Sunday 25 September 2016

SPECIAL: Top 10 Movie Composers - Part 2

Next up...

8. Steve Jablonsky

            Say what you will about the Transformers films...but the music was great. If anything, the score was the saving grace of the films. Even in Age of Extinction, the movie which some are saying is the worst of them all, I find myself enjoying the score a lot (especially the Lockdown theme). Steve Jablonsky also have some video game scores in his CV...most notably some of the Gears of War games.

Favourite: Transformers: Age of Extinction
Upcoming: Transformers: The Last Knight....what else? ;)

7. Ramin Djawadi

             A lot of the scores I have heard from Ramin Djawadi has a very energetic tone - from Iron Man to Pacific Rim, and even Warcraft. My personal favourite is either the Pacific Rim score of the Warcraft score...and even as both those movies are, well....less than stellar...the music still stands out and makes the film enjoyable as it is. And do you know what, he does the score for that little TV series called Game of Thrones, too.

Favourite: Pacific Rim, Warcraft
Upcoming: The Great Wall

6. Henry Jackman

            Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class. Not only are these excellent films of the past few years, but they are spectacularly enhanced by some great scores by the brilliant Henry Jackman. He has made himself known (to me, at least) in the past few years with these excellent scores...and fortunately for him, they are also brilliant films which I just simply love to watch over and over.

Favourite: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Upcoming: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

5. Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg)

              The first film that come to mind: Mad Max: Fury Road. It is one of the best films of 2015, and it really is the people's favourite (because the Academy or the Golden Globes doesn't think like normal people). And I don't exactly remember what I said in my review, but after watching it again and again, I can easily say that the best thing about the film is the score. One track in particular, "Brothers in Arms" is super spectacular and is a must hear....and even the great video game producer Hideo Kojima chooses to use this music for his super entrance in E3 2016.
              To list down a few more of his works, Tom Holkenborg partnered with Hans Zimmer for Batman v Superman, and even Divergent, which isn't a particularly good film, was made better thanks to Tom's score.

Favourite: Mad Max: Fury Road
Upcoming: Justice League

4. Michael Giacchino

              I was never really aware of Michael Giacchino's name until not too long ago. I think it was Star Trek Into Darkness that got me. But then he went on to do Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, and then I realize he also did Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. All these are spectacularly brilliant films supported by an equally brilliant score. And he's been so active recently and now everytime I get to see his name in a movie - I get slightly more excited about it.

Favourite: Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Upcoming: Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, War for the Planet of the Apes

Top 3 in the next post...

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