Last year, we put together a bracket and asked readers to identify the greatest film composer of all time. It’s stunning to think that in this year alone, all three of our finalists contributed music to blockbusters. John Williams, the winner of that poll, scored Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Phillip Glass contributed to the much-maligned Fantastic Four; and, in perhaps the most surprising of the three, Ennio Morricone leads the way on the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Yes, the idea of the heady, thrilling Glass composing pieces for the shlocky, stunted comic book movie is a bit of a shock, but we’re talking about the absolute icon of Western soundtracks returning to the saloon for the first time in about 40 years. And, despite the time off, he brushes the dust off his chaps masterfully, making for a haunting score that hints creepily at the film’s violent depths.