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February 15th, 2012, 8:19 pm #81

I've been thoroughly enjoying the Desplat/Pope score to My Week With Marilyn. Very nice theme by Desplat, and nice treatments of the theme in the score by Pope. Lush orchestrations (duh) and some Williams-esque moments. Worth checking out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wjp4HYiqfI
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March 10th, 2012, 12:11 am #82

As promised, a track from one of the most enjoyable adventure scores in years. It's that damn good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZjflm7-5bY
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March 19th, 2012, 3:48 pm #83

Here's a score that has really grown on me. Michael Giacchino's John Carter is a lot of fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKtg2nJa1to
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March 22nd, 2012, 1:49 am #84

I meant to post this a while back. Harry Gregson-Williams' Arthur Christmas score is a lot of fun.

Don't let the electronics in this clip scare you away. One of the most satisfying parts of the score is how it transitions from this fun modern style into a full-fledged classical orchestral and choral powerhouse.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT9J0v6i894
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March 23rd, 2012, 4:05 am #85

Excellent track picks from Carter, Journey and Christmas.

My pick of the day is from The Lorax (John Powell)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADCq2ga5dVI
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April 18th, 2012, 1:09 pm #86

La-La Land's expanded score of Hook has awoken my inner child! Or at least it has reminded me how incredible this score is.

Check out some samples if you need more proof that John Williams is God.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBxbWRXbEMY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVJ6QslaqJ4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69v3GinRKDw
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April 30th, 2012, 7:47 pm #87

RIP Joel Goldsmith

Here is a fantastic cue Joel wrote while collaborating with his legendary father, Jerry, on Star Trek: First Contact.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlIaU6bBO-0
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May 6th, 2012, 4:21 pm #88

My review of The Avengers is coming soon!

In the meantime, here is a track from Alan Silvestri's fun, occasionally triumphant score.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji1KMkmJklU
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June 5th, 2012, 7:03 pm #89

Alexandre Desplat wrote a suite for Moonrise Kingdom. It is a bit quirky, but not anywhere near Fantastic Mr Fox levels. The suite on the album is split, but this video has all parts. The last part is a reference to A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, which is also on the album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycNCAslpZF4
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October 27th, 2012, 8:04 pm #90

Alright, I've held off long enough....Skyfall.

As you may remember, I was extraordinarily disappointed that director Sam Mendes chose composer Thomas Newman over series regular David Arnold. Arnold had scored the last five films going back to his brilliant score to Tomorrow Never Dies, perhaps the best Bond score ever.

His work on Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace was also exceptional.

But taken for what it is, Skyfall is a very decent score. Action cues are surprisingly good (Newman has never been known for these) and the classic Bond theme is well utilized.

And based on this alone, the score should play well against the film.

What Newman's score is severely lacking is original thematic development. One of the highlights of the soundtrack is his integration of Adele's extraordinary title song theme during the Komodo Dragon track. If only Newman utilized this or a decent original theme of his own creation more frequently, Skyfall would be a far more enjoyable score.

In the great tradition of John Barry, all of Arnold's scores have had their own identity thematically. Newman doesn't even attempt this approach. The result is that outside of the classically 007-flavored action cues and the occasional statement of the Bond theme, there isn't much of interest.

Still, Newman's score is an adequate one and considering his body of work, it stays truer to the wonderful Bond sound than I would have expected.

I still hope Arnold returns to the franchise. His themes and extraordinary action cues are missed. That being said, Newman has delivered a pretty serviceable score.
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