Think of any great movie you love; chances are it wouldn’t be half the film it is without the music that accompanies its amazing writing and performances. The right music can amplify the emotions of a scene or change its meaning entirely. Often it sets the tone for the film. Beyond that, a great score is usually also something you can listen to even outside of watching the film. Scores like Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and Indiana Jones become as iconic as any other aspect of their respective films, and it’s hard to imagine such films with any other music.
I’ve been working for a long time on a list of my favourite film scores. This is not that list. No—that list won’t be finished for quite a while. In the meantime, I’ve made a list of some of the worst scores I’ve ever heard, so I hope this will keep the music-lovers among you satisfied until then. Unlike my list of the Top 10 Worst Book-to-Film Adaptations, this list is in no particular order. Were I to make a list of the five worst, then it’d probably be filled with scores that sound the same, so I instead chose to talk about five unbelievably dreadful scores that are all awful for more-or-less different reasons. Coincidentally, the movies they accompany are each just as bad as the scores. And so, let’s get on with this agonizing list of Five Terrible Film Scores!
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There’s been some controversy concerning Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit, with some criticizing decisions such as making a three-part movie, the addition of original background characters, and many even pettier complaints. Some have even gone so far as to say that it “wasn’t very true to the source material,” despite staying far truer to its source than almost any other adaptation has. When I’ve listed the reasons for which these changes are all either insignificant or necessary to adapt the story to an utterly different medium, I’ve heard people retort that it was “the worst possible way to do it.” As someone who has read and loved many books, so many of which have been horribly bastardized in film adaptations, I cannot help but wonder… Have these people ever even seen a bad adaptation?
It is for this reason that I decided to compile a list of truly abhorrent adaptations, movies that actually did exactly those things of which Peter Jackson has been falsely accused, including earlier attempts to adapt Tolkien to the screen. In fact, many of the films on this list go beyond even the craziest of accusations, and it’s hard to believe that some of these actually exist. Rest assured, however, that these abominations do indeed exist, and rest assured too that they are all bloody awful!
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The first thing I ever reviewed on this site was an adaptation of The Hobbit that Gene Deitch made in 1966. Later I reviewed a Harry Potter fan-fiction called My Immortal by Tara “XXXbloodyrists666XXX” Gilesbie. What connects these is that they are both so-bad-they’re-good. Ben & Arthur, on the other hand, is almost so-bad-it’s-homophobic, and it’s the worst movie I’ve ever seen.
It’s not that Ben & Arthur can’t be entertaining in its failings, but Ben & Arthur’s outlook on the world is veiled more thinly than The Room’s misogyny. And what is this outlook? Why, it’s that “straight people are all evil, bigoted psychopaths,” of course! Why then did I say that the film is borderline homophobic? Well, because it’s both heterophobic and homophobic.
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Last year I reviewed the 1977 Rankin/Bass cartoon adaptation of The Hobbit. Today I’ll be taking a look at another such cartoon: Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 attempt to bring The Lord of the Rings to the screen. As I did with the Hobbit cartoon—and as I’m planning to do with the final instalment in the cartoon trilogy—I began by live-tweeting as I watched Bakshi’s film, the highlights of which can be found here. As I had feared going into this, Bakshi largely failed to capture quite what he needed to capture with this one.
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I’ve been on Facebook and Twitter for a while, and it’s been really helpful in growing my audience. Well, now you can follow me on Pinterest as well! Whether you’re more interested in my articles or my paintings, you can look through a gallery of them and find the right one more quickly than ever. So, if you’re interested, following me at www.pinterest.com/HM_Turnbull would be much appreciated.
I’ve heard some people say that Tolkien’s work is “light-hearted and child-friendly.” If you ever hear someone say this, you can show them this meme.
If you ask me what I think of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, my answer will likely depend on what day you ask me. Some days I’ll say I liked it; some days I’ll hate it. In all honesty, however, my feelings towards Harry Potter are best described as “confused,” because there are a lot of things I really like about the series and a lot of things I really hate. All things considered, I usually wind up mostly ambivalent towards Rowling’s best-known work.
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While you wait for my Harry Potter review, I thought I’d show you another of my oil paintings. This one, as its name suggests, is of a beach at Clover Point.
With my review of Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings cartoon still a while off, I’ve decided to review something else in the meantime. For the past little while, I’ve been working on a review of J. K. Rowling’s wildly successful Harry Potter series. Let’s get this out of the way for those who might be worried—I don’t dislike the Harry Potter series, so you can expect a more positive review than most of the stuff I’ve been posting recently. Hooray!
I’ll be reviewing all seven books in a single article, which should explain why it’s taken me so long (despite only beginning to write the review over the weekend, I had been planning it for a long time before that). So now you know what my next few big projects are! I hope you’re as excited as I am about this, and if so, then you can expect to see a new review up within the next few weeks.
Thus far, I’ve written a number of articles on George R. R. Martin’s horrendously boring A Song of Ice and Fire series. Among these were two in which I analyzed some of the many poorly-written shells that pass for characters in Martin’s world. In this article, however, I will discuss the villain of the first few volumes, King Joffrey. Joffrey is the only well-written character in A Song of Ice and Fire, mostly because he’s the only character who’s internally consistent.
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