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 Posted:   Aug 19, 2017 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)

I'm sure there have been threads about this before.....but
a) I can't be bothered searching; and
b) This is an ever changing list

What movie/score combination has blown you away? When has the composer just got it so right? and why?

My initial picks are..

John Williams - The Empire Strikes Back

To me - this movie is perfect. And John Williams' score simply elevates it. Leitmotivs used perfectly. Brilliant new themes. Every part of the score fits perfectly with the film. This is a film score I grew up on so I realise that I am biased. But to me, this is John Williams' Magnum Opus.

Alan Silvestri - Back to the Future

I remember the first time I saw this movie and having the feeling that I never wanted it to end. I was enjoying it so much. And Silvestri's score had a lot to do with that. That brilliant BTTF theme used so perfectly throughout the film. The score enhancing the emotion of the film so well.

So...when did a composer get it so right in a film for you?

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2017 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Every damned time Jerry Fielding picked up a pen to compose, he "nailed it." Even when he repeated himself or borrowed from himself or others.

Fielding was that good. Never a wrong note in his life.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2017 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

Naked Lunch is a combination of acid jazz + electronics, orchestra, its very lively, up-beat, suspenseful, Howard Shore Nailed it with a little assistance from Ornette Coleman.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2017 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

CAP RIC CORN ONE JER RY GOLD SMITH!

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2017 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

CAP RIC CORN ONE JER RY GOLD SMITH!

I agree; especially the "Breakout" cue.

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Every damned time Jerry Fielding picked up a pen to compose, he "nailed it." Even when he repeated himself or borrowed from himself or others.

Fielding was that good. Never a wrong note in his life.


Amen to that

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2017 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Secret of NIMH- Jerry Goldsmith
Prince of Egypt- Hans Zimmer

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2017 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   amatalqa   (Member)

1 per composer, each of the below is a masterpiece with a perfect 100/100 score

Vertigo - Bernard Herrmann
Tombstone - Bruce Broughton
Waterworld - James Newton Howard
The Hunt For Red October - Basil Poledouris
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves - Kamen
Jurassic Park - Williams
Total Recall - Goldsmith
Batman Returns - Elfman
Michael Collins - Goldenthal
Lord of the Rings trilogy - Shore
Willow - Horner
The Talented Mr Ripley- Yared
How to Train Your Dragon - John Powell
Dances with Wolves - John Barry
The Shawshank Redemption - Thomas Newman
Lawrence of Arabia - Maurice Jarre
Cinema Paradiso - Ennio
The Fabulous Baker Boys - Grusin
Back to the Future - Silvestri
Fly Away Home - Mark Isham
Gladiator - Hans Z

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2017 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

1 per composer, each of the below is a masterpiece with a perfect 100/100 score

The Hunt For Red October - Basil Poledouris


That's interesting considering the radical changes between orchestra and synths.

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2017 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   JRP   (Member)

One that comes to mind quickly is Signs by James Newton Howard.

The entire score is brilliant, but nothing compares to the scene where Mel Gibson distracts his kids from the sounds of the invading aliens by telling them of the days they were born. The way JNH moves from suspense to tender intimacy and back again is incredible. He does it again at the climax of the film, but for my money these scenes are where he "nailed it."

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2017 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I'd say James Horner really nailed it on FIELD OF DREAMS. Totally!

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2017 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

more to the point:


http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=10388&forumID=1&archive=1

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2017 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)

more to the point:


http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=10388&forumID=1&archive=1


Yeah, yeah.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2017 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)

Every damned time Jerry Fielding picked up a pen to compose, he "nailed it." Even when he repeated himself or borrowed from himself or others.

Fielding was that good. Never a wrong note in his life.


Jim - I believe that I've never heard a Jerry Fielding score. If he's as good as you say he is...then I might have to seek some out to listen to.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2017 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)

Secret of NIMH- Jerry Goldsmith
Prince of Egypt- Hans Zimmer



Hmm...I wonder how much of the choice is based on an emotional connection with the film? I suspect my choices of TESB and BTTF are strongly based on my emotional connection with the films.

 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2017 - 7:23 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Secret of NIMH- Jerry Goldsmith
Prince of Egypt- Hans Zimmer



Hmm...I wonder how much of the choice is based on an emotional connection with the film? I suspect my choices of TESB and BTTF are strongly based on my emotional connection with the films.


Well, they're certainly two of my favorite animated films. But I also believe the scores apart from the films are brilliant.

 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2017 - 6:01 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

I'm going to go with Morricone UNTOUCHABLES and Williams JAWS.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2017 - 7:57 PM   
 By:   nerfTractor   (Member)

Lots of good ones so far, especially Empire and Untouchables. I would add a few...

Out of Africa
Superman: The Movie
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Silence of the Lambs
King Kong (2005)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2017 - 9:05 PM   
 By:   Clemens   (Member)

...hmmnn...

Alfred Newman -- AIRPORT
James Horner -- VIBES
Jerry Goldsmith -- JUSTINE
Bernard Herrmann -- ON DANGEROUS GROUND
Henry Mancini -- TOUCH OF EVIL

I am open to many Composers...but...I choose that which is most certainly interesting to me.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2017 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   Reeve   (Member)

From 25th ranked composer of mine – all the way to the best ranked composer in the world (of mine).

Howard Shore: “Big”
James Newton Howard: “Waterworld”
Vangelis: “Chariots Of Fire”
Max Steiner “Gone With The Wind”
Bernard Herrmann: “North By Northwest”
Alfred Newman: “The Mark Of Zorro”
Victor Young: “Around The World In 80 Days”
Jack Nitzche: “Starman”
John Scott: “Greystoke – The Legend Of Tarzan: Lord Of The Apes”
Georges Delerue: “The Black Stallion Returns”
Jerry Fielding: “The Enforcer”
Lalo Schifrin: “Magnum Force”
Ennio Morricone: “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly”
Bruce Broughton: “The Boy Who Could Fly”
Basil Poledouris: “Free Willy”
Danny Elfman: “Batman”
Maurice Jarre: “Firefox”
Elmer Bernstein: “The Ten Commandments”
Henry Mancini: “Santa Claus – The Movie”
Bill Conti: “The Karate Kid”
Alan Silvestri: “Back To The Future”
John Barry: “Somewhere In Time”
James Horner: “Cocoon”
Jerry Goldsmith: “Supergirl”
John Williams: “Superman – The Movie”

 
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