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    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2011 edited
    I thought this might need it's own topic so I've brought this here from 'Recent Viewing Part III'

    Timmer wrote
    I was just thinking, I wonder how many of my favourite films would I have to go through before I got to my top 10 film scores? I'm going to think on this??


    My all time top 10 films in no particular order...

    THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
    GODFATHER I & II ( sorry, I'm not seperating these )
    GOODFELLAS
    JAWS
    NIGHT OF THE DEMON
    UNFORGIVEN
    ICE COLD IN ALEX
    THE PIANIST
    ALIEN
    THE 49th PARALLEL

    First off this list is a bit loose, there are probably some films I'm not thinking of so the list could change.
    I notice that not one of the scores to these films ( discounting GOODFELLAS which uses songs to denote periods in time ) is in my top 20 and not one of them features a score by my favourite composer John Barry.

    Anyone else want to try this for themselves?
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      CommentAuthorBobdH
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2011 edited
    Interesting question! All the more because I recently realized (again) how I look for completely different things in a score to appreciate, then I do with films. For example, this is my top 10 list in film:

    1. Schindler's List (1993)
    2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    3. Psycho (1960)
    4. Amadeus (1984)
    5. Barry Lyndon (1975)
    6. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
    7. Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
    8. Apocalypse Now (1979)
    9. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    10. M (1931)

    How many of them even have an original score? Only Schindler's List, A.I. and Saving Private Ryan (sure, and Apocalypse Now, but who listens to that outside of the film?). While, on the other hand, my current list of top 10 scores:

    1. Howard Shore - The Lord of the Rings (2005)
    2. Hans Zimmer - The Thin Red Line (1999)
    3. Howard Shore - Looking for Richard (1996)
    4. John Williams - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    5. Bernard Herrmann - Psycho (1997)
    6. James Newton Howard - Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
    7. John Williams - Schindler's List (1994)
    8. Javier Navarrete - El Laberinto del Fauno (2006)
    9. Basil Poledouris - Flesh + Blood (1985)
    10. Elliot Goldenthal - Interview with the Vampire (1994)

    Right. So Schindler's List and Psycho make reappearances, and The Lord of the Rings has been in my Top 10 film for quite a while. The Thin Red Line comes close as well (maybe it will soon come in my top 10). But, Flesh + Blood, as a film, will never come anywhere near my top 10 list, I've never seen Looking for Richard nor Snow Falling on Cedars (and doubt if I want to) and Interview With the Vampire and Raiders of the Lost Ark are pretty to very good indeed but are simply in another league then the Kubrick masterpieces or Fritz Lang's M.

    The more I'm 'maturing' in film, the more the lists seem to be separating. Maybe it's because we all love our scores to have clear themes, adventure, romance, orchestral sounds, and those simply feature in the 'fun' films that do not feature in those hefty Top 10 Films Of All Time lists? I know I have a whole list of Criterion Collection films I'd love to see in the coming months that don't even have (well known) scores.
  1. With me, yes. In both cases it is The Thin Red Line.
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  2. I am no film-watching toff so my selection is likely to be of films I can watch time and time again. Period. Just looking through my 100 or so DVDs...
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2011
    Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.

    A case of pure correlation is JURASSIC PARK, which happens to be one of my favourite films, as well as -- arguably -- my alltime favourite film score.

    Then you have favourite films like ALIEN and ALIENS, which have great scores in the films themselves, but not really something I like to listen to alone.

    Then you have something like BLADE RUNNER, a favourite film with a great score that ALSO works great alone, but which probably isn't among my FAVOURITE alltime scores.

    Then you have something like the gorgeous APU films by Satyjajit Ray, which have sparse scores by Ravi Shankar that work well enough in the films, but that I have no interest in alone.

    So there's no set answer to this question.
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2011
    This is a good topic and one that got me to thinking. The answer to the question is no. My favorite film score is The Best Years of Our Lives/Friedhofer and the movie is on no favorite viewing list. Scott of the Antarctic/Vaughan Williams is another and again the film is not on a list.
    Tom smile
    listen to more classical music!
  3. The more I think about it the more I think that my favourite viewing is very much linked to my favourite scores - or scores that I believe are significant to me but may not be in my Top Ten.

    I'll try and get a Top Ten list of films tomorrow.
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      CommentAuthorplindboe
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2011 edited
    My top13 films of all-time would look something like this:

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    An American Werewolf in London
    The Shining
    The Thing (1982 version)
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 version)
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    The Matrix
    The Terminator
    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
    C'era una volta il West
    Aliens
    Airplane!
    Life of Brian


    I had to make it a top13 since I couldn't cut it down to a top10.

