BBC Culture has just released its list of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century so far, and among them are three films by Paul Thomas Anderson—There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Inherent Vice, all of which feature scores by Jonny Greenwood—along with Richard Linklater's Boyhood, Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis, and Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, for all six of which Nonesuch Records released the film soundtracks. BBC Culture says: "Film-making today, whether massively expensive or made with tiny budgets, shot on celluloid or video is thriving artistically as much as it ever has."
BBC Culture has just released its list of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century so far, and among them are three films by Paul Thomas Anderson—There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Inherent Vice, all of which feature scores by Jonny Greenwood—along with Richard Linklater's film Boyhood, Joel and Ethan Coen's film Inside Llewyn Davis, and Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, for all six of which Nonesuch Records released the film soundtracks. The complete list was compiled from a poll the BBC Culture commissioned of film critics from around the world.
"If you can't find masterpieces amid the blockbuster flotsam, you simply aren't looking hard enough. Film-making today, whether massively expensive or made with tiny budgets, shot on celluloid or video, is thriving artistically as much as it ever has," write the editors of BBC Culture. "We believe that the new classics on this list are destined to become old classics. Whether or not that happens is ultimately up to you, the moviegoers. But one thing is certain: cinema isn't dying, it's evolving."
To read more and see the complete list, visit bbc.com/culture.
Paul Thomas Anderson's epic 2007 film There Will Be Blood, an adaptation of the Upton Sinclair novel Oil!, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, comes in at No. 3 on the list. Jonny Greenwood's hauntingly dramatic score is "one of the few film scores in recent years that can honestly own the sobriquet of landmark," said Newsday.
Anderson's 2012 film The Master, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams, is a striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post–World War II America. The soundtrack comprises 11 compositions by Greenwood—"rich and inventive" (The New Yorker)—along with four recordings from the era in which the film is set. Rolling Stone says the film's "visual poetry is matched by Jonny Greenwood's haunting, hypnotic score."
Inherent Vice (2014), an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name, is set in the tail end of the psychedelic '60s and stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Owen Wilson. The soundtrack includes nine works by Greenwood; an unreleased Radiohead tune performed with members of Supergrass; and recordings from the movie's era.
Richard Linklater's 2014 film Boyhood, landing at No. 5, stars Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and Ellar Coltrane, in a breakthrough performance. Shot over 12 years with the same cast, the film is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child who literally grows up on screen before the viewers' eyes. The soundtrack spans the story's 12 years, with songs ranging from the year 2000 to 2013 and features the song "Hero," by Family of the Year.
Written and directed by Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis, in at No. 11, stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake. The film's soundtrack, produced by T Bone Burnett, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, with Marcus Mumford as its associate producer, features 12 new recordings created especially for the film and soundtrack. Also included is a never-before-released recording of Bob Dylan performing his song "Farewell," which was originally recorded during the sessions for his album The Times They Are A-Changin'.
Darren Aronofsky's 2000 film Requiem for a Dream, adapted from the 1978 novel by Hubert Selby, Jr. and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans, tells the parallel stories of four people pursuing their dreams of better lives on the mean streets of Coney Island. Kronos Quartet's performance of composer Clint Mansell's score, is as haunting and harrowing as the film. The first-ever vinyl edition of the soundtrack was released earlier this year.