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09.30.2011

There are many things that make a movie what it is. It all starts with a story (according to what every How-To book on screenwriting tells us), there is the director and his crew, there are the actors, who bust their asses to bring a vision to life. Then comes the wonderful world of post-production. What is one result of that? The music. Soundtracks enhance the movie going experience. They can make us cry, they can pump us up, they can make us remember the 80's. Whether it be a musical band or a composer, soundtracks help our favorite movies stay etched in our mind forever. Here are a few that have knocked me on my ass for the last two months.

1. WARRIOR: MARK ISHAM

The soundtrack to this wonderfully out of left field fight film left me as in the action as the final fight of the original Rocky did. Too long it’s been since a film of this elk has me caring for the characters that we’re spending the better part of two hours with. Mark Isham has contributed to other top notch soundtracks such as THE HITCHER, POINT BREAK, OCTOBER SKY, MEN OF HONOR, SAVE THE LAST DANCE and LIFE AS A HOUSE. Purchase the soundtrack here.

2. DRIVE (2011): CLIFF MARTINEZ & VARIOUS ARTISTS

Drive is a treat to the ears and to the eyes. The movie is unique and marches to the beat of it’s own drum and stars one of my favorite actors of today Ryan Gosling. This soundtrack carries awesome tracks including A Real Hero (College feat. Electric Youth), Oh My Love (Riz Ortolani feat. Katyna Ranieri), and Under Your Spell (Desire). It also employs the awesome work of composer Cliff Martinez who has worked on soundtracks to TRAFFIC, SOLARIS, WICKER PARK, THE LINCOLN LAWYER and the recently released CONTAGION. Purchase the soundtrack here.

3. ATTACK THE BLOCK (2011): VARIOUS ARTISTS

The producers of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World brought us this little gem that deserves all the attention and praise it seems to be getting from folks other than myself. The dubstep influence seemed to inspire the awesome tracks we got from Basement Jaxx and Steve Price for this soundtrack. Other kick ass tracks include “Round Two Bruv”, “Moses vs. Monsters”, and “Sound of da Police.” You owe it to yourself to check this bad boy out if you enjoyed the movie. So cop it and you too will be prepared to make monsters your bitch if the opportunity ever arose. Purchase the soundtrack here.

4. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2011): PATRICK DOYLE

This bad boy really was the sleeper hit of the summer. I did not see this coming, nor I think did a lot of other people. Those are the best kinds of flicks, no? Are main ape Caesar took us on an emotional journey for an hour and a half and did the beautiful score help with that? You bet your sweet ass. With tracks like “The Golden Gate Bridge” and “Caesar is home” we’re taken on a whirlwind of emotions. I was rooting for the apes the whole time. The composer of the hour Patrick Doyle has also worked on such films as BRIDGET JONES' DIARY, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, THOR and the upcoming Pixar film BRAVE. Purchase the soundtrack here.

5. CONAN THE BARBARIAN (2011): TYLER BATES

When it comes to the film, I share the same opinion with our resident Arrow in the Head top dog The Arrow in that the original films hold a special place in my cold heart but I still let myself enjoy what this remake had to offer. It had plenty of the type of action that I’ve missed in modern film and the score by Tyler Bates added to that. This cat has an amazing track record on some awesome films and this soundtrack was no different. Some of my favorite tracks include Wheel of Torture (how can you go wrong with a title like that), Victory, and Conan Returns Home. Final answer is good movie, even better soundtrack. Tyler Bates has also composed both of Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN films, DAWN OF THE DEAD, 300, WATCHMEN, and SUCKER PUNCH. Purchase the soundtrack here.

Extra Tidbit: So in the spirit of the new column, give me some of your favorite soundtracks. Past or present! GO!
Source: JoBlo
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1:50AM on 10/04/2011
Really appreciate all the feedback on the article folks and your respective comments have given me jumping off points for months worth of future articles so you guys fucking rock.
Really appreciate all the feedback on the article folks and your respective comments have given me jumping off points for months worth of future articles so you guys fucking rock.
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4:57PM on 10/03/2011

Best soundtrack to movie pairing...

THE FOUNTAIN! Gattaca's score was great too

THE FOUNTAIN! Gattaca's score was great too

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1:38PM on 10/01/2011
The Back to the Future Trilogy by Alan Silvestri and Danny Elfmans Batman, Batman Returns, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands I would say are some of my favorites.
The Back to the Future Trilogy by Alan Silvestri and Danny Elfmans Batman, Batman Returns, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands I would say are some of my favorites.
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12:55PM on 10/01/2011

Let's see

Fargo
American Beauty
The Rock
Snatch
Office Space
The Godfather
The Fugitive (one point in particular it never fails to draw me in)
Fargo
American Beauty
The Rock
Snatch
Office Space
The Godfather
The Fugitive (one point in particular it never fails to draw me in)
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12:20PM on 10/01/2011
This was awesome! I love Basement Jaxx, great to know they are getting some love!

