James here with Movie Music Monday!
Our customary three today lean on the meditative side.
Clint Mansell’s score for ‘Moon’ is suitably futuristic, haunting, and introspective. A great companion to a story about lunar monasticism.
Among the many disappointments I experienced with James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ was James Horner’s score. Now, the man can write music, there’s no doubt of that. The problem is that musically as well as narratively, ‘Avatar’ is mostly unoriginal and unsatisfying. However, the main theme is actually pretty good… in instrumental. On piano, the melody doesn’t get lost as easily as it does in the film’s actual score.
Ennio Morricone is a titan among giants, and his music for Sergio Leone’s underrated ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ stands out with the best of his work. This string of three pieces, from the film’s sublime climax, is equal parts meditative, mournful, and terrifying.