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Score Reviews and Film Scores

john_williamsScore reviews let you know if a film's incidental music is good or not, and 'why exactly is that important?', you may ask, and the answer is that film scores help to tell a story as effectively as do dialogues and performance. After all, what would Jaws be without its music, one of the most iconic movie scores ever written? A simple pattern alternating two notes, but which created a sense of suspense and anticipation that kept audiences on the edge of their seats. What about the 'Raiders March,' the theme that has come to symbolize the adventures of Dr Henry Jones, Jr, known to his friends as Indiana? It gives the spectator a rush of adrenalin, as if it was them who were swinging from that whip. Both film scores were composed by John Williams, who has gotten some of the best score reviews for his work.

While these two examples of movie scores were written specifically for their respective movies, other film scores utilize previously composed material, which suits the subject matter better. For instance, Amadeus obviously draws heavily from Mozart's oeuvre, including works like Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K 183, 1st movement; Serenade for Winds, K. 361, 3rd movement; Don Giovanni, Act II, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Turkish Finale; Commendatore scene; and the famous Requiem. Another example is Shine, a 1996 film about Australiam pianist David Helfgott, which featured music played by Helfgott, though not composed by himself, such as La Campanella by Franz Liszt and The Flight of the Bumble Bee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Needless to say that these two movies received rave score reviews.

Going back to original composers of movie scores, the aforementioned John Williams is probably the best known today. However, this composer, conductor, and pianist has been in the film and music business since the 1950's, and has scored several classics, such as Superman, E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Empire of the Sun, Born on the 4th of July, JFK, Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. Williams has been nominated for 45 Academy Awards and 21 Golden Globes, of which he has won five and four, respectively. That recognition has also been reflected on his score reviews.

Despite John William's success, he is still a long ways away from matching the genius and legend of Ennio Morricone, who has been the subject of some of the best score reviews both in Europe and in America. Morricone's notable works include Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, Il Decameron, Novecento, The Untouchables, Bugsy, The Mission, The Legend of 1900, Malèna, Vatel, La Sconosciuta, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and many, many more, all of which have received enthusiastic score reviews. If you are keen to know more about score reviews and film composers, you are welcome here at

Love and Other Drugs

The soundtrack to the movie Love and Other Drugs may not make you want to go out and , but it does certainly have a lot of nostalgic value for people who grew up in the 80's and 90's.

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