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  1. I'm not nearly as down on it as many people online are. I think Horner's main theme is strong. And the development of it throughout the score is interesting, all leading to its most heroic statement in the penultimate track. But yes, the soundtrack is way too long. As far as modern action scores go, though, it's a solid effort.
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    HBO's Westworld

    Looks spectacular. Person of Interest is the best sci-fi superhero series to ever air on TV. I'm still waiting for the last season to hit Netflix.
  3. I didn't know that Wintory piece existed. It's beautiful.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    And the sting over the title card. It really is one of the great movie openings. Just from your short description I picture it, hear it, and get goosebumps.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    It's fascinating how the movie score opens with the five-minute Hymn of Red October, which plays uninterrupted over the opening scenes of the movie. This piece lays out all of the score's thematic material. Almost everything that comes after is derived from that hymn; even the suspense and action cues come out of it. This shows the tremendous amount of confidence director McTiernan had in Poledouris, that essentially this one piece of music would be allowed to drive his movie. It's such a bold decision and I can't think of a modern film scored this way.
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    Is Dracula (1979) Soundtrack Lost to Time?

    So I take it I should go pick it up from the record store I was at last night that had the LP for five bucks?
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Basil would have been 71 yesterday. Robocop by Basil Poledouris A classic for a reason. Mind-meltingly good mix of orchestra and synth. Teases you with snippets of the main theme to build expectation. And what a main theme it is when it arrives: heroic and memorable and vaguely sinister at the same time.
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    Here's a film score list we can all agree on!

    It's not just you. And many of them are fine scores. But the list goes out of its way to snub almost anything traditional or classical in its approach.
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    Here's a film score list we can all agree on!

    Birth is deserving, at least. But this list feels like Of My Favorite Movies These Are the Ones With the Best Music...Plus Ennio Morricone Because Tarantino
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Pan is fun for sure. I think I prefer it to the How to Train Your Dragon scores, actually. The Golden Compass by The Composer Desplat I love this rich and complex score. The themes might be too subtle for some people but there are so many of them, and they're so beautifully intertwined, that it will take me years to unravel it all. Texturally it's a gorgeous work, too. The opening track, with its creaky woodwinds and subtle piano, perfectly sets the stage for the moody, intelligent, wildly ambitious score to come. The man could have written a couple of catchy fanfares and called it a day, but he treated the project with the same seriousness as Shore did LotR. It might not jump out at you on first or second or even third listens but it's got a depth and power that sticks with you.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    I really like the piano statement of the main theme starting around 9:30.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Zimmer's Superman theme isn't bad (listening to its reemergence in BvS). It's simple and noble - I like it. It's all the pummeling action tracks that just aren't for me. And many of the secondary themes feel underdeveloped on the OST. I find the BvS soundtrack to be much more balanced between thematic and percussive material.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    I wouldn't be posting it in a thread called "What is the Last Score You Listened To" if I didn't actually listen to it. Sorry if you're offended.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    I like plenty of Zimmer scores. Just not Man of Steel. I'm happy that he's moving on from superheroes because it seems like his heart is not in it.
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Man of Steel by Hans Zimmer If this is the kind of stuff I'm missing by not listening to Remote Control superhero scores then I feel I've made the right decision. Obnoxious, repetitive, and totally at odds with everything Superman. Mostly dreck. Mad Max: Fury Road by Junkie XL. In the same vein but appropriate to the torched MM landscape. And there are a couple of lovely sad string pieces. Might actually revisit this one.
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