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ScoreKeeper's Best Scores Of 2006 List-O-Rama!!

Published at: Jan. 17, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST by merrick

Greetings! ScoreKeeper here with a welcoming ear toward aught-seven and a departing hand for the many scores wrought in aught-six. Last year was not a particular banner year for film music. It certainly can not compare to 1960, 1985 or even 1993. However, considering it was an even-numbered year, 2006 actually harvested a handful of scores that will forever nestle among the immortal classics of years past. I was hoping to complete this article closer to the actual turn of the new year, but there were a crop of scores that remained unfamiliar to me which I wanted to remedy before concluding my list. I didn’t get to see or hear every new film of 2006, however, my impassioned efforts were not in vain. I soaked up new films like a sponge and experienced more than any previous year of my movie-loving life. I’m a list junkie and whether compiling them on my own or reading those authored by others, it’s always a great catalyst for some hearty discussions on film music. Here now is a reminiscing listen at what I consider to be the Top Ten Best Film Scores of 2006. T-minus ten and counting…
10. THE ANT BULLY (2006) by John Debney - Selecting this score at number ten actually surprised me. When I saw the film earlier in the year, I was instantly attracted to the music but I wasn’t leaving the theater thinking to myself that this was one of the best scores I had heard that year (it certainly wasn’t one of the best movies). It wasn’t until I acquired the album weeks later that the infectious lyricism of the main theme began burrowing itself into my conscious brain.
Accompanied by a battery of various ethnic percussion and wind instruments, the main theme soars over the orchestra with a fervor rare in modern film music. Its unrelenting zeal can only be paralleled by its sheer elegance and emotional spirit which is far more passionate than the film deserved. It reminds me vividly of the many heralded adventure scores prevalent throughout the 1980’s. To limit the praise of this score to one melodic phrase would certainly be an injustice. It’s not simply the fortitude of a well crafted theme that makes this score shine. The development of the main theme as well as the secondary themes, the kaleidoscopic orchestration, the vast dynamic range of emotion, and the skillful way in which Debney crafts the subtle details of the story make this one of the standout scores of the year.
9. APOCALYPTO (2006) by James Horner – I first saw this film back in September when it was a rough cut with no special effects, production sound, and a temporary score threaded from various cinematic sources. Acknowledging that it had a long way to go, I still thought it was one of the best movies I had seen all year. Closer to the release of the film, I received a copy of the score on CD. Having seen the rough cut, I was eager to hear what direction the score took. After several listens I can’t say I was enthusiastic. The music seemed disjointed as if quilted together into a patchwork of disparagingly random sounds. It seemed to lack focus and direction. I didn’t know quite what to make of it.
Risking disappointment, I ebulliently went to see the finished film in the theater. Long story short…APOCALYPTO is my favorite film of 2006 and the score is in my top ten. What I had perceived from the score alone to be random utterances of sound were methodically placed accents of the narrative unfolding on screen. Each peak and valley was pleasantly caressed by the music which neither saturated nor depleted the continuity of the scenes. For the majority of its life, the music remained thin and transparent careful not to interrupt the intimate flow of the story. Restricted by a limited palette, Horner was able to conjure up dynamic variances within the music from raucous action to fragile intimacy with seemingly fleeting effort. This is an exemplar of a purely functional score which serves its film flawlessly. Separated from the narrative, the listening experience may not duplicate the theatrical experience. It sounds as if the music lacks something tangible. It relies on the images. It pines for the narrative. For this reason it may not reside on your iPod for very long. But then again, that’s why it’s film music.
8. THE PROMISE (2005) by Klaus Badelt – Having not been particularly partial to any other Badelt authored scores prior to the release of this film, I am once again surprised to find its inclusion on my list. Whether it’s a sign of a masterful director, a proclivity toward the material, or some other divine inspiration, Badelt has elevated dramatic scoring par excellence with this single extravagant effort. He has exposed a facet of his compositional prowess that I would welcome see nurtured more often.
Badelt cleverly crafted several memorable themes for the film which are all exquisitely developed throughout this powerful and vibrantly variegated film. He’s cautious not to drown the textures with overt references to indigenous instruments nor does he wholly ignore them. The end titles sequence, “Freedom of the Wa,” remains one of my most listened to pieces of film music for the entire year. For ScoreKeeper’s full review of THE PROMISE (2005) by Klaus Badelt CLICK HERE!
7. LITTLE CHILDREN (2006) by Thomas Newman – I’ve always considered myself to have a founding affinity for the “less-is-more” approach in film music. Look up the phrase in the dictionary and you’ll hear examples of Thomas Newman’s music.
What Newman does with one or two instruments far impresses me more than what most do with a hundred. This score is ripe with textures so fragile you’re afraid to breathe in fear that it’ll evaporate into nothingness. Chamber strings, solo piano, Newman’s signature plucked string instruments, haunting woodwinds, and erupting percussion speckle this remarkable canvas of sound.
6. ABOMINABLE (2006) by Lalo Schifrin – This score is one of the best horror scores I’ve heard in a decade, one of the best Lalo Schifrin scores I’ve heard in two decades, and one of the seminal masterpieces of 2006.
Being a loyal disciple of horror film music, it is so refreshing to hear two endangered species, melody and harmony, return with such vigor to the horror score. By retreading the past, Schifrin has actually forged ahead toward the future by creating something classically new that I hope will fire new trends for the genre. The ear-splitting bang-filled clichés of modern horror scoring has long grown trite and Schifrin has responded with a rejuvenating injection of imagination that I hope will cure the mundane and inspire invention.
5. MONSTER HOUSE (2006) by Douglas Pipes – When I first heard this score was composed by a relative tenderfoot with no substantial feature film scoring experience my eyes rolled in apathy. It used to be that when a new name in film composition entered my awareness I would get childishly giddy at the prospect of discovering a new gem or at least a musical diamond in the rough. After several years of general disappointment those expectations have waned.
