Score Cue Snapshots!

  • Ep. 31 - Hans Zimmer's 'Interstellar'

    Christopher Nolan's 2014 sci-fi 'Interstellar' is nothing short of a masterpiece, and we really love the score by Hans Zimmer which was nominated for Best Original Score at the 87th Academy Awards. Interestingly, Zimmer came up with the early stages of the score with a one page summary of the fil...

  • Ep. 30 - Graeme Revell's 'Until the End of the World'

    Wim Wenders' 1991 sci-fi, to us, is considered to be one of the "ultimate road movies ever made". The Director's Cut is nearly 287 minutes in two acts set at the turn of the millennium in the shadow of a world-changing catastrophe. Featuring a fantastic score by Graeme Revell with a soundtrack re...

  • Ep. 29 - M83 and Joseph Trapanese's 'Oblivion'

    Joseph Kosinski's 2013 film is one of our favorites, and M83 & Joseph Trapanese created a score that is in part orchestral and epic, but also has an undercurrent of that great M83 fluid electronica sound. There is nothing quite like the iconic Universal Pictures logo, and the score here is perfec...

  • Ep. 28 - Daft Punk's 'Tron Legacy'

    One of our favorite scores of 2010, Daft Punk's music to 'Tron: Legacy' is fun, epic, and full of awesome synth textures that make it very unique. The first film score of the French music duo used an 85-piece orchestra that mixes traditional orchestral music with electronica. The score was orches...

  • Ep. 27 - Harold Faltermeyer & Kenny Loggins' 'Top Gun'

    'Top Gun' is one of our favorite films, and Harold Faltermeyer's score with the iconic 'Danger Zone' by Kenny Loggins is quite possibly one of the best intros ever put on 35mm film. Directed by the late Tony Scott, the film grossed over $356 million against a production budget of only $15 million...

  • Ep. 26 - Thomas Newman's 'Revolutionary Road'

    Ever since Newman composed 'American Beauty' for Sam Mendes' first feature film in 1999, their continued collaboration has been a true gift. There is something unique about Mendes, as he's able to capture incredible character moments while also using the simple tools of cinema to accentuate scene...

  • Ep. 25 - James Horner's 'Sneakers'

    To this day, 'Sneakers' is one of our favorite films. Composed by James Horner featuring the great Branford Marsalis, this cue begins with the unique Marsalis solo, then fuses with the track 'Really' by Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper, which then goes back into the 'Main Title' theme by Horner. It's ...

  • Ep. 24 - James Horner's 'Avatar'

    There is no question that Horner's score for James Cameron's 2009 film 'Avatar' helped create the immersive world of Pandora and the Na'vi. Enjoy one of our favorite cues and scenes as Jake Sully flies a Banshee for the first time. We love the mix of drums and effects leading into the soaring mel...

  • Ep. 23 - Vangelis' 'Blade Runner' (4K UHD)

    There is no question that the film and the score for Ridley Scott's 1982 movie 'Blade Runner' are both equal masterpieces in their own right. The soundtrack is a dark melodic combination of synth and classic composition which was nominated for a BAFTA and Golden Globe for best original score. To ...

  • Ep. 22 - Jerry Goldsmith's 'The Edge'

    There is nothing quite like watching wide shots of wilderness and beautiful landscapes scored to music composed by Jerry Goldsmith. This masterful score is one of his best, and we absolutely love this intro sequence. Enjoy!
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  • Ep. 21 - The Soggy Bottom Boys' 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'

    "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" performed by The Soggy Bottom Boys (Dan Tyminski)

    Joel and Ethan Coen's masterpiece 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' from 2000 is an undisputed gem. Based on 'The Odyssey' by Homer with a score by T Bone Burnett, this scene focuses on a performance by The Soggy Bottom...

  • Ep. 20 - Thom Yorke's 'Suspiria'

    Luca Guadagnino 2018 remake of 'Suspiria' from Dario Argento's 1977 Italian version is a perfect tribute to the original. Shot entirely on 35mm film, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke composed the score - his first feature film soundtrack. It features the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir in a wo...

