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Brundlefly

The Flop Three of the Top Three

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Of course everyone has at least three favorite composers and logically they made at least three enjoyable scores. But what about the scores that you do not really like (or like the least) ALTHOUGH they have been composed by one of your favorite composers? I'd like to know your three LEAST PREFERED scores by your three favorite composers.

 

1. JOHN WILLIAMS

   1. Always

   2. The BFG

   3. Far and Away

 

2. JERRY GOLDSMITH

   1. Along Came a Spider

   2. Congo

   3. Runaway

 

3. ENNIO MORRICONE

   1. Mission to Mars

   2. U-Turn

   3. Face to Face

(I don't know enough Morricone titles to say which ones are really his worst.)

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Hmm, I'll have to think about this for a bit. Figuring them out for Goldsmith will be a bitch because, even if I dislike a score overall from him, there is almost always at least one cue that I really dig. 

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As I said, I know all JW scores post-Jaws and almost all JG scores post-Chinatown, but I hardly know a tenth of all EM scores.

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2 hours ago, Romão said:

Mission to Mars is among my favorite Morricone scores

 

Yes!

 

The only score I really dislike that is high profile enough to mention is Hook. 

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2 hours ago, Romão said:

Mission to Mars is among my favorite Morricone scores

 

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John Williams:

1. The BFG

2. The Adventures of Tintin

3. The Book Thief

 

Michael Giacchino:

1. Doctor Strange

2. Zootopia (or Zootropolis) 

3. Inside Out - catchy theme, bizarre and unlistenable score.

 

Howard Shore - The Hobbit Trilogy

Brilliant music all-round, but ultimately it's a challenge to get through and not as immediate and memorable as his prior LotR scores.

I still listen to each of them as often as I can, parts are beginning to grow on me and I'm sure after more listens I'll have a better opinion of them.

Here they are in order from my favourite to least favourite in the context of this thread:

1. The Desolation of Smaug

2. An Unexpected Journey

3. The Battle of the Five Armies

 

 

 

ps. - I love cues and moments from each score, but as a whole are my least favourite, either they're just not as memorable or engaging, or there really only are a few things I personally enjoyed. If you love and adore any of them, I'm not going to bash you.

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1. John Williams

 

a) JOHN GOLDFARB PLEASE COME HOME

b) THE BOOK THIEF

c) THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

 

2. Danny Elfman

 

a) AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

b) MEN IN BLACK 3

c) ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

 

3. Elliot Goldenthal

 

a) ROSWELL

b) THE TEMPEST

c) PET SEMATARY (not a bad score, but it freaks me out every time)

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Alice Through the Looking Glass was one of the most boring and disappointing scores I'd ever heard.

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43 minutes ago, Sally Spectra said:

Alice Through the Looking Glass was one of the most boring and disappointing scores I'd ever heard.

 

Especially because the score for the first movie is so brilliant! The only good thing about the LOOKING GLASS score was "Alice's Theme", but that's a leftover from the first anyway.

 

I don't like Elfman in big action blockbuster/superhero mode these days.

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Williams:

 

Book Thief

Sleepers

Seven Years in Tibet

 

 

Elfman: 

 

Big Eyes

Taking Woodstock

Wisdom

 

 

Gia:

 

Tomorrowland

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes of the Dawn of the Planet of the Dawn of the Apes

Star Trek into Dankness

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I probably have more Gia scores than anybody outside of Elfman and Williams, both of whom I keep complete collections.

 

I could have replaced him with Zimmer, who I like about as well (although I don't like anything of Zimmer's as much as I like, say, Speed Racer, The Incredibles, Up, or Super 8).  I have a bunch of Goldsmith, but honestly that was more of an early film score listener's attempt to TRY to like Goldsmith despite never really liking Goldsmith.  Every other composer, I kind of pick up based on whether I like the score in-movie or not, and it's pretty rare.

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Gia but not Goldsmith? You are dead to me!

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I like Goldsmith when I have positive attachment to the movies (Gremlins 1/2, The Mummy), but a lot of the "classics" leave me cold - Poltergeist, The Omen, POTA, etc etc.  I think the only Goldsmith score I'd throw on besides the three mentioned above would be maybe Star Trek TMP.

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Apropos of nothing, you know what would be a nice forum feature?  The ability to block specific threads from ever being marked as having unread posts.

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4 hours ago, mstrox said:

Williams:

 

Sleepers

 

Elfman: 

 

Wisdom

 

Whoa! These are actually some of my favourite scores by each composer!

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know I'm gonna get slapped down for this, but...

Williams:

SCHINDLER'S LIST

FAR AND AWAY

JURASSIC PARK.

 

Your move JWfaners. Come on...Come on!!!!!!

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A joke. A story with a humorous climax.

 

Thor, I'm deadly serious. 

SCHINDLER'S LIST is gratuitous schmaltz, JURASSIC PARK is the Emperor's new clothes, and FAR AND AWAY is so chock full of faux Oirishisms, it's insulting.

This is, of course, just three film scores from a composer whose collected works are nigh-on worshiped, by yours truly. 

The thread title says "The Flop Three".

These are mine.

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Always is no schmaltz?

 

Yet there were three people that got the thread's demand.

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Of course it is. ALWAYS is unashamed schmaltz, but it's schmaltz with integrity.

SL has lofty ideals, but it punches far above its weight. It's the listen-to-this-it'll-change-your-life context I abhor. It's dishonest, and that's why I don't like it.

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42 minutes ago, Richard said:

A joke. A story with a humorous climax.

 

Thor, I'm deadly serious. 

SCHINDLER'S LIST is gratuitous schmaltz, JURASSIC PARK is the Emperor's new clothes, and FAR AND AWAY is so chock full of faux Oirishisms, it's insulting.

This is, of course, just three film scores from a composer whose collected works are nigh-on worshiped, by yours truly. 

The thread title says "The Flop Three".

These are mine.

 

Alrighty, then. I'm not going to berate you or anything, but for me, they are obviously all the very best of John Williams.

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