Enter Douglas Pipes. For the first time since Michael Giacchino, an unbeknownst to me composer has knocked me off my feet with a score that ignites the founding passion I have for the art form. When I hear Pipes’ music for this film, it rekindles the fanaticism lit when I was first introduced to the magical power of film music. It harbors many qualities indicative of a great film score: an innate sense of adventure, unyielding passion, excitement, memorable themes, the development of musical ideas, narrative contour, function, zesty orchestration, skyrocketing highs, and rock-bottom lows. I don't believe I got more pure enjoyment out of a film experience in 2006 than at this silver screen amusement park. Douglas Pipes has exited the gates with a gusto provisionally gluing my ears to his work for years to come. For ScoreKeeper’s full review of MONSTER HOUSE (2006) by Douglas Pipes CLICK HERE!
4. PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER (2006) by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil – When a director affiliates him or herself with composing the score for their own film, the result typically bears dysfunctional fruit ripe with amateurism. Not so in this case. Tom Tykwer, who also directed the film, spearheads a trinity of musical talent rounded out by Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil. This is not the first time that Tykwer, Klimek & Heil have assimilated their creative forces; however, nothing in their former collaborations could have foreshadowed the unsurpassed grandeur and magnificence of their latest effort.
A minor masterpiece, it’s one of the more purposeful and soulful scores I’ve heard in several years. The music is expressive, evocative, exploitative, and enrapturing. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille’s intoxicating fieriness towards aroma is unequivocally manifested through the olfactory imagery of the music. One of the most intriguing characteristics about this music is the categorical translation between the aural experience into that of an olfactory experience. We can not, in any way, smell the aromas and odors Grenouille’s heart lusts for in the film, but with clever manipulation of the music we almost believe we can by subconsciously translating what we hear into that of which we desire to smell. It should also be noted that legendary conductor Sir Simon Rattle performed all the music with the Berliner Philharmoniker. A veritable musical Einstein, you could sneeze ink on a sheet of manuscript paper upon which Rattle could turn into the most heavenly of all music. That said, one should not discount the quantifying efforts of the compositional triumvirate of Tykwer, Reinhold and Heil. Together they crafted one of the glaring milestone scores of the year, surrounded themselves with the world’s supreme performance talent, and unleashed a music upon the cinematic world that ranks among the finest the art has ever produced. This could be one of those films that, along with its score, unintentionally slips past most audience members. Don’t let it.
3. CHARLOTTE’S WEB(2006) by Danny Elfman – Throughout the course of his illustrious career, Danny Elfman has exemplified his skill as a storyteller through music that encompasses practically every genre known to cinema. Although he is adept at scoring just about any type of film imaginable, he has particular aptitude toward films that include elements of fantasy.
CHARLOTTE’S WEB is one of those films rooted in realism that could not come to fruition without celebrating its fantastical surroundings. This also describes Danny’s music perfectly. It is as familiar to us as family the moment we hear it; however, it also crystallizes the wide-eyed, deep-breath sense of awe you feel the sheer instant that magical moment occurs. Whether it’s a message spun in a spider’s web, a flock of geese gossiping with the cows, or empathizing with Fern as she tries to rescue a runt from his demise, Elfman’s music allows us to believe in anything we’re shown on screen. He enlivens each film he composes music for and upraises the quality of all film music around us. For ScoreKeeper’s full review of CHARLOTTE’S WEB (2006) by Danny Elfman CLICK HERE!
2. THE FOUNTAIN (2006) by Clint Mansell – I think of Darren Aronofsky and Clint Mansell as one artist. I can no easily separate Aronofsky’s images from Mansell’s music as I could the color blue from a Picasso painting. Such collaborative relationships between director and composer have occurred in the past albeit they are still a rarity.
Mansell has, through the three Aronofsky films, demonstrated unparalleled artistic growth in a relatively short amount of time. With his score for PI (1998) Mansell graduated with honors from high school. With REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (2001) he graduated summa cum laude from a prestigious university and finally with THE FOUNTAIN (2006) he’s earned a full doctorate degree. This score is unlike the majority of those that I encounter. It functions on a completely different plane of existence. It’s deeper, more symbolic, metaphorical, metaphysical and redefines the functional role of music in film. There is a visual and aural marriage between Aronofsky and Mansell that I hope never dissolves. If they are progressing as artists this profoundly this quickly, it’s frightening to envision what the future holds for the dynamic duo. This film has its critics and therefore will elude many. If you favor the symbiotic power of music in a film and appreciate the lengths at which the two are entwined, then you deserve to indulge in this film and its surrealistic score. After all, it is a singular artistic endeavor created by one artist.
1. PAN’S LABYRINTH (2006) by Javier Navarette – Of all the scores I was exposed to in 2006, this was undoubtedly my very favorite. I first became aware of this the moment the end credits scrolled at the conclusion of my first viewing. I even returned to the theater and viewed the film a second time in preparation for declaring the score my favorite of the year. My love for this film and its beloved music grows deeper with each passing second.
From a philosophical point of view, this score is a realization of what I want film music to be and what I hope it can do. It’s a philosophy rooted in a classical approach to storytelling using music as a functional entity to further advance the entirety of the narrative. It’s music that ultimately serves its film without reproach while simultaneously tantalizing the listeners’ ear with an organic balance of melody, harmony, and rhythm. This is one of those scores. It reminds me with each listen why I love film music so much. It affirms and validates my devotion to the craft while allowing me freedom to indulge in its gift of euphoria. As the music plays while I type this, the choice words to express my affinity for this score continue to elude me. I can only conclude by saying that this is a film you must experience for yourself. Whether you are a staunch disciple of film music, a casual listener, or just a lover of great cinema, you have to experience this film for yourself. Somewhere deep within the curtains of the narrative, far beyond the melodic beauty of Ofelia’s theme and past the seamless orchestration of the accompaniment, you’ll find the words I’m looking for. I hope it makes you smile as much as it does me. Thank you to everyone in the world who composed a film score in 2006.

