Today I’m gonna talk about my favorite film scores of 2012.
Film scores are a lot like cinematography for me — I love when they’re done well. I love a film score that works well within its film, is noticeable enough that I hear it and go, “Oh man, that’s a great score,” and can be able to listen to that score on its own, outside the film. Something like the Dark Knight Rises score — it’s good, but I’m never gonna listen to that as a score. And most scores nowadays are basically the same things. The only real difference between a lot of them is who the composer is, and even then you can pick out who did it by their normal tropes. (If you can’t hear a score and go, “That’s a Danny Elfman,” or “That’s a Hans Zimmer,” then we really need to have a talk about how you watch movies.)
And just so we’re clear on my tastes going into this thing, here are some of the film scores I’ve listened to most from the pas couple years: From last year, the film scores I listen to most are The Artist, Hugo and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. From 2010, the ones I listen to a lot are Tron: Legacy and True Grit. 2009, I love the Fantastic Mr. Fox score. 2008, I love the Let the Right One In score. And of course Slumdog. 2007, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. And Sunshine. And Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. 2006, The Fountain. And The Departed. And of course Casino Royale. No joke, at any given time, on my iPod, there will be at least a couple tracks from The Artist, Hugo, Tron: Legacy, True Grit, Let the Right One In, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, The Fountain and The Assassination of Jesse James. And I’m pretty sure I still have the entire albums of True Grit and Assassination of Jesse James on there.
So those are the kind of scores I like. I’m by no means an expert on the subject, but I do know what I like, and this is gonna be a list of what I liked this year. Here are my top ten film scores of 2012: (more…)