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 Posted:   Dec 23, 2017 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Not sure if there is a similar thread right now, but I thought I’d list my favorite cues from the films of 2017.

Bladerunner 2049:

-2049
-Flight to LAPD
-Pilot
-Mesa
-Sea Wall (probably my favorite)
-All the Best Memories are Hers

Sea Wall in particular is just incredible. Listening to that while driving late at night is an experience. They really concocted a thick, dynamic sound that dominates that scene and almost resembles the massive waves that are crashing and smashing throughout. It’s a brilliant pairing of music and visuals that stuck with me after the first viewing.

Spider-Man Homecoming:

-Webbed Surveillance (favorite)
-Monumental Meltdown
-A Boatload of Trouble 1&2
-Ferry Dust-Up
-Fly-By-Night Operation

I’m pretty hot and cold with Giacchino, but I thought he wrote one of his best scores for Spider-Man Homecoming. Probably my favorite cues are for The Vulture scenes (Webbed Surveillance) but I also really liked his theme for Peter Parker and Stark. Each one is unique and instantly identifiable. He really helped sell the “scariness” of the Vulture in those scenes. I’ve been playing this a lot. The action stuff is great. I tend to skip the high school antics cues. He also is great at writing music that feels like a whole sequence rather than a bunch of scenes and moments stuck together. His music for the monument scene is a great example. He carries that tempo through the entire scene making it feel “whole”, if that makes any sense.

Thor Ragnarok:

-Where am I?
-Grandmaster’s Chambers
-Go
-What Heroes Do (awesome)
-Flashback
-The Revolution has Begun
-Sakaar Chase

I was pleasantly surprised to hear some fresh synth-pop in this one. It’s mostly in the scenes that occur on the planet Sakaar and I find those the most interesting. There’s even a nod to Escape from New York. The orchestral Asgard stuff doesn’t quite grab me.

Alien Covenant:

-The Covenant
-Sails (really nice stuff)
-Spores (love the second half as they discover the derelict)
-The Med Bay (brilliantly tense)
-Dead Civilization
-Cargo Lift (my favorite action cue of the year)
-Alien Covenant Theme

I am a big, big fan of this movie and I truly hope Scott continues this story. Many people dismissed this score because of the Goldsmith quotes, but Jed Kurzel’s original material is excellent. From the serene, classically orchestral “Sails” to the unnerving and unrelenting synth beats that build and build in “The Med Bay”, his music fits this movie like a glove. It also contains some nice homages to Jerry’s music. And “Cargo Lift” is superb action writing.

Star Wars:The Last Jedi:

-Main Title and Escape
-The Fathiers
-“Chrome Dome”
-A New Alliance (FYC Version)
-Holdo's Resolve
-The Battle of Crait
-The Spark (awesome)
-The Last Jedi
-Finale

I’m still familiarizing myself with this one, but I really liked what I heard in the theatre, and yes, I enjoyed the film despite a few very weird moments. Probably my favorite moment in the score (and film) is the build-up to Luke walking out and facing down the First Order (The Spark). Williams really knows how to build up to a big moment like that and maximize my excitement. Another moments that almost moved me to tears was hearing the original Tie-Fighter music in “The Battle of Crait”. I wasn’t expecting that and it brought a huge smile to my face. And it went beyond a simple needle-drop, he really weaves it in with the new material quite nicely.
That moment overshadowed any of my problems with the rest of the film.

Dunkirk:

-The Mole
-The Oil
-Supermarine
-End Titles

Saw this one with my folks on opening night in 70mm. That was an experience. You could cut the tension in that theatre with a knife, and Zimmer’s score was a big part of that. The ambient stuff is great, really illustrating the nightmarish reality of those poor souls stuck on that beach. The action stuff is my favorite part though. There is a moment in “The Oil” that was such a good payoff after all that buildup - all seems lost and the music is at a fever pitch - then Hardy’s plane swoops into the frame to save the day and Zimmer lays down the most satisfying synth line at that moment. The audience cheered, and again I had a big dumb grin on my face. Unfortunately I think the film version is a little different than what’s on the CD. Great cue regardless.

I also really liked the “Logan” score but I haven’t picked that up yet. I really liked that ominous pitch-bend thing he used for the bad guys.


Anyways, a pretty good year for new film scores. What are some of your favorites?

