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. 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. 161 - John Williams' 'Saving Private Ryan'

    As we celebrate Memorial Day, we felt it necessary to showcase John Williams' masterful work to the Spielberg epic 'Saving Private Ryan'. Considered to be one of the greatest American films ever made, it has been preserved in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as 'culturally, h...

  • 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. 159 - Danny Elfman's 'Batman'

    Tim Burton's 1989 masterpiece is considered one of the best films ever made, which includes Keaton and Nicholson's performance in addition to Elfman's incredible score. Elfman enlisted the help of Oingo Boingo lead guitarist Steve Bartek and Shirley Walker to arrange compositions for the orchestr...

  • Ep. 158 - John Morris' 'Clue'

    Because of our love of 'Sgt. Bilko', 'My Cousin Vinny', and 'The Whole Nine Yards', we felt it necessary to go back to director Jonathan Lynn's first feature film 'Clue' (1985) featuring an all-star ensemble cast which included Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd (just to name a few).

    Composer John ...

  • Ep. 157 - Patrick Doyle's 'Thor'

    We love the collaboration between Patrick Doyle and Branagh, and 'Thor' is one of Doyle's best scores simply because of its complexity. Doyle himself even mentioned that it was a challenge to find a tone that fit the duality of Asgard and Earth, and we think he found a perfect balance.

    This scen...

  • Ep. 156 - John Williams' 'Home Alone'

    We think it is fair to say that the 1990 Chris Columbus film 'Home Alone' is one of the best Christmas movies ever made. Produced by the great John Hughes, it was nominated for multiple awards including two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

    The opening of the film de...

  • Ep. 155 - Elmer Bernstein's 'The Magnificent Seven'

    We don't think anyone can forget the iconic Bernstein theme from John Surges' 1960 American Western film, 'The Magnificent Seven'. Some say that it is one of the most iconic themes ever composed for the genre. Based off of Akira Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai', 'The Magnificent Seven' is considered to...

  • Ep. 154 - James Newton Howard's 'Snow White & The Huntsman'

    Regardless of what you think of Rupert Sanders' 'Snow White and the Huntsman', we love James Newton Howard's work in the film. This scene in particular is one of our favorites, when Eric the Huntsman professes his regret for not being there to save Snow White, who is lifeless from eating the pois...

  • 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. 152 - John Williams' 'Superman'

    Richard Donner's 1978 masterpiece featuring the great Gene Hackman and the late Marlon Brando & Christopher Reeve was nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Film Editing, Best Sound, and of course... Best Music (Original Score) by maestro John Williams. Even though John Williams did not wi...

  • Ep. 151 - Clint Mansell's 'Black Swan'

    Who can forget Darren Aronofsky's 2010 psychological thriller, 'Black Swan'? Receiving five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Natalie Portman went on to win both an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Actress.

    The series of scenes presented here not only showcase Portmans' incredibl...

  • Ep. 150 - Danny Elfman's 'Batman The Animated Series'

    We think Shirley Walker's score is insanely good for this awesome animated series that ran from 1992-1995, but the main title track is composed by the incredible Danny Elfman. Anyone who knows this animated series would agree that the show overall was excellent for its thematic complexity, film n...

  • Ep. 149 - John Paesano & Braden Kimball's 'Daredevil'

    Who doesn't love this Netflix Series? We can't wait for what Disney+ does with this next! This intro title sequence is from Season 1 with music by John Paesano and Braden Kimball. As always, the intro sequence is perfectly done with beautiful VFX with (obviously) a great score cue.

    If you haven...

  • Ep. 148 - John Murphy & Underworld's 'Sunshine'

    This intense sci-fi psychological thriller by Danny Boyle is another one of our favorites. Is there anything Boyle can't do? With a brilliant script by Alex Garland, there are many aspects from this film inspired by Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey), or even Tarkovsky (Solaris) and Ridley Scott (Al...

  • Ep. 147 - Danny Elfman's 'The Family Man'

    If you want to watch a feel-good Christmas family movie, 'Family Man' takes the cake as one of our favorites. Of course, the icing on the cake is the incredibly warm and heartfelt score by Danny Elfman which almost heightens nearly every scene in the film.

    With an all-star cast including gCage,...

  • Ep. 146 - Trevor Gureckis' 'Servant' (Season 3 Intro)

    M. Night Shyamalan's work, if you haven't noticed, is featured quite a bit in the Score Cue Snapshots because of his incredible appreciation and understanding of the importance of film music. 'Servant', currently in its third season on Apple TV+, is another one of our favorite shows. Not only is ...

  • Ep. 145 - Theodore Shapiro's 'Severance' (Season 1 Intro)

    Dan Erickson's 'Severance' is one of our favorite shows currently on television. Directed by Ben Stiller and Aoife McArdle, it stars Adam Scott, John Turturro, Christopher Walken, and Patricia Arquette in a science fiction psychological thriller that is unique, incredibly original, and one of the...

  • Ep. 144 - John Barry's 'Howard the Duck'

    Who can forget this 1986 film? Considered to be one of the worst films of all time, it has also developed a cult following. Ultimately, we are huge fans of the John Barry score, and the first scenes of the film demonstrate Barry's musical genius. If you haven't seen the film, we recommend doing s...

  • 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. 142 - Hackers (Orbital & Prodigy)

    The 1995 film 'Hackers' by Iain Softley is one of the quintessential films of the 90s, and over the years has achieved cult classic status. Made at a time when the Internet was unfamiliar to the general public, the film features many young actors who went on to have successful careers (Jonny Lee ...

  • Ep. 141 - Trainspotting (Underworld)

    Choose your future. Choose life.

    Danny Boyle's 1996 film goes down in the history books as one of the best films ever made. The screenplay by John Hodge was nominated for an Academy Award and the film itself is considered to be one of the top 100 British films of the 20th century. It captured a...

  • Ep. 140 - Elliot Goldenthal's 'Alien 3'

    Nothing can compare to the Fox logo mixing with the eerie Goldenthal opening. Interestingly, the score was recorded during the 192 Los Angeles riots, which Goldenthal later claimed contributed to the score's disturbing nature.

    While a controversial Alien film in the franchise for a variety of r...

  • Ep. 139 - Swingers (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy)

    Seriously, who can forget the 1996 Doug Liman comedy featuring Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston and Heather Graham? Set in Hollywood, CA during the 90's swing revival, this last scene is what you hope for the entire film - a way for Mike (played by Favreau) to finally be comfortable in h...