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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‘Amelie’ tops list of decade’s best cinematography

Posted by · 10:00 am · June 29th, 2010

The folks at Movieline got their hands on a list of the top 50 films of the decade, from a cinematography standpoint, as laid out by voters at American Cinematographer magazine. Topping the list: Bruno Delbonnel’s work on “Amelie.” Delbonnel is a favorite among DPs. After all, “A Very Long Engagement” won him the ASC […]

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The best films of a decade

Posted by · 5:10 am · December 21st, 2009

This column has been the elephant in my living room for months. Putting together a list of the year’s best films is easy. It’s fresh. It’s in your mind. It’s, in many ways, the expected culmination. Putting together a list of the decade’s best films is a different chore altogether. Yearly rankings fly out the […]

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An evening with Clint Mansell

Posted by · 5:44 pm · July 20th, 2009

It has been a very long time since I sat myself down in a wooden pew, but I think it’s safe to say that the last church recital I attended didn’t begin with a speech by a rebel auteur from Brooklyn, didn’t involve any electric guitars, and it certainly wasn’t accompanied by video imagery of […]

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Clint Mansell on growing up through film music

Posted by · 9:37 am · July 17th, 2009

It’s no secret around these parts that I’m a pretty committed disciple of composer Clint Mansell.  I was absolutely beside myself — livid — when his work on Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain,” potentially the best score of the decade, was unceremoniously snubbed by the Academy two years ago.  So it was delightful to read through […]

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Aronofsky at Edinburgh

Posted by · 10:15 am · June 24th, 2009

As someone who prefers watching movies to listening to others talk about them, I probably haven’t attended as many of the In Person Q&A sessions at this year’s Edinburgh festival as I should have. Sam Mendes lost out in my priority scale to “The Red Shoes,” while the likes of Bill Forsyth and Brenda Blethyn […]

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Fuck that

Posted by · 2:45 pm · September 9th, 2008

This Ben Child item at The Guardian has me steaming.  The quote, following a recounting of “The Fountain”‘s crash and burn at Venice two years ago, that pushed me over the edge: How would Aronofsky recover? Despite being heralded as one of Hollywood’s most hotly-tipped young film-makers, he was a little early in his career […]

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BEST ACTOR WATCH: Mickey Rourke in ‘The Wrestler’

Posted by · 1:07 pm · August 11th, 2008

For some time I have been cautiously anticipating Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film “The Wrestler.” I say cautiously because, as much as I love Aronofsky’s vision of a cinematic world slightly askew, I recognize his potential for going off the rails in blind artistic rage. I loved “The Fountain.” I found it to be one of […]

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