Yessss. Morricone strikes again (and presumably has one more appearance to make?) ... was honestly getting a little concerned that this wouldn't appear at all, but I'm thrilled to see it this high. One of the all-time greats.
Post by The_Cake_of_Roth on Oct 25, 2018 23:12:17 GMT
Time for an unpopular opinion: Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the only examples I can think of where a score has actually brought down my enjoyment of a film. What's weird is that I love the music on its own, but there are too many places where I feel the music is misused and dropped haphazardly into a scene. I still like the film, but the score keeps me from loving it.
I want all of you to enjoy your cake, so... enjoy.
Anyway, can't complain about this runner-up. It's not my favorite of Morricone's, but as I said in the FYC thread, "Ecstasy of Gold" is, as far as I'm concerned, the finest single composition of film score ever. Just one of my favorite pieces of music in general. Absolutely iconic and legendary.
Ennio is the all-time great, and it was a pleasure seeing him dominate here.
James Horner was contacted to compose the music for the film, but he was unavailable, because of his work on A Beautiful Mind (2001). The choice of Howard Shore as Composer, took some people by surprise, because he was associated with dark thriller films, and he had never worked on an epic film of this scale. He ultimately won his first Academy Award for Best Original Score for this film.
Can't complain. Taking the entire trilogy together, Shore's compositions really are some of the finest in the history of film score, no question about it. At times epic, at times intense, and other times still intimate and romantic, often within the course of one track ... hell, "The Breaking of the Fellowship" features this perfectly, and it's why I'd say it's certainly up there as one of my favorite pieces ever. It's a freaking brilliant score, and worthy of being deemed the best ever. Can't complain at all.
Post by The_Cake_of_Roth on Oct 25, 2018 23:32:55 GMT
While the original Star Wars was my #1, Fellowship of the Ring was my #2, so this is a nice result.
Blade Runner at #3 is beautiful. I love that score so much, and I was so pleased with what Zimmer came up with for 2049 because he manages to evoke Vangelis's work without trying to duplicate it and still makes it his own. And "Tears in Rain" could not have been used more perfectly.
Anyway, I'd say it's a nice-looking list overall. Great mix of the essentials and some more inspired selections. And six of my personal top ten appeared in the official top ten, so that was a delightful surprise. The top trio in particular is just extraordinary.
Thank you again wilcinema for putting this together!!! Excellent work
1. The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: 212 (Howard Shore) 2. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: 202 (Ennio Morricone) 3. Blade Runner: 180 (Vangelis) 4. Once Upon A Time In The West: 175 (Ennio Morricone) 5. Jurassic Park: 165 (John Williams) 6. Vertigo: 144 (Bernard Herrmann) 7. Star Wars: A New Hope: 143 (John Williams) 8. The Godfather: 139 (Nino Rota) 9. Phantom Thread: 137 (Jonny Greenwood) 10. The Thin Red Line: 136 (Hans Zimmer) 11. Lawrence of Arabia: 134 (Maurice Jarre) 12. Psycho: 133 (Bernard Herrmann) 13. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: 130 (John Williams) 14. Halloween: 125 (John Carpenter) 15. Mad Max: Fury Road: 105 (Junkie XL) 16. Cinema Paradiso: 100 (Ennio Morricone) 17. There Will Be Blood: 98 (Jonny Greenwood) 18. Once Upon A Time In America: 97 (Ennio Morricone) 19. Superman: 93 (John Williams) 20. Jaws: 91 (John Williams) 21. Gone With The Wind: 87 (Max Steiner) 22. E.T – The Extra-Terrestrial: 85 (John Williams) 23. Under The Skin: 84 (Mica Levi) 24. The Untouchables: 83 (Ennio Morricone) 25. The Mission: 79 (Ennio Morricone) 26. The Last of the Mohicans: 76 (Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman) 27. To Kill A Mockingbird: 74 (Elmer Bernstein) 28. Titanic: 72 (James Horner) 30. Suspiria: 71 (Goblin) Chinatown: 71 (Jerry Goldsmith) 31. Braveheart: 69 (James Horner) 32. Atonement: 66 (Dario Marianelli) 33. Schindler’s List: 65 (John Williams) 34. Picnic at Hanging Rock: 64 (Bruce Smeaton) 35. Inception: 63 (Hans Zimmer) 36. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone: 62 (John Williams) 37. The Social Network: 58 (Trent Reznor andAtticus Ross) 38. Mulholland Dr.: 57 (Angelo Badalamenti) 39. Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters: 56 (Philip Glass) 40. American Beauty: 54 (Thomas Newman) 42. Raiders of the Lost Ark: 53 (John Williams) The Fountain: 53 (Clint Mansell) 45. Mary Poppins: 52 (Robert and Richard Sherman) Fargo: 52 (Carter Burwell) Requiem For A Dream: 52 (Clint Mansell) 46. Interstellar: 51 (Hans Zimmer)
49. Edward Scissorhands: 50 (Danny Elfman)
Rocky: 50 (Bill Conti)
Taxi Driver: 50 (Bernard Herrmann) 50. The Third Man: 49 (Anton Karas) Cloud Atlas: 49 (Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil)