With 2013 wrapping up, I thought I'd put together a list of my favorite (mainstream) film scores from the past year. I doubt you'll be surprised by the list, but feel free to let me know if I missed something!
Saving Mr. Banks - Thomas Newman
A very "Tom Newman" score - fun and bouncy, yet mysterious.
World War Z - Marco Beltrami
I like Marco's music because he manages to stay on top of current scoring trends but still adds something fresh and new that stands out to me.
Man of Steel - Hans Zimmer
He's not John Williams, and he knows it, so I respect his new twist on Superman music. Typical massive Hans sound and fun to listen to.
Pacific Rim - Ramin Djawadi
Maybe it's Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave) bringing me back to my youth, but I found this collaboration to be really cool.
The Lone Ranger - Hans Zimmer
This one is interesting because of his modern choices with a "western" aesthetic.
The Book Thief - John Williams
You know I can't make a list without including John Williams. He continues to deliver incredibly well orchestrated scores with every film he's on, and The Book Thief is no exception.
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug - Howard Shore
Another great addition to the Hobbit/LOTR series.
Did I miss anything? Leave your favorites in the comments below!
Independent composers: At the end of 2014 I'll be including a "best of" independent film scores. If you would like me to consider one of your scores from 2014, head over to the contact page and let me know!
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