The Shining

I'm not the only one in the band who feels like this movie belongs on this list. In my opinion, it contains some of the best use of sound — and definitely the best use of silence — in any film I've ever seen. —R.B.


Twin Peaks — The Return (Showtime Series)

This might be cheating, but given that David Lynch has revealed that he conceived of this series as basically an 18-hour film, I'm including it anyway. I was blown away by how Lynch addressed the challenge of following up the original 1990s episodes. Rather than giving us more of the same, he recognized the unique nature of the opportunity — having a cult-like audience that's so hungry for more Twin Peaks that they'll sit through almost anything. I think it's fair to say that he pushed us to our limits, asking more questions than he answered, thrilling and confounding us in turns. Also, his approach to the sound design is so personal... the thing where the floor noise fades up dramatically between bits of dialogue is so unnerving! Episode 8 is a masterpiece. —R.B.


Dunkirk

I'm cheating a bit, too, because this isn't one of my favourite movies. But the approach to the score is so unique and committed that I keep thinking about it. Basically, Zimmer employs a technique called Shepard Tone, which is like an aural illusion. In Dunkirk, he uses the device rhythmically, though it's usually done harmonically. It's not a revolutionary technique, but Zimmer's effusive use of it is just so ridiculous. He creates a sense of constant acceleration for two-and-a-half hours. It's so committed and insane. A rare example of a big Hollywood movie going all-in on an unexpected musical idea. —R.L.


Paprika

I'm a fan of animated movies because they're an outlet for boundless human imagination. Every time I watch Paprika, my idea of what is creatively possible expands a bit. Just look up the parade scene to see what I mean, the music for it is bonkers. From a comment thread on the theme music for the parade: "I want this played at my birth." A separate commenter: "I want this song to play when I'm dying." —I.C.


Alien

Just an unbelievably beautiful and terrifying movie. We rely so heavily on special effects for sci-fi now, but Alien stands as a testament to set design. It just looks so damn good. I also love that so much of the movie takes place in the shadows, it is a masterclass in the use of negative space and silence. —I.C.

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