Favorite Scores, Film Composers, Soundtracks...

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Who is your Favorite Film Composer?

Bernard Herrmann
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3%
John Williams
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30%
Ennio Morricone
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39%
Jerry Goldsmith
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9%
Lalo Schifrin
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Danny Elfman
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6%
Vangelis
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6%
Elmer Bernstein
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No votes
Quincy Jones
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No votes
Harry Manfredini
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No votes
John Carpenter
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No votes
Basil Poledouris
1
3%
Akira Ifukube
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No votes
Pino Donaggio
0
No votes
Giorgio Moroder
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No votes
Angelo Badalamenti
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3%
 
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Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:45 am

Aaah, bet me to the Once Upon A Time In The West straight away. Was gonna mention the arrival of Claudia Cardinale into Town, then going though the landscape os Utah then getting home, with the music playing. Epic Music, Epic Photography, perfect Movie experience.

Otehr than that, a little unkown film maybe, Summer of 42. Very simple score and seems to play only one song, but it fits the scenes so perfectly and is quite powerful and both moving and slightly depressing, very haunting. Combined with the film's silent scenes or reliance on just sound effects to tell a scene, it works f*cking strongly.

I've just remebered the scene near the end, where the young kid Hermie has arrived at his fantasy woman's house at night. She's in mourning about something, he dances with her, no sound except the score, then they get in bed, only the waves for sound. After they shag, there's a long scene of just waves in the background, then he leaves. Brilliant.

Oh, then she fucks off in the morning and is gone for good, f*cking his head up for life.

But the Score was Oscar nominated.
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:49 am

My faves:

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Last of the Mohicans
Braveheart
The Lord of the Rings
Batman (89)
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Postby Ribbons on Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:51 am

Man, I'm crap at this kind of stuff.

I'm not gonna say "best," but I'm gonna give a shout-out to Jon Brion's score for I Heart Huckabees. It's the last one I saw that made me stop and go "Wow, what a great score." It really enhanced the material, IMO.
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:03 pm

Star Wars: A New Hope, eh?

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Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:04 pm

Warriors, come out to playayaaaay!!!!!!!!!

Can that count? Uh? No? Oh.
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Postby havocSchultz on Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:56 pm

DinoDeLaurentiis wrote:Star Wars: A New Hope, eh?

Look inna to a your geek a heart... you know it to be a true.


oh i know it's true... my geek heart also tells me jaws, superman, and indiana jones...actually - a real crap movie from recent - the new crow movie - with little john conner and the dude from angel and Valentine... the movie sucked - buty i found myself really enjoying the music - the only reason i watched the movie to the end - and Bubba-Ho-tep from what i remember had a moving and touching score - made the movie feel even more heartfelt and grand - really well done...
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Postby DanielSan on Wed Jan 11, 2006 1:01 pm

Raiders of the Lost Arc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jaws
Psycho
Silverado
The Magnificent Seven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bridge Over the River Kwai
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Postby Brocktune on Wed Jan 11, 2006 2:55 pm

FORBIDDEN ZONE!!!!!!!!!!!
and
forbidden planet.

and how about that song that plays at the very end of that "jurassic bark" episode of futurama. man, those guys are fuckin killing me.
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Postby RogueScribner on Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:02 pm

Scores I enjoy listening to on a regular basis:

Superman: The Movie
Star Wars IV - VI
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
Requiem for a Dream
The Last of the Mohicans
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Batman
Batman Returns
Cinema Paradiso
Once Upon a Time in America
Braveheart
Titanic
Batman Begins

I'm sure I'm leaving some out. And I enjoy other scores as well, but the ones above are ones I tend to listen to repeatedly.
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Postby Tubbs Tattsyrup on Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:30 pm

Star Wars. just, you know, in general.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Jaws.
Psycho.
Aliens (hell, they used the music in about 1000000 trailers)
Indiana Jones.
Back to the Future.
Men In Black.
Jurassic Park.
Dawn of the Dead (1978).
Adaptation.
Shaft.
Lord of the Rings.
On YouTube or Vimeo.
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Postby Kilgore on Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:36 pm

I played Superman: The Movie to death when I was a kid...apparently so did Singer, since it's the basis for that trailer, and still kicks ass today...Raiders is right up there too.

I'm also a big fan of Danny Elfman's Beetlejuice score...
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Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:42 pm

Silent Running was made great by 2 lovely Joan Baez songs, 'In The Sun' and 'Silent Running' itself. Turned into part of the score too, to a deep cutting effect.
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Postby DirtyRatBastard on Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:48 pm

Best score EVER: Flash Gordon.
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Postby wonkabar on Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:49 pm

Last of the Mohicans
Drugstore Cowboy
Dune
A Clockwork Orange
Blade Runner
Master and Commander
The Shining
Risky Business
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Postby Kilgore on Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:04 am

DirtyRatBastard wrote:Best score EVER: Flash Gordon.


