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    Favorite finishers?

    One of my favorites is the exact opposite of a "big finish." It's small, and quiet, and ominous, and perfect.
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    Who should Score Peter Jackson's Mortal Engines?

    Now I'm just waiting for the kick-ass replacement score by James Newton Howard.
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    Are There Any Scores That You Hate?

    I'm going to assume that's sarcasm, but if not, check out his sketches for the prequels. The orchestrators didn't have to do that much beyond writing "tacet" on some parts. That's what I was going to say. (That or Fury Road).
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    My Piano Transcriptions

    It might be impolitic to ask, but does anyone still have the Nixon transcriptions? The Sendspace link gives me an old court decision.
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    Musical impressions of the sea

    For calmer sea days, I'm partial to these. Thought I'd just post straight links instead of videos since this thread is swamping my browser-boat. MK Čiurlonis - The Sea Pinar Toprak - Dreams Are to Pursue II (The Wind Gods) Jeff Rona - Still Waters (White Squall)
  6. The Force theme statement from the opening of Revenge of the Sith is probably my favorite iteration of the theme. Just awesome.
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    Pinar Toprak's CAPTAIN MARVEL (2019)

    The Wind Gods was neat, but pretty much everything else I've heard from her is as cookie-cutter RCP as it gets. Hopefully she'll get a chance to branch out some here.
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    What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Newer films)

    Thoroughbreds - Set against the fitting facade of wealthy suburban Connecticut, Amanda, a disturbed teenage girl is sent to her former best friend for SAT tutoring, who it is quickly revealed has plenty of problems of her own. Lily, provoked by her dismissal from Andover, takes inspiration in Amanda's apparent sociopathy (she "doesn't have emotions," and teaches Lily how to fake cry quite convincingly) and develops a desire to kill her asshole stepfather. Amanda, it turns out, is facing animal cruelty charges for brutally killing her own horse in a mercy killing gone horrifically wrong, and in Lily's mind, this makes her a reciprocal murder tutor. Together, they enlist Tim (Anton Yelchin in one of his last roles), quite possibly the world's worst drug dealer (and convicted sex offender), to serve as their hitman. Oh, and it's largely played as a black comedy up until the (finally, after being a milder-than-expected film for most of its runtime) disturbing twist: It's a really brutal ending, but I'm not sure the film actually earns it. While Mark is certainly a dick, but the actual emotional abuse is fairly mild. This plays up the black comedy - people suffer much worse without having any thoughts of murder - but it makes the whole effort feel rather pointless. I have to commend the filmmakers for getting the setting right--having overlapped with that world when I was in boarding school, I can say very few media representations accomplish that--but it's a thin story that never takes full advantage of its conceptual potential or cutting insight into New England elite life. One truly standout element, though, is Erik Friedlander's score. Seething cello, pounding percussion, and bizarre prepared piano--all rather mundane-sounding elements in today's film music world, but used quite uniquely here--come together for a really stunning sound that clashes with the film's visuals in the best possible way.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Mouse Hunt (Silvestri) - Pure, gleeful fun. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Sessions) (Zimmer) - I honestly have no idea how the album was botched so horribly, because this is a 10/10 score as written. The new Moriarty material is absolutely perfect, Zimmer completely nailed the Romani music, and Diego Stocco's "Experibass" contributions are absolutely wild. Titanic (La-La Land Release) (Horner) - Maybe I'm going soft, but this one has actually started to grow on me. I still don't care for a lot of the synth use, but it doesn't completely turn me off the way it used to. That's a really neat piece. Funnily enough, if not for the piano ostinato, I might guess it was from a Howard Shore score I hadn't heard.
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    Academy makes massive change to Best Original Score category

    My guess is that this means there will be far fewer FYC albums kicking around in the future.
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    Top 5 Soundtracks from the Year You Were Born

    1. Home Alone 2 (Williams) 2. Alien 3 (Goldenthal) 3. Year of the Comet (Mann) 4. Single White Female (Shore) 5. Wind (Poledouris) The Lion King? The Client? Ed Wood? Little Buddha?
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    What is the Last Cue You Listened To?

    Sometimes you just need to rock out.
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    What Are Your Favorite Single Shots in a Movie?

    All the time-lapse shots in House of Sand and Fog are marvelous, but it'd be hard to distill those in to a screenshot, but this brief shot is mixed in, and really capitalizes on the mood and setting. Leave it to Roger Deakins to make the glare off a windshield beautiful. What even is this, you ask? Looking vertically at the sun through snow starting to cover a skylight. Really, all of The Fountain is stunning, but something about this shot has always stood out to me. The last five minutes or so of Attack of the Clones are great! It's the best musical finale of the entire series. (The rest, not so much...)
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Nixon (Williams) Loving Vincent (Mansell) A History of Violence (Shore) All top-notch.
  15. For film: 1. John Williams 2. Howard Shore 3. Jerry Goldsmith 4. Clint Mansell 5. James Horner 6. Michael Kamen 7. Christopher Young 8. Hans Zimmer (at times) 9. Scott Glasgow 10. Leonard Rosenman Plenty of honorable mentions: Herrmann, Rozsa, and the other golden and silver age composers I don't know all that well; Beltrami, Newman, Goldenthal, Isham, and occasionally Giacchino and Harry Gregson-Williams today. Zuckerman and Wintory will probably join the list in time. Concert music somehow became a Top 24, and since the order doesn't really matter after about #8 or so, I didn't want to remove anyone. 1. Krzysztof Penderecki (all eras) 2. Richard Strauss 3. Toshio Hosokawa 4. Gerard Grisey 5. Witold Lutoslawski 6. Jean Sibelius 7. Helmut Lachenmann 8. Lepo Sumera 9. Dmitri Shostakovich 10. Pascal Dusapin 11. Thea Musgrave 12. George Crumb 13. Gustav Holst 14. Wojciech Kilar 15. Gustav Mahler 16. Toru Takemitsu 17. Marina Khorkova 18. Sergei Rachmaninov 19. Kaija Saariaho 20. Per Henrik Nordgren 21. Alan Hovhaness 22. Karol Szymanowski 23. Takuma Itoh 24. Matthias Pintscher So, yeah, lots, but my two #1 picks fit your request, and for 21st century specifically that would default to Hosokawa.