Movie composers worth listening to, part 8

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This list continues from part 7. Jon Brion Brion is also a composer, producer, songwriter, and instrumentalist outside of movies. Upcoming work includes Wilson. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Peer Pressure Clint Eastwood You know Eastwood as an actor and director. He has also scored some of the films he’s directed. You may think […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 7

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This list continues from part 6. Jay Chattaway Chattaway scored many episodes of Star Trek from The Next Generation to Enterprise. He’s also scored some movies, and is possibly retired. His flute theme from TNG‘s “The Inner Light” became deservedly popular. The Best of Star Trek – 30th Anniversary Special! Orchestral Suite from the Inner Light […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 6

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This list continues from part 5. David Arnold Arnold scored the 5 James Bond movies between Tomorrow Never Dies and Quantum of Solace — John Barry recommended him to the producers. Casino Royale (2006) African Rundown Quantum of Solace Time to Get Out Sherlock (with Michael Price) The Game Is On Stargate Stargate Overture Tomorrow […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 5

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This list continues from part 4. Carter Burwell Burwell has a great relationship with the Coen brothers, and has also written a couple of scores for Spike Jonze. Upcoming work includes The Founder and Wonderstruck. It Could Happen to You The Search Mr. Holmes Mr. Holmes True Grit (2010) River Crossing Where the Wild Things […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 4

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This list continues from part 3. Peter Best Best may have retired, as he hasn’t scored a movie since 2004. His Crocodile Dundee soundtrack is, like the movie, unique and wonderful. Crocodile Dundee Opening Titles Theme from Crocodile Dundee Overture from Crocodile Dundee Mychael Danna When directors want something a little different in their music, […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 3

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This list continues from part 2. Burt Bacharach Bacharach is mostly focused on his pop music career but he scored a few movies. The James Bond spoof Casino Royale was a ridiculous movie but the music was glorious. Casino Royale (1967) The entire album, especially Casino Royale (Main Title) Angelo Badalamenti Badalamenti has scored movies […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 2

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This list continues from part 1. Klaus Badelt Badelt’s one soundtrack on the list is one that I love. Upcoming work includes Ballerina and Warrior’s Gate. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (with Hans Zimmer) The entire album, especially He’s A Pirate Christophe Beck Beck wrote some brilliant music for the TV […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 1

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Here’s the big list of movie composers. I’ll list their soundtracks, and specifically which tracks are worth listening to — on their own, not within the movie. Some of these soundtracks could be better than I realize — if I listened to them all the way through I might add more track(s) to my list. […]

Planet of the Apes

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The next Planet of the Apes movie isn’t coming out until next year but this list is ready so I’m posting it. I read the original novel by Pierre Boulle years ago and enjoyed it a lot. I read some fairly recent graphic novels by Daryl Gregory and Corinna Bechko and enjoyed them too. Ape fever was […]

Star Trek movies

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I’ve seen the first bunch of Star Trek movies more times than any other movies. The last time I watched them I found that some of the best ones didn’t wow me quite as much as they once did. I would have rated Star Trek II, III, IV, and First Contact 5/5 on previous occasions. […]