Agreed...dispatch War Rocket Ajax...
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Postby buster00 on Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:52 am

It's hard to think of one that hasn't already been said...these are all so good...

One score that stirred me enough to HAVE TO OWN IT is Elmer Bernstein's The Great Escape soundtrack. There's no mistaking THAT score for any other!

I'm a tremendous dork for owning Wendy Carlos' Tron soundtrack...but I make no apologies for it...
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Postby wonkabar on Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:25 am

I almost threw Tron on my list but figured I already had enough Carlos with her two Kubrick scores.
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Postby austenandrews on Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:27 am

Another vote for Suspiria.
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Postby EliCash on Thu Jan 12, 2006 5:49 am

Star Wars
E.T.
Requiem for a Dream
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Alien
Lord of the Rings
Schindler's List
Empire of the Sun
jesus, anything by John Williams i guess...
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Postby magicmonkey on Thu Jan 12, 2006 7:32 am

Come on you guys, where is the love for Angelo Badalamenti.

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Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Thu Jan 12, 2006 7:41 am

Sorry man, you may need to enlighten me on him.
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Postby havocSchultz on Thu Jan 12, 2006 11:50 am

Cpt Kirks 2pay wrote:Sorry man, you may need to enlighten me on him.


it's ok - i don't think he ever shows his tits while composing... so you probably wouldn't be interested.... :lol:
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Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:11 pm

Nothing to see then. OK... let's moove oon..
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:26 pm

DirtyRatBastard wrote:Best score EVER: Flash Gordon.


You goddamn right, eh paisan?
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Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:28 pm

What, wait a minute - you scoored with Flash Gordon?!?!?! He was your best too? Man, that leaves Dale and Aura available for me, seeing as I'm gonna use this information to deadly blackmail him to allow me to have my way with them, Superhairpuller Chick Thread or no Superhairpuller Chick Thread.

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Postby CthulhuKid on Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:35 pm

Passions, Peter Gabriel's soundtrack for The Last Temptation of Christ. Awesome!
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Postby MiltonWaddams on Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:39 pm

Back to the Future, it basically made the movie far more epic than it really was. Without it, that movie would seem pretty cheese-core.
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Postby havocSchultz on Thu Jan 12, 2006 1:39 pm

MiltonWaddams wrote:Back to the Future, it basically made the movie far more epic than it really was. Without it, that movie would seem pretty cheese-core.


ya - that was a great and brilliant score - and Zemeckis said that's what he wanted in a score - cause they had a small budget and it was actually only a small movie - he wanted a score that made it feel big and epic and adventurous... i love that movie and that score - and secretly love "The Power of Love..."
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Postby Victor Laszlo on Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:35 pm

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Postby Victor Laszlo on Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:35 pm

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Postby Brocktune on Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:40 pm

Victor Laszlo wrote:CONAN THE BARBARIAN


that score is amazing. basil poledouris really knocked that one out of the park. it sounds so authentic. love it

oh, and...

a mighty wind
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Postby The Thin Man on Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:08 am

When I was a kid I had the sound track for "The Black Hole". I would listen to it for hours on end. A prime example of a sound track better than the movie itself. Anything by John Barry is usually up there with the greats. Just listen to Zulu and tell me you don't feel a shiver run down your back.
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Postby The Vicar on Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:28 am

Victor Laszlo wrote:CONAN THE BARBARIAN


Great call - I love that soundtrack.

From my collection -

The Three Musketeers ( Michel Legrand)

Wrath of Khan/Search for Spock ( James Horner )

Poltergeist ( Jerry Goldsmith)

The Fifth Element ( Eric Serra)

Braveheart ( James Horner....I have a lot of his)

Psycho ( Bernard Herrman - the original James Horner)

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Postby The Vicar on Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:32 am

Was going to put John Barry's score from Somewhere in Time up as well...also his score from my favorite James Bond movie You Only Live Twice. Sure, SIT is a "chick flick", but its still a nice score.
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Postby Fried Gold on Tue Jan 17, 2006 1:32 pm

I quite like the score for Star Trek 6.

Then we get on to the works of Vince diCola.
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Postby LeFlambeur on Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:47 pm

Star Wars- I mean lets face it, that score made those films.

The Good the Bad and the Ugly- Genius

You know what? Anything by Ennio Morricone or John Williams. Period.
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Postby MadCapsule on Tue Jan 17, 2006 7:43 pm

I really liked the score for The Way of the Gun and Sin City. The Usual Suspects had a good score, too.

