With award season right around the corner it is time to stop and appreciate the beauty and art behind our favorite movies, television shows, music and plays.
Below are the five brilliant and original scores for unusual movies that deserve more award-related attention (in no particular order).
1. “Grand Piano” score by Victor Reyes
In the tightrope thriller “Grand Piano,” a concert pianist with stage fright (Elijah Wood) finds a note on his sheet music that threatens his life if he plays a wrong note. Composer Victor Reyes, known for his work on Buried (2010) and Red Lights (2012), composed an entire piano concerto for the film that doubles as source music that Wood’s character is playing and the film’s score. The beautiful, bold soundtrack definitely calls for more award consideration.
2. “Only Lovers Left Alive” score by Jim Jarmusch (Aka SQÜRL)
Composer Jim Jarmusch mixes ambient, hypnotic, electric guitar with otherworldly textures to create a heavy score that pulls the viewer deep into the depressing world of two vampires who are bored of living but indulge in their intense, centuries long, love affair.
Hewitt’s catchy yet delirious score brings the story of the mental unhinging of an awkward office drone (Jesse Eisenberg) after a charismatic and confident doppelganger takes a job at his workplace and seduces the woman (Mia Wasikowska) he desires. Eisenberg’s madness is highlighted by Hewitt’s nervy, operatic, electric orchestrations and disorienting chord progressions.
4. “The Congress” score by Max Richter
In that fantasy drama “The Congress,” an aging actress (Robin Wright) agrees to preserve her digital likeness for a studio to use in any future films it likes. The power of Max Richter’s elegant chamber arrangements captures the doom and gloom of the plot. Indiewire’s Ryan Lattanzio notes that heard on its own, Richter’s lavish and tear-jerking score, “more strongly evokes the film’s soaring high and ambitions.”
5. “Listen Up Philip” score by Keegan DeWitt
Keegan DeWitt, an American indie composer and sing/songwriter, blends low-key piano riffs with melancholy brass to create the jazzy score for “Listen Up Philip.” The score fits right in to this film about a self-absorbed writer (Jason Schwatzman) who moves into the home of his literary idol (Jonathon Pryce).