Screen Junkies » war of the worlds http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sun, 05 Oct 2014 17:55:16 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Worst Of The Best: The 5 Worst Films Scored By John Williams http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/worst-of-the-best-the-5-worst-films-scored-by-john-williams/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/worst-of-the-best-the-5-worst-films-scored-by-john-williams/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2012 22:13:18 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245004 Wow. John Williams doesn't have many missteps.

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Today is Composer John Williams 80th birthday. Over the years, he has had perhaps the most notable career of any composer working in film. Much of that marriage can be attributed to his frequent collaborations with Steven Spielberg as far back as Jaws. When you roll with Spielberg, you get noticed.

Williams is credited with some of the most legendary scores in film, including Home Alone, Superman, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and a whole mess of others it doesn’t really behoove me to list. Click here and see for yourself.

Yikes. This is a daunting list. Daunting in that 95% of these films are timeless classics, so it’s kind of hard to critique the guy too much. But if anyone can be blindly critical, I can.

Since I’m no student of film scores (I know what I like, but that’s about it), let’s keep this list confined to “overall bad movies that John Williams was unlucky to be a part of,” shall we?

So, here are the five worst films scored by John Williams.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

As we will soon see, I guess the whole John Williams-Steve Spielberg relationship is “in for a penny, in for a pound.” Or “take the good with the bad,” or some other inane cliché that actually applies here. While Spielberg has used Williams in seemingly every feature he’s undertaken, that means that while Williams has gotten to bask in the glory of The Saving Private Ryans and the Munichs and the Jurassic Parks, he’s also along for the ride on the odd gratuitous project such as the fourth Indiana Jones installment.

This film demonstrated that Harrison Ford is indeed too old for this shit, and Shia LaBeouf is probably just too bad for this shit.

Spielberg: Hey, John! Steven here. Get cracking on the score for another Indiana Jones sequel.

Williams: Terrific. I’ll get started on it right away.

Spielberg: Great. We’re looking for a really catchy piece when the aliens show up.

Williams: Oh, f#ck me.

War of the Worlds

Not bad, just un-special in every way, save for the effects, War of the Worlds was an overblown production that seemed almost instantly forgettable. As for the music, unless it took the form of Tom Cruise as a negligent father, I haven’t the foggiest notion what it as about. Again, it was probably “alien music.” Thank God John Williams is great at chase music, because this movie was largely just that, except when it went into sap mode.

Again, this movie wasn’t terrible, but when virtually every other John Williams movie is enduring, it’s disappointing to come across even one that isn’t.

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Best Destruction Of Los Angeles In Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/best-destruction-of-los-angeles-in-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/best-destruction-of-los-angeles-in-movies/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:17:36 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=102632 With filmgoers poised to witness the city of Los Angeles reduced to rubble, we thought we'd look back a nine great cinematic demolitions of tinsel town.

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Battle: Los Angeles hits theaters this Friday. And while alien invasion movies are nothing new in Hollywood, the film’s cutting-edge special effects promise moviegoers an awe-inspiring cinematic experience. With filmgoers poised to witness the city of Los Angeles reduced to rubble, we thought we’d look back a nine great cinematic demolitions of tinsel town.

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War of the Worlds – 1953

One of the oldest alien invasion films, War of the Worlds is still widely considered one of the best. And while the special effects might seem tame by today’s standards, at the time they were state of the art, and the film set the bar by which other movies were judged. So, show some damn respect.

Earthquake – 1974

When it comes to destroying Los Angeles on film, aliens aren’t the only culprits. Charlton Heston and George Kennedy starred in Earthquake, a film that managed to wow audiences despite the ridiculous plot and poor reviews. Who would have thought that special effects would trump critical reception?

The Day After Tomorrow – 2004

Speaking of poor reviews, The Day After Tomorrow was a ridiculous film. But there’s no denying that watching Los Angeles get destroyed by a series of tornadoes was a lot of fun. If only they could have removed all the dialogue from the rest of the film, it might be more highly regarded.

Skyline – 2010

Aliens are at it again in Skyline, and as always, their sites are fixed squarely on Los Angeles. But this film managed to put a twist on an old classic. Rather than using laser weapons to destroy humanity on the ground, the aliens in this film used a tractor beam to draw their victims up.

Volcano – 1997

Tommy Lee Jones stars in this idiotic tale of a volcano springing up in the center of Los Angeles near the La Brea Tar Pits. Having been to the tar pits, I think a volcano would go a long way toward livening up the place.

Escape From LA – 1996

Los Angeles isn’t totally destroyed in this John Carpenter adventure film. An earthquake causes the valleys surrounding the city to flood, turning what’s left into an island. The government then decides to use the city as a prison, sending degenerates from the rest of the country to rot in the filthy cesspool. The metaphor was a little to literal for my taste.

ID4 1996

The special effects in Independence Day were groundbreaking, and the film was a huge success at the box office. But even so, the scene at the end of this clip where the dog jumps to safety ruins the entire film.

2012 – 2009

I’ve never seen 2012, so I don’t exactly know what is causing the wholesale destruction of Los Angeles in this scene. I’m even more perplexed about where all that stuff is falling. But I will admit it looks cool, and on this list, that’s almost all that matters.

Terminator 2- 1991

The time spent on the destruction of Los Angeles in Terminator 2: Judgment Day is probably shorter any other scene on the list. But the realism involved and the fact that it actually fits into the overall story makes it, by far, the most chilling.

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