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Best scores of the 2000s (decade): An Update
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• Posted by: AhN   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 9:54 a.m.
• IP Address: nat-128-62-33-142.public.utexas.edu

An update? But Vik, you never announced anything like this!

Well, a little over a year ago, I asked everyone to tell me their top scores of the 2000s. ( https://www.filmtracks.com/scoreboard/forum.cgi?read=84759&expand=1 ) To keep things tight, I asked specifically for scores you considered the very best of the best, and a bunch of y'all responded with a lot of scores.

And I listened to them. All of them. Okay, not quite all of them. Everything I could find semi-easily. And everything MMUK, Filmtracks, or Movie-Wave gave 4.5 or 5 stars to (for those of you who miss Broxton's star ratings, the trick is to plug the reviews page into the internet archive). Which was still 175 scores. I needed to be thorough but efficient, so I rated every single one a scale with 5 levels, but was functionally a 3 point scale:

1. Undoubtedly a 5 star masterpiece (or, given the cultural context of the score, iconic enough to be considered a masterpiece).
2. Definitely not a masterpiece. (This had three subdivisions: strong 4, regular 4, or other (though also sometimes my reaction was "???"))
3. Scores that weren't undoubtedly a 5 star masterpiece, but Bitch, It Might be! (I don't really know why this particular phrase was the one that came to mind to describe them and I regret the crassitude of it.)

And I came away with 70 scores that fell into either the Masterpiece or the BIM category. At a later date I'll revisit all of these and figure out a top...at least 30 if not more. Also, not everything labeled BIM is necessarily better than everything I gave 4 to; in some cases it was something that might prove to be something more with some revisiting. (has "some" stopped sounding/looking like a word yet? give it some time.)

Also, I was going to go through the original thread and respond with quick thoughts on every single one of these I listened to. But I took so dang long with this that the scoreboard reset lmao and I can't reply. Anyway, here are the 70:

By year, alphabetically:
2000:
Canone Inverso (Morricone)
Chicken Run (Powell/Gregson-Williams)
Dinosaur (Howard)
East-West (Doyle)
Gladiator (Zimmer)
Legend of Baggar Vance (Portman)

2001:
Amelie (Tiersen)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Warbeck)
Fellowship of the Ring (Shore)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (Goldenthal)
Harry Potter 1 (Williams)
Lagaan (Rahman)
Mists of Avalon (Holdridge)
Moulin Rouge! (Armstrong)
No Somos Nadie (Banos)
Pavillion of Women (Pope)

2002:
Far From Heaven (Bernstein)
Frida (Goldenthal)
The Hours (Glass)
Signs (Howard)
Two Towers (Shore)

2003:
Angels in America (Newman)
Finding Nemo (Newman)
Last Samurai (Zimmer)
Matrix Reloaded (Davis)
Matrix Revolutions (Davis)
The Missing (Horner)
Paycheck (Powell)
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (Gregson-Williams)
Return of the King (Shore)

2004:
Arsene Lupin (Wiseman)
Birth (Desplat)
The Blue Planet/Deep Blue (Fenton)
The Incredibles (Giacchino)
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Shearmur)
Troy (rejected) (Yared)

2005:
The Brothers Grimm (Marianelli)
Goblet of Fire (Doyle)
King Kong (Howard)
A Life in Suitcases (Krzisnik)
Nomad the Warrior (Siliotto)
Pride and Prejudice (Marianelli)

2006:
Casino Royale (Arnold)
Lady in the Water (Howard)
The Nativity Story (Danna)
Notes on a Scandal (Danna)
The Painted Veil (Desplat)
Pan's Labyrinth (Navarette)
Planet Earth (Fenton)
Superman Returns (Ottman)

2007:
Angel (Rombi)
Atonement (Marianelli)
At World's End (Zimmer)
Golden Compass (Desplat)
Las 13 Rosas (Banos)
Ratatouille (Giacchino)
There Will be Blood (Greenwood)

2008:
The Dark Knight (Zimmer/Howard)
I Want to Be a Shellfish (Hisaishi)
Let the Right One In (Soderqvist)
Ponyo (Hisaishi)
Un Homme Et Son Chien (Rombi)

2009:
Agora (Marianelli)
Avatar (Horner)
Drag Me to Hell (Young)
Star Trek (Giacchino)

Let the quibbling and consternation commence!
Rad-swaggity.




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