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Favorite (non-John Williams) movie score.

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Q187, Mar 26, 2001.

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  1. Stormlord

    Stormlord Jedi Youngling

    Jul 29, 2003
    Basil Poledouris "Conan the Barbarian"
  2. batvader

    batvader Jedi Youngling star 3

    Dec 23, 2002
    Danny Elfman - "Batman", "Batman Returns", "Edward Scissorhands"

    Trevor Jones - "Last of the Mohicans", "From Hell"

    Elliot Goldenthal - "Interview With The Vampire"

    Basil Poledouris - "Conan The Barbarian"

    Craig Armstrong - "Plunkett and Macleane", "The Bone Collector"
  3. General Kenobi

    General Kenobi Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Dec 31, 1998
    I love Jerry Goldsmith's score for Star Trek: TMP (as bad as many things are in that film), but lately I'd have to go with The Lord Of The Rings scores. The Breaking Of The Fellowship is probably my favorite non-Williams cue.

    (And yes, I like the singing on the soundtrack. :))
  4. TwiLekJedi

    TwiLekJedi Pretty Ex-Mod star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 14, 2001
    "And yes, I like the singing on the soundtrack."

    I love you.
  5. General Kenobi

    General Kenobi Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Dec 31, 1998
  6. John_Cope

    John_Cope Jedi Youngling star 1

    Oct 13, 2003
    The 'Mulholland Drive' score by Angelo Badalamenti is probably my favourite.
  7. waheennay

    waheennay Jedi Padawan star 4

    Sep 29, 2000
    Man, I still can't figure that movie out. So was "Betty" the dream persona and "Diane" the real one? Because if so, that's pretty depressing.
  8. Eugene_Meltsner_AIO

    Eugene_Meltsner_AIO Jedi Padawan star 4

    Sep 9, 2002
    Willow James Horner
    Cutthroat Island John Debney
    Stargate David Arnold
    Independence Day David Arnold
    Young Sherlock Holmes Bruce Broughton
    The Rescuers Down Under Bruce Broughton
    Miracle on 34th Street Bruce Broughton
    Lost in Space Bruce Broughton
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan James Horner
    Apollo 13 James Horner
    The Land Before Time James Horner
    The Rocketeer James Horner
    The Matrix Don Davis
    The Prince of Egypt Hans Zimmer
    Batman Danny Elfman
    Edward Scissorhands Danny Elfman
    Dick Tracy Danny Elfman
    Rudy Jerry Goldsmith
    Lawrence of Arabia Maurice Jarre
    Gone With the Wind Max Steiner
    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Max Steiner
    Casablanca Max Steiner
    It?s a Wonderful Life Dimitri Tiomkin
    Back to the Future Alan Silvestri
    The Mummy Returns Alan Silvestri
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit Alan Silvestri
    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Shirley Walker
    The Phantom Jerry Goldsmith
    Galaxy Quest David Newman
    The Sandlot David Newman
    The Goonies Dave Grusin
    The Hunt for Red October Basil Poledouris
    Free Willy Basil Poledouris
    Lassie Basil Poledouris
    Toy Story Randy Newman
    Toy Story 2 Randy Newman
    A Bug?s Life Randy Newman
    Monsters, Inc. Randy Newman
    Dragonheart Randy Edelman
    The Great Escape Bernard Herrman
  9. endangeredsp

    endangeredsp Jedi Padawan star 4

    Oct 7, 2003
    Willow. I don't have the willow soundtrack, but I have a compilation CD with the willow theme on it, and I love it! I also like The Princess Bride soundtrack and Braveheart.
  10. elfdart

    elfdart Jedi Master star 3

    Apr 1, 2001
    The Living Daylights
    Somewhere In Time
    Robin & Marian
    The Betsy (crap movie, great score)

    Conan the Barbarian
    Quigley Down Under
    Under Siege 2 (another crap movie with a great score)

    The Mission

    The Adventures of Don Juan (this score was also used in Zorro, the Gay Blade)

    Portrait of a Lady
    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    The Sea Hawk

    All the Damien movies!

    Little Women

    Austin Powers (not given its due because it's so damn silly)

    Alfred the Great (This movie can't be found on video and its score can't be found either. I taped it off of AMC. If you can find it, check it out. It's worth it -the score I mean. The movie is OK, but kind of hokey.)
  11. skyy38

    skyy38 Jedi Youngling star 2

    Aug 26, 2003
    Quincy Jones turned in a fine score for "Mackennas Gold".....
  12. Ghost_Jedi

    Ghost_Jedi Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Sep 27, 2003
    my favorite has to be the theme to batman. While in college I had to take a music appreciation class, and on the first day the professor plays the opening theme, and I like every other guy was pumped.
  13. charben01

    charben01 Jedi Youngling star 1

    Mar 28, 2001
    Another brief list off the top of my head:

    ST2:Wrath of Khan (Horner)
    The Mummy (Goldsmith)
    Aliens (Horner)
    Atlantis (James Newton Howard)
    Independance Day (Arnold)
    LotR:Fellowship of the Ring (Shore)
    Conan the Barbarian (Poledouris sp?)
    ST:TMP (Goldsmith)
    Batman (Elfman)
    Young Sherlock Holmes (Broughton)
    Dark Crystal (Jones)

    There are more, but this is all I can think of right now, and I'm not sitting where I can see my CD collection.
  14. Gobi-1

    Gobi-1 Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Dec 22, 2002
    James Newton Howard did three incredible scores back to back to back with the Disney films Dinosaur, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet. It's unfortunate that all three of those films are very underrated.
  15. --Darth_Ganondorf--

    --Darth_Ganondorf-- Jedi Youngling star 3

    Aug 25, 2003
    Austin Powers (not given its due because it's so damn silly)

    yes, I agree... no one really realizes the great score in Austin Powers...

