Top 10 Scores of 2013

Even for a confirmed pessimist like myself, I was surprised at how much the state of film music depressed me throughout most of 2013. Perhaps more than any year previous, I was struck at how bombast and rhythm were the key words in today’s film scores. Film music today wants to be loud, part of the sound… More

81st Annual Academy Awards - Show

Oscars to Showcase Music Nominees In Concert

In case you missed the news, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will showcase the Oscar-nominated scores and songs in a live concert for the first time next year. The concert will take place February 27, three days before the Oscar ceremony on March 2, at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA…. More

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

It’s a Great Day for the Oscars!

It’s been a little over a month since this year’s Academy Awards, and how many people have already forgotten that Mychael Danna won for LIFE OF PI? Our collective memories seem to be “like sands through the hour glass” as we go through the days of our lives, especially when it comes to awards shows…. More

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Top 10 Film Scores of 2012

One of the joys of compiling a year-end list is revisiting film scores that I may have forgotten. With so many scores released over the last 12 months, it’s easy for one or more to slip through the cracks. As usual, some scores that I was sure would make my list didn’t. By all rights, Nick… More

The Omen

50 Favorite Film Scores, Part 5: The Top 10

If you’ve been following my posts all week, then you know that I’ve been celebrating my impending 50th birthday on the 19th (last pathetic notice, I promise) with 50 of my favorite film scores. The list, months in the making, turned out far different than I thought. It’s been educational, emotional, illuminating and, on occasion,… More

North by Northwest

50 Favorite Film Scores, Part 3: #30–21

If you’d like to catch up on the earlier installments, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of 50 Favorite Film Scores. Without further ado, on with the list… 30. TARAS BULBA (1962) You gotta love any movie that features Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis as father and son. It’s so unbelievable—and so Hollywood—that it… More

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

50 Favorite Film Scores, Part 2: #40–31

Yesterday, I began a week-long look at 50 of my favorite film scores. If you want to read about the background behind the project, check out the earlier post. The remaining scores will be covered throughout the rest of the week. Now, on with the next installment of 50 of my favorite film scores… 40…. More

Citizen Kane

50 Favorite Film Scores, Part 1: #50–41

In the countdown to my 50th birthday on the 19th, in addition to foolishly choosing nine of my favorite film composers, I decided to tackle an even more daunting task—choose 50 of my favorite scores. Little did I know when I began this listening project back in June that it would prove to be so… More

Young Frankenstein

This Is Your Brain on Film Music…

I don’t know if it’s the approach of my 50th birthday (this won’t be the last you’ll hear about that, trust me), but I’ve been obsessed with the concept of aging lately—where I am in life, where I’m going, where I’ve been, and how I’ve changed. Part of that change is a preoccupation with how… More