ScoreKeeper!!!

Other Articles By ScoreKeeper:


Interviews Klaus Badelt (05.25.06) Bear McCreary (06.07.06) Lalo Schifrin (06.18.06) John Ottman (06.27.06) Joseph LoDuca (08.21.06) Alex Wurman (08.23.06) Jeff Beal (09.08.06) Chris Lennertz (09.29.06) John Debney (10.15.06) Howard Shore (11.15.06) Clint Mansell (11.27.06) David Julyan (12.19.06) John Powell (12.30.06) Craig Armstrong (01.02.07)
Reviews THE DAVINCI CODE (2006) by Hans Zimmer (05.06.06) THE PROMISE (2005) by Klaus Badelt (05.25.06) NACHO LIBRE (2006) by Danny Elfman (06.10.06) MONSTER HOUSE (2006) by Douglas Pipes (07.12.06) PETITES PEUR PARTAGÉS by Mark Snow (08.29.06) ScoreKeeper Reviews The Super Fantabulous ELMER BERNSTEIN'S FILM MUSIC COLLECTION!! (10.15.06) ScoreKeeper Reviews Danny Elfman's CHARLOTTE'S WEB Score!! (11.30.06)
Miscellaneous Who is Composing Which Scores This Summer (and Beyond)?? (05.09.06) Elfman Removes his Credit from NACHO LIBRE? (06.12.06) ScoreKeeper on John Williams’ New NBC Sunday Night Football Theme (09.01.06) ScoreKeeper on Danny Elfman’s CHARLOTTE’S WEB Interview (09.05.06) ScoreKeeper Considers the Film Music of Fantastic Fest (10.03.06) ScoreKeeper’s Smolderin’ Potpourri of Cool Film Music News and Bits and Things!! (10.09.06) ScoreKeeper Re: Marilyn Manson's Cover of NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Tunes!! (10.26.06) Basil Poledouris Is Gone (11.08.06) Shirley Walker Is Gone (11.30.06)


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  • Jan. 17, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    No Casino Royale? Really?

    by epitone

    Not a fan of Bond music? Or did you not see the movie?

