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Stephen Churay
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Posted: 28 January 2019 at 7:03am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I started humming a movie score without
even realizing I was doing it. Then I
couldn't believe that I was himming THAT
score when the film was only considered
adequate and the score not really
remembered. I came up up with a small list
of scores that I enjoy that hard if ever
get a mention and thought I'd share. The
hope is you will add to the list of great
scores for others to find.What was I
humming?

THE EDGE composed by Jerry Goldsmith.   
The film starred Anthony Hopkins and Alec
Baldwin, beautiful music. Surprisingly,
Goldsmith as a composer comes up a LOT.

MEDICINE MAN composed by Jerry Goldsmith
Outside of Star Trek:TMP This is my
favorite score of his.

LIONHEART composed by Jerry Goldsmith This
isn't the Jean Claude Van Damme film. This
is the medieval film starring a young Eric
Stoltz.

FIST OF THE NORTHSTAR live action: This
movie is terrible. The score composed by
Christopher L. North is very epic.

What scores can you think of?

Edited by Stephen Churay on 28 January 2019 at 9:19am
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Dave Kopperman
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I have a long history of loving scores from what are fairly universally despised films.  John Barry's score from "Howard the Duck" is (in my estimation) his best, which makes it one of the all time great adventure scores of all time.  But, oy, what a stone to be anchored to.  And his score from "The Black Hole" is also up there.  He got screwed twice in that regard.
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vishard chandool
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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK: Score by John Carpenter. I still listen to this one from time to time.

THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE: Score by Thomas Newman. I remember the music from this more than the movie itself.

PACIFIC RIM: By Ramin Djawadi

PREDATOR: By Alan Silvestri.

MAD MAX FURY ROAD :By Junkie XL - perfectly suited to that movie.
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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 28 January 2019 at 11:06am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I have a long history of loving scores from what are fairly universally despised films.  John Barry's score from "Howard the Duck" is (in my estimation) his best, which makes it one of the all time great adventure scores of all time.  But, oy, what a stone to be anchored to.  And his score from "The Black Hole" is also up there.  He got screwed twice in that regard.

KING KONG '76 makes it a trifecta. I'm a fan of the movie, personally. But, love or hate the film itself, Barry's soundtrack is beautiful. 

I don't subscribe to the idea of a "guilty pleasure."  If you've found something you like, others don't have to like it. It's your time and/or money being spent on it, not theirs. 


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Darren Ashmore
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Make it a Barry foursome, the score of SOMEWHERE IN TIME is a beautiful piece of music, extremely evocative.

Guilty pleasure?: KING SOLOMON'S MINES (the Chamberlain movie) by Jerry Goldsmith is a fine and rousing score.
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Peter Martin
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I like quite a number of scores that aren't particularly celebrated or remembered, though as Brian Rhodes says, I wouldn't subscribe to the notion of these being 'guilty pleasures' as such.

Among these are:
John Williams' score to Munich
Jerry Goldsmith's music for Under Fire
Michael Kamen's score for Highlander (particularly the cue for training up in the highlands)

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Dave Kopperman
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Oooh - thanks for reminding me, Peter: Michael Kamen's score for 'Baron Munchausen' is EXCELLENT.
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Jozef Brandt
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High Road To China by John Barry

Cutthroat Island by John Debney

Dune by Toto

Really Guilty Pleasure:  The Pirate Movie (1982).  Gilbert & Sullivan and Terry Britten/Sue Schifrin.  Half G&S, half rock...and the rock is really catchy. 
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James Woodcock
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Oh so many. I have a playlist on my iPod of film music I like to listen to - not full soundtracks, just tracks that have stood out to me.

It includes things like Cat people, Central park (from King Kong - the only good thing about that film), bits from Unbreakable, Escape from New York and other John Carpenter themes (The Thing!), even Transformers (again, the best thing about that film).

The ones I keep coming back to within that playlist tend to be the John Carpenter stuff, Tron Legacy (such a good theme!), Passion (The Last Temptation of Christ - particularly Bread and Wine and Passion itself) and Rabbit Proof Fence (particularly Running to the Rain) both by Peter Gabriel and bits of X-Men:First Class (Henry Jackman's best score in my opinion).

I buy a lot of film music.
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Philip Obaza
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Posted: 29 January 2019 at 2:47am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

So many!

PRESUMED INNOCENT - the most underrated John Williams score
ever. Probably one of the few Williams scores besides SLEEPERS that
made use of electronics.

TRON: LEGACY - easily one of the most underrated scores of the
2010s.

PLANET TERROR - really enjoyed the music in this one. Hummable
and evocative of the Grindhouse style.

ESCAPE FROM L.A. - better than the original in my opinion. I've
listened to the finale music more times than I can count.


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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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Little known movie... well certainly not that popular: “License to Kill” by Michael Kamen

"the secret of Nimh" Jerry Goldsmith

The music from "Akira"

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Ed Aycock
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THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY- Wojciech Kilar.  (Yes, it has three Schubert pieces in it but the rest is Kilar.)

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?- Alexander North (the movie was notorious but the beautiful score less so)

A PASSAGE TO INDIA - Maurice Jarre - as grandiose as anything Jarre composed. 

BLESS THE BEASTS AND THE CHILDREN- Barry DeVorzon- More than just a Carpenters song, some great instrumental work including a piece that would eventually find its way to becoming the theme song to "The Young and the Restless."
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