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THE SIX MOST PAINFUL FILM SCORES OF ALL TIME
Big Hollywood ^ | July 8, 2012 | William Bigelow

Posted on 07/09/2012 7:06:18 AM PDT by C19fan

Before I list these painful scores, let me clarify what I mean by “painful.” What I mean is “excruciating.” Bad scores are a dime a dozen, especially since the advent of the pop music score, which quite often replaced an orchestral score, thereby substituting a “composer” who had hardly studied the craft for someone who actually knew how to read an orchestral score. Usually the composers of a bygone era knew the craft of composition; how to develop a theme, how to evoke different emotion through the colors of the orchestral palette and the shifting harmonies underlying them, how to modulate from one key to another without the wrenching shift of the neophyte or the same chords repeated ad infinitum.

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The author puts the Vangelis score for Chariots of Fire on the list. I understand his point but I respectfully disagree.
1 posted on 07/09/2012 7:06:28 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

I’m with you. I liked Vangelis and any movie that uses the great hymn ‘Jerusalem’ is OK in my book!


2 posted on 07/09/2012 7:13:01 AM PDT by madameguinot (Our Father's God to Thee, Author of Liberty)
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Heh, just listen to the awfulness that oozes from the tv speakers for most programs. The new “thing” is to end a show with some (hopefully relevant) music. Works when you’ve got talent like Northern Exposure...doesn’t work in much of the new stuff. I’ve forced my wife to watch HGTV with the sound turned way down...due to the most awful guitar music ever perpetrated on humanity. Those musicions should be sent to a Muslim country where they can be properly disposed of.


3 posted on 07/09/2012 7:13:42 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: C19fan
The scores of The Third Man and The Pawnbroker were great. This guy doesn’t know what he is talking about (I haven’t seen the other movies).
4 posted on 07/09/2012 7:15:16 AM PDT by cartan
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To: madameguinot

I get chills when I hear Jerusalem.


5 posted on 07/09/2012 7:15:24 AM PDT by C19fan
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I agree and he's totally wrong about Princess Bride as well. Of the others mentioned, I only saw The Pawnbroker. It was so long ago that I don't remember the score to that wonderful film. I do remember the exquisitely deliberate pace to the movie.
6 posted on 07/09/2012 7:17:25 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: C19fan

I didn’t read the list but I think “Chariots of Fire” must have been one of the greatest ever. Not even arguable.


7 posted on 07/09/2012 7:17:25 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: muir_redwoods
I agree and he's totally wrong about Princess Bride as well.

You diss Mark Knopfler and you get on the fighting side of me...Knopfler's "Local Hero" score was excellent as well.

8 posted on 07/09/2012 7:19:29 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: C19fan

How could The Third Man possibly be on this list because of the zither music? That made the whole movie. Don’t know any of the rest but the author has zero credibility with me.


9 posted on 07/09/2012 7:21:21 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: cartan

This guy is an A$$clown! The zither score for The Third Man totally makes the movie.


10 posted on 07/09/2012 7:21:30 AM PDT by catman67
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To: C19fan

How could The Third Man possibly be on this list because of the zither music? That made the whole movie. Don’t know any of the rest but the author has zero credibility with me.


11 posted on 07/09/2012 7:21:30 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: muir_redwoods

I’m with you. The score to the “Princess Bride” is a masterpiece. Period.

Anyone who slices and dices Knopfler’s score in that movie doesn’t know music.


12 posted on 07/09/2012 7:25:49 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: C19fan
The score for The Third Man (indeed, everything about The Third Man) has always been considered classic. The main theme was a hit record in its day. The author says the music "has nothing to do with the movie". The zither is considered the official instrument of Vienna. The post-war Vienna setting was hugely important in the film. So, The Anton Karrass zither score did have much to do with the film.

The author criticizes the score for Chariots of Fire because a synthesizer score does not fit a film set in the 1920's. This is inconsistent which his criticism of the score for The Third Man, which did fit its time and place.

The article was just one guy's boring opinion.

13 posted on 07/09/2012 7:27:26 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: C19fan

Ladyhawk.
Good movie, but a DISCO theme?!

Godzilla VS Biollante, too.


14 posted on 07/09/2012 7:27:49 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Obama hates Mexicans (Fast and Furious))
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To: C19fan
Gene Pitney ‘Town Without Pity’ (1961) comes to mind.
15 posted on 07/09/2012 7:28:03 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: C19fan

I would say the all-time worst was Platoon’s grating over-use of Barber’s Adagio for Strings.

