Score Cue Snapshots!

Score Cue Snapshots!

Every Monday and Wednesday, SCORE CUE SNAPSHOTS brings you iconic scenes married to the corresponding score cue without dialogue and SFX, thus allowing anyone to appreciate how the score works with what you see unfold on-screen.

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Score Cue Snapshots!
  • Ep. 86 - Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley's Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

    "Pure Imagination", sung by the great Gene Wilder (who played the character of Willy Wonka), was composed by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley, who both were also nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score for the film.

    It is without question that this film stands on its own as one of the be...

  • Ep. 85 - Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman's 'The Last of the Mohicans'

    For this snapshot, we decided to publish a cue similar to "Promontory" on the original release. Interestingly, director Michael Mann asked Trevor Jones to provide an electronic score for the film, but it was decided late in production that an orchestral score would be more appropriate. Randy Edel...

  • Ep. 84 - Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard's 'Gladiator'

    There is nothing quite like the opening sequence of this film scored by the incredible Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard for Ridley Scott's Academy Award-winning film, 'Gladiator'. The score itself was nominated for an Oscar, and Gerrard's vocals are similar to her own work on 'The Insider', which is ...

  • Ep. 83 - Thomas Newman's 'Cinderella Man'

    "Cinderella Man" is one of our top favorite Ron Howard films, along with one of our favorite Thomas Newman scores. Receiving three Academy Award nominations, the story follows boxer James J. Braddock - an Irish-American from New Jersey who loses everything in the Great Depression. Braddock became...

  • Ep. 82 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 'Amadeus'

    'Amadeus' is one of those films you watch once and will never forget. The marriage of sound and image within the film is curated to perfection. Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, 'Amadeus' was nominated for 53 (!) awards and won 40, including eight Academy Awards, four BAFTA ...

  • Ep. 81 - Tangerine Dream's 'Risky Business'

    Sometimes it doesn't take much to complete a scene. Tangerine Dream did this perfectly in this last moment with fluid electronica - their signature sound that truly defined the 80s. This scene in particular is a wonderful example of how electronic textures and a repetitive motif can accentuate th...

  • Ep. 80 - Eric Serra's 'The Fifth Element'

    In tribute to Film Music Fridays, Ep. 40, we decided to resurface one of our favorite two cues from the hit 90's sci-fi film, 'The Fifth Element', and re-edit it in 4K. Composed by Éric Serra, this scene features a performance by the great Diva Plavalaguna. Serra mixed 'The Diva Dance' with Gaet...

  • Ep. 79 - Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer's 'Blade Runner: 2049'

    Interestingly, director Denis Villeneuve wanted music closer to the original Vangelis score, and we think Wallfisch and Zimmer did an outstanding job at paying tribute to the original while also making it their own. It is without question that this film is brilliantly shot, with Oscar-winner Roge...

  • Ep. 78 - John Williams' 'The Patriot'

    For today's Score Cue Snapshot, we bring to you another incredible John Williams score, one of which was nominated for an Academy Award. This scene in particular is can be tough to watch, but Williams does something incredible in the final showdown between the Captain Benjamin Martin (Gibson) and...

  • Ep. 77 - James Horner's 'Braveheart'

    Composed and conducted by James Horner and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, this was Horner's second of three collaborations with Gibson as director. The score itself is one of our favorites, and has gone on to be one of the most commercially successful soundtracks of all time. It was ...

  • Ep. 76 - James Horner's 'Apollo 13'

    In another Oscar-nominated score, James Horner's 'Apollo 13' is nothing short of genius. This cue is one of our favorites, featuring a sweeping and emotional musical journey as the three astronauts hurl back to Earth in the Apollo spacecraft. Similar to 'Braveheart', Horner's ability to capture s...

  • Ep. 75 - Thomas Newman's 'American Beauty'

    There is no question that "American Beauty" shifted the way storytelling in mainstream Hollywood was told. The film itself was a game-changer, and with that came the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated score by Thomas Newman. Many consider this score to be one of the top scores of his career. Newman...

  • Ep. 74 - Thomas Newman's 'Six Feet Under'

    What can you say about a show that is considered to be one of the greatest television series of all time? Created by Alan Ball (American Beauty), the opening titles of this series are quite something to experience. Not only is the editing and aesthetic spot-on, but the music by Thomas Newman capt...

  • Ep. 73 - Jerry Goldsmith's 'The Mummy'

    With another spectacular cue by Jerry Goldsmith this week, we are featuring "Imhotep" from the 1999 film, "The Mummy". This cue is one of our favorites and highlights such a dynamic sequence ranging from adventure, tenderness, and tragic loss. There is also very extensive brass and percussion ele...

  • Ep. 72 - Jerry Goldsmith's 'The Burbs'

    What can you say about the movie, except that it is brilliant? This is not only one of our favorite films, but also one of our favorite score by the legendary Jerry Goldsmith. What's super fun about this cue is that it features the theme from "Patton"! Can you spot it?

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  • Ep. 71 - James Newton Howard's 'The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep'

    In a second tribute to James Newton Howard this week, we are featuring his incredible score to the 2007 film, "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep". We really love this score, mainly because of the dynamic and emotional themes throughout. Similar to the last Snapshot, Howard's ability to score ac...

  • Ep. 70 - James Newton Howard's 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire'

    James Newton Howard's work never fails to impress us, which is why there are so many Film Music Snapshots celebrating his work. Interestingly, Howard approached the animated film as a live-action movie, and created different musical themes for the cultures of the surface world and Atlantis. There...

  • Ep. 68 - James Horner's 'Legends of the Fall'

    This is the second Score Cue Snapshot featuring a film directed by Edward Zwick (the first being "Glory"). Nominated for three Academy Awards and four Golden Globes (including Best Original Score), the film is an epic marvel, and with that comes the equally masterful score by James Horner. The cu...

  • Ep. 69 - James Horner's 'Patriot Games'

    This is our second Score Cue Snapshot featuring a film directed by Phillip Noyce (the first being "Clear and Present Danger")! Circling around the political turbulence of the IRA, Horner pools in some very unique Irish overtones throughout the score, including the all-too-famous "Theme from Harry...

  • Ep. 67 - Michael Giacchino's 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

    This Score Cue Snapshot features three cues composed by Michael Giacchino, in his fourth collaboration with J.J. Abrams, which included 'Star Trek' (2009). This score actually includes the original 'Star Trek' theme by Alexander Courage. Our favorite release is the 2014 expanded soundtrack album,...

  • Ep. 66 - James Horner's 'Class Action'

    The 1991 American legal drama "Class Action" directed by Michael Apted stars many of our favorite actors (the great Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and a very young Lawrence Fishburne), but it also features a score by the late James Horner. This score isn't as well known as some of the...

  • Ep. 65 - Basil Poledouris' 'The Hunt for Red October'

    "Some things in here don't react well to bullets."

    The 1990 John McTiernan film is one of our top favorite movies ever, with an incredible score composed by Basil Poledouris. The film was actually honored at the Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing.

    I...

  • Ep. 64 - Thomas Newman's 'Scent of a Woman'

    As always, Thomas Newman is incredible at being able to musically define a moment, or character emotion. If anything, this 'Main Title' is a perfect example of defining the sterility of an elite prep school, with an outlier student looking for work over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Who can forget Pa...

  • Ep. 63 - Jerry Goldsmith's 'Rudy'

    After working with filmmakers Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh on their successful 186 film 'Hoosiers' which garnered the film an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score, Jerry Goldsmith was again a part of their team for the 1993 biographical film, 'Rudy'. Considered to be one of the best and mo...