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Title: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Dr Malcolm Crowe on September 20, 2007, 10:44:09 AM
After reading the similar thread about putting the films in order, I figured a thread about putting the scores in order would be just as fun.  ;D

1. The Village (hands down my favorite)
2. Lady in the Water (practically a tie with Signs)
3. Signs (the score that really made me notice film music)
4. Unbreakable (I love how JNH created 2 different worlds)
5. The Sixth Sense (under-rated, but under-used in the film)
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: mathematicalArtist on September 20, 2007, 11:14:15 AM
1. The Village
2. Lady in the Water
3. Unbreakable
4. Signs
5. The Sixth Sense
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on September 29, 2007, 06:40:57 PM
The Village
Lady In The Water
Unbreakable
The Sixth Sense
Signs
All very good movie scores.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Merlin Ocelot on November 05, 2007, 12:43:35 PM
1. Unbreakable
2. The Village
3. Signs
4. Sixth Sense
5. Lady in the water
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Rulm on December 11, 2007, 12:05:41 AM
1. Signs (Had me at the edge of my seat!)  :o
2. The Village (Fantastic music to a o.k movie)  :-\
3. Lady in the Water (Best part of this otherwise o.k film)  :-[
4. Unbreakable (Very gripping)  ;D
5. The Sixth Sense (Great, but very subtle so I hardly noticed it)  :)
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: 1.21 Gigawatts on December 23, 2007, 02:03:20 PM
gah, they are all so good for what they stand for thats its hard to compare. I almost want to put Lady in the Water, The Village and Signs as a tie for first.

The Village
Lady in the Water (although its my favorite m night film)
Signs (even though I think Hand of Fate is the best thing Howard has ever done)
Unbreakable
The Sixth Sense
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Unbroken on January 08, 2008, 05:21:34 PM
1. The Village - like the film, has its imperfections but the amazing moments more than make up for it.
2. Unbreakable - just... so cool. I love the beat, its voice, everything in it that speaks of a destiny being fulfilled.
3. Signs - the most exciting of all the soundtracks, just like the film itself.
4. Lady in the Water - beautiful and exhilarating music, probably equal to Signs in many respects.
5. The Sixth Sense - fine score, but short. All the other soundtracks seem to have a touch of the Sixth Sense in them too.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Lifeordeath1 on February 04, 2008, 10:55:33 PM
I cant!  This is just impossible!  I dont see how any of you can even pick????  I listen to ALL of these soundtracks ALL THE TIME!  IT IS IMPOSSIBLE!
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Dr Malcolm Crowe on February 05, 2008, 12:25:16 AM
The hardest one for me was placing Lady in the Water above Signs.

I think in the movie, the score to Signs is more effective. However, on CD, Lady in the Water is more enjoyable.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: okokokok on February 05, 2008, 02:09:38 AM
1.The Village

2.Lady in the Water

3.Signs


4.Unbreakable

5.The Sixthe Sense

The top 3 were very difficult, but The Village is just such a unique sound to me that I had to go up top with it.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on February 05, 2008, 09:30:35 AM
Yea, I agree with you okokokok, I still think The Village should have won the Academy Award for best movie score, still, it did get nominated.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Lifeordeath1 on February 05, 2008, 10:53:21 AM
The hardest one for me was placing Lady in the Water above Signs.

I think in the movie, the score to Signs is more effective. However, on CD, Lady in the Water is more enjoyable.

Good point there Malcome.  Its very true.

I am going to have to try and pick then.  Ok, here goes.

1) The Sixth Sense  (it is such a short soundtrack, but so powerful!)

2) Lady in the Water  (beautiful, just beautiful!)

3) The Village (The strings are amazing!)

4) Unbreakable (what can I say, great!)

5) Signs (like Malcome said, better on movie but still good!)

6) Wide Awake (even though I dont own this one yet, it still gets nominated!)

Ok that was hard!
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on February 05, 2008, 04:35:24 PM
Yea, you feel like you just dropped a large weight when you've written up the order.  I agree with your notes Lifeordeath1.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Dr Malcolm Crowe on February 05, 2008, 05:42:06 PM
Wide Awake doesn't belong in this list!! haha. I don't actually mind it being there, but it's not a James Newton Howard score. And this is the "List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order" thread.  ;)
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Lifeordeath1 on February 05, 2008, 07:21:38 PM
OOooppss... my bad!  Haha!  Oh well, I still want the soundtrack!  Haha!  My bad! ;D
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on February 05, 2008, 07:35:12 PM
Nah, that's allright.  It's cool that you think it's that good.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: DILinator on February 12, 2008, 03:08:36 PM
gah, they are all so good for what they stand for thats its hard to compare. I almost want to put Lady in the Water, The Village and Signs as a tie for first.

