Posted by · 8:15 pm · January 23rd, 2009

I’m sitting here at the Arlington Theatre awaiting the big Kate Winslet/Montecito Award presentation and they played, I believe, a bit from Thomas Newman’s “Revolutionary Road” score a moment ago, and it got my blood up once again.

Not to harp on how wrong the Academy got it this year, but Thomas’s work deserved a notice. He should have been a double nominee. I’m the first to admit he can be terribly derivative of his own work, but his “Road” scored soared.

Anyway, show’s about to begin. More later.

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  • 1 1-23-2009 at 8:38 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Eh, it was one of his lesser works I felt, even with a few notes here and there.

    And the same notes here.

    And the same notes there.

    And the same notes playing over, and over, and over, and over again.

  • 2 1-23-2009 at 8:55 pm

    mB said...

    I’ll side with Kris on this one. It’s on my iPod and I play Newman’s score over and over again.

  • 3 1-23-2009 at 9:11 pm

    Jake said...

    I just saw Revolutionary Road last night, and I must say that it should have been nominated for Best Picture over The Reader or Benjamin Button. It’s not a masterpiece, as some critics claim, but it is an incredible look at a troubled marriage in the mid-2oth century. All of the performances are seriously riveting. The score, while I agree somewhat with the first comment about the scarce notes, was extremely effective and memorable.

  • 4 1-23-2009 at 9:34 pm

    Bryan said...

    Revolutionary Road is my pick for the best of 2008, and Newman’s score is extremely effective within the film (less so than his other works on album), and he is the most deserving perennial Hollywood composer (Alexandre Desplat is still relatively new to Hollywood, but bless him that he’s here now) of an oscar. But he won’t get it this year.

  • 5 1-23-2009 at 9:55 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    Films nominated for Best Picture that are not as good as REVOLUTIONARY ROAD: 5.

  • 6 1-23-2009 at 10:01 pm

    Bryan said...

    Amen, BurmaShave.

  • 7 1-23-2009 at 11:57 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    How many notes a score has doesn’t determine it’s worth. But the way those themes are utilized does. I think it was stellar in that vein.

  • 8 1-24-2009 at 5:09 am

    Chris said...

    “Films nominated for Best Picture that are not as good as REVOLUTIONARY ROAD: 5.”

    “Amen, BurmaShave.”

  • 9 1-24-2009 at 5:19 am

    Glenn said...

    As a big Newman fan – I was one of the few who thought he deserved to win for “The Good German” from the Academy’s nominated five – I actually didn’t think the work was his best. It was far too similar to in vein to his works in “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Road to Perdition” (the latter I also think deserved the Oscar). And in regards to reuse of the same recurring motif… if it is literally just a couple of key composition used over and over again that’s hardly a score and more of just an instrumental song they used on the soundtrack.

    Although, to be perfectly honest, the sound system in the cinema (I saw the movie today) was distorting the sound ever so slightly, which was incredibly unfortunate and annoying.

  • 10 1-24-2009 at 5:37 am

    Jackass said...

    How people can like something as tacky and forceful as Rev. Road is beyond me. The film was a steaming pile of overacting combined Deakin’s worst work by far.

    What are you guys? Bored housewives?

    Watch Far From Heaven for a similar subject matter that was done in a much more subtle fashion, at least compared to the shout fest that was Revolutionary Road

  • 11 1-24-2009 at 6:13 am

    Glenn said...

    “Far From Heaven” is subtle?

    That’s… incredibly wrong. Sorry, but it is. That movie is all about the showiness of the ordinary.