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Initial post: 7 Jan 2014 20:02:20 GMT
For me the best composer of the last 20 years has to be Hans Zimmer

Some of his best scores:
The dark knight trilogy
Shirlock holmes
and most recently Rush

These are some brilliant scores, especially the dark knight films, which i particularly enjoy because of the simularites to crime movies rather than comic book movies, although i do love danny elfman's score for the first batman movie.

Other favourite composers of mine are:
John williams(my top favourite)
Thomas newman
Maurice jarre
& Danny elfman.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2014 23:44:18 GMT
Anita says:
Ennio Morricone.

If dead ones also count - Nino Rota

Posted on 7 Jan 2014 23:51:38 GMT
There was a series of documentaries before Christmas about the history of music in films. Fascinating stuff. The one big thing that I came away from it was I really know nothing about music in film. It's so complex and some of the composers so clever. There's obviously the big names who've made memorable scores but often the really clever stuff has been done by names I barely know.
For me the best composure in the last few years, or should I say my favorite, is easily Clint Mansell. Forget I used to be a big PWEI fan, but Pi, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Stoker, he even helped on Mass Effect 3. But most importantly there's only a few really really memorable themes made for films, things that break out of their original film and out into popular culture. And Clint Mansell did it with the sublime Lux Aeterna for the Requiem for a Dream score (which in itself is brilliant).

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2014 00:15:03 GMT
Was that the one on bbc4? If so yeah i watched that too, it explained about the composers of early cinema who influenced later composers like john williams.

Cliff martinez who composed the scores for amongst others drive & only god forgives also worked with the red hot chillies and also hans zimmer was one of the keyboardists for 80's group 'the buggles' and speaking of film music branching out into popular culture, thomas newman's main theme for american beauty became a very popular dance hit aswell.


'ennio morricone'

Love his score for the thing and not for getting his 'speggetti western' themes

Posted on 8 Jan 2014 09:26:58 GMT
kinjoking says:
hans zimmer for me, but mainly because he also did the awesome music for the videogame Crysis 2, plenty good composers around in the film industry on the whole, wouldnt be fair to say one is better then the other imo

Posted on 9 Jan 2014 16:57:30 GMT
Another great composer is Vangelis, his music for blade runner is sublime, especially the piece 'rachel's song' with vocals from welsh folk singer mary hopkin.

Plus not forgetting his famous 'chariots of fire' theme:)

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2014 17:14:37 GMT
Anita says:
But then you have also to omit "film" from equation?

I mean, Vangelis is very much not *just* a film composer.

I like this:

To The Unknown Man

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 10:06:38 GMT
Johnny Williams is the best of all time for me.

Star Wars
Close encounters
Catch me if you Can
Harry Potter
Superman (Should have been used in MOS)
List goes on and on.

MY favourite ever score in a Movie is Empire Strikes back


Zimmer is the heir to his throne IMO, I especially love the Dark Knight score as well and Gladiator was great, I have still to see Rush, but plan on watching it soon.

Someone said Morricone - yep he was a legend as well

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 12:10:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2014 12:11:06 GMT
What about the main jurassic park theme cam? In my opininon williams best piece of film music.

Zimmer is defo my 2nd favourite composer:)

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 12:24:24 GMT
Crixus says:
I saw that documentary, clint mansell also did the soundtrack for 'Moon' which I thought was outstanding.

I know harry gregson williams does a lot of action films but he did the soundtrack for the metal gear solid games which deserves a thumbs up.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 12:29:57 GMT
Not really a fan of fighter games but am interested in knowing how well do the soundtracks add to the overall story of the games?

Mansell did the music for black swan aswell, which is a really good score.

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 12:32:43 GMT
Crixus says:
Metal Gear Solid is a sort of action blockbuster of a game, the soundtrack does add immensely to it as when you are discovered by an enemy this action music kicks in and sort of helps you get into the role somewhat, check out the theme for the game it's very good, not just for a game but for anything really.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 12:32:56 GMT
I said the list goes on and on LOL

I loved it as well actually, but it was Empire where Williams did his best work in one single movuie IMO.

He took the basics he did in star Wars -Main theme and Force theme

and weaved around them, Yodas theme, The Imperial March, Han and Leias theme and some other really cool musical notes like Hoth, Bespin, Dagobah.