I also dug the Goblins' score for Suspiria.
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Postby Bob Samonkey on Tue Jan 17, 2006 7:47 pm

I really enjoyed Desperado.
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Postby Bean on Tue Jan 17, 2006 8:02 pm

Two that come to mind, Lord of the Rings, Last of the Mohicans. Also, Batman Begins was pretty sick now that I think about it.
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Postby Eric G on Tue Jan 17, 2006 8:07 pm

Agreed. John Williams is a genius. No one can make music feel like a character in the movie as John Williams does.
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Postby The Vicar on Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:30 pm

City of Angels, by Gabriel Yared. Nice score for a chick flick.
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Postby ONeillSG1 on Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:00 pm

RogueScribner wrote:Superman: The Movie
Star Wars IV - VI
Batman Begins


Add Darth Vader breathing and The Magnificent Seven and you got all my downloaded ringtones from my V551.
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Postby Duses Wild on Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:31 pm

Star Wars I-VI
Indiana Jones Trilogy
Back to the Future Trilogy
Terminator 2
Aliens
Superman
Batman
Batman Begins
The Untouchables - one of the best opening themes
James Bond has a great theme
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Star Trek VI
Jaws

I could go on and on but I'll stop here.
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Postby bc1970 on Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:03 pm

Nobody. Has said. Halloween.
shocking.
I have to turn down the TV because I'm so damn tense watching it.
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Postby Brocktune on Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:24 pm

The Thin Man wrote:When I was a kid I had the sound track for "The Black Hole". I would listen to it for hours on end. A prime example of a sound track better than the movie itself. Anything by John Barry is usually up there witht the greats. Just listen to Zulu and tell me you don't feel a shiver run down your back.


word
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ive got an old vinyl copy of the black hole score. love it.


bc1970 wrote:Nobody. Has said. Halloween.
shocking.
I have to turn down the TV because I'm so damn tense watching it.


my band actually does a cover of carpenter's halloween theme live. its fun. great tune.
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Postby DanielSan on Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:04 pm

I always loved the scores to Silverado, Empire of the Sun, and Glory. Three great scores.
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Postby The Vicar on Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:28 pm

DanielSan wrote:I always loved the scores to Silverado, Empire of the Sun, and Glory. Three great scores.


Glory - another gem from James Horner.

And Empire? John Williams. These guys are racking up quite a score, with Williams in the lead, I think.
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Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:16 pm

The Vicar wrote:City of Angels, by Gabriel Yared. Nice score for a chick flick.


Chick flick or not, I actually really like this film, but I think it's got a brilliant score too. The Unfeeling Kiss is really great with it's own little theme plucking away for it's first half, then rejoins the rest of the score for it's holy and sometimes eerie sound that really gets under your skin.

This got me really interested in Gabriel Yared. I'm looking at some of his stuff, including City of Angels that I could use for like home movie music and stuff, copyright needed or allowed. Did you also know that he originally composed Troy but it was later dropped? I think you can still paly this on Gabriel Yared's website.

Also, someone else mentioned Basil Poledouris. Don't see his name much, but you gotta check out his score for Lonesome Dove, the TV series. Exhilerating, lifting, and beautiful (without being ga-y) stuff. Still makes me want to be a cowboy with Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones when I hear it, and hti the range. It ain't a 'film' score but SFW!?

Also, although the film and certain parts of the score of Life As A House can be a bit cheesy, I really dig Mark Isham's work on this film. Mournful but comforting at the same time on occasion, it can be quite moving when it wants to be.

Chronicles of Narnia by Harry Gregson-Williams? From hearing it in the movie alone. Most of it - mee noo liike!!!
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Postby Fievel on Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:29 pm

Glory - the music always send chills.
Signs - I thought the music was better than the movie.
North By Northwest - Bernard Herman was awesome.
French Connection - Don Ellis - MUSICAL GENIUS, but died way too young.
Any John Williams score. SW, Raiders, ET, Catch Me If You Can especially.
Band Of Brothers - Not a movie (even though it's a really long movie in my mind), but a damn fine score. RIP Michael Kamen.

Flash Gordon - Flying blind on a rocket cycle!?!?!?
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Postby The Vicar on Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:36 pm

Cpt Kirks 2pay wrote:
The Vicar wrote:City of Angels, by Gabriel Yared. Nice score for a chick flick.


Chick flick or not, I actually really like this film, but I think it's got a brilliant score too. The Unfeeling Kiss is really great with it's own little theme plucking away for it's first half, then rejoins the rest of the score for it's holy and sometimes eerie sound that really gets under your skin.

This got me really interested in Gabriel Yared. I'm looking at some of his stuff, including City of Angels that I could use for like home movie music and stuff, copyright needed or allowed. Did you also know that he originally composed Troy but it was later dropped? I think you can still paly this on Gabriel Yared's website.!


Listen to Eric Serra's soundtrack for The Fifth Element, then compare it to City of Angels. Both are great scores, for wildly different movies. They sound a bit like they were separated at birth. Not a problem - I think both scores were outstanding, & would love to hear what Yared came up with for Troy, much like I'm curious to hear what Shore had written, then scrapped, for Kong.

Calling City of Angels a "chick flick" was probably unfair of me, because although it certainly fits the criterion, I thought it an intriguing & very well done variation of a film I've always enjoyed, Wings of Desire.
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