Neil Brand and I discuss the best soundtracks of 2014 to date...

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Heavy Breather

    on 4 Sept 2014 20:03

    Seeing this blog reminded me how much I enjoyed Grand Budapest Hotel. It should arrive from Lovefilm tomorrow. A great film for the weekend. In fact a great film for any day of the week...

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Jason R Lloyd

    on 31 Jul 2014 17:12

    I totally agree with Grand Budapest hotel being up there, but two other scores/soundtracks that really impressed me so far this year are COLD IN JULY by Jeff Grace which is the best thing John Carpenter never did. It sounds so much like a carpenter score its scary and really adds to the film. And the other is the CALVARY score by Patrick Cassidy which only heightens the melancholy of such a beautiful film.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by Gareth Williams

    on 28 Jul 2014 09:38

    I completely agree about The Grand Budapest Hotel. Desplat's music is utterly addictive and manages to be exciting, suspenseful, touching and indeed filled with humour as well. The last score to make me smile so much was the late Marvin Hamlisch's music for The Informant!

    Also worthy of note in 2014 is James Newton-Howard's score to Maleficent. A decade ago it might have been considered a fairly average fantasy score, but today it is a bastion of light and hope in a scorched landscape of temp-track oblivion and Hans Zimmer clones.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by tonycoogs

    on 27 Jul 2014 21:01

    In terms of film music as a whole, I don't think any film this year will have better music than Frank. Since the entire focus of the film is the music of the band, the music is the star of the film, from the absolute insanity of the first song performed in the film to how funny Frank's most likable song is to the haunting beauty of I Love You All. Out of all the films mentioned, Frank is the only one where the main power of the film would be lost with its removal

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by Steve

    on 27 Jul 2014 20:38

    I love music in film but I would like to see a discussion about all sound and sound editing in film. Sound never gets its dues with the punters and rarely with the buffs. I can think of one sound bridge in The Raid 2 that was only about 5 seconds long but it was my favourite 5 seconds on film this year.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by David White

    on 26 Jul 2014 18:19

    The only memorable soundtrack for me this year so far is Andrew Hewitt's music for 'The Double', which really added to the tone of the film.

    I was going to suggest 'Only God Forgives' but, on research, that way back last August. I'm getting old - time sure does fly.

    Will re-visit the 'Under The Skin' music following this discussion. I can't remember it at all from seeing the film.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Moeez Siddiqui

    on 26 Jul 2014 16:55

    The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears deserves mention, psychedelic soundtrack that evokes Argento. Creepy and mesmerising score in the best way.

    GBH is a great choice, btw.

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by information1st

    on 26 Jul 2014 13:37

    I have to pipe up concerning the soundtrack for Under The Skin which was essential to the film and stays with you. This is the sort of film that all critics imho should spend much more time either praising or complaining about, as productive criticism. It's not just about the popularity contest and therefore hogging the airwaves or interwebz via click counts or call-ins. This could have been a masterpiece but eventually climbed so high only to fall so far!

    My bro loves Wes Anderson and saw the Grand Budapest Hotel and loved it of course. Yet that "type" of music irrespective of it's accuracy in portraying the time, is the sort of grandiose music that I almost find revulsion in and it has put me completely off watching this film! There's no accounting for taste afterall.

    Thanks to Neil for his wise words on music and emotion and audiences. Really interesting stuff.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Dan

    on 26 Jul 2014 10:53

    The Under The Skin soundtrack was terrific, worked extremely well with the film and basically made that film as weird and eerie as it was. Can't really imagine listening to it on it's own but it was a great piece of work.
    Also not sure if it had a proper soundtrack but I loved all the songs in Frank, such an odd but joyous and hilarious film with some really cool intriguing and emotional music. Loved it. I also liked the Calvary, Only Lovers Left Alive and Tracks scores they were very impressive and effective and cool. But maybe one of my favorites would be Andrew Hewitt's score for The Double which was just splendid and so evocative, I can hear it in my head now. Great great stuff.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by Rightflyer

    on 25 Jul 2014 18:26

    For the next Transformers movie, can the musical soundtrack consist of someone banging Michael Bay's head against the side of metal dustbin. I don't care what it sounds like musically but at least it'll give him an idea of what it's like to watch one of his bloody films!!

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