Soundtrack: Stranger Things

Aaron Cooper wrote on Bearded Gentleman Music, that nostalgia has become a counter-cultural juggernaut because of the Internet. “Instead of relying on a fragmented, often romanticized memory, you have the best and the worst of history at your fingertips.”  It’s true, you can indulge in nostalgia at any moment you choose; get misty-eyed over old Coke ads, find the…

An Interstellar Love Letter to Hans Zimmer

It’s not often that a film score like Interstellar comes along and when one does it’s usually written by Hans Zimmer. Granted, I don’t watch as many movies as I used to and age and parenthood has affected my choices, but I have become better at spotting something special. From the first musical murmur in Christopher Nolan’s…

The Horror

For me, the most powerful moment of a horror film is when the action goes beyond sensorial experience. It’s the moment when the thing you are seeing is unleashed from the image and runs rampant in your imagination, taking on a life of its own. This moment where the horror comes alive is undoubtedly the aim…

Soundtrack: Mad Max

I watched Mad Max for the first time last week. I liked it. A lot. It has that same callow honesty as many other Australian films made around the time of the great film-grant plunder of the mid-late seventies. Everything from the story telling to the setting, the sound, the dialogue and that inimitable Australian perspective give films of this era a…

Insensatez

I first heard this song in David Lynch’s Lost Highway; I heard it again recently when I bought Paul Smith’s Brazilian Detour LP and was surprised to discover that it was based on Frédéric Chopin‘s Prelude No.4. I’d always loved this tune but never really looked it up until now since my interest in Bossa Nova has peaked. Since reading an…

Soundtrack: Only Lovers Left Alive

When Jim Jarmusch puts a film out, I almost get more excited about the music that it will feature. I discovered Mulatu Astatke’s hypnotic Tezeta in Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers. Dead Man [VINYL] is one of my all time favourite soundtracks, featuring the crunchy echos of Neil Young’s lonely guitar. Epic and desolate, Dead Man must have provided…

Soundtrack: A Field in England

The first time I saw Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, I knew it was special. I had no idea what I was watching, I was confused for the most part and it was late, but, I kept watching. I couldn’t stop watching. Like the story itself, this film has as an alchemy that makes…

Lalo Schifrin, nightly news and vampires

Lalo Schifrin was not a name I grew up knowing. In fact it’s only recently that I started paying attention when I heard this name, and ever since, I’ve noticed that unusual name cropping up in the most unusual places. Cool Hand Luke is undoubtedly one of Paul Newman’s best films and I love it,…

Profile: Angelo Badalamenti

The music of Angelo Badalamenti has been floating around in my subconscious since I was 12 and Twin Peaks first aired. Then as I discovered Blue Velvet and the nightmare world of David Lynch, I became certain of Angelo Badalamenti’s unique talent to evoke mystery and beauty. His gift to bring a sense of impending…

Lara’s theme

I’ve always had a special affection for David Lean’s Dr Zhivago and even more of a soft spot for Maurice Jarre’s Lara’s Theme. The heroine is my name sake after all and what an ideal to live up to!  However, it was only on my most recent viewing of the 1965 epic, that I realised…