What are some examples of mixes you've heard that are very emotionally powerful, don't knock you out of your chair because the concept, story telling & depth of character development makes all those action based blockbusters seem like they are aimed at 12 year olds? Beautiful performances captured with equally beautiful production sound & masterful dialogue/adr editing & mix... Films that make you glad to be a human, where you leave the theatre lost for words....
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- North By Northwest
- The Black Stallion
- The Conversation
- Apocalypse Now
- Das Boot
- Master and Commander
- Toy Story
- A River Runs Through It
- The English Patient
- No Country For Old Men
- The King's Speech
- The Hurt Locker
To name a few. All superb sound jobs, where the sound work/sonic choices/mix support the narrative.
It's a tie for me:
Star Trek -> only movie I've ever seen and my analytical sound mind never kicked in, walked out of there and days later realized I never gave a single thought to the sound.
The other is 'Runaway Jury' - fully dialogue-driven film but highly creative, outstanding performances, brilliant story. A lot of creative futzing in there and forced sonic masking against DX and BGz, more so than the average film. Very well done.
However, the movie that actually had me leaving the theater with a loss for words was 'Book of Eli'.
Forrest Gump and The Thin Red Line left me speechless the most. (I didn't see Forrest Gump in theaters because I was too young to see PG-13, but I left my living room speechless!....)
Social Network was superb as well.
Also, Benjamin Button was extremely well done and I was thinking about that movie for days afterwards.
- no country for old men
- district 9
- the king's speech
- the american
- house of flying daggers
- ip man
- good will hunting
I'm positive I'm missing a few good horror and suspense flicks in there.
IMO asian cinema has always had a culturally important direct line to minimalism and emotion that puts them at the head of the pack wrt subtlety and meaning in a mix. I'm positive i've missed dozens of great asian flicks in my list as well, but this was just off the top of my head.
I also believe that only in the last 20 years or so has the technology of sound reached the point to where that kind of a mix can be achieved consistently. The old westerns used to take valiant swings at these types of mixes, but the limitations of the technology of the time sets the true emotional impact behind that of modern films that are on the same level creatively in my opinion. I think this is because at the time you really had to crush the nagra with level when recording dialogue, and now that this is no longer the case you have much more low level space in which to play.