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 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 4:13 PM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

One cue that comes to my mind is the first half "Operation Reciprocity" from James Horner's Clear and Present Danger. The first 90 seconds is full of bravado with typical Horner-esque brass and snare writing. It's a shame that as a whole, Clear and Present Danger is, in my opinion, an average Horner score. I'm surprised that Operation Reciprocity hasn't shown up in a movie trailer at one point or another.

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 5:04 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

The Abyss- Nothing on the score lives up to the "Final".

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Reciprocity appeared in the trailer for Apollo 13 (and in the final film, pretty much).

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

Now You See Me from "Now You See Me". the first track is incredibly addictive, my 2nd most played cue of the year. the rest of the score though I don't know. not terrible just nothing matches that first track in my opinion

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 7:51 PM   
 By:   AMAFilmScoreFan   (Member)

In my opinion, "Prepare for Battle/ Victory for Us" from Jerry Goldsmith's Timeline meets the criteria.

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 8:54 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

In my opinion, "Prepare for Battle/ Victory for Us" from Jerry Goldsmith's Timeline meets the criteria.

Good call.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 7:29 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I'm not calling either of these average or below average scores, but I do find myself only listening to one main cue in both.

I think Desplat's music for Argo fits well but most of it doesn't hold my attention. However the cue for "cleared Iran space" is just gorgeous and a perfect celebration of freedom.

In Powell's Evolution, his Fire Truck Cue rises to the top. It is just fabulous and rocks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW9M7PhZKo4

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 8:23 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

dp

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

One cue that comes to my mind is the first half "Operation Reciprocity" from James Horner's Clear and Present Danger. The first 90 seconds is full of bravado with typical Horner-esque brass and snare writing. It's a shame that as a whole, Clear and Present Danger is, in my opinion, an average Horner score. I'm surprised that Operation Reciprocity hasn't shown up in a movie trailer at one point or another.


Funny, Kevin, this score instantly came to mind when I read the title of your thread. But my choice for the "great cue" was the Main Title, which is one of the best pieces (IMO of course) Horner has ever concocted. Is it possible that there are two great cues in this average/below average score? I'll have to give your nomination another listen...

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

tp

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Too many to list. Of a few recent modern scores, some stick out to me.
Jobs - John Debney - nothing interesting after the main titles cue.
Mama - Fernando Velazquez - nothing beats that insanely awesome final cue
Sunshine - John Murphy - A lot of crazy horror music but that well known Adagio cue he wrote that is re-used in trailers all over the place is amazing.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 9:43 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Red Planet- Painfully boring film until the last 10 minutes. Once the engines light up, the music and film goes into over drive epicness.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 10:07 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)



In Powell's Evolution, his Fire Truck Cue rises to the top. It is just fabulous and rocks!



I'm glad you think so, too, Joan. Really love that cue from Evolution. smile

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 10:15 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Glad you like that cue, Greg, and thanks for posting it the correct way. Powell also did a similar cue for The Road To Eldorado.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2013 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

Another James Horner one:

"Flying" from Project X

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2013 - 2:43 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

"They'll Remember You" from Valkyrie by John Ottman and Lior Rosner. The rest is fairly dull.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2013 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

X-men 2- Obviously the Opening cue in the White House, and when Magneto breaks out of his cell.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2013 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

The "Suite - Amid A Crowd Of Stars" from Hostel II is really a wonderful piece of music, but the rest of the score is very average and lacks the energy of the first Hostel score.

The first track of "The Mutant Chronicles" is also fantastic, but the rest of the score is OK but nothing special.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2013 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

"Arlington" in John Williams's otherwise woefully clich├ęd JFK.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2013 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

The Day After Tomorrow from "The Day After Tomorrow". other than the exceptional first track there's nothing that brings me back to this score.

 
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