Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014: Top Anticipated Scores

2014 has lots of scores I can't wait to listen to.  There are a good handfuls of reboots and sequels and new takes on old characters.  Here are the scores I am looking forward to the most.


The Music Behind the Screen's 
Top Anticipated Scores of 2014


1. THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN (Howard Shore)
Finally, the last part of The Hobbit trilogy we didn't know we were waiting for.  Any fan of Shore's previous Middle-Earth works will be waiting in line to hear this as well.  

2. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (John Powell)
Possibly my favorite score of 2010, I'm eagerly anticipating Powell's follow-up score to the hit animated film.

3. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (John Ottman)
Ottman returns with director Bryan Singer for the newest X-Men film.  If X2 is any indication of what this score could be like, I'd love to hear it.

4. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Alexandre Desplat)
Desplat has provided some great moments in the quirky Wes Anderson movies Fantastic Mr Fox and Moonrise Kingdom.  While Desplat won't fill up the soundtrack, his contribution hopefully will be good.

5. JUPITER ASCENDING (Michael Giacchino)
Giacchino's score to this Wachowski film is unique in two ways - it was recorded in London instead of his usual Hollywood studio musicians, and it was written and scored before the movie was filmed.  I'm intrigued to hear the results.

OTHER SCORES TO HEAR IN 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy (Tyler Bates)
Monuments Men (Alexandre Desplat)
Godzilla (Alexandre Desplat)
Edge of Tomorrow (Ramin Djawadi)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Patrick Doyle)

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Danny Elfman)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Michael Giacchino)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (James Newton Howard)
Maleficent (James Newton Howard)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Henry Jackman)
Noah (Clint Mansell)
A Million Ways to Die in the West (Joel McNeely)
The LEGO Movie (Mark Mothersbaugh)
Belle (Rachel Portman)
Rio 2 (John Powell)
Million Dollar Arm (AR Rahman)
Interstellar (Hans Zimmer)
Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, et al)
Winter's Tale (Hans Zimmer)

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