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What Is The Best Film Score Of 2014


Best film score of 2014  

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  1. 1. What is the best film score of 2014 among this list?

    • Interstellar (Hans Zimmer)
    • The Homesman (Marco Beltrami)
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    • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Alexandre Desplat)
    • The Monkey King (Christopher Young)
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    • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (John Powell)
    • Maleficent (James Newton Howard)
    • Inherent Vice (Jonny Greenwood)
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    • Under the Skin (Mica Levi)


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What is according to you, the best film score of 2014 among this list?

 

The scores of this list won an award for "Best Score", as voted by either one or more of these organizations:

  • The International Film Music Critics Association Award
  • The Online Film Critics Society Award
  • The Los Angeles Film Critics Association

 

Let's discuss these choices made by Critics!

 

Note : That year the Oscar went to...

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel Alexandre Desplat
 
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My favourite film score of 2014 is THE UNKNOWN KNOWN (Danny Elfman).

 

My favourite of the poll options is INTERSTELLAR.

 

Finally, here's my podcast episode about the best scores of 2014 (in English), for anyone interested: http://celluloidtunes.no/celluloid-tunes-25-the-10-best-scores-of-2014-9th-international-edition/

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I love when the results are not monolithic!!!

 

For ym part, the only CD I have in my collection for now among this list, is MALEFICENT (and I never listened to it yet).

 

Altought I'm not a fan of Alexandre DESS-PLAW, his score for the Grand Budapest Hotel was perfect for the tone of the movie, and the score is quite funny to listen! But like many of the scores he has written, some repetitive parts can quickly become alienating.

 

So, another year, when I can't vote... for now!

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Maybe sacrilegious - as much as I love HTTYD, I could never get into any of the sequels - either the scores or the movies. 

 

I am going with Grand Budapest - a score which works wonders in the movie to give it its kooky jaunty tone as well as an expected doze of heart.

 

This cue, since I first saw the movie, has been etched in my memory forever.

 

 

And this one too - even though it is not from Desplat - 

 

 

Sometimes beyond technical virtuosity, you do prefer music that moves you and the music of Grand Budapest certainly moved me. 

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Of the ones you listed, Interstellar.

 

I also prefer the last Hobbit score to Interstellar.

 

Thor, Unknown Known premiered in 2013.  It did not beat Desolation of Smaug for me, but had it premiered in 2014 it would have topped Battle of the Five Armies and Interstellar on my list.

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17 hours ago, Nick1Ø66 said:

Though Battle of the Five armies was the best score that year (as were its siblings the two years prior).

 

I was reticent to say this for the previous two, but I really love the kind of "leitmotif-soup" approach that Shore takes with this (and The Return of the King before it). Reminds me of the third act of Siegfried...

 

There aren't really many film scores (if any at all) that do that.

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1 hour ago, mstrox said:

Thor, Unknown Known premiered in 2013.  It did not beat Desolation of Smaug for me, but had it premiered in 2014 it would have topped Battle of the Five Armies and Interstellar on my list.

 

I tend to follow the rules we set in IFMCA -- i..e the wide release, which was January 16, 2014. The earlier 2013 screenings were all film festivals.

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My 2014 selection:

  • Interstellar (my selection in the poll)
  • The Theory of Everything (number one for me)
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Ex_Machina
  • The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Hercules
  • Kingsman
  • Godzilla
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • The Hobbit 3
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19 hours ago, Bespin said:

For ym part, the only CD I have in my collection for now among this list, is MALEFICENT (and I never listened to it yet).

@BespinYou should definitely do so! It has some beautiful string writing, percussion hits hard, woodwinds got their solo moments and are not mashed together with other sections etc. 

 

Maleficent is probably the best sounding orchestral recording I know. Hard to describe but each instrument got it's space (panning/mixing is extremely well done I think). :D

 

Just a really enjoyable listen IMO.
 

 

I voted for Interstellar, but Maleficent is a close second :)

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