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 Posted:   May 25, 2020 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

LINK: https://www.comingsoon.net/movies/features/1135104-my-top-10-favorite-james-horner-scores

 
 Posted:   May 25, 2020 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

He got half of it right.

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2020 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Not a bad top 10.
Hard to disagree with many of them, if you're also a Horner fan.
I liked his honesty and enthusiasm.
My 10 would have been different, but I liked reading his top 10.

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2020 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

I can respect that list. But I would of placed Krull in the Top 10.

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2020 - 12:34 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Yes, Krull would have replaced Aliens for me.
And Iris and Apollo 13 wouldn't make my top 10, although I do really love them.
I'd need to find room for Project X and *batteries not included and Wolfen and 48 Hrs and... wink

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2020 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   lacoq   (Member)

Top Tens are a waste of time.....so I'll waste a minute to say that Wolf Totem should definitely be in any Top Tenner......

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

It's all personal opinions, honestly. I wouldn't even have Titanic on that list. I have a hard time with it. I think it's the synth choir and the overall feeling of self importance. The action stuff is good though.

My top ten would have:

1. Star Trek II
2. Krull
3. The Rocketeer
4. Cocoon
5. Balto
6. Apollo 13
7. Brainstorm
8. Legends of the Fall
9. Clear and Present Danger
10. The Perfect Storm

Honorable mention: Gorky Park.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

It's all personal opinions, honestly. I wouldn't even have Titanic on that list. I have a hard time with it. I think it's the synth choir and the overall feeling of self importance. The action stuff is good though.

My top ten would have:

1. Star Trek II
2. Krull
3. The Rocketeer
4. Cocoon
5. Balto
6. Apollo 13
7. Brainstorm
8. Legends of the Fall
9. Clear and Present Danger
10. The Perfect Storm

Honorable mention: Gorky Park.


Not to mention the Enya pilfering. There several solid scores in your list, in particular Brainstorm, Krull, Star Trek II, making allowance for the various "influences".

Edit: Gorky Park would absolutely make the list. I find it to be the better of the 48Hrs type scores.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

- Field of Dreams
- Glory
- Cocoon
- An American Tail
- Searching for Bobby Fisher (Michael Kamen loved the end titles - he told me personally)
- The Man Without a Face
- Star Trek II
- The Rocketeer
- The Journey of Natty Gann
- In Country
- Apollo 13

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 1:09 PM   
 By:   BackToTheFutureFan   (Member)

Titanic



Glory
Legends of the Fall
Commando
Aliens
Braveheart
Avatar
Apocalypto
The Land Before Time
Deep Impact

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   William R.   (Member)

I'm one of the super old-school Horner fans who thinks he peaked in 1983. Braveheart and Legends of the Fall have beautiful music but they don't click with me the way his early stuff does. Glory and Aliens are favorites but objectively they get demerits for the worse-than-usual "borrowing."

No one asked, but don't mind if I do:

1. Krull
2. Brainstorm
3. The Wrath of Khan
4. Field of Dreams
5. Sneakers
6. The Mask of Zorro
7. The New World
8. Wolfen
9. The Search for Spock
10. 48 Hours

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   William R.   (Member)

It's all personal opinions, honestly. I wouldn't even have Titanic on that list. I have a hard time with it. I think it's the synth choir and the overall feeling of self importance. The action stuff is good though.
.


Interesting that none of the lists on this thread have included Titanic yet. I disliked it for years, but the recent LaLa Land release has given me a new appreciation for it, with the inclusion of several dark and brooding cues (not used in the film) which provide a welcome contrast that the original album lacked.

I like that he gave Iris a shout-out. Very well-made film, nice score.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

BackToTheFutureFan listed Titanic top, with a gap for emphasis to the other 9.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

Glory and Aliens are favorites but objectively they get demerits for the worse-than-usual "borrowing."

I agree, BUT they were the industry's favorites in their own times and that's what that counted

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   scrapsly   (Member)

Enemy at the Gates, Courage Under Fire, Mighty Joe Young, Legends of the Fall, Deep Impact, The Perfect Storm, Star Trek II, The Mask of Zorro, Braveheart, Willow.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 3:06 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

I'm one of the super old-school Horner fans who thinks he peaked in 1983.

Either that, or our classical repertoires started growing faster than Horner could compose.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   Jack Grensleaves   (Member)

My top 10 List (WITH NO ORDER)

The Man Without A Face

The Spitfire Grill

The New World

Back To Titanic

Braveheart

Once Upon A Forest

Casper (for Casper's Lullaby, only)

Field Of Dreams

Brainstorm

The Name Of The Rose

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 8:12 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

Reads more like a list of popular or acclaimed movies which contain James Horner scores.

Personally, I consider some of the titles on that list to be far from Horner's best work.

I have always regarded Aliens one of his weakest scores, from the Khachaturian in the main titles to the repurposed "werewolf" / "Klingon" motif in the action scenes. Cocoon I always felt to be a prosaic effort -- technically spot-on, but uninspired and nothing more than serviceable (and the recycled bit from "Genesis Countdown" didn't help).

Krull and Brainstorm are on the other hand two of Horner's finest efforts -- I submit Krull is his very best score -- but no one went to see those movies, therefor they can't possible have good scores. roll eyes

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 9:28 PM   
 By:   Landstander   (Member)

Anytime I see a best of Horner list and it mentions Titanic, I roll my eyes and move on with my day.

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2020 - 9:44 PM   
 By:   BackToTheFutureFan   (Member)

Anytime I see a best of Horner list that omits Titanic, I roll my eyes and move on with my day.

 
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