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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2019 edited
    SCORE:

    I've heard somewhere between 3-400 scores this year, don't have the exact number. You can see my top 10 selections, or hear the 1-hour programme here: http://celluloidtunes.no/celluloid-tune … -edition/. I've "cheated" a bit this year, and included both TV scores and shared spots. But since most won't click the link, I can just list them here:

    1. VIDEOMAN (Waveshaper & Robert Parker)
    2. Nostalgia (Laurent Eyquem)
    3. Papillon (David Buckley)
    4. The Last Kingdom (John Lunn)
    5. Mandy (Jóhann Jóhannsson) & Stella Blómkvist (Helgi Sæmundur)
    6. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (James Newton Howard)
    7. Cargo (Thorsten Quaeschning)
    8. Michael Palin in North Korea (Miguel d'Oliveira)
    9. Ocean's 8 (Daniel Pemberton) & King of Thieves (Benjamin Wallfisch)
    10. Mary Queen of Scots (Max Richter) & Mary Shelley (Amelia Warner)

    Honourable mentions to: Future World (Toydrum), Nae Pasaran (Patrick Neil Doyle), Solo: A Star Wars Story (John Powell), Torn (Gary Schyman), Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot (Danny Elfman), Mute (Clint Mansell), Yellowstone (Brian Tyler), Ready Player One (Alan Silvestri), Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman), Halvdan Viking (Gaute Storaas), Cobra Kai (Zack Robinson & Leo Birenberg)

    FILM:

    I've seen 248 films this year (not counting films I've seen again), out of which 168 are films from 2018. You can see the whole ranked list here: https://mubi.com/lists/2018-films-ranked . But again, for those who are too lazy to click links, I can list the top 20 here (be aware that these are Norwegian release dates, so some may qualify as 2017 films internationally):

    1. The Post
    2. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
    3. Mandy
    4. Solo: A Star Wars Story
    5. The Florida Project
    6. A Quiet Place
    7. Let the Corpses Tan
    8. The Lodgers
    9. Annihilation
    10. Per Fuggeli: Siste resept
    11. Quincy
    12. Summer 1993
    13. Upgrade
    14. Leave No Trace
    15. Shoplifters
    16. First Reformed
    17. The Shape of Water
    18. Lady Bird
    19. Call Me By Your Name
    20. Blackkklansman


    ARCHIVAL:

    I don’t know, really. Expanded releases basically don’t exist in my mind, so I would only count premiere releases of previously unreleased scores, or possibly straight reissues of LPs or OOP CDs. In that regard, I could maybe mention Hider in the House (Young), Love Thy Neighbour (Delerue), Sin of Innocence (Delerue), And Justice for All (Grusin), White of the Eye (Mason), A Show of Force (Delerue), Fletch (Faltermeyer/various)….but I’d like to see a list of this type of item to choose from first.


    DISAPPOINTMENTS:

    A lot of mainstream, traditional, symphonic Hollywood scores. They were really very disappointing this year, overall. Stuff like BLACK PANTHER, FIRST MAN etc., I didn't care for at all.
    I am extremely serious.
  1. Between the hip-hop and African influences, I don't know if it's fair to consider Black Panther as "merely" a mainstream, traditional, symphonic Hollywood score. In fact you have JNH's Nutcracker in your list, and Ready Player One and Solo in your honorable mentions, and all those fit that description far more.
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      CommentAuthorErik Woods
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2019
    Thor's thinks Black Panther is "merely" a traditional mainstream Hollywood score.

    lol

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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2019 edited
    Maybe not, but I didn't like it regardless -- nor most of the "hot potato" fan favourites this year.

    What is everyone else's selections of the year?
    I am extremely serious.
  2. Nice write-up Thor. I still need to listen to your best music show. I'm still trying to nail down my favorites for 2018, but from your list Nutcracker and Mary Shelley will probably make my top ten. Also Max and Me and Mary Poppins.

    I didn't hear nearly as many scores as you did this year. Last year I tried to listen to as many as I could. I heard about 300 scores from 2017 and the vast majority were scores that I will never listen to again, so for 2018 I decided to be more selective about what I listened to. I've heard less than 150 scores from 2018, but I've also listened to a lot less music that I dislike, so that's good smile

    I don't see a ton of films, and the ones I do see are usually the bigger blockbuster types. I really loved Mary Poppins Returns. That's my favorite film of the year. It was just right for me. The only films from your top 20 that I've seen are The Post, A Quiet Place, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. I enjoyed them all. I was sorry that they abandoned their planned trilogy of Solo films. The Post made me want to purchase a subscription to a major newspaper. That's not a desire I've ever had before, but I really feel like those papers are doing more investigative journalism than all the cable tv news channels, and deserve the support. I'm a fan of Marvel films and thought that Infinity War was good. I wasn't as over the moon about Black Panther as a lot of critics seemed to be, but I thought it was pretty good, too.
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      CommentAuthorAidabaida
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2019
    I didn't listen to as much film music this year as I usually do, I found myself interested more in more traditional music, bands like The Strokes, Radiohead, Bon Iver, Daft Punk....

