Seymour: An Introduction - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews

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Seymour

First new 2015 movie I've seen and it was a real good one.

It's a musical documentary done by Ethan Hawke on a great piano player turned even greater teacher who made a personal impact on him. I never thought Ethan Hawke was much of an actor but he does have a bit of Midas touch effect on many things he works on (Boyhood, Before Sunset/Sunrise) so I had to give this a shot.

The movie starts off pretty slow but it crescendos in the final act as you get to see the impact this man has had on others. I think this film is best viewed closely after seeing another great piano movie, Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037, which I loved. That way you get to see the technical aspects of making a perfect instrument and then get to see a great master turning into something magic. If you watch these movies in sucession, I think you'll get a real kick of seeing all the work that goes into making these grand pianos followed by Seymour strolling into the Steinway showroom, playing just a few notes on some of the finished pianos and dismissing them, "terrible!" "horror of horrors!"

If you like piano or music at all, I think you'll get a real kick out of this. There's a pretty stirring introspective moment for Hawke too which I really enjoyed.

Heart rating: 5 stars

Brain rating: 4 stars

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Seymour: An Introduction
First new 2015 movie I've seen and it was a real good one.

It's a musical documentary done by Ethan Hawke on a great piano player turned even greater teacher who made a personal impact on him. I never thought Ethan Hawke was much of an actor but he does have a bit of Midas touch effect on many things he works on (Boyhood, Before Sunset/Sunrise) so I had to give this a shot.
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Black Barney replied the topic: #200796 15 Apr 2015 10:36
Has anyone seen this? When he's testing pianos in the Steinway showroom, he keeps playing the same two-three chords on various pianos saying that very few pianos can play those chords correctly. Anyone have a tip on how I can find out what those chords are? I want to see how bad my stand-up pianos plays them just for fun.
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Columbob replied the topic: #200804 15 Apr 2015 11:05

Black Barney wrote: Has anyone seen this? When he's testing pianos in the Steinway showroom, he keeps playing the same two-three chords on various pianos saying that very few pianos can play those chords correctly. Anyone have a tip on how I can find out what those chords are? I want to see how bad my stand-up pianos plays them just for fun.


You have more than one?
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Black Barney replied the topic: #200806 15 Apr 2015 11:27
lol, what a weird typo!! Why would I put an "s" there? It's such a francophone error and I'm only half-quebecois.

No, I just have the one piano. It still has my grandmothers cigarette burns where she used to leave her smokes lit when she played.