Jan. 17, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST
Not a fan of Bond music? Or did you not see the movie?
Jan. 17, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST
Seriously, that score was fantastic
Jan. 17, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST
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
Jan. 17, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST
This list is invalid. NEXT!
Jan. 17, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
Or Terence Blanchard's Inside Man? Or Philip Glass' The Illusionist?
Jan. 17, 2007, 10:53 a.m. CST
I'd love to see what you thought about past years!
Jan. 17, 2007, 10:59 a.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
by JeanLuc Dickhard
Jan. 17, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST
Thanks for wasting 2 minutes of my life
Jan. 17, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
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
Proved long ago Tykwer can direct AND score.
Jan. 17, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST
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 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
The Proposition? Nick Cave, baby. The score was a beautiful accompaniment to the film.
Jan. 17, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST
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
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
unless I'm mistaken, "Ruby Tuesday" is a Rolling Stones song.
Jan. 17, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST
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
"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
by Pound Sand
show Broken Lizard some love.
Jan. 17, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST
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
Clint Mansell hired Mogwai and Kronos Quartet to do the music. thats why its good.
Jan. 17, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST
movie sucked but Philip Glass's score was outstanding as usual.
Jan. 17, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST
one of the best sndtrks this yr IMO.
Jan. 17, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST
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
by white owl
Jan. 17, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST
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
by Deep Roots
is an astounding piece of music. it is truely transcendant.
Jan. 17, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST
by Deep Roots
truly? truely? truley? damn none of them look right. what the hell?
Jan. 17, 2007, 5:24 p.m. CST
My job here is done.
Jan. 17, 2007, 5:31 p.m. CST
probably back in 2006 where it farking belongs you wanker!!!!!!
Jan. 17, 2007, 5:33 p.m. CST
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
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
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
scorekeeper is the single best writer for the site.... and jugdish is a fuckhole.
Jan. 18, 2007, 1:10 a.m. CST
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
by George Newman
It's the sequel to Monday Monday
Jan. 18, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST
by George Newman
joke falls flat with typo.
Jan. 18, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST
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
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
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
by Tommy the Cat
Do yourselves a favor and go pick up a Kurt Rosenwinkel CD.
Jan. 20, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST
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.