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2017 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

In going through the year's music, so far:

"Batman's Biplane Adventure" - BATMAN VS. TWO-FACE
"Deception" - THE ADVENTURERS
"The Ecstasy of the Bold" - WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
"Intro and Title" - THE LOVERS
"Just Continuances" - ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.
"Little Girl, Big City" - WONDERSTRUCK
"Mysterious Green Stuff" - UNREST
"The Orient Express" - MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
"Situation Handled" - GET OUT
"Title Credits" - LADY BIRD
"Wonder Woman Rescue" - JUSTICE LEAGUE

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2017 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Nice comment re DUNKIRK

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2017 - 4:07 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

In going through the year's music, so far:

"Batman's Biplane Adventure" - BATMAN VS. TWO-FACE
"Deception" - THE ADVENTURERS
"The Ecstasy of the Bold" - WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
"Intro and Title" - THE LOVERS
"Just Continuances" - ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.
"Little Girl, Big City" - WONDERSTRUCK
"Mysterious Green Stuff" - UNREST
"The Orient Express" - MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
"Situation Handled" - GET OUT
"Title Credits" - LADY BIRD
"Wonder Woman Rescue" - JUSTICE LEAGUE



I need to see (and hear) Get Out

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2017 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Nice comment re DUNKIRK


Bloody good score!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2017 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   tvogt1   (Member)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br1qIyKWFp0

Best part of the movie, sad to say.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2017 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Nice comment re DUNKIRK


Bloody good score!


Oh you are just another Zimmer fan boy who praises anything and everything he.does!

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2017 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br1qIyKWFp0

Best part of the movie, sad to say.



I was very happy to hear that too, but I also really enjoyed all the rest of it.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2017 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Nice comment re DUNKIRK


Bloody good score!


Oh you are just another Zimmer fan boy who praises anything and everything he.does!



Haha. Not quite. Just Dunkirk and Bladerunner. He’s done lots of stuff that I don’t care for, but lately he’s been doing some really interesting stuff.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2017 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   Travis   (Member)

Lots to enjoy from this year. A few of my favorites include:

Prelude to the Battle of the Sexes
Exodus Wounds from War for the Planet of the Apes
Justice from Murder on the Orient Express
The Final Battle (Full) from Justice League
The Mummy End Titles Suite
Love from Boss Baby
Theme from Knock
Saving the Day from Captain Underpants
Feuerwalzer from A Cure for Wellness

My running playlist of favorites, currently at 153 cues, are collected in this Spotify playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/user/scorecues/playlist/0nbnmcyQlcjFoWIPTbT60u

 
 Posted:   Dec 24, 2017 - 2:10 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

My best of the year list... 115 tracks from 60 composers.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2017 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I wish I could add to this cue topic, but I've not seen enough movies to pick a favorite cue. None of the movies I've seen this year have scores that I'm dying to purchase yet. Maybe upon a second viewing via a DVD, I will hear more. Too often I am so involved with the movie that I forget to tune into the score. Second viewings help, and I still need to see some of the movies listed here.

So the reason I'm chiming in is to say to THE MUTANT that I love the way you listed your cues and explained their "greatness" or significance. I printed his initial post to help my ears tune into these scores when I watch these films either for the first time or upon a second viewing.

This are some pissy posts going right now at FSM. Time for me to get off my hind end and extend a compliment. So well done The Mutant. Thanks!

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2017 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   thx99   (Member)

"We Shall Fight" from Dario Marianelli's score for Darkest Hour

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2017 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   acathla   (Member)

This has turned out to be my favorite cue of 2017! So amazing!


 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2017 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

By far my favorite of 2017 is Yoko Kanno's score to the Japanese Drama Lady Lord Naotora. It is the most interesting score musically though from my short attempts to watch the show doesn't really fit the show very well.

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2017 - 2:38 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

DUNKIRK
End title

Even better with the film (in 70mm))

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2017 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

I wish I could add to this cue topic, but I've not seen enough movies to pick a favorite cue. None of the movies I've seen this year have scores that I'm dying to purchase yet. Maybe upon a second viewing via a DVD, I will hear more. Too often I am so involved with the movie that I forget to tune into the score. Second viewings help, and I still need to see some of the movies listed here.

So the reason I'm chiming in is to say to THE MUTANT that I love the way you listed your cues and explained their "greatness" or significance. I printed his initial post to help my ears tune into these scores when I watch these films either for the first time or upon a second viewing.

This are some pissy posts going right now at FSM. Time for me to get off my hind end and extend a compliment. So well done The Mutant. Thanks!



Awesome! I hope you find something that you like!

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2017 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Lots to enjoy from this year. A few of my favorites include:

Prelude to the Battle of the Sexes
Exodus Wounds from War for the Planet of the Apes
Justice from Murder on the Orient Express
The Final Battle (Full) from Justice League
The Mummy End Titles Suite
Love from Boss Baby
Theme from Knock
Saving the Day from Captain Underpants
Feuerwalzer from A Cure for Wellness

My running playlist of favorites, currently at 153 cues, are collected in this Spotify playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/user/scorecues/playlist/0nbnmcyQlcjFoWIPTbT60u



Cool. I’ll check out that playlist.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2017 - 8:40 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

By far my favorite of 2017 is Yoko Kanno's score to the Japanese Drama Lady Lord Naotora.

This, a million times over.

 
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