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. 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. 110 - Danny Elfman's 'Sleepy Hollow'

    Halloween wouldn't be complete without featuring a score by Danny Elfman, especially in a film directed by Tim Burton! Winning the Golden Satellite Award, the score is a masterful mix of swelling choral and orchestral cues combined with everything one would expect from a suspenseful score. It is ...

  • 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. 108 - James Newton Howard's 'The Village'

    As you probably know, we are huge fans of M. Night Shyamalan's work - especially the films where he collaborated with the incredible James Newton Howard. This score is nothing short of gorgeous, and in fact was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004.

    This clip features two snapshots from differ...

  • Ep. 107 - James Horner's 'Casper'

    "Casper" is one of those '90s gems that you can't quite forget. Directed by Brad Siberling (who also directed 'Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events'), 'Casper' was his directorial debut and featured the great James Horner at the helm to compose the score. Horner's composition is touchi...

  • Ep. 106 - Jerry Goldsmith's 'Alien'

    Who can forget this iconic 1979 Ridley Scott film? No-one. As an addition to our Halloween snapshot list we wanted to feature Jerry Goldsmith's absolutely unforgettable score. Interestingly, Goldsmith wanted to create a sense of romanticism and lyrical mystery in the film's opening credits (which...

  • Ep. 105 - Trevor Gureckis' 'Old'

    We are huge fans of M. Night Shyamalan's work, so you can imagine we couldn't wait to see what he did with his new film, 'Old'. Without giving too much away, the film focuses on a group of people stuck on a beach that age at a very accelerated rate.

    Composer Trevor Gureckis (https://www.gurecki...

  • 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. 102 - Marco Beltrami's 'A Quiet Place, Part II'

    We absolutely love John Krasinski's follow up to 2018's 'A Quiet Place', featuring score by the great Marco Beltrami. Krasinski was brilliant in his use of sound design, and combining that with Marco's wonderful score is a really special experience.

    This scene in particular is at the beginning o...

  • Ep. 101 - David Hirschfelder & Sergei Rachmaninoff's 'Shine'

    There are times when sound design, original composition, and classical music can go together perfectly. We saw this in a few of our previous snapshots 'Amadeus' and 'Immortal Beloved', but this 1996 biographical drama based on pianist David Helfgott also does this to near perfection.

    This scene ...

  • Ep. 100 - Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard's 'The Dark Knight'

    Nothing compares to 'The Dark Knight'. The epic performances, 70mm film sequences, practical effects, and the incredible score is just a small portion of what makes it a nearly perfect film. Scored by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, this snapshot is at the end of the movie, when Gordon tells...

  • Ep. 99 - John Williams' 'E.T.'

    What can be said about the genius of this score? It was the fourth in history to accomplish the feat or winning the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Grammy, and BAFTA (the previous two, 'Star Wars' and 'Jaws', were also composed by Williams, who remains the only person to have won all awards for the ...

  • 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. 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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    Every Monday and Wednesday, SCORE CUE SNAPSHOTS brings you iconic scenes married to the corresponding score cue without dialogue...

  • Ep. 94 - John Williams' 'Memoirs of a Geisha'

    Where to Watch: https://letterboxd.com/film/memoirs-of-a-geisha/
    Listen to the score: https://open.spotify.com/album/4wcOu3JLqjWjcFpMwKS69C?si=uofEun7bRIWJSYT-4HlY8g&dl_branch=1
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    Every Monday and Wednesday, SCORE CUE SNAPSHOTS brings you iconic scenes married to the corresponding score cue with...

  • 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. 92 - David Newman's 'Galaxy Quest'

    To this day, 'Galaxy Quest' remains one of our favorite films ever, featuring a wonderful and fun score by David Newman. There are very few science fiction comedies that stick with you (and withstand the test of time), and this is one of them. In this snapshot, we are highlighting two cues showca...

  • Ep. 91 - Patrick Doyle's 'A Little Princess'

    It is no secret that Patrick Doyle is one of our absolute favorite composers, and we love the score to 'A Little Princess', the 1995 film directed by the great Alfonso Cuarón. The score is filled with so many great cues, it was difficult to pick just one. The mix of western and eastern motifs com...

  • Ep. 90 - Bono & Gavin Friday's 'In The Name of the Father'

    There are some films that grip you from the first frame because of either the imagery, sound, or a combination of the two. This is one of those films.

    'In The Name of the Father' ranks as one of our favorite films from the 90's with incredible performances by Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite...

  • Ep. 89 - Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story'

    Inspired by 'Romeo & Juliet', 'West Side Story' is nearly a perfect film in its craftsmanship between sound & image, and tells a deeply moving story as two cultures collide in New York City. The entire beginning is shot entirely with music, dance, little dialogue, and in our minds is one of the m...

  • Ep. 88 - Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'The Sound of Music'

    Where to watch: https://letterboxd.com/film/the-sound-of-music/

    Listen to the score: https://open.spotify.com/album/6p9jUvfQvXHAzStDArgYj5?si=Prl_gfuyQ2SOnQcLMm47zQ&dl_branch=1
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    Every Monday and Wednesday, SCORE CUE SNAPSHOTS brings you iconic scenes married to the corresponding score cue wit...