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: The Long Goodbye

I watched a film over the weekend called The Long Goodbye. It was a chance pick on a quiet Friday night; the fact that it was a Robert Altman film was the main reason I gave it a chance. It turned out to be an unexpectedly amazing flick. I can’t stop thinking about it and…

Soundtrack: Picnic at Hanging Rock

The soundtrack to Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) is an excellent example of a film that employs the use of pre-existing music to supplement the underscore. I never knew until recently that the haunting title theme of the film was actually an artful combination of two traditional Romanian panpipe pieces Doina: Sus Pe…

Soundtrack: Scent of a Woman

I want to feature soundtracks that I feel are not only excellent, but also have contributed and influenced the larger body of film scores. I have chosen  Scent of Woman because this was one of Thomas Newman’s biggest films to score. He went on to score The Shawshank Redemption and American Beauty and many other…