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    WHERE THE HELL IS THE NEW WORLD?

    by colonel_lugz

    Seriously, that score was fantastic

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Good List

    by forenzix

    Maybe would have switched The Fountain with Pan's...but that would've been an arbitrary decision. I think the Fountain could not have functioned without the amazing score, but I don't know if that is true for Pan's. Great list though.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    word

    by NedRyerson

    up

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    NO SUPERMAN RETURNS??!!!

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    This list is invalid. NEXT!

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Where's Mark Isham's Black Dahlia?

    by Osmosis Jones

    Or Terence Blanchard's Inside Man? Or Philip Glass' The Illusionist?

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Thanks! This is a sweet list.

    by MrD

    I'd love to see what you thought about past years!

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Wow...such an odd list...

    by Strabo

    Julyan deserved to be on this list for The Descent and The Prestige. Ottman deserved to be on this list for Superman Returns. James Newton Howard _might_ deserve to be on the list for Lady In The Water. The film was asstastic, but the score was pretty good. Arnold's score for Casino Royale wasn't bad either. I really liked how he wove the theme from "You Know My Name" into the score. Think about that beautiful track after Bond meets Vesper Lynd while traveling to Montenegro.<br><br>Anyway, James Horner most definitely does NOT deserve to be on this list. EVER. As far as I'm concerned, anything that pompous egotistical asshole does automatically jumps the shark, just like Gibson with Apocalypto. In that respect, the two of them make a great pair. To me, a score is great if it can stand without the film. As you note in your review, Horner's score doesn't do that. The score for Apocalypto is also so incredibly generic, stereotypical, and boring that it kind of shocks me that you'd include it in this list.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 11 a.m. CST

    Seriously? No Lady in the Water?

    by Norman Bates

    The exclusion of 'Lady in the Water' and the inclusion of 'The Ant Bully' and 'Abominable' (both scores I have heard) makes me seriously question the rest of your list and the one or two scores I haven't heard from it. On a positive note, I was surprised how brilliant 'The Promise' and 'The Fountain' where, I'm glad they made the list!

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Epitone

    by casinoskunk

    yeah, i was thinking the same thing. i was sort of partial to the score Inside Man. and you cant go wrong with JNH, and Blood Diamond and Lady in the Water were awesome!

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Osmosis Jones

    by Strabo

    Glass' score for The Illusionist is disqualified from competition due to being the exact same score used in half a dozen other movies. Seriously, listen to The Fog of War. It's the same fucking score.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    United 93 - THE Best, Period

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...delicate, understated, powerful. Less is more, and this movie proves it (see Miles Davis for more about THAT). Perfection. End of argument.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    what no rocky balboa

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    dammit ....

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by Jugdish

    Thanks for wasting 2 minutes of my life

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    PAN'S LABYRINTH is very much a masterpiece.

    by Nordling

    So's THE FOUNTAIN, CHILDREN OF MEN, and UNITED 93. I'd rank THE FOUNTAIN number 1, though, score-wise. I don't even agree that you have to see the film to enjoy the music. It's just beautiful, haunting, and majestic on its own.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Superman Returns score was awesome...

    by Dr_Zoidberg

    I like Ottmans scores, X-Men 2 is the best of the X-Men films (followed by John Powell The Last Stand, which is one of the few good things about the 3rd movie)... although I do like Michael Kamen's original too, just lacked punch at some bits. But yeah, Superman Returns was awesome, I loved the sad little piano tune they have Supes, it lent credibility to his peeping through the trees at Lois Lane's house (most probably with cock in hand, SHPUNKING!!!!). Again, the scene where he flies from the plane to the sun to recharge is amazing and the flashbacks have a great excitement to them. Not too keen on the 70s vibe Luthor's theme had, but I hate the character of Luthor anyway, give Superman a proper villain to FIGHT. Returns was a great blockbuster, but he needs a proper challenge.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 11:14 a.m. CST

