B’Day Special: James Newton Howard

Remember the solo violin tracks in the village?

James Newton Howard’s talent is so immense that the presence of his music alone can enhance the quality of a scene, making it worthy of multiple views. From the time I could remember, I have been an ardent fan of the music director. His combination with Hans Zimmer is one of the deadliest pairings in Hollywood history. Celebrating his birthday, here are my favorite James Newton Howards music tracks:

  1. The Village (2004)

A masterpiece, haunting scores that find it’s way into your hearts, making you remember for many days.


2. Blood Diamond (2006)

A major leverage for the film’s appeal along with Dicaprio and Hounsou’s powerful performances. Howard’s music gives you insight to Africa.


3. Hunger Games series (2012-2015)

Soundtrack of the hunger games is so intense that we are in that world with these characters.


4. The Sixth Sense (1999)

My favorite movie of M Night Shyamalan with Howard’s haunting soundtrack giving it a creepy yet touching tone.


5. The Fugitive (1993)

One of Howard’s all-time great compositions, adding suspense and thrill to the movie.


6. Batman Begins (2005), Dark Knight (2008)

His teamwork with Hans Zimmer is simply amazing. The music during the action scenes gives us goosebumps and thrills, thus, the audience jumps up to cheer. The first track has the feel of a bat flying.


7. Snow White And The Huntsman (2012)

The music is worth it, additing the tone of imaginary world and feminity to the visuals and action.


8. King Kong (2005)

Although the film failed to please the mass with too much CGI and underdeveloped plot, the music won hearts.


9. Water Horse (2007)

A look into the magical world of the Lochness monster.


10. One Fine Day (1996)

The touch humour and drama, Howard’s finest till date.


Happy birthday dear James!!

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