Movie Music

I recently saw The World’s End, the latest of Edgar Wright’s Simon Pegg/Nick Frost movies. Thumbs up!

Something that really caught my attention was a very brief clip of  the 1990 song The Only Rhyme That Bites which samples the opening theme to the 1958 Western, The Big Country. Give it a listen; it’s one of the most spectacular and iconic pieces of movie music ever composed.

Epic movie themes have fallen from favor recently; when’s the last time you heard a film score that was truly memorable? And while people like John Williams and James Horner have done tremendous work in recent years, it seems more and more films use popular music to help tell the story — and in some cases act as a crutch to a lousy story.

2 Responses to Movie Music

  1. I’ve always been a big fan of the music from The Great Escape.

    • The Great Escape theme is another one of those instantly recognizable themes — and the movie is a great example of the way composers use different recurring melodies throughout a film. The most obvious example of this that everyone knows is Star Wars and the way music is used with Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, etc…

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