Saturday, August 1, 2009

It Came From Hollywood!

I feel that original soundtracks feature some of the most innovative modern music being written today. I’m not talking about a producer who slaps together a bunch of pop tunes and calls it a soundtrack. I think that’s just being lazy, cheap, or a combination of the two. I’m talking about music that’s scored for a movie. And some of the most effective soundtracks go pretty much unnoticed. They enhance the mood of the movie without getting in the way of the plot. That said, here’s a list of some of my favorite soundtrack, not in any particular order. Feel free to post some of your favorites.
• Field of Dreams
• The Natural
• Amaracord
• Batman
• Mrs. Soffel
• Local Hero
• The Mission
• Lord of the Rings
• 2001: A Space Odyssey
• Gladiator


  1. Oh man! I have a few that hands down some of my favorite albums ever. I love a good, strong score.
    On a quick side note, one of the things that bothers me with all the horror-film remakes of the last decade is that often the cheesy/awesome 70's score are discarded and filled with the current crop of 'alt-rock/metal' singles of the year, marketing masquerading as a 'soundtrack'. Anyways...

    My suggestions:

    Amelie [and also, by the same fellow, but not as sentimental for me, is Goodbye Lenon]
    A Scanner Darkly
    28 Days Later
    Brokeback Mountain [the track The Wings used to make me cry so hard]
    Yoma: Curse of the Undead
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer [musical episode]:
    Once More With Feeling
    Edward Scissorhands
    Waking Life [lovely chamber/tango music]

    Also, video games, the scores to Silent Hill 2, Final Fantasy Tactics, Doom, Resident Evil, Katamari Dacamy, and some of the old megamans...

    that last video, that guy is pretty cool, I'd never heard him before.

  2. Brokeback is by Gustavo Santaolalia who's done several excellent soundtracks. I'll have to check out some of the others you listed.I'm not into video games so I can't check those out.

  3. I was going to imbed some of my offerings but your comment box refuses to let me paste imbed code, even using ctrl+v.

  4. Sorry, I guess that's the way they set it up.

  5. I had a chat with the former Executive Director of the Detroit Symphony about this - I was, in effect, pleading not to keep having those John WIlliams-fests - and, instead, play some of the great contemporary tracks by Morricone, etc. He didn't seem interested, unfortunately.

  6. That's unfortunate. That would be a great weekend or week of music. Sure would beat the pants off those wretched Hollywood Pops concerts they do. I always say, if you heard one John Williams soundtrack, you've heard 'em all.