Short Oscar hopeful ‘The Cat Piano’

Posted by · 5:30 am · November 21st, 2009

Chalk “The Cat Piano” up as a nominee pronto. Probably the win, too. EVERYONE loves that short. So says regular reader Glenn in the comment thread on the Best Animated Short Oscar shortlist. Having now watched this 8-minute Australian gem in all its noir-tinged, Nick Cave-narrated splendor, I can’t disagree. Take a look.

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Listen to portions of Cave and Ellis’s ‘Road’ score

Posted by · 10:26 am · September 26th, 2009

The second selection is the overriding theme of the piece that I remember playing throughout the film. Beautiful stuff, aka, the kind of the the Academy’s music branch wouldn’t know how to appreciate. Also worth mentioning is “White Lunar,” a collection of some of the duo’s film music compositions. (Courtesy: The Playlist)

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SHORT TAKE: “The Road” (**1/2)

Posted by · 7:54 am · September 3rd, 2009

Telluride Film Festival There is a moment maybe three quarters into John Hillcoat’s “The Road” when it becomes clear that atmosphere may have been preferred over characterization: Viggo Mortensen’s character — known simply as “The Man” in Cormac McCarthy’s original fiction and nameless here — sits by a fire, wary of a cataracts-ridden old-timer (Robert […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Original Score — Volume I

Posted by · 10:51 am · September 2nd, 2009

As long as humanity has been recording history, music has been immensely important in society. Not only can it be joyous and entertaining, but it can capture the mood and feel of a time and a place. Cinema has been no exception in this regard. The creation of original music for a film is awarded […]

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‘The Road’ gets a release date

Posted by · 10:47 pm · April 30th, 2009

John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” has been a big question mark for film-goers ever since it was yanked from the 2008 awards season.  I heard at the time (second hand) that the film was in disarray and needed to be “completely taken apart.”  Brian Kinsley, you may recall, reviewed the screenplay (essentially […]

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Nick Cave on film, music and committees

Posted by · 3:55 am · September 17th, 2008

I can’t think offhand of an upcoming film score that I’m more eager to hear than Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ work for “The Road.” Their dark, elegiac score for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” which wove together a panoply of Americana with a smattering of modern influences, was one […]

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Could two potentially great film scores get the AMPAS shaft this year?

Posted by · 1:34 pm · May 26th, 2008

It’s a debate that never gets old regarding the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. When is it going to clean house regarding shady rules that seem to fly in the face of what the organization sets out to do each and every year: honor the best in cinematic achievement? […]

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REVIEW: “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (****)

Posted by · 12:04 pm · September 17th, 2007

In 1983, author Ron Hansen crafted a novel that ought to be considered mandatory reading for anyone fancying himself or herself attracted to the western as a genre and as a conveyor of essential truth. A Shakespearean account of betrayal in the old west, Hansen’s masterful sketches revealed deep and vibrant characters that transcended the […]

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