  • Ep. 19 - Danny Elfman's 'Edward Scissorhands' (4K UHD)

    Enjoy this beautiful cue by Danny Elfman from Tim Burton's 1990 film 'Edward Scissorhands'. There is something magical about the working relationship between these two creative masters, and for us, 'Ice Dance' is a wonderful example of them both in impeccable form.
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  • Ep. 18 - The Commitments' 'Dark End of the Street'

    Alan Parker's incredible 1991 film and its music have stood the test of time, and watching it recently, 'The Commitments' still has heart, humor, and so much soul. The cast was plucked from obscurity, with Parker putting musical talent over acting experience. The lead singer, Andrew Strong, was o...

  • Ep. 17 - Mark Isham's 'Never Cry Wolf'

    Carroll Ballard's 'Never Cry Wolf' from 1983 is one of our favorite films, and the score is especially wonderful. An early score by Isham, he brought something unique to the opening credits. If you close your eyes, you can almost imagine the epic scenes unfolding in your imagination. You also get...

  • Ep 16 - Thomas Newman's 'Up Close and Personal'

    Enjoy this fun cue by Thomas Newman from Jon Avnet's 1996 romantic drama, 'Up Close and Personal'. There's something about this cue that has always resonated with us - it's mainly because of its wide emotional range. Thomas Newman is able to create emotional resonance in each character moment, an...

  • Ep. 15 - Zbigniew Preisner's 'The Secret Garden'

    Enjoy this wonderful cue composed by Zbigniew Preisner from the 1993 film directed by Agnieszka Holland. Preisner is a Polish film score composer that often works with director Krzysztof Kieślowski, and has often stated that his inspiration comes from Paganini and Jean Sibelius.
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  • Ep. 14 - James Newton Howard's 'Signs'

    Enjoy this masterful score by James Newton Howard from the 2002 film SIGNS, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. This is an incredible set of cues because of the simplicity of the three note motif that forms the foundation for the entire emotional journey one experiences with the characters. It's one ...

  • Ep. 13 - David Arnold's 'Stargate'

    Enjoy the opening credits, composed by David Arnold, from this incredible film. According to Arnold, "when I first read the script for Stargate, I knew what approach to take, which was to be as big and bold as possible, [...] Every time there was an amazing sight, the characters would stand back ...

  • Ep. 12 - Kenji Kawai's 'GITS 2, Innocence' (4K UHD)

    Kenji Kawai's masterful score to 'Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence' utilizes a haunting coral song which is actually a wedding song, originally used to get rid of evil influence. Kenji originally wanted to use Bulgarian folk singers, but ended up using a Japanese folk song choir instead. The song ...

  • Ep. 11 - James Newton Howard's 'Treasure Planet'

    James Newton Howard's score for the 2002 animated film 'Treasure Planet' was able to capture the emotion and adventurous spirit of the main character, Jim Hawkins. It's a beautiful theme that starts out simple but swells into something magnificent, not only listen to, but also to experience, as t...

  • Ep. 10 - Thomas Newman's 'The Horse Whisperer'

    Enjoy this incredible thematic cue composed by Thomas Newman from Robert Redford's 'The Horse Whisperer'. This score follows the emotional journey of the film, where a girl and her horse undergo a personal voyage towards recovery and trust. In this scene, mother Annie MacLean (Kristin Scott Thoma...

  • Ep. 9 - Jerry Goldsmith's 'Legend'

    Enjoy this incredible score composed by Jerry Goldsmith from the Ridley Scott Director's Cut of 'Legend' (1985). This score was originally removed by the studio after a first round of test screenings in an effort to make the film appropriate for young audiences. Tangerine Dream ended up recording...

  • Ep. 8 - Thomas Newman's 'Road to Perdition'

    Enjoy a masterful score by composer Thomas Newman, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2002.

    Road to Perdition is the soundtrack, on the Decca Records label, of the 2002 Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated film starring Tyler Hoechlin, Tom Hanks, Jen...