Monday, June 9, 2014

Movie Monday - the scores edition

Last week, I talked about my favourite soundtracks. This week, I'm going to talk about my favourite scores, because a score can be absolutely iconic without containing any lyrics whatsoever.

Once again, these are in no particular order, because that's way too much like hard work!

Pirates of the Caribbean - Hans Zimmer

This score is a total earworm in all its forms. All I need is a couple of seconds of it, and it's inevitably stuck in my head for the next three days. But it's okay because it's totally awesome. Also, if you set this particular track as your alarm in the morning, you'll wake up convinced that you can do anything. WIN.

Lord of the Rings - Howard Shore 

That string line, you guys. It's just so good. And the horns. God, I love a good French horn line... There are just so many awesome themes throughout the entire score, and I love that there's effectively an individual theme for each place in Middle Earth.

Jurassic Park - John Williams

Come on, like you weren't expecting this to be on here. There's a reason why John Williams crops up on this list as many times as he does: the man is a master. This score is full of wonder and excitement and pants-shitting-there's-a-raptor-chasing-me terror, and it's AMAZING.

Gladiator - Lisa Gerrard and Hans Zimmer

There ARE a few moments in this soundtrack where, after Pirates of the Caribbean came out, I was like "Zimmer, dude. Get a new jam..." because it feels quite similar. But it's still one hell of a soundtrack, and it's capable of giving me goosebumps.

The Avengers - Alan Silvestri

I inevitably end up singing this over and over on a loop any time I watch pretty much any Marvel movie these days, which I suspect is largely due to the use of The Avengers theme in the Lego Marvel Superheroes game. But I'm totally okay with that, because it's a pretty fabulous score.

The Holiday - Hans Zimmer

Okay, so it's a cheesy romantic comedy. But it has one HELL of a score, as you'd expect with Hans Zimmer. Also as you'd expect in a movie where Jack Black plays a composer who writes movie scores... While it may be less epic than a lot of the other scores, it's still fabulous.

Harry Potter - John Williams

I don't know about you guys, but the second the tinkly notes of Hedwig's Theme started to play at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, I knew we were in for one hell of a score. And once again, Williams brought his A game.

Enemy at the Gates - James Horner

I find it really interesting that, with the exact same instruments in the orchestra, a composer can create something that sounds so country-specific (The Monuments Men, for example, had a score that just screamed "America"). This score is so tense and so undeniably Russian sounding, and it does a brilliant job of setting the mood during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Indiana Jones - John Williams

Another Williams classic with one hell of a brass line. The whole thing just has this incredible sense of adventure about it, and I adore it.

Back to the Future - Alan Silvestri

Much like the score to Indiana Jones, the Back to the Future score features one hell of a brass line and has a great sense of adventure about it. Apparently that happened a lot in the 1980s...

Star Wars - John Williams

This one is mostly here because I felt like I couldn't mention John Williams without including it. It's pretty damned iconic, and with good reason. I do enjoy it, but it's not in my top ten...

I think what we've effectively learnt here today is that I'm a sucker for a score with a good French horn line. Or that there are a handful of movie score composers whose work I'm irrationally drawn to. Or both. Maybe both...

What are your favourite scores?

K xx

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