Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Favorite Score Cues from 2012

I have listed below 65 of my favorite score cues released commercially in 2012.  Before I get into the list here a few cues of special note:

Cue of the Year
Andrew Lockington's Mysterious Island Main Titles from Journey 2 The Mysterious Island

Most Spiritually Touching
The Impossible End Titles by Fernando Velázquez from The Impossible
The Peterson House and Finale by John Williams from Lincoln
The last half of A Forest Adventure from Panu Aaltio's Metsän Tarina

Excerpt of the Year
3:49 to 6:53 - Saving New York from James Horner's The Amazing Spiderman - a beaten and battered Spiderman makes his way to Oscorp tower to save the city (Horner nailed this sequence in and out of the movie!)

Theme of the Year
Alan Silvestri's theme from The Avengers

Best Manthem
My Life for My Flag by Benjamin Wallfisch from Conquest 1453

Best Action Cue
Sab Than Pursues the Princess from Michael Giacchino's John Carter

Best Cue from a Video Game Score
Fight! from Grant Kirkhope's Kingdoms of Amular Reckoning

Best Romantic Theme
James Horner's love theme from The Amazing Spiderman

And now the list:


Score Cue
Composer
Score Name
1.
The Mission
Alexandre Desplat
Argo
2. 
Cleared Iranian Airspace
Alexandre Desplat
Argo
3. 
It's Not Enough To Be Loved / The Wedding / Bel Ami Reprise
Rachel Portman
Bel Ami
4. 
Get the Key
Patrick Doyle
Brave
5. 
Merida’s Home
Patrick Doyle
Brave
6. 
The Games
Patrick Doyle
Brave
7. 
Remember to Smile
Patrick Doyle
Brave
8. 
Cloud Atlas Finale
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil
Cloud Atlas
9. 
My Life for My Flag
Benjamin Wallfisch
Conquest 1453
10. 
A Triumphant Return (Suite from Dawn of the Dragonslayer)
Panu Aaltio
Dawn of the Dragonslayer
11. 
Tell Me Who You Are
Murray Gold
Doctor Who Series 6
12. 
Electricty
Danny Elfman
Frankenweenie
13. 
Re-Animation
Danny Elfman
Frankenweenie
14. 
Herd Reunion
John Powell
Ice Age Continental Drift
15.
Land Bridge Trap
John Powell
Ice Age Continental Drift
16. 
Suite from Jack Reacher
Joe Kraemer
Jack Reacher
17. 
Sab Than Pursues The Princess
Michael Giacchino
John Carter
18. 
The Prize Is Barsoom
Michael Giacchino
John Carter
19. 
John Carter of Mars
Michael Giacchino
John Carter
20. 
Apotheosis
Austin Wintory
Journey
21. 
Finding the Nautilus
Andrew Lockington
Journey to the Mysterious Island
22. 
Mysterious Island Main Titles
Andrew Lockington
Journey to the Mysterious Island
23. 
Bee Chase
Andrew Lockington
Journey to the Mysterious Island
24. 
Who's Up For An Adventure
Andrew Lockington
Journey to the Mysterious Island
25.
The Fight!
Grant Kirkhope
Kingdoms of Amular Reckoning
26. 
Gadflow
Grant Kirkhope
Kingdoms of Amular Reckoning
27. 
God Storm
Mychael Danna
Life of PI
28. 
Freedom’s Call John Williams
John Williams
Lincoln
29. 
The Peterson House and Finale
John Williams
Lincoln
30. 
The Mission Begins
Danny Elfman
Men in Black 3
31. 
A Forest Adventure
Panu Aaltio
Metsän Tarina (The Tale of a Forest)
32. 
Breaking the Spell
Alan Menken
Mirror Mirror
33. 
Happy End
Alan Menken
Mirror Mirror
34. 
Life
Harry Gregson-Williams
Prometheus
35. 
Sherlocked
David Arnold & Michael Price
Sherlock Series 2
36. 
The Bloody Shot
Thomas Newman
Skyfall
37. 
Sanctuary
James Newton Howard
Snow White & The Huntsman
38. 
The Battle Over Felucia
Gordy Haab
Star Wars Kinect
39. 
Main Title /Young Peter
James Horner
The Amazing Spider-Man
40. 
Becoming Spiderman
James Horner
The Amazing Spider-Man
41. 
Saving New York
James Horner
The Amazing Spider-Man
42. 
Promises /Spiderman End Titles
James Horner
The Amazing Spider-Man
43. 
The Avengers
Alan Silvestri
The Avengers
44. 
Helicarrier
Alan Silvestri
The Avengers
45. 
The Chimes at Midnight
Thomas Newman
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
46. 
Assault on the Senses
Thomas Newman
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
47. 
Gotham's Reckoning
Hans Zimmer
The Dark Knight Rises
48. 
Rise
Hans Zimmer
The Dark Knight Rises
49. 
Alpha
Marc Streitenfeld
The Grey
50. 
Roast Mutton
Howard Shore
The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey
51. 
Over Hill
Howard Shore
The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey
52. 
The Impossible End Titles
Fernando Velázquez
The Impossible
53. 
Thneedville Chase
John Powell
The Lorax
54.
Alethia
Jonny Greenwood
The Master
55. 
Calling the Guardians
Alexandre Desplat
Rise of the Guardians
56. 
Still Dream
Alexandre Desplat / Renee Flemming
Rise of the Guardians
57. 
Main Titles
Robert Folk
There Be Dragons
58. 
Battle Begins
Robert Folk
There Be Dragons
59. 
Love And War Finale
Robert Folk
There Be Dragons
60. 
Robert's Investigation
Robert Folk
There Be Dragons
61. 
Romance
Robert Folk
There Be Dragons
62. 
Gig Catches / Taking the Lead
William Ross
Touchback
63. 
Full Circle / Black Seven
William Ross
Touchback
64. 
Wrath of the Titans
Javier Navarrete
Wrath of the Titans
65.
Wreck-It-Ralph
Henry Jackman
Wreck-It-Ralph

One caveat about the list.   I did not get the chance to hear several scores that I wanted to last year such as the score to World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria so this list is not comprehensive.  If you find any glaring omissions please share in the comments.

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