In praise of the modern movie soundtrack

Posted by · 7:41 am · August 5th, 2011

I generally try to ignore film opinion pieces I think are fundamentally misguided — à chacun son goût and all that, plus the fact that fighting one mind is generally more trouble than it’s worth — but Ben Walsh’s idle article in The Independent today on the supposed demise of the movie soundtrack does such […]

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Danny Elfman meets Ennio Morricone

Posted by · 12:37 pm · December 6th, 2009

That’s what I’ve decided the Hans Zimmer score for “Sherlock Holmes” is.  I’ve been listening to it all weekend.  The themes present in that brief snippet we led off yesterday’s Oscar Talk are felt throughout in different ways, but mostly I keep getting a spaghetti western homage.  Specifically, the mandolin picking of Morricone’s “Once Upon […]

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OFF THE CARPET FAIL

Posted by · 2:02 pm · October 19th, 2009

This is weak sauce, and I know that going in, but it looks like back-to-back weeks without an Off the Carpet column.  Two screenings today, suddenly being pulled out of town tomorrow, computer issues, etc. — it tends to get in the way. In the meantime, some sporadic thoughts: • “An Education,” “Fish Tank” (which […]

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Oscarcast nixes honorary awards

Posted by · 9:40 am · June 27th, 2009

Anyone know the reason why the Academy is so restlessly change-happy this week? Not content with doubling the Best Picture field and potentially eliminating the Best Original Song category, they’ve also decided go ahead and cut all honorary awards from the March telecast. Instead, the hitherto irregularly awarded Honorary (AKA lifetime achievement), Irving G. Thalberg […]

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