FSCT Playlist #6 – Nail ‘Em Up!
Given the topic of my “9 on the 9th” post this month, it should come as no surprise that most of last week’s playlist was spent listening to James Horner. For the Horner scores with no links, just click over to the “9 on the 9th” post for audio clips.
Like I said in the post, it was a pleasant few weeks in Horner’s company. But if I have to hear another Prokofiev quote, snare drum riff or danger motif, I’m going to pour hot wax in my ears.
- ALL THE KING’S MEN (2006, James Horner)
- TESTAMENT (1983, James Horner)
- THE PELICAN BRIEF (1993, James Horner)—It’s not hard to notice the APOLLO 13 similarities.
- METROPOLIS (1927, Gottfried Huppertz)—Review coming soon.
- CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011, Alan Silvestri)—Review coming soon.
- BRAINSTORM (1983, James Horner)—Horner in early ’80s action mode.
- COCOON (1985, James Horner)—Horner in early ’80s sweet mode. Probably more familiar now from the SUPER 8 trailer.
- DEEP IMPACT (1998, James Horner)—An underrated Horner score that came close to making the list.
- A BETTER LIFE (2011, Alexandre Desplat)—A Desplat score that will probably slip through the cracks this year but shouldn’t.
- FIELD OF DREAMS (1989, James Horner)—The electronics sound dated when heard outside of the film.
- GLORY (1989, James Horner)—For years I’ve treasured the score for GLORY. I love the movie and think the music adds a lot to the power of the film. I don’t think I’ve listened to it since I wrote my piece on IVAN THE TERRIBLE for FSMO years ago. I simply can’t listen to the score anymore without getting physically angry at Horner’s ripoff of Prokofiev’s IVAN theme. If he’d credited him, I might let it slide. Horner acknowledges Prokofiev’s influence on his music, but this complete ripoff in melody, rhythm and harmonic structure of Prokofiev’s music is shameful. So much good in the score is now ruined for me by his shameless plagiarism. I’m not sure I’ll ever listen to the score ever again. And that makes me unbelievably sad.
- THE JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN (1985, James Horner)—Horner channels Elmer Bernstein and pulls it off admirably, though why Bernstein’s original score was rejected for a copy is beyond me.
- SUPER 8 (2011, Michael Giacchino)
- IRIS (2001, James Horner)
- THE ROCKETEER (1991, James Horner)—Thoroughly enjoyable Horner score that almost made the list.
- WILLOW (1988, James Horner)
- STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982, James Horner)
- SNEAKERS (1992, James Horner)—Charming theme (though I’m not a fan of the soprano sax sound) but dated.
- STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984, James Horner)—Not as much fun as Khan, but arguably more complex and a tad more subtle…just a tad.
- MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT (1994, Geoffrey Burgon)—I’m in the middle of reading Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers and needed some appropriate musical backdrop. The music is pleasant enough, if not particularly distinguished. Not on the level of Burgon’s Brideshead Revisited.
- SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN (2011, Rachel Portman)—Can this woman not write lovely music?
- WINNIE THE POOH (2011, Henry Jackman)—Review coming soon.