was too eager to see it. I suppose it's because of what some would term as "hype" others would term as "overkill." But some would term it as "tribute." Anyway, I didn't feel like it was a must-see. I THOUGHT I knew the story. I didn't. I THOUGHT I knew the lines, I did, I THOUGHT I knew the music, and I did, but only when I see this movie over and over do I begin to appreciate Bergman's acting, Bogie's finesse, and Steiner's music. Ever since I saw "Carrotblanca," I remembered that I should really try to see this one. So at the first opportunity, I bought it, watched it that very night, and unlike Doctor Zhivago, this one actually kept me entertained and sympathized with the characters. It's an amazing story, I'm surprised people have actually thought this was a boring film... though for action-loving dudes on motorcycles in leather and gold chains might find it so.
NO ONE PLAYS IT LIKE SAM! (and Max)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
I can't recommend this movie to any of my friends, and that's a first.
Perhaps seeing this a second time in its entirety would help me understand what everyone sees in this "historical" epic.
The first time I watched this, I couldn't believe that I wasn't liking it. I stopped it shortly into the second part and it took me forever to be bored enough to finish it. When it ended, my jaw dropped, and the first thing out of my mouth was "That was stupid!" For such a complex and layered story, I wondered just what was it I didn't understand. Perhaps it was because I wasn't paying attention for the first part and so on. I'll have to watch it again before I can give it a full critique.
Like Casablanca, I thought I knew the story, and didn't. It was terrible, unlike the former. I thought I knew the music, and I did, but when I heard the main theme I wanted to mute the sound, for some reason.
Why do people think this is history? It's like Pearl Harbor and Titanic: fictional love story set in a real life event. For a love story mixed with revolution, read Les Miserables, or perhaps read Pasternak. For those who are into the Russian Revolution as I am, I recommend Rasputin, or read Nicholas and Alexandra; don't waste your time poisoning your mind with the movie. My advice on this one is see it at your own risk. I don't know what everyone sees in it... yet! But perhaps after a second viewing I'll be able to critique it more.
Sacrifices characterization for atmosphere. Emotionally involving, visually accurate, and pleasing to the ears. You experience what they (whichever character you sympathize with most) experience. It's powerf
It's "in" to hate this movie for some reason. But I for one have this in my top ten favorite films list. This would be about 9. Here's why.
It's fiction, but everything that happens around the fictional characters is real. Ah, well almost everything. Either fact or legend. A lot of the characters we only catch a glimpse of for one moment are inspired from real photographs and such. It takes a terrible tragedy and makes you care about it, because of the fictional characters, they put you in an atmosphere of what things were like. How they missed this in Pearl Harbor I have no clue. Perhaps they were too busy trying to dupe people into thinking they were real people and not bothering to show what things were like before tragedy struck.
The music in this movie is spoken for, many times in many ways. But it's not just the main theme that is worth talking about; how about when the ship is sinking? And the other various moments in the movie? I've never been scared because of music before but this really scared me during the sinking, in addition to the sights. You know a film is a masterpiece when the theme music is famous worldwide. Think about it: Casablanca, Romeo and Juliet, Psycho, Jaws, Schindler's List, Star Wars, all of these have their notorious themes, and Titanic is no exception.
In conclusion,I recommend this movie to everyone!
The inaccuracy is a con, the astounding animation, music, and voices are all pros to see this movie
Every other reviewer practically has talked about the historical inaccuracies in the film, so I'm going to spare the readers from that.
It's not a film intended to be for a research history project, it's meant to be a tale of the spirit of who she was. I watched this for the first time in years today, and I analyzed the animation and music for the first time in ages, and realized how superior those things are in this film. When you compare it to other animated films, this one, along with Sleeping Beauty, looks real.
I loved Menken's songs always, but despised most of his scores, particularly Aladdin. This is filled with beautiful drums and trumpets and strings. "Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?" is reminiscent when I think, can you see the images of the movie with just the score, and yes you can. This, as well as Beauty and the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame are his crowning achievements as a score composer.
Sure, it's inaccurate, but so is Anastasia. If you liked that one, you'll like this one. Even if you're like me and have mixed feelings about it, you should give Pocahontas a chance.
Les Misérables (1998)
NO EPONINE? WHAT ABOUT ENJOLRAS? HE WAS THE REAL LEADER!
APPALLING!!!!! THIS WAS NOT WHAT HUGO WROTE! HUGO MUST BE ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE. This TOTALLY misses out on his political points! Not to mention the fact this cuts off in the middle of the story, and some events in the movie didn't happen in the book, nor vice versa. Read the book, see/hear the musical, see the Gerard Depardieu version or another version like it (these are the only versions I saw, but an old one put me to sleep, though I don't know which one that was) but skip this one. FOR THE SAKE OF HUGO!
Training Day (2001)
I loved it, but it's hard to watch because of the offensive language
I know that's just part of the realistic atmosphere but still, there was a lot of cursing in there, and I wouldn't let anyone overly religious or conservative watch it, or anyone under the age of 20 and over 50. It is extremely realistic, violent, offensive, and extremely amazing, because of the story, and directing, and Denzel's masterful performance. It's not the thing I usually like, but I saw it and love it still.