    Some of the scores I adore, some do nothing for me. For me there's no correlation between quality of movie and quality of music.

    Peter smile
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      CommentAuthorFalkirkBairn
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2011 edited
    This was a really tricky thing to do but I think I came down with a list of 10 that I would be happy with (in no particular order):

    Se7en
    Aliens
    The Day The Earth Stood Still
    (1951 version!)
    The Fellowship of The Ring
    Star Wars
    The Silence of The Lambs
    The Usual Suspects
    The Thing
    (1982 version)
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    Psycho
    (1960 version)

    And looking at these I'd say there would be a good chance that the majority of these scores would fit into a Top ? list. I find it very difficult to extricate the scores from the films. In fact, a lot of what I like attracts me to the score and many scores attract me to the films.
    The views expressed in this post are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinions of maintitles.net, or for that matter, anyone else. http://www.racksandtags.com/falkirkbairn
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2011
    If i were to choose THE THIN RED LINE, i'd say so, yes. But not into "favorite this" and "favorite that" thingies in general, too hard to define.
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
  4. My favorite films, in no particular order, are Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Black Swan, House of Sand & Fog, Lust Caution, Spirited Away, and WALL-E. They all have magnificent scores.
  5. BTW, it should be noted that James Horner scored 3 of the above. cool
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      CommentAuthorErik Woods
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2011 edited
    Top 13 Favorite Films (no particular order)

    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    - The score is my all time favorite as is the film.
    The Empire Strikes Back - The score is in my Top 10
    Back To The Future - The score is in my Top 10
    Schindler's List
    Amadeus
    Dances With Wolves
    - The score is in my Top 10
    Forrest Gump
    A Few Good Men
    Casino
    The Shawshank Redemption
    How To Train Your Dragon

    Braveheart - The score is in my Top 10
    Dumb and Dumber

    My Top 10 Film Scores looks like this...

    1. Indiana Jones Trilogy (John Williams)

    *If I had to pick one it would be Raiders but Temple of Doom would make the Top 10 as well.
    2. Star Wars Trilogy (John Williams)
    *If I had to pick one Empire would make the list.
    3. CutThroat Island (John Debney)
    4. Back To The Future (Alan Silvestri)
    5. Medal of Honor Series (Michael Giacchino)

    *I know... it's a video game series but these series of scores beats the pants off of the major of film music being composed these days.
    6. Dances With Wolves (John Barry)
    7. Braveheart (James Horner)
    8. The Sea Hawk (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
    9. Mutiny on the Bounty (Bronislau Kaper)
    10. Prince Valiant (Franz Waxman)

    If had to to pick three more I would include

    11. Superman (John Williams)
    12. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Jerry Goldsmith
    13. How To Train Your Dragon (John Powell)


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      CommentAuthorlp
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2011
    Yes. They often goes hand in hand. For me anyway.
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      CommentAuthorDemonStar
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2011
    Mine does. bunny
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2011 edited
    FalkirkBairn wrote
    This was a really tricky thing to do but I think I came down with a list of 10 that I would be happy with (in no particular order):

    Se7en
    Aliens
    The Day The Earth Stood Still
    (1951 version!)
    The Fellowship of The Ring
    Star Wars
    The Silence of The Lambs
    The Usual Suspects

    You really think so?
    Tom smile
    The Thing
    (1982 version)
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    Psycho
    (1960 version)

    And looking at these I'd say there would be a good chance that the majority of these scores would fit into a Top ? list. I find it very difficult to extricate the scores from the films. In fact, a lot of what I like attracts me to the score and many scores attract me to the films.


    You really think so?
    Tom smile
    listen to more classical music!
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2011
    I'm still thinking about this one and one of my very all time favorite viewing films is The Lost Weekend. While I can't put the score on a top ten favorite list I do enjoy the soundtrack immensely.
    Tom smile
    listen to more classical music!
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2021 edited
    It's pretty damn close. JURASSIC PARK is my alltime favourite score, and it is at the very least in my top 3 movies of all time. It's battling it out with ALIEN and ALIENS on a regular basis. Seen all of these 60+ times each. And I NEVER grow tired of them.
    I am extremely serious.
  6. It does for me, with The Lord of the Rings.
  7. The Thin Red Line. Yes, it does.
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