Based on Books

Based on Books

Sit back, relax, and listen to a curated set list of cues from films that are based on books.

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Based on Books
  • Ep. 189 - Howard Shore's 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'

    Again, there is no question that Howard Shore's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy (along with his 'Hobbit' trilogy) are some of his best work to-date. This track is especially epic, dynamic, gorgeous, dark, but also heartfelt and emotional. There wasn't one person in the theater that wasn't shedding a ...

  • Ep. 188 - Mamo All-Stars' 'The Mambo Kings'

    This is a great film that most don't know about. The 1992 musical drama was based on the 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love' by Oscar Hijuelos. Starring the great Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas, they actually did their own singing, and studied to master the...

  • Ep. 186 - Howard Shore's 'The Rings of Power'

    Tolkien fans around the world have been waiting for this show for quite some time, and even though the amazing score is composed by Bear McCreary, the producers brought back Howard Shore to compose the 'Main Title'. The last time Shore had composed work for The Hobbit/LOTR was back in 2013, so it...

  • Ep. 183 - Nino Rota's 'The Godfather'

    Without question 'The Godfather' is one of the best films ever made, which is why we have produced a film concert experience that not only showcases the film, but the genius of Rota's score, which won a Grammy, Golden Globe, and British Academy Film Award. At the Oscars, the film won Best Picture...

  • Ep. 177 - Room (feat. Jon Hopkins)

    There is no question that Lenny Abrahamson's 2015 film gained a great deal of attention that year. First, there was Jacob Tremblay's entrance into the business, in addition to Brie Larson's wins at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs. On top of that, the music by Stephen Rennicks is act...

  • Ep. 164 - Philip Glass' 'The Hours'

    We love this film, specifically Nicole Kidman's incredible performance as Virginia Woolf which actually won her an Academy Award. The score, composed by the legendary Philip Glass, won the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score, the Go...

  • Ep. 165 - Elliot Goldenthal's 'Interview with the Vampire'

    This film took the world by storm when it was released in 1994 - mainly because of its all-star cast with two leading A-listers. Even so, Neil Jordan's interpretation of Anne Rice's work landed Elliot Goldenthal an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. He also won an ASCAP Film and Television...

  • Ep. 162 - Danny Elfman's 'Alice in Wonderland'

    Elfman's score to Tim Burton's 2010 film is one of our favorites. Interestingly, the film generated over $1.025 billion in ticket sales and became the fifth highest-grossing film of all time during its theatrical run!

    This scene in particular is especially fun - Alice refuses a marriage proposa...

  • Ep. 160 - Thomas Newman's 'Shawshank Redemption'

    Frank Darabont's cinematic masterpiece is one of the most unforgettable films of the mid-90's. In 2015, the Library of Congress actually selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant'.

    We think that this is al...

  • Ep. 153 - Rachel Portman's 'Emma'

    Portman's Academy Award-winning score to 'Emma' is one of our absolute favorites. Portman used various instruments throughout to give a unique voice to each character. She revealed that a 'quivering violin' represented Harriet's uneasy stomach, while 'a bittersweet clarinet' would accompany Emma ...

  • Ep. 143 - John Williams' 'Munich'

    This 2005 historical drama produced and directed by Stephen Spielberg is a film we can never forget. Nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing, John Williams also received a nomination for Best Original Score. Williams was actually ...

  • Ep. 134 - John Williams' 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™'

    There is no question that each cue from the score to this film is gorgeous and unique, with this being one of them. "Buckbeak's Flight" is not only just a beautiful theme with sweeping strings and percussion (and don't forget the subtle flute!), but it comes at time when Harry, just for a second,...

  • Ep. 130 - John Williams' 'Born on the Fourth of July'

    Who can forget the 1989 film directed by Oliver Stone? Based on the 1976 autobiography by Ron Kovic, it goes down in cinematic history as one of the most riveting anti-war film sever made.

    The score was produced, composed, and conducted by John Williams, who agreed to work on the film after wat...

  • Ep. 128 - Howard Shore's 'Lord of the Rings - Return of the King'

    There are so many epic cues in 'Return of the King' it becomes overwhelming to try and decide which one to feature. Writing nearly 8 minutes of music per day to keep on schedule, we think this is one of Shore's finest achievements to-date. Winning the Academy Award in 2004, the score features the...

  • Ep. 121 - Thomas Newman's 'White Oleander'

    There are moments in films when important emotional beats happen between characters. This is one of those moments when the score isn't necessarily front and center, but it is subtly and subconsciously guiding our emotions in the moment. Thomas Newman's 2002 score to 'White Oleander' is a beautifu...

  • Ep. 111 - Marc Shaiman's 'Misery'

    Want a masterclass in filmmaking, acting, cinematography, editing, and film composing? This scene is it. Rob Reiner's masterful 1990 film starring the incredible James Caan and Kathy Bates (who won an Academy Award for the role) is one of our favorite films, especially leading up to Halloween. Sh...

  • Ep. 109 - Wojciech Kilar's 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'

    Did you know that was the only Dracula film to ever win Oscars? To us, this version of Dracula is our absolute favorite. Nothing tops Gary Oldman's version of this character and without question, Kilar's score is genius. From the costume design, Makeup, Art Direction, and Cinematography, the musi...

  • Ep. 104 - Krzysztof Komeda's 'Rosemary's Baby'

    To kick off the first week of October and our spooky Snapshot series this month in preparation for one of our favorite holidays, who can forget this iconic film? Interestingly, the lullaby you hear in this title credit sequence is the song 'Sleep Safe and Warm', which was composed by Komeda and a...

  • Ep. 103 - Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe's 'Candyman'

    Who can question the genius of Jordan Peele? He has continued to re-define the horror genre, and the sequel to the 1992 film of the same name is nothing short of brilliant. The unique blend of social commentary with horror makes it one of the top films we've seen this year. The score, composed by...

  • Ep. 98 - Alan Silvestri's 'Ready Player One'

    There is no question that Alan Silvestri's score to Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' is one of our favorites. From referencing his own music from 'Back to the Future', to quoting music written by Max Steiner, Wendy Carlos, and Akira Ifukube, the three cues featured in this scene are an example of t...

  • Ep. 97 - Thomas Newman's 'Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events'

    We love featuring any score by Thomas Newman, and in this Snapshot we are showcasing his work to 'Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events' - the 2004 adventure film directed by Brad Silberling. This scene comes near the end of the film, where three orphans open a letter from their parents...

  • Ep. 96 - John Williams' 'Jurassic Park'

    Nobody can question that the score to 'Jurassic Park' is one of the most beloved and iconic of John Williams' career. The unforgettable 'Jurassic Park Theme' can be heard in this snapshot to which Williams himself stated that it was an attempt "to capture the awesome beauty and sublimity of the d...

  • Ep. 93 - Thomas Newman's 'Jarhead'

    In today's snapshot, we are highlighting another film in the Thomas Newman/Sam Mendes relationship, 'Jarhead'. Based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford's 2003 memoir of the same name, and shot by the incredible Roger Deakins, Newman's work is once again beautifully matched by striking imagery and sy...

  • Ep. 95 - Alan Silvestri's 'Contact'

    Where to watch: https://letterboxd.com/film/contact/
    Listen to the score: https://open.spotify.com/album/45xaa9SptbRpIrAd8KE5Ti?si=JqwPqvSWSrCVitsjTlC3TA&dl_branch=1
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