Most Excellent Movie Scores

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Sadoldgit posted this 10 July 2016 - Last edited 10 July 2016

Over the years there have been some truly awesome movie scores that raise the film they have been written for to new heights and add a new dimension to the film going experience. Showing my age here but here are my all time top 5.

1. The Battle of Britain

2. Zulu

3. Dr. Zhivago

4. Grand Prix

5. Jurassic Park

With honourable mentions to Star Wars and Lawrence of Arabia.

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pap posted this 10 July 2016

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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lifeintheslowlane posted this 10 July 2016

"High on a hill sat a lonely Goatboy..."

Went rapidly downhill after that. lou_wink2

Fowllyd posted this 10 July 2016

Pretty much anything by Ennio Morricone really, especially the spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone.

gavstar posted this 10 July 2016 - Last edited 10 July 2016

A few that I've liked in recent years are the score for Inception by Hans Zimmer, ramped up the tension brilliantly in the third act.  Tron legacy by Daft Punk although I was left a bit flat by the film itself.  The score for Solaris by Chris Martinez (had to goole this one) also made the film for me, subtle but very haunting.  Going back a bit I really liked the dreamlike score for Total Recall by Jerry Goldsmith (had to google that one too).  Anything by John Williams is a given and rightly so.  I think John Carpenter also needs a massive honourable mention, love the score for assault on precinct 13.

Also Silvestri for the Back to the Future score, and Toto's score for Dune can be added to my list lou_smiley

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Cobham Saint posted this 10 July 2016

Ry Cooder's soundtrack to Wim Wender's Paris, Texas -

 

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lifeintheslowlane posted this 10 July 2016

Well I had to didn't I... lou_wink2

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Cobham Saint posted this 10 July 2016

Originally posted by lifeintheslowlane

Well I had to didn't I... lou_wink2

 Saw the film a while ago and enjoyed it immensely - don't recall the music, but guess it did its job lou_wink

Stevebish posted this 10 July 2016

My favourite has always been highlander score by Queen 

Sadoldgit posted this 10 July 2016

Should add Blade Runner to my list.

Rallyboy posted this 10 July 2016

Mmmmm, you beat me to it - Vangelis at his automatant best.

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anal1 posted this 10 July 2016

Originally posted by gavstar

A few that I've liked in recent years are the score for Inception by Hans Zimmer, ramped up the tension brilliantly in the third act.  Tron legacy by Daft Punk although I was left a bit flat by the film itself.  The score for Solaris by Chris Martinez (had to goole this one) also made the film for me, subtle but very haunting.  Going back a bit I really liked the dreamlike score for Total Recall by Jerry Goldsmith (had to google that one too).  Anything by John Williams is a given and rightly so.  I think John Carpenter also needs a massive honourable mention, love the score for assault on precinct 13.

Also Silvestri for the Back to the Future score, and Toto's score for Dune can be added to my list lou_smiley

 Seems Zimmer did the score for Interstellar as well, and this made the film for me.  The only soundtrack I've sought out to listen to in its own right is Blue Velvet.

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gavstar posted this 10 July 2016

Originally posted by anal1

Originally posted by gavstar

A few that I've liked in recent years are the score for Inception by Hans Zimmer, ramped up the tension brilliantly in the third act.  Tron legacy by Daft Punk although I was left a bit flat by the film itself.  The score for Solaris by Chris Martinez (had to goole this one) also made the film for me, subtle but very haunting.  Going back a bit I really liked the dreamlike score for Total Recall by Jerry Goldsmith (had to google that one too).  Anything by John Williams is a given and rightly so.  I think John Carpenter also needs a massive honourable mention, love the score for assault on precinct 13.

Also Silvestri for the Back to the Future score, and Toto's score for Dune can be added to my list lou_smiley

 Seems Zimmer did the score for Interstellar as well, and this made the film for me.  The only soundtrack I've sought out to listen to in its own right is Blue Velvet.

 Yeah I'd go along with that, Zimmer has worked with Chris Nolan a fair bit to say the least and it's worked out pretty well.  I need to re-visit Blue Velvet, not seen it in ages lou_smiley

Barry Sanchez posted this 10 July 2016

Can't look past Morricone and his work on the mission, the good the bad etc and many many others. Obviously Williams springs to mind immediately as well but the main song in the mission is still to me one of the most moving pieces of music ever written, hope turns to desolation and then hope again, beautiful.

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lifeintheslowlane posted this 10 July 2016 - Last edited 10 July 2016

Originally posted by Barry Sanchez

Can't look past Morricone and his work on the mission, the good the bad etc and many many others. Obviously Williams springs to mind immediately as well but the main song in the mission is still to me one of the most moving pieces of music ever written, hope turns to desolation and then hope again, beautiful.

 I loved The Mission soundtrack...I never buy soundtrack albums but bought the vinyl after I had seen the movie when it first appeared in the mid '80s.

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Barry Sanchez posted this 10 July 2016

Originally posted by lifeintheslowlane

Originally posted by Barry Sanchez

Can't look past Morricone and his work on the mission, the good the bad etc and many many others. Obviously Williams springs to mind immediately as well but the main song in the mission is still to me one of the most moving pieces of music ever written, hope turns to desolation and then hope again, beautiful.

 I loved The Mission soundtrack...I never buy soundtrack albums but bought the vinyl after I had seen the movie when it first appeared in the mid '80s.

Amazing, so moving, the man is a legend.

Areola Grandee posted this 10 July 2016

Jaws - just a cello and so much tension.. genius

Barry Sanchez posted this 10 July 2016

The Jaws theme was done with just a cello, now I'm no James Galway but that ain't right.

Chertsey Saint posted this 10 July 2016

Ali G - In da House.

Class.

Barry Sanchez posted this 10 July 2016

I thought Cherts was going to

 

"Once at bandcamp I put a trumpet up my............"

Cobham Saint posted this 10 July 2016

Michael Andrew's soundtrack for Donny Darko - if only for his reworking of Tears For Fears' Mad World - probably one of the best reworks of an original song ever - IMHO

Have a listen an see what you think.