#3: PATTON (Jerry Goldsmith) (2005 Oct 25)

It should come as no surprise that Patton has placed high on this list, although many will doubtless have expected the score to mirror the movie and take the #1 position. One thing I have wondered is whether I would have appreciated the film as much...

#4: STAR WARS - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (John Williams) (2005 Oct 23)

John Williams has scored all six of the Star Wars movies, and each of the soundtracks had its strengths and weaknesses. In my opinion, not only is The Empire Strikes Back the most mature and complete of Williams' Star Wars efforts, but it's among ...

#5: SUPERMAN (John Williams) (2005 Oct 21)

Can you read my mind? Do you know what it that you do to me? I don't know who you are - just a friend from another star.Most people who heard those lyrics on the radio during 1979 associated them solely with the pop hit by Maureen McGovern. In ...

#6: THE UNTOUCHABLES (Ennio Morricone) (2005 Oct 20)

In the pantheon of film composers, few are more respected than Ennio Morricone. Over a career that spans (thus far) 45 years, Morricone has composed about 540 movie scores, which puts him ahead of the great, prolific Max Steiner. It's a nearly ...

#7: STAR WARS (John Williams) (2005 Oct 18)

For people of my generation, the score for Star Wars is iconic. It's impossible for me even to pretend objectivity where this music is concerned, because it's the first album I bought with my own money, and I listened to it constantly. There ...

#8: STAR TREK III (James Horner) (2005 Oct 13)

As a former Star Trek fan, it was likely that a Star Trek score would show up on this list. From a musical perspective, one of the problems with the 10-film Star Trek series (especially early, before Jerry Goldsmith took over on a "regular" basis ...

#9: DANCES WITH WOLVES (John Barry) (2005 Oct 08)

If I had to name a favorite contemporary composer of movie scores, it would likely be John Barry (although Jerry Goldsmith would make the decision difficult). Barry has composed some lasting and familiar music over the course of his long career. In...

#10: CONAN THE BARBARIAN (Basil Poledouris) (2005 Oct 05)

Although Basil Poledouris has composed more than 80 film scores, none is more impressive than 1982's Conan the Barbarian. For those who like epic, militaristic soundtracks, this makes for compulsive listening. It's the score that elevated the ...

Odds & Ends/Favorite Musical Scores (Intro) (2005 Oct 04)

A couple of minor notes for today...First, to clear something up, the October 1 "ReelThought" was not intended to be a jab at Roger Ebert. It was a jab at Flightplan, which I believe to possess a plot that is too absurd for even the most blasé ...

Airtight? (2005 Oct 01)

Critics disagree with surprising frequency, highlighting the subjectivity of viewing films. I agree with Roger Ebert as often as I disagree with him. When you're dealing with opinions, that's the nature of the business. Roger has a greater ...

A Milestone Passed (2005 Sep 29)

Festival decompression is over. The major problem with going to a festival is that, after non-stop movie-going and writing for eight days, laziness asserts itself. I need a period of limited movie-going and minimal writing. That period has come to...

Hiatus (2005 Sep 07)

Starting today, ReelThoughts will go on a two week hiatus. This is to allow me to provide daily reports/updates from the Toronto International Film Festival. Those of you who like reading my daily output have nothing to worry about - I often write ...

March of Technology (2005 Sep 05)

When I was a kid, I couldn't imagine how people once lived without television. After all, I probably spent three hours a day sitting in front of our single color set, watching Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet in the early afternoon, The Lone ...

Images of Destruction (2005 Sep 03)

Like many of those reading this column, I have been glued to the television this week watching coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The images are stunning, like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster. This is reality but, in a way, ...

Post-Mortem: THE PRICE OF MAGIC (2005 Sep 01)

Based on limited reader response, it seems that a majority enjoyed reading The Price of Magic more than The Price of the Crown. That's okay, although I'll admit to having had more fun writing the first book than the second. The style of Magic may ...

Unrated DVDs (2005 Aug 31)

One of the biggest marketing scams out there is the existence of "Unrated DVDs." Oh, it's not always a ploy. There are times when a director may have to cut content to allow an NC-17 film to obtain an R rating. In these cases, the director's version ...

A Few Words about that I, CLAUDIUS Prequel (2005 Aug 30)

HBO calls it Rome, but it's really a prequel to I, Claudius. The classic 1970s BBC series (based on the Robert Graves novels, I, Claudius and Claudius the God) examined the reigns of the first four Roman Emperors: Augustus (born Octavian), Tiberius...