    My other favs would have to be James Bond and The Lion King (< underrated)
  16. no-celebration

    no-celebration Jedi Youngling

    Nov 14, 2003
    Danny Elfman:
    Batman Returns
    Edward Scissorhands
    Sleepy Hollow
    Red Dragon

    Hans Zimmer & Co:
    Pearl Harbor
    Prince of Egypt
    The Lion King (he did only the score)
    Man in the Iron Mask
    The Rock

    Howard Shore:
    The Fly
    Silence of the Lambs
    LOTR 1 & 2 (and I'm sure 3)

    Christopher Young:
    Hellbound: Hellraiser II
    The Fly II
    Bless the Child

    Trevor Jones:
    Last of the Mohicans
    From Hell

    and more, oh, and Conan the Barbarian by Poledouris, the epitome of EPIC

    (what's the point of these lists, as if anybody reads them...)
  17. Mastadge

    Mastadge Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 4, 1999
    I do. I'm always looking for those great gems of film scoring that I've somehow missed.
  18. The_Rum_Diarist

    The_Rum_Diarist Jedi Youngling

    Sep 10, 2003
    I'd just be repeating most of the entires if I listed my favorite non-JW scores, but there a re few missing from those listed:

    Endless Summer II, Gary Hoey. It's not a scroe in the traditional sense (with an orchestra), but is more of a rock & roll score with electric guitars, drums, and bass. He even does a duet with the master Dick Dale in a rendition of Dick Dale's Shake and Stomp (appropriately titled Shake and Stop Part Two).

    The Crow and The Crow: City of Angels, by Graeme Revell. All I can say is wow. The scores are so packed with emotions, raging from love to hate, from hope to fear and dispair and they not only compliment the movies, but in many ways the original comic book. The inclusion of a more latinesque flavor in the City of Angels compliments the original work easily and the returning themes do not feel old and overused (take note Horner).

    Miami Vice: The Complete Collection Jan Hammer. Even though much of the music is electronic in nature, Jan Hammer's work on the TV show was simply amazing. He said he scored each show as if it were a stand alone one hour movie and I think it shows in his work. The range of Hammer's talent is evident in how the music is used not only to set mood, but to define character. Some tracks show warmth, some show humor, some show the darker side, but none are just filler and the same three notes over and over. Even when he reuses a peice of work, he makes it sound fresh and lively (Crockett's Theme versus Crockett's Return for example). This music never gets old.

    Liberty: The American Revolution Mark O'Connor. This was the score to the PBS documentary from a few years back and it is wonderful. It ranges from folksy, with O'Connor's violin and fiddle work (and James Taylor singing "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier") to small chamber music to full blown orchastal peices. For those so interested Yo-Yo Ma contributes to the score with his cello. The first and last track on the CD are renditions of an original piece "Song of the Liberty Bell" that is simply amazing and touches me like few other peices of music.
  19. Darth_Tynaus

    Darth_Tynaus Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jan 22, 2003
    I liked Batman, The Battlestar Galactica theme, and Superman.
  20. --Darth_Ganondorf--

    --Darth_Ganondorf-- Jedi Youngling star 3

    Aug 25, 2003
    I liked Batman, The Battlestar Galactica theme, and Superman

    John Williams did Superman, look at the thread title, sheesh...people these days... ;)

    back on topic I've also recently taken a liking to The Scorpion King
  21. no-celebration

    no-celebration Jedi Youngling

    Nov 14, 2003
    The Scorpion King! This is the heavy metal equivalent in Score Land! :) Not very good, but very enjoyable!
  22. Kit-Fisto7BA

    Kit-Fisto7BA Jedi Youngling star 3

    Mar 21, 2003
    The Fellowship Theme from Lord of the Rings.
  23. Well_Of_Souls

    Well_Of_Souls Jedi Master star 5

    Aug 26, 2001
    Not enough people have mentioned James Newton Howard and his many excellent scores in this thread. His Signs is one of the very best scores I've heard in a long time. It rivals Jaws in it's simple, repeticious, memorable theme and builds on itself until the final two breathtaking tracks.

    I do enjoy James Horner to a degree, despite his tendencies to rip off himself and others. His older work is much better than the cookie cutter crap he releases these days. The Land Before Time remains Horner's best score, IMO, and is one of the most beautiful scores I've ever heard.

    Jerry Goldsmith is a composer on par with Williams as one of the best out there. His Rudy score is the best sports films score out there and brings me nearly to tears every time I pop it into the CD player.

    And Danny Elfman. Ah, Danny Elfman. Too many excellent scores to mention. There's Batman, Batman Returns (which I prefer over the original), Edward Scissorhands, Spider-Man, etc. They are all excellent scores. But his best remains to be The Nightmare Before Christmas. Some call it too kiddy or childish, but I think it is amazing and I marvel at the Elfman's immense talents on display every time I listen to it. The fact that the man composed the music AND performed vocals on the score is a testament to his amazing talents as a composer.

    SAND-CRAWLER Jedi Padawan star 4

    Sep 12, 2003
    Predator. Who but Silvesrtry knew that a conga triplet could be so suspenseful.

    Also, James Horner's "Alien". You know it's a good score because the music alone give you the creeps. Try listening to it in the dark. *shudder*

    On another note, one of my favorite melody lines is the title them for "Cast Away". It's quite moving.
  25. padme07

    padme07 Jedi Youngling

    Dec 13, 2003
    They definitely will have to be...

    Lord of the Rings Trilogy(awesome)
    Movies with James Horner

    But I sure love John Williams Music!
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