Geek Gift Countdown: The Music Behind 2010’s Movies

Sometimes the perfect gift for a movie fan has nothing to do with the beauty of the image. Sometimes it’s all about the perfect audio seduction provided by an awesome movie score. And if there is one thing 2010 did right in movie land, it was movie scores. And here are four (technically five) that will truly make the life of a movie fan sound that much more awesome.

2010 at the Movies: The Music

Inception (Music From The Motion Picture) by Hans Zimmer

Besides being the third highest grossing film of the year (and first highest grossing film not in 3D), and really reminding the movie going audience that story can co-exist with huge action set pieces, the score for Inception is a masterpiece. No matter who you ask, every track has a guttural excitement to it.

Whether you’re brushing your teeth, caught in bumper to bumper LA traffic, or invading the dreams of your business rival, Hans Zimmer’s heart pounding score makes it all seem about 10x more intense than it actually is. In short, the Inception score will alter your sense sound reality.

The Social Network by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Currently one of the top three front runners for best picture this year, David Fincher’s The Social Network takes its audience on a wild ride through the dangers of success. And accompanies that better than Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score, which is the perfect gift for any technophiles out there.

A piece of true craftsmanship by its creators, this score sets itself apart from the traditional bang on drums intensified beat we have become so complacent with. Rather this score gives off a real sense of the party all night life style and serves as the perfect piece to add to any music collection.

Tron: Legacy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Daft Punk

The movie may not be out yet, but if the score is any indication, Tron: Legacy is going to be one heck of a ride. For Daft Punk fans and non-fans alike, this score, like Reznor’s Social Network score is a techo wet dream.

Every beat makes your life seem that much cooler. Every 8-bit warble makes you wish you were right there in the Tron universe. This is going to be a score that people will be talking about ten years from now, and whenever it comes up during your iPods random shuffle, you may just get the urge to hit the repeat button.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Original Score Composed By Nigel Godrich)

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is so awesome that it takes two separate records to pack in all the amazing music contained within the film. Every track from Sex Bo-Bomb’s opener (sung by the actors themselves), to the awesome techno romps played during the eye popping action scenes, this is a score for any indy music/awesomeness lover.

But you know what the best part about all of these gifts is? You don’t even have to go out for some wrapping paper. Thanks to the wonderful outlets that are iTunes and Amazon, you can buy all these albums in digital form, and every single one is under $10. What’s not to love?

How the Price Index Works:

For our ‘Price Index,’ we’ve devised a four-level scale based on the expense of the items we’re recommending. This is based on our research (mainly on Amazon and other fine retailers). It breaks down like so:

Dirt Cheap: Cost of $25 or less.

Affordable: Cost of no greater than $50.

A Worthy Stretch: Slightly more expensive, but no more expensive than $150.

For the Rich: Gifts for those you really, really love. $150 and greater items only need apply here.

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From a young age, TV guru Merrill Barr has been obsessed with the small screen. And one day he decided to put that obsession to good use.

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