Tuesday, August 23, 2005

10 Film scores

Here's a list, a sampling, of ten film scores that I would recommend buying:

In no special order
1) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Michael Kamen)
2) Vertigo (Bernard Herrmann)
3) Dances with Wolves (John Barry)
4) Superman (John Williams)
5) Waterworld and/or Wyatt Earp (James Newton Howard)
6) Batman (Danny Elfman)
7) Total Recall (Jerry Goldsmith)
8) The Hunt for Red October and/or Conan the Barbarian (Basil Poledouris)
9) Star Treck 2 (James Horner)
10) Lord of the Rings trilogy (Howard Shore)

There are probably 200 others I would highly recommend, but this is a good introduction to my favorite composers. So if you feel like exploring something new and fun... now you know where to start.



Blogger Dave said...

I would add to the list (in no particular order):

- Braveheart
- Cutthroat Island (crappy movie, exciting soundtrack)
- Legends of the Fall
- Pearl Harbor
- Schindler's List
- The Last of the Mohicans
- The Patriot

1:35 AM  
Blogger jameed said...

"Mythodea: Music for the NASA Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey" and "Blade Runner"

Somebody is a fan of Vangelis here.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Luai said...

None of the three Austin Powers film made the the list? Oh Behave! And Waterworld? Come on, you can do better than that ;-)

8:54 AM  
Blogger Amin Matalqa said...

Waterworld is one of the richest film scores around. Forget the movie, listen to the music. It has it all. Orchestra, massive choir, layered electronics, wonderful ethnic instruments from Africa to Australia, and a kick-ass heroic theme. I'll wrie about this one next when I blog about James Newton Howard.
Braveheart, while a good score in the movie, is a collage of plagerized musical phrases, from Holst's Jupiter to Baraka. I really like the score, but I can't say there's anything original in it. Hans Zimmer's Gladiator is a much better effort. Schindler's List is amazing. My favorite Vangelis album is Portraits. Some very nice melodies on it. Austin Powers? Nice theme, but the rest is James Bond imitation.

9:46 AM  
Blogger madas said...

I like movies with solid happy ending!! tell me scent of a woman, tell me Assassins... Run Lola run...that type of stuff!

10:34 AM  
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