Most recently, I walked out of Inception because the score was so incredibly pointless and over-bearing.

The score for Prometheus stunned me for not only how bad and too loud it was, but also because I didn’t expect it. After Scott’s brilliant, low key use of Goldsmith’s scoring in Alien, I didn’t think for a second there’d be music like there was in Prometheus. The surprise made the score like, three times worse.


16 posted on 07/09/2012 7:29:49 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Future generations will curse what we've done to them.)
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To: C19fan

Me too.


17 posted on 07/09/2012 7:31:57 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over...)
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I love the movie Office Space but the soundtrack is absolutely hideous. Lots of rap and hip-hop with really objectionable lyrics. I once watched it on a TV set where the closed captions were on and was absolutely shocked and disgusted with those lyrics.


18 posted on 07/09/2012 7:32:01 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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Gallipoli was an example to me of a soundtrack that detracted from the film.


19 posted on 07/09/2012 7:32:12 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Sans-Culotte; SpinnerWebb
The article was just one guy's boring boring guy's opinion.

There, corrected it for your dyslexia.

20 posted on 07/09/2012 7:32:39 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I think one of the funny parts of Office Space was that Michael Bolton was so into rap music.....I must admit I thought “Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta” was perfect for the scene with the fax machine.


21 posted on 07/09/2012 7:33:45 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: C19fan
Any film score written by minimalist composer Phillip Glass would get my vote for being excruciating.

My nominees for best film score...


22 posted on 07/09/2012 7:35:32 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Psycho_Bunny
“Kramer vs Kramer”, one of my favorites. Also liked the Debussy in “Ocean 11” and Down to Business is Mrs. GBC’s personal ringtone. (Wanted to find the Emperor's March from “Star Wars”, but no luck.)
23 posted on 07/09/2012 7:36:20 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over...)
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To: The Great RJ

I thought Elmer Bernstein’s score was one of the best things about “Animal House.”


24 posted on 07/09/2012 7:36:29 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Sans-Culotte
The Blu-ray DVD of The Third Man features a restored negative and looks really good. I think it's from the Criterion collection.

One of the bonus features is a short featuring Mr Karas playing his instrument in a Viennese night club. It's fascinating to see the closeups of his hands. He later opened a club of his own, based on the popularity of his music.

25 posted on 07/09/2012 7:36:34 AM PDT by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: C19fan

“Up next, the 10 best film scores ever”....better not have Titanic on that list!


26 posted on 07/09/2012 7:40:09 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: FrdmLvr

Now you ruined my day. hee, hee


27 posted on 07/09/2012 7:40:56 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: The Great RJ
Since you bring up Bernstein, I would nominate The Magnificent Seven as the best Western theme (and one of the best themes of any genre) of all time. I would nominate his score for Ghostbusters for honorable mention.

For decades I thought Elmer was related to Leonard, but recently I checked, and didn't find any family connection.

28 posted on 07/09/2012 7:42:14 AM PDT by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: The Great RJ

I would add to the best the score to the John Wayne movie “The Cowboys” (John Williams). This was also one of his earliest.

I kind of liked the Phillip Glass score to “The Illusionist”, but maybe because the weird music went well with the weird movie.


29 posted on 07/09/2012 7:50:58 AM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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Agree with you that the Magnificent Seven was a great Western theme.

On a side note, I once spoke with a priest who was upset with the music some people wanted for their weddings. One couple wanted the theme from Jaws, because that was their first movie together..


30 posted on 07/09/2012 7:51:54 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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I thought Elmer Bernstein’s score was one of the best things about “Animal House.”
Animal House had a score?

31 posted on 07/09/2012 8:00:47 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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Let’s get really real here. The best score to accompany any movie/TV show/stage performance, etc. is, without any doubt, the William Tell Overture. Who can deny the pure joy and soaring emotion as they are carried back to the days of the old west, with a hardy “Heigh ho, Silver! Away!” Even now I get teary eyed, remembering.


32 posted on 07/09/2012 8:03:17 AM PDT by jstaff
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The author states his dislike for “pop” composing.
I take it he hasn’t seen Rushmore or The Royal Tennenbaums.
Excellent movies and scored perfectly IMHO


33 posted on 07/09/2012 8:03:24 AM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: C19fan

Trent Reznor won an Oscar? Sheesh!
I like Ry Cooder’s film scores.