This sums up how I feel pretty well.  I love all of these scores, and they are all so perfect for the films they score.  I think Signs has the best "scary" motif, but as far as the CD listening experience, trails just a bit behind the other two.  Deciding between The Village and Lady in the Water for the best is so hard, as they are both so haunting and beautiful.  I'll give a slight nod to The Village for being the more consistently beautiful of the two, and of them all, but the edge to LITW as the most complex and thematically diverse of the JNH/Shyamalan scores.  A brilliant soundtrack!  I just wish I could say the same about the movie itself....  :-\
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on February 13, 2008, 09:15:26 AM
Yea, that is what I thought about The Village and Lady In The Water soundtracks.  I think Signs will get passed in it's scariness by The Happening soundtrack.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: marco on February 18, 2008, 05:31:48 PM
Ok,let's try ;D
- Signs
- Unbreakable
- The 6th Sense
- Lady In The Water
- The Village

:-\ It was very difficult to me!
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Dr Malcolm Crowe on February 18, 2008, 05:44:23 PM
The Village in last eh? Interesting. That score blew my mind, and it made me think about film music in ways I never did before.

I love the variety that turned up in this thread.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: marco on February 19, 2008, 07:10:33 AM
I said it has been very difficult to list them in order for me...
I'll have to say that they are ALL beautiful scores and each one of them contains amazing tracks (actually "The Gravel Road" is one of my favourite tracks among all these scores).
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on February 19, 2008, 09:47:30 AM
I think it's very interesting, the diversity that turns up among Night fans, I think it's great.  Some people like the soundtracks that are great with his movies, I think they all are, others like how they sound outside of the movie, the diversity is great.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: DILinator on February 20, 2008, 10:09:41 AM
I finally listened to The Sixth Sense score, after getting it in the mail yesterday.  I've been listening to it a lot ever since to engrain it into my mind.  Having heard all the scores now, The Sixth Sense will remain at the bottom as far as a pure listening experience.  However, it works very well in the movie, and as far as a "scary" score goes, is right up there with Signs in that regard.  The lack of a very distinct theme, and the very sparing use of it are drawbacks to me from a comprehensive look at the score, but I can appreciate it's role in the movie.  Can't compare to The Village in beauty thoguh, nor can it compete with LITW in the majesty and thematic complexity department.  Still, I'm glad to have it as a part of my collection now!
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on February 21, 2008, 09:23:04 AM
Yea, but that's what's amazing about James Newton Howard, his scores are, for the most part, great listening experience, but they also are perfect for the films.  The Sixth Sense is at the bottom of my list with Signs because of the same reasons as DILinator, but I still love it as a soundtrack.  The same with Signs.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: GenPion on June 19, 2008, 02:19:55 PM
1. The Village
2. Lady in the Water
3. Signs
4. Unbreakable
5. The Sixth Sense
6. The Happening

Jeez, I dunno... It's kind of hard to create an order. They all deserve four star recommendations so it's weird to rate some of them as the "lowest" since I still love them deeply and have listened to the several times. In any case, though, I think this is still close to how I would rank them. Which is very weird... especially considering how amazing I think The Happening score is. It's weird ranking it so low!
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Namaste on June 19, 2008, 11:54:56 PM
I think the Village is the best. ANd that's all I have to say about that.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on July 01, 2008, 10:28:25 AM
You just love everything about The Village don't you namasate.  :D
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Namaste on July 01, 2008, 11:59:49 AM
Yes i do :)

I take my favorite movies very seriously. So much so, that Gattaca and The Village have just left everything else behind. (including donnie darko which is in third place) Those are just 2 movies that happen to be perfect (for me) in every way.  They actually have somewhat similar subjects too.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Dr Malcolm Crowe on July 01, 2008, 01:59:56 PM
I love Gattaca too! One of my top 10 films for sure. Great score also!   ;)
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: fredriksam on July 11, 2008, 03:17:12 AM
My list. 1 is the best while 10 is poorest. All of the scores arent from Shyalaman films.

1 Lady in the water

2 The Village

3 Dinosaur

4 Water Horse - Legend Of The Sea

5 Sixth Sense

6 Happening

7 i am legend

8 Outbreak

9 Signs

10 Unbreakable
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Erin on July 11, 2008, 07:10:37 AM
1. The sixth sense
2. lady in the water
3. Signs
4. the village
5. the happening
6. unbreakable
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Prince111 on August 06, 2008, 12:21:16 AM
1. The Village-(The best film score EVER!)  The sound and sound editing is one of the best I'vew ever heard.  It's hypnotic.
2. Lady in The Water-(Soft and intangible, but great.)
3. Signs (Has a nice Hitchcock feel to it at the biginning of the film.)
4. The Happening-(JNH most creppiest score)
5. Unbreakable-(Daunting and nice layers to it.)
6. The Sixth Since-(This is my least favorite JNH score.)
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on August 22, 2008, 09:25:58 AM
Now that the Happening soundtrack is out it's time to type up a new list.
1. The Village
2. Lady In The Water
3. Unbreakable
4. The Happening
5. The Sixth Sense
6. Signs
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: villager on September 16, 2008, 02:22:33 PM
I have not seen the Happening yet. Also I have not really listened to the music of the Sixth Sense. Here is my list as of now.