    I already posted my favorite movies, but I realized I neglected to add one. Upstream Color. I forgot this one because it doesn't really come to mind when I'm thinking of movies... it doesn't necessarily feel like a movie... it felt more like a novel. It's completely beautiful though.
    Bach's music is heartless and robotic.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2019
    Aidabaida wrote
    I already posted my favorite movies, but I realized I neglected to add one. Upstream Color. I forgot this one because it doesn't really come to mind when I'm thinking of movies... it doesn't necessarily feel like a movie... it felt more like a novel. It's completely beautiful though.


    UPSTREAM COLOR? That's from 2013.
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorAidabaida
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2019
    Oh, I thought it was a best movies you watched “in 2018”, didn’t realize it was “of 2018” my bad.
    Bach's music is heartless and robotic.
  3. I haven't made any lists for a few years now. I have to say I feel much better that way.
    http://www.filmmusic.pl - Polish Film Music Review Website
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      CommentAuthorAidabaida
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2019
    PawelStroinski wrote
    I haven't made any lists for a few years now. I have to say I feel much better that way.


    nearly every reviewer I enjoy reading, whether for literature, film, or music, seems to express dissatisfaction with concrete ranking, starring, and listing.

    if anything, the main defense for lists I can think of is helping myself remember what I like... nothing makes me forget every song i've heard like being asked my favorite song.
    Bach's music is heartless and robotic.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2019 edited
    I've come to embrace lists over the years; it's actually a welcome topic in an age where everyone talks about expanded releases (or wishes), shipping issues, CD vs. download and other superficial issues that don't interest me very much. In terms of starring and rating, however, it's more uneven. We rate at Celluloid Tunes (my film music website), but don't rate at Montages (the film site I work for). Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
    I am extremely serious.
  4. Aidabaida wrote
    PawelStroinski wrote
    I haven't made any lists for a few years now. I have to say I feel much better that way.


    nearly every reviewer I enjoy reading, whether for literature, film, or music, seems to express dissatisfaction with concrete ranking, starring, and listing.

    if anything, the main defense for lists I can think of is helping myself remember what I like... nothing makes me forget every song i've heard like being asked my favorite song.


    Making lists gives the impression that art can be in any way calculated. There is no set mathematical formula for aesthetic judgment.

    Structure may be perceived rationally. While my own views aren't particularly Romantic (it's funny to look at some of the discussions on originality and/or the lack thereof if your original academic field was the culture, namely literature and aesthetics, of Renaissance), I would be very wary of creating lists you may regret or not putting together at some time. In my case the problem was that I put down a list and then reminded I forgot to include something... two minutes after that post, not, say weeks or months.
    http://www.filmmusic.pl - Polish Film Music Review Website
  5. I like reading other people's lists because there's almost always something there I haven't heard/seen or that I might want to give a second chance to. I like making my own lists because I have a deep inherent desire to rank everything. I'm not sure why smile
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime7 days ago
    I'm the same. I think it's inherent in most of us.

    Now enough talk about what lists are, and present your own! smile
    I am extremely serious.
  6. Aidabaida wrote
    nearly every reviewer I enjoy reading, whether for literature, film, or music, seems to express dissatisfaction with concrete ranking, starring, and listing.

    I may be weird because I really enjoy that stuff. Honing my own personal system of "quantifying quality" over the years (it's very complicated at this point) has been a rewarding and satisfying process.
  7. I've quit taking part in polls for a few years, though in one case it's boycotting a website more than anything else.
    http://www.filmmusic.pl - Polish Film Music Review Website
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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTime5 days ago edited
    Daniel Pemberton is one of my favourite composers over the past few years. Consistently fun and often catchy scores. 2018 he did Ocean's something, One Strange Rock and All The Money In The World, which were really good.

    I had a "meh" again regarding the Giacchino scores in 2018. not sure hat happened to him. or to me!

    Solo is indeed the best score, hands down. It is downright spectacular.

    I sort of ignored most super hero Marvel shizzle. Except for Black Panther, but that was indeed a miss.

    I also thought Isle of Dogs was very much a good score. Another favourite is First Man by Hurwitz. The Landing piece is one of the best tracks of the year. I loved the use of that theme throughout the score. Secret of the Nile (Amine Bouhafa) and Mary Shelly (Amelia Warner) are also very good. Some cool tracks in Philip Sheppards Detroit: Become Human (but also crap).
    Kazoo
    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    Glad you like Bouhafa' score! You should really try Timbuktu, if you haven't already.

    http://www.maintitles.net/reviews/the-s … -the-nile/
    http://www.maintitles.net/reviews/timbuktu/
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    Don't remember much score from TIMBUKTU, but the film promised more than it delivered, IMO. I actually live- Q&Ad the director Abderrahmane Sissako a couple of years ago, and had to restrain myself so as not to be overly critical. WAITING FOR HAPPINESS is a much better film.
    I am extremely serious.