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 Posted:   Dec 27, 2010 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

THE JACKAL. Sadly unreleased in any commercial shape.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2010 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   cushinglee   (Member)

Miller's Crossing is my favorite because it's the first time I really took note of him. I'd like the music to Before the Devil Knows You're Dead if someone could slip it into a comilation for something.

 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2010 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

Rob Roy : quite a nice score that fit the movie perfectly

 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2010 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   johnmullin   (Member)

I keep listening to BURN AFTER READING. I'm not sure why I love the film and the score like I do... it's not that the score is especially groundbreaking or inventive, but the themes are pleasant and cleverly orchestrated. There's a strange amount of sarcasm that runs through the music (if indeed music can be sarcastic) in that it's very dramatic, thriller music for a pack of dull-headed people in a scuffle over worthless information. I love it!

 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2010 - 9:41 PM   
 By:   swoony   (Member)

In Bruges is great, but The Alamo is my all time favorite.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2010 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   Vermithrax Pejorative   (Member)

Rob Roy or The Alamo. I can't choose between the two.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2010 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   mistereozo   (Member)

I've heard a few of his scores now and I must say "howl" is excellent. I also think the score for "Kinsey" is great, as is "A serious man".

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2010 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

True Grit

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2010 - 3:43 PM   
 By:   nxbusby   (Member)

True Grit

I know in the grand scheme of things, it doesnt matter, but this is one score that deserves the oscar. I love it more and more each time I listen. Tis a shame, its not eligible.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2010 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   Film Music Forever   (Member)

I am a big fan of The Chamber, from 1996. Very oddly affecting, haunting music. The score features lots of space, and is equal parts lyrical, small scale, and acoustic. A great introduction to the creative film music of Carter Burwell.

-rick

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 5:08 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

My 2 favorites would be (and they are like day and night!) the original "Twilight" and "In Bruges," both of which are amazing, although many who love one will probably hate the other!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 5:19 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I love Coen brothers films, and was very excited to find the twofer CD of Fargo and Barton Fink. It is one of the most boring CDs I own, falling into the category of "film music that doesn't work as a standalone listen."

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Huh. Not too long from the man's birthday.

IN BRUGES - Heartbreakingly beautiful music that nicely reflects the locale and (I would guess) Colin Farrell's inner turmoil. Then the harsh rock elements that intrude (in a good way) with the arrival of Ralph Fiennes. How this score wasn't an Oscar nominee, I'll never understand.

BURN AFTER READING - A neat sort-of thriller score with its urgent percussive book-end cues. Also, the love theme may well be one of my favorite Burwell melodies.

THE HUDSUCKER PROXY - Delightful comedy score that makes nice use of Khachaturian, but stands out in its original passages ("Waring's Descent", in particular).

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Carter Burwell is an amazing composer, and, yes, why he wasn't nominated for "In Bruges" has no acceptable answer, except that the musical branch of the Academy probably stuck with the Usual Suspects. And I would be very curious to know why they jumped from him to Desplat when they made the second in the "Twilight" franchise -- his music was so integral to the original movie and it was ridiculous to not keep the continuity, although (1) providing music for "New Moon" was a pretty thankless task, and (2) Howard Shore rescued the series with his music for "Eclipse." But someone had his head on straight when it was decided to bring Burwell back for 4 and 5, and that those films work as well as they do is attributable to both director Bill Condon AND Carter Burwell. Anyone have any details about why Burwell wasn't retained for 2 and 3?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Carter Burwell is an amazing composer, and, yes, why he wasn't nominated for "In Bruges" has no acceptable answer, except that the musical branch of the Academy probably stuck with the Usual Suspects. And I would be very curious to know why they jumped from him to Desplat when they made the second in the "Twilight" franchise -- his music was so integral to the original movie and it was ridiculous to not keep the continuity, although (1) providing music for "New Moon" was a pretty thankless task, and (2) Howard Shore rescued the series with his music for "Eclipse." But someone had his head on straight when it was decided to bring Burwell back for 4 and 5, and that those films work as well as they do is attributable to both director Bill Condon AND Carter Burwell. Anyone have any details about why Burwell wasn't retained for 2 and 3?

Probably because he butted heads with the studio on the first film, as he describes quite frankly on his website:

http://www.carterburwell.com/projects/Twilight.html

Honestly, I was amazed to see him brought back after that. Perhaps there was some turnover of the executives at the studio and the people he came into conflict with were gone.

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 11:48 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

james: Re: "Honestly, I was amazed to see him brought back after that. Perhaps there was some turnover of the executives at the studio and the people he came into conflict with were gone."

I suspect someone at Summit took a look at how "Twilight" worked with Burwell's music and the 2 immediate sequels didn't and wanted to recapture the magic. I've always been able to watch "Twilight" again and again, and much of that comes from the music. I stopped buying the Blu-rays and the CDs when they switched composers, and resumed both when they went back to Burwell.

But I want to check out your link to see what the composer himself had to say about it. Thanks.

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 12:42 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

james: Follow-Up, re: "Honestly, I was amazed to see him brought back after that. Perhaps there was some turnover of the executives at the studio and the people he came into conflict with were gone" and "Probably because he butted heads with the studio on the first film, as he describes quite frankly on his website." The whole piece was fascinating, but, no, there's nary a word about why they didn't use Carter Burwell for 2 and 3, only that they used other composers for them but that he was brought back for 4 and 5. And the only "conflict" he seemed to have with a Summit executive was a disagreement over some slight dissonance at the beginning of the cue the studio chose to call "Bella's Lullaby" (against Burwell's wishes), which Burwell, in the end, ignored, although he did incorporate the requested softening of it elsewhere in his score. And, after being proven right, it's very unlikely that that executive was still around to veto Burwell's continued presence! His not doing 2 ("New Moon") and 3 ("Eclipse") could be something so simple as the directors of each sequel misguidedly choosing other composers, and perhaps it was director Condon's choice to use Burwell for 4 and 5, which were filmed simultaneously. Whatever the reasons for his not doing 2 and 3, it's probably irrelevant; what's important is that he was brought back for 4 and 5, which is all that really matters.

Heres that link again from james:

http://www.carterburwell.com/projects/Twilight.html

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 6:28 AM   
 By:   lwazinkiwane310   (Member)

My fave Carter Burwell score is anything orchestral. I'm a massive Twilight fan and I've seen all five of them.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

Most of my Burwell favourites is still unreleased! So I have to say those and those are:

Fear
Mystery, Alaska
Airheads
The Jackal
and Three Kings.

But if we talk about soundtracks then I would say:
Conspiracy Theory
Rob Roy
and
Psycho 3 (ok only Lp though)
among others.

 
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