Jedi he kind of just added in Ewoks, the Sarlacc music and the Emperors theme.

My 2nd Favourite Williams is a joint between Raider of the Lost ark, The Indy theme obviously, bit also the Marion theme and the fantastic ark theme.
and Superman - An iconic score which transcended the movie and simply became, the Superman music, used in TV, in Online , in cartoons. and even other Movies and for me was a barve choice and I still am not sure whether it was correct for Zimmer to leave it out of MOS, but the fact I'm not sure is a big plyus as I was totally against it before the movie came out and afterwards I kind of liked the music, so I am torn there.

The Godfather scores must be up there, who wrote them?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 12:34:26 GMT
Well I would say the Musical score in Halo, is the best score Ive ever heard in a game and its absence was the worst thing about Halo 4.

Its my ringtone on my phone and its just a tune which makes you think of action and heroes LOL

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 12:35:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2014 12:40:08 GMT
"i said the list goes on and on

duh! sorry:)

(edit: I do love the epicness of zimmer's mos scor but yeah it will never beat williams's legendary theme.

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 12:44:08 GMT
It was nino rota who scored 'the godfather'

Anita mentioned him in a previous message.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 12:45:06 GMT
Thats like me, I wanted to hate it, but I liked it, but still when I hear Williams theme I think its better.

strange one.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 12:45:25 GMT
Ah sorry

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 12:50:42 GMT
Have you seen the man of steel yet? If so is the film up to hype?. Iv downloaded the score but have not seen the film yet.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 13:28:02 GMT
Hmm hard to say.

I liked it yes. But I had a few issues as well with it

Cavill is great IMO. As was most of the cast. He does not join the daily planet till the end of the movie so you don't get to see him play Clark kent much if you know what I mean.

I thought the plot had a few issues and the fight scenes used too much shaky cam.

The destruction in Metropolis was IMO too severe but fun.

I can't decide tbh. Liked it yes. But could have done with a little bit more humour.

I'll buy it on blu ray, but not a patch on Avengers for me. In parts blows superman returns away but also fails to hit certain points of that movie. Strange one

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 13:46:51 GMT
Post Soviet says:
Angelo Badalamenti, couple Lynch films, What a Wonderful World.
I like Carpenter writing simple but effective toons for his own films, like Vampires or They Live.

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 16:50:27 GMT
Assault on precinct 13 & The fog, two more great synth scores from carpenter.

I also enjoy pino dinaggio's score for de palma's Blow out.

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 18:34:03 GMT
Shazzerman says:
Good call on Donaggio - seriously underrated. As well as "Blow Out", his score for De Palma's "Carrie" really adds to the brilliance of the film: the music used in the lead-up to the bucket of blood scene is utterly indispensable to the effectiveness of that scene; also, Donaggio's best work, for me, is "Don't Look Now". Like Morricone (particularly the "Untouchables" Morricone), Donaggio has a great knack of inflecting his most romantic lush chords with moments of menace (listen to the music in that "Carrie" scene, and the "Machine Gun Lullaby" music that plays over the train station climax of "The Untouchables"). De Palma knows who to call for great music.
Jerry Goldsmith needs a mention: his scores display more range that the mighty Williams, methinks. "Planet of the Apes" (1968) is one of the GREAT film scores, sutured to the visuals like skin and bone. His "Alien" is spare and dramatic. And again, superbly complementary to the visuals. Williams' best score is "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"; and, yes, as somebody mentioned, I tend to think that his main theme for "Jurassic Park" could be his best piece.
A mention here too for the most overlooked film score of the last 35 years: Brad Fiedel's monumental "Terminator 2". Listen very closely to how Fiedel scores the motorbike/truck chase early in the film: this is how to marry music to visuals and elevate a film.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold is another of my favourites: "The Sea Hawk" is great.

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 19:13:43 GMT
Good shout with jerry goldsmith, made some wonderful scores especially basic instinct and total recall. I also love his 'haunting' main theme to Hollow Man, probably one of his most under-rated. I don't know why they never made more of a fuss about him.

And yeah fiedel's score for terminator 2 is brilliant and really adds to the action of the set-pieces . I also love his score for fright night and the song 'come to me' which he actually sings.

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 19:51:36 GMT
'Nightclub' piece from Lethal Weapon, Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton & David Sanborn. Awsome mix of Guitar, Base & Sax. Love it
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