James here with Movie Music Monday!
These three pieces are from my favorite cinematic moments of 2010, those exaltant, transcendant scenes that make me cry buckets, even just hearing the music. It’s what it’s all about.
The Coen brothers manage some of the best endings possible. They leave me hanging, in a good way. This isn’t quite the ending of ‘True Grit’ — but it’s the final scene between Mattie and Rooster, and certainly the defining moment.
This ending cannot help but leave an impression. It’s joyous, mysterious, and appropriately dreamlike. I stole this song for my short film ‘Point A’. Then again, I pretty much stole the whole score from ‘Inception’ for its purposes.
‘Toy Story’, with its third and best installment yet, has achieved cinematic apotheosis. Randy Newman’s score is a big part of this.