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The Best Film Music of 2010

My favourite film music of the year included albums by Trent Reznor, Hans Zimmer and Daft Punk, whilst tracks by various artists including Zack Hemsey and Grizzly Bear also stood out.


Tron Legacy (EMI): The sequel to Tron was a mixed bag (great visuals, mediocre script) but the score by Daft Punk was unbeliveably epic, fusing their trademark electronica with an orchestra. [Amazon / YouTube]

Inception (Reprise): Hans Zimmer’s score for Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster mixed electronic elements, strings and the guitar of Johnny Marr to brilliant effect. [Amazon / YouTube]

The Social Network (Pid): Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross gave David Fincher’s film about the origins of Facebook a dazzling electronic flavour, at turns pulsating and atmospheric. [Official site / Amazon / YouTube]

The Kids Are Alright (Lakeshore Records): A traditional, but shrewdly assembled collection of traditional and modern songs (featuring the likes of MGMT and David Bowie) which fitted the themes of Lisa Colodenko’s film perfectly. [Amazon / YouTube / The Playlist]

Greenberg (Parlophone): A solid collection of songs from James Murphy alongside tracks by The Steve Miller Band, Duran Duran, Nite Jewel and Galaxie 500. [Amazon / YouTube]

127 Hours (Polydor): Danny Boyle films usually have a memorable soundtrack and this is no exception, featuring music from A.R. Rahman and tracks by various artists including Free Blood, Bill Withers and Sigur Ros. [Amazon / YouTube]

Black Swan (Sony): For Darren Aronofsky’s reworking of Swan Lake, Clint Mansell reworked elements of Tchaikovsky’s original music to spectacular effect. [Amazon / YouTube]

N.B. The soundtracks for Somewhere and Blue Valentine would have easily made the list if they were available to purchase in the UK.


The following tracks are not all directly from soundtracks, but may also have featured on trailers and TV spots for various films.

You can download most of these tracks as a Spotify playlist here or just click on the relevant links to listen to them.

If you have any pieces of film related music you want to share, leave a comment below.

> The Best Films of 2010
> The Best DVD & Blu-ray releases of 2010

DVD & Blu-ray

UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 4th October 2010


Se7en (Warner Home Video): This dark and uncompromising serial killer film became one of the landmark thrillers of the 1990s. Set in a rainy, unnamed US city, Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), a veteran about to retire, has to solve one last case with a rookie partner, David Mills (Brad Pitt).

Director David Fincher cranks up the tension wonderfully and also paints a hellish picture of a modern society infected by evil, indifference and corruption. [Read the full review here] [Buy it on Blu-ray at Amazon UK]

Greenberg (Universal Pictures): A comedy-drama about a forty-something man, Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller), who decides to housesit for his brother in LA, where he meets an old friend (Rhys Ifans) and a younger woman (Greta Gerwig). Directed by Noah Baumbach.

Although Noah Baumbach’s films can suffer from heavy doses of smug, metropolitan misanthropy this is one of his more successful attempts to depict the downsides of modern life. [Read the full review here] [Buy it on Blu-ray or DVD at Amazon UK]

Memento (Pathe/20th Century Fox Home Ent.): Classic 2000 thriller with an ingenious flashback structure about a man suffering from a memoray condition (Guy Pearce) trying to find out who killed his wife with the aid of a police officer (Joe Pantoliano) and a bartender (Carrie-Anne Moss) who may or may not be out to help him.

Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, it firmly established him as a major talent with its clever narrative structure which inter-cuts two narrative threads. Although on first viewing the structure can be disorientating, the effect puts us in the position of the protagonist and also – like much of Nolan’s work – repays repeated viewing. [Read the full review] [Buy it on Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

ALSO OUT (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Alice in Wonderland – Animated (Jef Films) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Anchorman – The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Paramount Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Band of Brothers (Warner Home Video/HBO) [Blu-ray / Tin Case]
Bubba Ho-Tep / My Name Is Bruce / I Sell the Dead (Anchor Bay Entertainment UK) [Blu-ray / Box Set]
By the Will of Ghengis Khan (Manga Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Cats and Dogs (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Confucius (Showbox Media Group) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Fanboys (Anchor Bay Entertainment UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Forbidden Planet (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Gremlins (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Happy Feet (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Heroes: The Complete Series 4 (Universal/Playback) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Higanjima – Escape from Vampire Island (Manga Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Letters to Juliet (E1 Entertainment UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Objectified (Plexi Film) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Shane Meadows Collection (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Blair Witch Project (Lionsgate UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Brothers Bloom (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Disappearance of Alice Creed (Icon Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Heavy (Lionsgate UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Human Centipede – First Sequence (Eureka) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Loved Ones (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Zombie Collection (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]

> The Best DVD and Blu-ray releases of 2009