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Old 01-05-2003, 19:45   #1
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Question Films that benefit from their soundtracks?

In your opinion what five films do you think would pale in comparison if it not for their accompanying soundtracks?

Mine:

1. Out of Sight: Such a funky score by David Holmes that it really pulls you into the romance/comedy/caper element of the film.

Fave Bit: The Opening, especailly Jack Foley stomping out of the bank.

2. Almost Famous: Pretty much evident throughout the entire film, without it there would be no film. Maybe seen as 'dad rock' by some but it's all good rock. And with that fantastic' Tiny Dancer' scene it's a film endlessly rewatchable because of it's soundtrack.

Fave bit: Pretty much the concert we get to see.

3. Moulin Rouge: Pretty obvious really seeing a it's a musical, but just the marriage of on-screen visuals and eclectic music make this another rewatchable film because of it's terrific soundtrack.

Fave bit: 'My Song'

4. 8 Mile: More a character driven movie but with the use of music as a tool, both as a weapon and an inpsirational element, brings a real character in itslef to the film. Especially the 'normal' parts of the movie with Eminem trying to compose the songs in his head. Fantastic.

Fave bit: The battles are good but the introspective moments with Eminem when you can hear inside his head, and his thoughts. Especially with him on the bus looking out at Detroit.

5. Donnie Darko: 80's music? 80's Music and mindboggling sci-fi? Not sure why the two fit together so well but they do. those montage sequences where everyone is included collectively into the DD universe is such simple but effective film making.

Fave bit: The long montage sequence where we cross paths of everyone at school.


I guess that could read as a top 5 flicks of recent years but to me they're only my favourite as they combine both visual and music so well. I'm a big music video fan, so perhaps that influences my decision.

Anyway i'm just curoius as to others thoughts. How important is music/score in making a film, or generating a response/emotion in a scene?

Other noteworthy:
Gridlock'd (Just a fan of that soundtrack and 2Pac)

Vanilla Sky (Proof, if needed, that Cameron Crowe really knows how to use music in his films)

Dumb & Dumber (Not sure why i rate this but there's just a funky/funny vibe to the whole film).
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Old 01-05-2003, 20:17   #2
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Deep Red - Goblin soundtrack is just superb, probably one of my fave albums ever.

Suspiria - Again a Goblin soundtrack, but this one really does enable the movie to scare the pants off you. The most evil sounding soundtrack ever IMHO.

Pump Up The Volume - Soundtrack was actually better than the movie Leonard Cohen, Soundgarden, Henry Rollins & Bad Brains exceptional rendition of Kick Out The Jams, and Ivan Neville's finest moment Why Can't I Fall In Love, simply magnificent.

High Fidelity - Belle And Sebastien, 13th Floor Elevators, Marvin Gaye, Beta Band, and of course Jack Black.

Easy Rider - The definitive rock n' roll movie, with the definitive rock n' roll soundtrack, the best of it's day, and still the best of it's kind. What can you say Hendrix, THe Band, Steppenwolf, Electric Prunes and Don't Bogart Me.
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Here are the films I feel are really added to due to their soundtrack:

The Empire Strikes Back Theres very little bad music in the Star Wars saga, but ESB makes it here due to the Imperial March alone. The Empire wouldn't be what it is if not for that music.

Police Story When the music kicks in at the start of the bus chase a huge grin spreads across my face. A great piece of action music for a great film. Theres also some nice quirky themes for the comic scenes like the one used when Jackie moonwalks the cow crap off his sneakers or the recurring one from the "fight" with Mars. Also has one of Jackie's best theme songs at the end

Unbreakable The music during the scene with Bruce standing in the train sation as the people swarm around him is really made by the music. Theres also some other nice pieces acompanying the more emotional parts.

Theres more, but I can't think of them right now.
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[b]Almost Famous[/s] - I agree, fantastic, and enlessly rewatchable!

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Indecent Proposal – Perhaps Adrian Lyne’s biggest flat-out-failure which gets a lovely score from John Barry that it doesn’t deserve, not to mention the fact that Barry’s great-Bond-theme-that-never-was, In All The Right Places, gets buried at the end of the credits.

City of Angels – crap film, fabulous score from Gabriel Yared which just about makes it watchable.

The Lover – not much cop, but again Yared comes up with the goods big time. The score is nothing short of a masterpiece. The film isn’t.

The Lost Boys – the film isn’t as great as everyone seems to remember, but the songs were fabulously chosen and were responsible for much of the film’s great atmosphere.

Amadeus – that Mozart bloke could pen a good tune, but who the hell does Milos Forman think he is?
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As I've said before, you can't underestimate the importance of a soundtrack on a film - about 99.99% of directors would flunk big time were it not for the help of a composer. So, some examples that are obvious but true (only one film for each composer):

Jaws
Psycho
The Wicker Man
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Passion of Joan of Arc


The latter's cheating a bit because it's a silent film and Dreyer requested there be no score at all. However, on Criterion's DVD, flipping between the first soundtrack of Dreyer's approved total silence and the second - Richard Einhorn's glorious Voices of Light, it becomes clear that even Dreyer would have had to put his hand up and admit his former mistakes.

Can't believe I've missed out Pino Donaggio, Maurice Jarre and Ennio Morricone, but there you go.

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There isn't a 'great' film (that I can think of) that hasn't got a great soundtrack.

I can't imagine The Magnificent Seven without Bernstein, Hitchcock doesn't feel right without Herrmann, nor the Coens without Carter Burwell. Think out those fantastic Warners movies of the 1940s and you think of Adolph Deutsch, Max Steiner et al.

There are probably some average films lifted by a great score, but are there some decent movies out there you can think of let down by the score?

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There are probably some average films, lifted by a great score, but are there some decent movies out there you can think of let down by the score?
X-Men - the original score was
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Now I know a lot of you aren't a big fan of the movie, but I reckon Charlies Angels has some pretty decent music.

The best bit is probably The Prodigy's Smack My Bitch Up playing when the fight the guy in the alley, esp. in 5.1!! Boom, smack my bitch up!
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Halloween. That music is soooooooooooo creepy!
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I enjoyed the following films and subsequently purchased the soundtracks :-

1. Lantana
2. K-Pax
3. Spy Game
4. Ride With The Devil

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Terminator 2. Only 2 commercial songs on it I believe, but the rest of the soundtrack is unbelievable. The droning noise you hear every time the T1000 is in shot is superb.
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Titanic - I firmly believe that if it hadn't been for 'that' soundtrack the movie wouldn't have been quite as successful as it was.
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Cruel Intentions - I love the opening titles with Every You, Every Me and of course the ending with Bitter Sweet Symphony, as well as The Counting Crow's Colorblind.

I also think Moulin Rouge and Bridget Jones' Diary benefit from fantastic soundtracks.
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The Lost Boys.
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Highlander - Loved the Queen songs, fitted well with the movie

Also loved the soundtrack to A Knights Tale
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