    PAN'S LABYRINTH is overated

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Jesus, yes its good but its not great. Ottman is a plagirizing hack.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST

    you have to be joking

    by K|LLDOZER

    No notice for Nick Cave's work with Warren Ellis on The Proposition?!?! It was nearly perfect in every way for mood, texture and tension. Dig that one back out and tell me it's not worthy.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Another day, another list.

    by Darkman

    No "Inside Man". No "Casino Royale". No "V for Vendetta". However, you did mention "Monster House", so I can certainly forgive you that.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Children of Men doesn't have a score

    by white owl

    It has the best damned soundtrack of the year though. King Crimson, Donovan, Deep Purple, that Ruby Tuesday Beatles cover, plus more. Still.. great music and it very well accentuates the film, especially the Beatles cover that plays before Jasper's death. Oops, spoiler.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Run Lola Run Soundtrack

    by DOGSOUP

    Proved long ago Tykwer can direct AND score.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST

    good thing this list

    by AllieJamison

    Also good Tykwer score: DER KRIEGER UND DIE KAISERIN (princess and the warrior or something.)<br> The soundtrack of Children Of Men is great, yes. i love that italian Ruby Tuesday version. <br><br> You could argue about the scores listed by scorekeeper, but the way he describes these and criticizes them is insightful and good. Scorekepper and his work are the best thing AICN did to preserve its quality in a long(internet-long) time. (Aicn could need more insightful column writing, though.)<br> I really hope I can actually find a theater tomorrow, in which I can see The Fountain.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    pan's labyrinth rocks

    by harold_maude

    pan's labyrinth is great because it makes you feel like a child again and for 12.75 that is awsome. great movie great soundtrack and i am going to see it again tomorrow

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Fountain score is indeed amazing, but where is ...

    by triplefive

    The Proposition? Nick Cave, baby. The score was a beautiful accompaniment to the film.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    white owl

    by Forestal

    The Beatles had nothing to do with the Ruby Tuesday cover-version from the film. Franco Battiato performed this one. -Spoiler Alert- There was a John Lennon song at the end though.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 12:22 p.m. CST

    The Superman soundtrack was ONLY good at the start

    by kinghenryVIII

    when they used the Superman I and II theme in the beginning. After that .... nothing could keep me awake. <p> Still pissed. <p> The movie was just only OK. Parker Posey was the ONLY interesting thing in that flick besides the plane / shuttle sequence. Such a let down of a movie. I did get giddey during the openning credits though - then had my birthday present stolen. Rock on for 10 minutes!

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Um...

    by Nordling

    unless I'm mistaken, "Ruby Tuesday" is a Rolling Stones song.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I have to say:

    by Novaman5000

    Newton Howard's "Lady" score should have made the list. Shit on the movie all you want, but the score was great. <p> Also, I thought Klaus Badelt's score for "Time Machine" was pretty good, too... Too bad the movie wasn't.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    And Pan's Labyrinth was

    by Novaman5000

    "Good", but I have to see it again before I call it "great". There were a few parts that really bugged me... like that fucking grape part. You all know what I'm talking about. Still, there were some parts I loved, so we'll see. I also saw it with a really loud, shitty audience, so that didn't help anything.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 1:35 p.m. CST

    OUTRAGE: You left out BEERFEST !

    by Pound Sand

    show Broken Lizard some love.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST

    In the time it took me to type this sentence...

    by Harry Weinstein

    ...Yoko Kanno released 15 soundtrack albums for 4 movies and TV shows. I jest, she's been a bit less prolific of late, probably due to the massive undertaking that is the RAGNAROK 2 MMORPG.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Fountain sndtrk is good becuz of Mogwai

    by boast

    Clint Mansell hired Mogwai and Kronos Quartet to do the music. thats why its good.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST

    The Illusionist?

    by PwnedByStallone

    movie sucked but Philip Glass's score was outstanding as usual.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Mogwai's "Zidane" soundtrack not onthe list!!!

    by boast

    one of the best sndtrks this yr IMO.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST

    ah yes, and Battiato's performance is great

    by white owl

    it's such a wonderful song to have stuck in my head for once, not the incessantpop music these days.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST

    agreed, gungan slayer

    by white owl

    agreed

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    CHILDREN OF MEN does have a score CD.

    by dregmobile

    as well as a soundtrack cd. check it over at amazon. it's on my list. that and the score for the DEPARTED. great list. had no idea elfman did charlotte's web ...

