FourScore Match-Up #11: “How High the Sci-Fi?”

When we look to the stars what do we think of? Is it the desire to travel beyond them, engage in adventures (and misadventures) with alien compadres or do we wish to meet a star voyager come to Earth? But what happens when we finally meet said traveler…do they come in peace, or are they a threat? Today’s […]

FourScore Match-Up #10: "Evolution of the PIXAR Score"

The Pixar catalog has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 25 years. While they have won countless millions of hearts in all age ranges, Pixar has come from being a cutsey little animation company (started by John Lasseter, Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs) making commercials to an animation powerhouse. They are gifted story telllers who […]

FourScore Match-Up #9: “Synths and Sustainability”

Today we’re going to take a look at the films that have forgone the traditional orchestral score and instead paved new ground with something almost completely electronic. No you won’t find Ladyhawke here (which was so bad it was good…no it was just bad) but we’ll take a look at the epic worlds created by […]

FourScore Match-Up #8: “It Came From Outer Space”

We’ve heard that expression tons of times and proceeding those very ominous words we’ve seen a wide range of alien life come to Earth via the Silver Screen. Some want to help us and some try to collect us. Others want to either meet and greet us, or just plain eat us. One thing is […]

FourScore Match-Up #7: "Batteries Not Included"

Today we’ve got robots, robots everywhere; good, bad, big, small, made of new parts and spare parts. Each film features four equally impressive scores about peace, love, family and even all out war. Quite a mixed bag of bolts, wouldn’t you say? In true Rock’em Sock’em format we pit these big guys (and not so […]

FourScore Match-Up #6: “Once Upon A Time In The West”

Much like one of our earlier FourScores, today’s match-up focuses on the gunslingers who helped tame the West. Each film is is chock full of boots, spurs horse and more, fantastic shootouts and of course simply stunning scores to drive it all home. But only one will take the tile of the Wildest. Who will […]

FourScore Match-Up #5: “Another World, Another Time”

When filmmakers tell a story, the visual fantasy is only about as good as the auditory one. It seems the only way to move the story and the characters along with an engaging pace is to really take the audience along for the ride. Annnd how is that accomplished? By composing a score so amazing and moving […]

FourScore Match-Up #4: "Somewhere in Time"

Today we’re going back, way back. Back in time in fact, but no we’re not using a time machine; today we’re doing period pieces. Each of these is from a different time, a different place, have wildly different plots…but the one thing they share is that they are visually gorgeous and their scores are just fantastic. But […]

FourScore Match-Up #3: "Something Inspirational…In a Sporty Way"

Today we examine four film scores that help tell stories that are less about the that championship game/match/season/event but more about gaining personal pride. On the roster we have: the Fighting Irish’s most famous underdog football player, the middle-aged ball player who gets a second chance, the two Olympic sprinters running for different and personal reasons, […]

FourScore Match-Up #2: "Have Guns, Will Travel"

Let the battle of the shoot’ em upers begin!! Today we have a film scores telling the tales of a tight-lipped French (but somehow playing an Italian) hitman, a life and death battle for the future of mankind (all played inside an overblown video game), the “how many more characters can you add to an already […]