34 posted on 07/09/2012 8:14:38 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: cartan

Can’t agree on Pawnbroker but definitely share your admiration for Third Man. I can’t imagine the slimy, jaded underbelly of formerly elegant Vienna conveyed in any better way than the monotonous, clinky, strident, and not-quite-true tones of that zither, matching so perfectly the ever-slanted photography of this film. Evil-become-banality was never better portrayed..


35 posted on 07/09/2012 8:20:39 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: C19fan

I agree. I like Vangelis music owning two of his albums, so I find Chariots of fire to be a great movie theme.


36 posted on 07/09/2012 8:23:15 AM PDT by redangus
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To: Erasmus

Mag Seven, okay. Shane great.


37 posted on 07/09/2012 8:23:47 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: C19fan

I think just about any movie scored by John Williams should be on a “best of” list. What’s Star Wars without the Empire March? Or Jurassic Park without the soaring theme? One of his best scores? From Empire of the Sun. Terrible movie but a gorgeous musical track. Williams’ Exultate Justi is almost Handel-esque in its sheer majesty.

John Williams is one of the few composers living today who deserves to be remembered tomorrow.


38 posted on 07/09/2012 8:24:16 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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My Nephew told me years ago that if he ever got to be Emperor of some country, the Star Wars music would be his national anthem.


39 posted on 07/09/2012 8:29:49 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: C19fan

Agreed. Jeanette MacDonald sings it with a boys’ choir in “San Francisco.” Marvellous.


40 posted on 07/09/2012 8:32:19 AM PDT by Mach9
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While I agree it was a terrible match for the film, Alan Parsons Project was not disco.

I believe there were some disco tracks made of some of their songs, but APP is considered synthesized rock.


41 posted on 07/09/2012 8:36:27 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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I can’t believe this list doesn’t include Ladyhawke. This is a Medieval period fantasy movie with Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer. The music was by the Alan Parsons Project and is 80’s techno pop disaster. Great movie with all time worst music score ever. Should be at the top of this list.


42 posted on 07/09/2012 8:45:43 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Erasmus
The Blu-ray DVD of The Third Man features a restored negative and looks really good. I think it's from the Criterion collection.

Yes, I was fortunate to snag that Criterion Blu-ray during a Barnes and Noble Criterion half price sale before it went out of print.

43 posted on 07/09/2012 9:10:36 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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Jazz can be so ugly - I listened to a little of The Pawnbroker’s soundtrack just now. It is ugly and frightening and crazy. Perhaps it fits, I don’t know. I saw The Pawnbroker and The Third Man years ago. Remembered The PB as quite dark and disturbing, though as much from NY as anything in his past.


44 posted on 07/09/2012 9:12:29 AM PDT by PghBaldy (I eagerly await the next news about the struggles of Elizabeth Sacheen Littlefeather Warren.)
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I like The Princess Bride/Storybook Love so much, I put a link to it on my FR profile page.


45 posted on 07/09/2012 9:18:27 AM PDT by Daaave ("You Nexus, huh? I design your eyes.")
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“Jazz can be so ugly.”

Jazz isn’t music. It’s the “musical” equivalent of crap put through a blender. A lot of free-for-all mish-mosh with no form. There’s a corner in Hell where you must listen to the inane tripe for all eternity. (But I don’t mean any of that in a BAD way — of course.)


46 posted on 07/09/2012 9:23:52 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: redangus; C19fan
My favorite Vangelis theme from “A Year of Living Dangerously”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsBOxDM_Vek

47 posted on 07/09/2012 10:25:57 AM PDT by Roccus
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wow - loved the movie and the score.

Hated Kelly’s Heroes the movie and the score - hated them!


48 posted on 07/09/2012 10:39:11 AM PDT by warsaw44
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Recently watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which I remembered fondly from when it first came out, but hadn’t seen since.

I don’t usually pay much attention to the score in a movie, but this was obtrusive and atrocious. Ruined the movie, IMO.

Despite it having won an Oscar for best score. LOL


49 posted on 07/09/2012 12:02:24 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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There’s a corner in Hell where you must listen to the inane tripe for all eternity.

Hell is where they play "Kenny G's Greatest Hits" in an endless loop.

50 posted on 07/09/2012 12:04:09 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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