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Death Is The Road To Awe...

    by Deep Roots

    is an astounding piece of music. it is truely transcendant.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    spelling

    by Deep Roots

    truly? truely? truley? damn none of them look right. what the hell?

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 5:24 p.m. CST

    (Drop the silent "e" before adding the suffix.)

    by CreasyBear

    My job here is done.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Hey Lugz! Re: "Where the Hell is The New World"

    by havocSchultz

    probably back in 2006 where it farking belongs you wanker!!!!!!

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Trewly.

    by dregmobile

    i don't think CASINO ROYALE, X:MEN THE LAST STAND or SUPERMAN RETURNS belong in a top ten list of scores for 2006. maybe CASINO, but mostly it sounded just like TWINE, TMD and DAD. ottman's SUPERMAN score sucked, just like the film.

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST

    thomas newman is amazing, thanks SK

    by BadMrWonka

    meet joe black has one of the best scores ever...the love theme that plays when pit and forlani are saying goodbye, and then hello, so subtle and beautiful, not to mention american beauty! good god, that was perfect. <br><br>thanks SK for recognizing such a subtle and magnificent composer...

  • Jan. 17, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST

    newman quote

    by BadMrWonka

    to underscore (yuk yuk) what Scorekeeper was getting at:<br><br>"I think I like smaller scores better, because I find more interesting places that the music can go. When you're working with a 90-piece symphony, your interaction with the players is much different. You're standing on a podium and talking to a large number of musicians. So the notion of nuance becomes a group effort and that's a difficult thing to get. I keep thinking of ways to communicate better, to scale down the orchestra's size so it will fit into my ambient palette instead of lying on top of it."

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 12:59 a.m. CST

    yackbacker is right,

    by Seph_J

    scorekeeper is the single best writer for the site.... and jugdish is a fuckhole.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 1:10 a.m. CST

    THE FOUNTAIN WAS FANTASTIC BUT Philip Glass is missing

    by Proman1984

    The fountain both the score and the movie are first rate. Philip Glass's work in Illusionist and Notes on a scandal deserves a speacial mention too. Whoever compared that with Thin Blue Line... don't even get me started.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Rudy Tuesday is a Mommas and the Pappas song

    by George Newman

    It's the sequel to Monday Monday

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    ruBy ruBEEEEE!!!!

    by George Newman

    joke falls flat with typo.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Charlotte's Web

    by TotoroSan

    Listening to the Elfman score right now and it is really hauntingly beautiful. It was interesting bringing my 4-year old son to the movie. My wife and I weren't sure how he would handle the death of Charlotte. And indeed, he cried and cried, but later on, we talked about how the memory of Charlotte lived on in those that loved her. And he got it. The soundtrack will always bring back a memory to me of my son's development as a person.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 7:16 p.m. CST

    scorekeeper just lost all credibility...

    by TheShelobMan

    I'll be honest when I say that scoreKeeper's posts have been some of my favorites on the site, being a big score fan myself. But this top 10 list has automatically put him on my bad side. Where is Lady in the Water? The most amazing and touching score of the year doesn't make it, but Thomas Newman's 'look at me I'm so original!' approach to Little Children does? It's amazing how a person can lose all credibility in just one post. scorekeeper just did that.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Re: Credibility

    by ScoreKeeper

    There would have been no surer way for me to compromise my credibility than to have included THE LADY IN THE WATER in my list of top ten favorite scores because it simply wouldn’t have been true. I can not promise that my opinions will be identical to yours; however, I will promise that every word I write will be truthful and honest. I encourage everyone to embrace their own opinions and put those which differ from others on a pedestal for they are the most valuable of them all.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Does anyone around here ever talk about REAL music?

    by Tommy the Cat

    Do yourselves a favor and go pick up a Kurt Rosenwinkel CD.

  • Jan. 20, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST

    tommy the cat..

    by Evil Hobbit

    ..honestly, there's no such thing as 'REAL' music. Interesting list Keeper. A lot of the titles would apear on my list to. Absolutely love Charlotte, the Promise and the Fountain. Yet, a lot of titles I haven't listened to so far. Which is good, now I got something to buy again. My list would look something like this: 1) Lady in the water 2) Charlotte's Web 3) the Promise 4) the Fountain 5) Mission Impossible 3 6) Little Children 7) World Trade Center 8) Kingdom of Heaven 9) Happy Feet 10) Blood Diamond. All in all, it was a great year for film music. Can't wait to see/hear Pan's Labyrinth. Loved apocalypto last week, great filmmusic by Horner, much better then his standard scoring routine shown in All the King's Men.