Excluding musicals, I really loved "The Adjustment Bureau" score, and the soundtrack for "Captain America" was fantastic.
This was awesome! I love Basement Jaxx, great to know they are getting some love!

Excluding musicals, I really loved "The Adjustment Bureau" score, and the soundtrack for "Captain America" was fantastic.
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12:18PM on 10/01/2011
Crimson Tide Theme - Hans Zimmer
Dream is Collapsing (Inception) - Hans Zimmer
Backdraft - Hans Zimmer
Battle (Gladiator) - Hans Zimmer
Crimson Tide Theme - Hans Zimmer
Dream is Collapsing (Inception) - Hans Zimmer
Backdraft - Hans Zimmer
Battle (Gladiator) - Hans Zimmer
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12:16PM on 10/01/2011
Cliff Martinez did a great job with the Drive soundtrack, but I think my favorite of the year is definitely Hanna - The Chemical Brothers.
For others, I'd go with pretty much any Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell and Thomas Newman (Especially Road to Perdition).
On a non-movie related note, Ramin Djawadi's score for Game of Thrones is pretty awesome as well.
Cliff Martinez did a great job with the Drive soundtrack, but I think my favorite of the year is definitely Hanna - The Chemical Brothers.
For others, I'd go with pretty much any Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell and Thomas Newman (Especially Road to Perdition).
On a non-movie related note, Ramin Djawadi's score for Game of Thrones is pretty awesome as well.
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10:11AM on 10/01/2011
Blade Runner, Sunshine, Kick-Ass.. so many
Blade Runner, Sunshine, Kick-Ass.. so many
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9:32AM on 10/01/2011

Return Of The Lion King

Lord Of The Rings, hands down! You can randomly pick any track from any soundtrack from any one of those three movies and be completely blown away.

That, and the Lion King soundtrack by Elton John and Hans Zimmer. Every note is so insanely powerful, like when Mufasa suffers the stampede, when Simba sees him in the clouds, and when Simba runs home to the Pridelands. These two pieces of art redefined the word 'epic' for me.
Lord Of The Rings, hands down! You can randomly pick any track from any soundtrack from any one of those three movies and be completely blown away.

That, and the Lion King soundtrack by Elton John and Hans Zimmer. Every note is so insanely powerful, like when Mufasa suffers the stampede, when Simba sees him in the clouds, and when Simba runs home to the Pridelands. These two pieces of art redefined the word 'epic' for me.
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9:30AM on 10/01/2011
Awesome idea for an article. I've always been an avid Soundtrack collector. It's good to hear soundtracks being reviewed here. Extra tidbit: Hans Zimmer's theme from Black Rain.
Awesome idea for an article. I've always been an avid Soundtrack collector. It's good to hear soundtracks being reviewed here. Extra tidbit: Hans Zimmer's theme from Black Rain.
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7:33AM on 10/01/2011
I loved the Drive soundtrack, A Real Hero was beautiful. For soundtrack wise I love Trainspotting; Lust For Life, Perfect Day and Born Slippy amoungst others are all brilliant. However score wise I loved The Secret In Their Eyes, ever song was amazing.
I loved the Drive soundtrack, A Real Hero was beautiful. For soundtrack wise I love Trainspotting; Lust For Life, Perfect Day and Born Slippy amoungst others are all brilliant. However score wise I loved The Secret In Their Eyes, ever song was amazing.
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3:13AM on 10/01/2011
Congrats on the article bud! I love it and here are a few of mine:

Schindler's List- John Williams
Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford-- Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Rocky--Bill Conti
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly--Ennio Morricone
Congrats on the article bud! I love it and here are a few of mine:

Schindler's List- John Williams
Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford-- Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Rocky--Bill Conti
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly--Ennio Morricone
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1:06AM on 10/01/2011

Very cool article!

I love soundtrack music...some of my favorite soundtracks are:

-Inception - Hans Zimmer
-The Shawshank Redemption - Thomas Newman
-The Social Network - Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross
-TRON Legacy - Daft Punk
-The Fountain - Clint Mansell
-Super 8 - Michael Giacchino
-How to Train Your Dragon - John Powell
I love soundtrack music...some of my favorite soundtracks are:

-Inception - Hans Zimmer
-The Shawshank Redemption - Thomas Newman
-The Social Network - Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross
-TRON Legacy - Daft Punk
-The Fountain - Clint Mansell
-Super 8 - Michael Giacchino
-How to Train Your Dragon - John Powell
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10:57PM on 09/30/2011

Love this as an article, more please

My fave recent soundtrack is "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
My fave recent soundtrack is "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
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10:14PM on 09/30/2011
nice list......congrats on the article highspeed
nice list......congrats on the article highspeed
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9:09PM on 09/30/2011
cool
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8:01PM on 09/30/2011

Bitchin' Article Idea!