The Village
Signs
Lady in the Water
Unbreakable
The Sixth Sence
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Cresmix on September 07, 2009, 12:15:07 PM
The Village
The Signs
Lady in the Water
Unbreakable
The Happening
The Sixth Sense
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Aristacrima on February 26, 2010, 12:21:56 PM
1 The Village
2 Lady in the Water
3 Signs
4 The Happening
5 The Sixth Sense

Can't wait till the soundtrack from the last airbender is released! something's telling me that I HAVE to buy that soundtrack...
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on March 02, 2010, 10:36:26 AM
Yeah, I'll definately be buying that soundtrack, and there will be three of them.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Mr. Heep on June 03, 2010, 10:57:47 PM
Lady In the Water --- Just... I dunno. It used to be one of those "Yeah, I know the opening and that's about it" scores for me, then I listened to the whole thing through. By far in my Top 5 Scores list. Absolutely beautiful in every respect. Every respect.

The Village --- Beautiful violin work; a downright shame it didn't win for Best Score that year. Far better than "Finding Neverland" (though that was also pretty good). What's ironic is I don't even own the score or have it downloaded in any form. I'm thinking about getting the complete score promo soon.

Unbreakable --- Intriguing. Very intriguing. Just above "Signs". One of the best "hero" themes I've heard from a film of this genre.

Signs --- This would be above "Unbreakable" on my list if the other cues were a little more than they are. The opening and closing music is fantastic, but everything else just isn't that interesting to me on its own. Nevertheless, very captivating when it gets loud. ;D

The Sixth Sense --- Never really noticed the themes and cues until about a year ago. Nice, but not (IMO) worthy of buying the soundtrack for. Perfect for the film, not the ears alone, except when the soft themes are played.

The Happening --- Right now, this is on the bottom of my list since I never really payed much attention to the score when I watched the movie. I've only seen it once, and I usually listen carefully to the score of any film at first viewing (I'm a soundtrack collector), but with this I was just trying to see what made the movie "so bad" to others. It really wasn't that bad. It certainly wasn't my favorite Shyamalan film, but it kept me entertained, at least, and that's a movie's primary purpose. Next time I see it I'll be listening more closely.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Imalshen on June 04, 2010, 06:47:18 AM
Mine are about the same, save I think I would switch Signs and 6th Sense...I'll have to go back and relisten to those two. lol
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Wags on June 04, 2010, 07:42:20 PM
In order, with a little explanation:

1. Unbreakable: I can listen to this album the whole way through, something I don't really do with the other MNS/JNH scores.  I still can't listen to "The Orange Man" or "Reflections of Elijah" without getting chills.

2. The Village: Come on, who doesn't like this?

3. Lady in the Water: Very diverse and epic songs (Prologue, The Great Eatlon, and End Titles come to mind especially)

4. The Happening: Eerie stuff, like what you'd hear in an old school Horror movie.  "Be With You" is the song with the highest Play Count on my iPod.

5. The Last Airbender: The sItuff's pretty good, sounds pretty Lady in the Water-like in some songs. It's #5 due mostly to me not listening to it much yet. "Flow Like Water" is the best song on the album, and one of the best songs in the MNS-JNH catalog. 

6. Signs: No offense, but a lot of the songs sound the same.

7. The 6th Sense: "Running to the Church" is the only one I really listen to.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Mr. Heep on June 04, 2010, 10:59:10 PM
Quote from: Wags
6. Signs: No offense, but a lot of the songs sound the same.
Come to think of it, you're right, they do all sound pretty much alike. But the beginning and ending songs are still the best on the album, imo.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Erik on June 05, 2010, 05:03:02 AM
1. Unbreakable
2. Lady In The Water
3. The Village
4. Signs
5. The Happening
6. The Sixth Sense
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Imalshen on June 06, 2010, 12:18:53 AM
What about Howard's non Night Soundtracks? He does so many...Blood Diamond, Treasure Planet, Atlantis...he did the live action Peter Pan didn't he? The guy's amazing. If I ever write a book and they make it into a movie he HAS to do the music, and of course, Night has to direct! lol I doubt anything I write would ever be made into a movie though. :P
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Mr. Heep on June 07, 2010, 12:36:23 AM
What about Howard's non Night Soundtracks? He does so many...Blood Diamond, Treasure Planet, Atlantis...he did the live action Peter Pan didn't he? The guy's amazing. If I ever write a book and they make it into a movie he HAS to do the music, and of course, Night has to direct! lol I doubt anything I write would ever be made into a movie though. :P
He's my fav. composer. Among my favorite scores of his (non-Night) are "King Kong", "Peter Pan" (you mentioned), and "The Postman". He even composed the themes for movies when other composers scored the rest of the film, like the theme for "Dante's Peak" and "Liar Liar". Really loved his work on the Nolan Batman films alongside Zimmer, though. He's really one of the greats.
Title: Re: List your favorite JNH/MNS Scores in order
Post by: Imalshen on June 07, 2010, 05:04:23 PM
I can't even list all the movies I've seen where he's done the music. He's a god! lol So is Night, of course, though my friends get mad at me when I say people are gods. :P