THE OSCAR PROJECT
The Oscar Project
A quest to watch every Oscar nominated film
A film where you like the soundtrack more
It was very hard for me to pick a film where I liked the soundtrack more than the film itself because so many of my favorite films feature incredible scores. But to say that I like the soundtrack of those films better than the films themselves would be a hard sell. It’s likely that most of the films in this category feature scores by John Williams, James Horner, Hans Zimmer, and Jerry Goldsmith.
Then comes the Howard Shore score for the film The Score. (Say that one five times fast. Go ahead, I’ll wait.) This wonderful heist film features an extremely limited cast of Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett, and none other than Marlon Brando, appearing on screen in his final film role. For a film that has probably gone under the radar of many viewers, you can’t assemble a much better cast than that.
The story is simple. De Niro’s character Nick has decided to retire from his life of crime but is convinced to do “one last job” by Max (Brando) with a new accomplice Jack (Norton). I haven’t watched this one in a while, but the one thing that sticks with me is the music that accompanies the movie. Yes, there is a bit of sameness about each track if you listen to the score on its own, but the entire thing has a mello jazz feel to it, a feeling that De Niro mirrors in his portrayal of the lead character. That calmness allows the seasoned veteran thief to plan ahead and work around some of the complications that arise during the climactic heist.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?