Some of my top favorite individual tracks would be:

"Clash of Lightsabers/Cloud City Rescue/Hyperspace" -Empire Strikes Back
"Barbarian Horde" -Gladiator
"Time" -Inception
"The Ring Goes South" -LOTR:Fellowship
"The Fields of the Pelennor" -LOTR:King
"Raiders March" -DUH!!!
"Introduce a Little Anarchy" -The Dark Knight
"Terrace/Flying Sequence" -Superman '78
"Blindsided/Orange Man" -Unbreakable
"Hymn To The Fallen" -Saving Private Ryan
"Ice Dance" -Edward Scissorhands
"So Was Red"
Some of my top favorite individual tracks would be:

"Clash of Lightsabers/Cloud City Rescue/Hyperspace" -Empire Strikes Back
"Barbarian Horde" -Gladiator
"Time" -Inception
"The Ring Goes South" -LOTR:Fellowship
"The Fields of the Pelennor" -LOTR:King
"Raiders March" -DUH!!!
"Introduce a Little Anarchy" -The Dark Knight
"Terrace/Flying Sequence" -Superman '78
"Blindsided/Orange Man" -Unbreakable
"Hymn To The Fallen" -Saving Private Ryan
"Ice Dance" -Edward Scissorhands
"So Was Red" -Shawshank Redemption
"Freedom/The [link] -Braveheart
ANYTHING by Two Steps From Hell & The Dust Bros. (Fight Club)

There are, like, 300+ more scores & standalone tracks I could easily list here but...lol. Here's hoping this awesome "MSotM" article continues into the future so I can. :)
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1:06AM on 10/01/2011
+1 for Time by Zimmer...pretty much the best song ever
+1 for Time by Zimmer...pretty much the best song ever
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7:52PM on 09/30/2011

Conan The Barbarian

The original one, of course, not the last bullshit.
The original one, of course, not the last bullshit.
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6:20PM on 09/30/2011
My favorite soundtrack is "The Last Of The Mohicans". Truly epic music.

I would also like to point out this one for the younger schmoes who may not know about it - "The Piano" OST, especially this amazing piece of music: "The Heart Asks Pleasure First", check the [link] .
My favorite soundtrack is "The Last Of The Mohicans". Truly epic music.

I would also like to point out this one for the younger schmoes who may not know about it - "The Piano" OST, especially this amazing piece of music: "The Heart Asks Pleasure First", check the [link] .
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6:05PM on 09/30/2011
I'm a huge film score fan. Why didn't I think of writing an article like this? Anyway, my all-time favorites would be the Star Wars saga & Jurassic Park(John Williams) and Lord of the Rings (Howard Shore). My favorite of the year thus far would be Super 8 (Giacchino), Soul Surfer (Beltrami), and Priest (Young).
I'm a huge film score fan. Why didn't I think of writing an article like this? Anyway, my all-time favorites would be the Star Wars saga & Jurassic Park(John Williams) and Lord of the Rings (Howard Shore). My favorite of the year thus far would be Super 8 (Giacchino), Soul Surfer (Beltrami), and Priest (Young).
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7:49PM on 09/30/2011
Priest may not be the best film but it's easily the best score of 2011, amazing stuff.
Priest may not be the best film but it's easily the best score of 2011, amazing stuff.
5:58PM on 09/30/2011

Clint Mansell

The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream..
Need I say more?
The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream..
Need I say more?
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6:33PM on 09/30/2011
Yes!! I love both of those soundtracks so damn much. Clint Mansell is a brilliant man!
Yes!! I love both of those soundtracks so damn much. Clint Mansell is a brilliant man!
12:58AM on 10/01/2011
YES!!! The Fountain soundtrack is some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard.
YES!!! The Fountain soundtrack is some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard.
11:12PM on 09/27/2011

Gracias

Thanks for the love horrorfan. Yes Speed is an awesome soundtrack. I find myself looking it up if I want to get pumped up myself.
Thanks for the love horrorfan. Yes Speed is an awesome soundtrack. I find myself looking it up if I want to get pumped up myself.
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11:04PM on 09/27/2011
First off, congratulations on the new article Highspeed.

I really enjoy Tyler Bates' work. He's an underrated composer. I even enjoyed his rendition of the Halloween theme.

As for my favorite soundtrack, it would actually be Speed. It pumps me up like crazy and makes go speeding down a 40 mph road.
First off, congratulations on the new article Highspeed.

I really enjoy Tyler Bates' work. He's an underrated composer. I even enjoyed his rendition of the Halloween theme.

As for my favorite soundtrack, it would actually be Speed. It pumps me up like crazy and makes go speeding down a 40 mph road.
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11:00PM on 09/27/2011
hands down... INCEPTION!! Love to put it on my ipod and listen to it while on the road.. it's breathtakin'
hands down... INCEPTION!! Love to put it on my ipod and listen to it while on the road.. it's breathtakin'
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