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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: The "Last" Top Forty Countdown, Part Three by Scott Bettencourt
 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2016 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

To Scott, I’d like to say thank you for taking the time to do all of this research and posting composers’ rankings and top scores. I find these rankings fascinating and interesting.

I like Mark Mothersbaugh’s and Christopher Lennertz’s music. I note in their top music lists that their composing niches are mainly comedies with a large dollop of animation, and that’s fine. They do a good job with these genres. Someday, however, I’d love to have them given movies that are dramatic, heroic, or action-packed. I’d love to hear what they could do with a “Bourne” type of movie. I think when composers are pigeon-holed into one or two genres, we listeners might miss some amazing scores. Perhaps something different will be on their horizons.

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2016 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   McD   (Member)

So, the Top 10, roughly in order, is?

Zimmer
Giacchino
Desplat
Newton Howard
T. Newman
Elfman
Shore
Williams
Morricone
erm...Young?

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2016 - 6:38 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

So, the Top 10, roughly in order, is?

Zimmer
Giacchino
Desplat
Newton Howard
T. Newman
Elfman
Shore
Williams
Morricone
erm...Young?


Much as I've come to love Maestro Ennio, I don't see him suddenly becoming a major player in Hollywood again, brand new Oscar notwithstanding (and I especially don't see him putting up with the remarkable amount of B.S. that today's composers are dealing with in the industry; why would he waste his remaining creative years on that?).

Victor Young, of course, has been gone 60 years, while one of my faves, Christopher Young, these days is scoring bigger films in Asia than in the U.S.

So you left out one two-time Oscar nominee (one of whose nominations was for a Best Picture winner), and another composer whose name suggests he could star in the "Operation Kid Brother"-style ripoff of the Wolverine movies.

Because I have so many composers to catch up on, this will actually be a ten-part series, followed by a two-to-three part prequel series.

(in a semi-related note, I just watched After the Thin Man again, and I was intrigued at how prominently the trailer used the word "sequel" -- i didn't know that word was a selling point for the mass moviegoing audience in the 1930s).

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2016 - 9:03 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Bear McCreary and Steven Price?

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2016 - 12:50 AM   
 By:   McD   (Member)

I thought about Bear, if indeed he is one of the Final Two (see what I did there, BSG fans?). But as he hadn't had a single film in wide release when this Top 40 rundown began, I didn't include him.

Steven Price already appeared at #40.

I'm flummoxed on the other, based on the clue. So I will wait with some excitement and hope it's not an Ellen Tighe style letdown.

Good work on the rundowns!

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2016 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

Hours after posting that clue, I realized that the person it referred to, Marco Beltrami, was of course already covered in Part Three.

The mystery composer is one who has had a lot of success in recent years in franchises -- one in particular, but entries in other series as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2016 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   tranders65   (Member)

Would I be getting my hopes up to think that you might also finish your Top 100 Favorite CD's series from years and years ago, Scott? I know I'm probably the only one who was left hanging on that, but it's been like a 10 year cliffhanger.

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2016 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   McD   (Member)

Hours after posting that clue, I realized that the person it referred to, Marco Beltrami, was of course already covered in Part Three.

The mystery composer is one who has had a lot of success in recent years in franchises -- one in particular, but entries in other series as well.


Ah, must be film music's answer to Zoolander then. I keep confusing him with his already-on-the-list namesake.

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2016 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Would I be getting my hopes up to think that you might also finish your Top 100 Favorite CD's series from years and years ago, Scott? I know I'm probably the only one who was left hanging on that, but it's been like a 10 year cliffhanger.

Hear, hear.

And I'm pretty sure that Henry Jackman is in the top 10. Not too shabby for a newbie.

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2016 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

FYI, Powell is 52 years old, not 47.

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2016 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

FYI, Powell is 52 years old, not 47.

Thanks for catching that ,will fix. Sometimes I forget to double-check details from the 5-years ago version of the series.

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2016 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   McD   (Member)

I'm pretty sure that Henry Jackman is in the top 10. Not too shabby for a newbie.

Oh, I didn't get him either. Totally unfamiliar with his oeuvre.

Same with Brian Tyler. I'm younger than Brian Tyler but too goddang old to go see any movies he scores.

Someone please tell me if I'm missing out on any great scores.

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2016 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Same with Brian Tyler. I'm younger than Brian Tyler but too goddang old to go see any movies he scores.

Someone please tell me if I'm missing out on any great scores.


Darkness Falls
Terror Tract
Frailty
Iron Man 3

 
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