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. 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...

  • Ep. 138 - John Barry's 'Dances with Wolves'

    'Dances with Wolves' is a transformative film. Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, it won seven including Best Original Score composed by the great John Barry. Not only is the film one of the leading influences for revitalizing the Western genre of filmmaking in the early 90's, but it transformed Co...

  • Ep. 137 - Giorgio Moroder's 'Flashdance' (feat. Irene Cara)

    Adrian Lyne's masterful 1983 dance film has stood the test of time. With Jennifer Beals playing a passionate young dancer who aspires to become a professional ballerina (while working as a steel mill), it is a story that we all can relate to.

    This scene in particular is a phenomenal example of w...

  • Ep. 136 - Alan Silvestri's 'Blown Away'

    The 1994 film 'Blown Away' featuring Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, and the late Lloyd Bridges is one of our favorites because of the incredible score by Alan Silvestri. Nothing sums up the genius of Silvestri's composition in this film better than the opening cue called 'Main Ti...

  • Ep. 135 - George Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess'

    There is nothing quite like Gershwin, especially when it comes to his 1935 opera 'Porgy and Bess'. The adapted 1959 musical film directed by Otto Preminger is quite incredible, and stars the great Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge. This scene focuses on one of the most famous cues, 'summertime...

  • 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. 133 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (Richard Strauss)

    Of course, there is nothing quite like a Kubrick movie, because experiencing it is unforgettable and unique. This is especially true for this film, which was innovative in its use of classical music taken from existing commercial recordings. This sequence, referred as 'The Dawn of Man', showcases...

  • Ep. 132 - John Williams' 'Hook'

    Who can forget the 1991 Spielberg film, 'Hook'? It is, by far, one of John Williams' best scores to-date. Nominated for a Grammy, there are moments in this film that are strikingly gorgeous when combining the set design, Spielberg's direction, and Robin Williams' emotional performance.

    This scen...

  • Ep. 131 - The Breakfast Club (Simple Minds)

    There is a reason why this film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". From the first frame you are engrossed in music - something writer/director John Hughes was well known for.

    R...

  • 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. 129 - Marc Shaiman's 'The Addams Family'

    'The Addams Family' is one of our favorite films ever made. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, the music by legendary composer Marc Shaiman is nothing short of brilliant. It also features incredible performances by Anjelica Huston, the late Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci. Haven't s...

  • 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. 127 - Joe Hisaishi's 'Princess Mononoke'

    Nothing compares animated films by Hayao Miyazaki, especially this one. Composed and performed by Joe Hisaishi, the soundtrack composer for nearly all of Miyazaki's productions, the music was performed by Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Hiroshi Kumagai. Throughout, the film, th...

  • Ep. 126 - Thomas Newman's 'The Good German'

    There is absolutely something exquisite about this score by Thomas Newman. It's the combination of solo violin, sweeping melodies combined with subtle melancholy that captures your emotion.

    The score was nominated for an Academy Award, and we feel, is one of Newman's best scores. Enjoy!

    Where ...

  • Ep. 125 - Alexi Murdoch's 'Away We Go'

    We've had numerous other snapshots and Film Music Fridays featuring the great films of director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, 1917), and this comedy-drama is oftentimes overlooked. Interestingly, it is Mendes' first film without his Thomas Newman collaboration, but we love it no...

  • Ep. 124 - Ennio Morricone's 'The Mission'

    We feel that this is one of Ennio Morricone's best scores. The work combines liturgical chorales, native drumming, and Spanish-influenced guitars in an attempt to really capture the cultures depicted in the film. The soundtrack was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986 and won the Golden Globe f...

  • Ep. 123 - James Horner's 'The Devil's Own'

    Perhaps this is one of Horner's lesser-known scores from the late 90's, but we love it nonetheless. Featuring a gorgeous bagpipe solo with sweeping melodic strings, there is no question that this is Horner doing what he does best - creating an emotional landscape of melody.

    The most striking thi...