289 plays

Hero - Family of the Year

Well-intentioned authenticity leads to greater truths. When I hear “Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals, I think of romantic trysts, of nights out on the town, of Henry leading Karen through the back door of the Copacabana in Goodfellas. Though it doesn’t play out in its entirety in Boyhood, “Hero” by Family of the Year moves me in a similar way. I think of a child’s growing pains, of a mother’s love and fear of loss, of ends and beginnings being the same. 

171 plays

The Trio - Ennio Morricone

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966)

349 plays

Deborah’s Theme - Ennio Morricone

"I would ask myself what o’clock it could be; I could hear the whistling of trains, which, now nearer and now farther off, punctuating the distance like the note of a bird in a forest, showed me in perspective the deserted countryside through which a traveler would be hurrying towards the nearest station: the path that he followed being fixed for ever in his memory by the general excitement due to being in a strange place, to doing unusual things, to the last words of conversation, to farewells exchanged beneath an unfamiliar lamp which echoed still in his ears amid the silence of the night; and to the delightful prospect of being once again at home."

— Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time

Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone, 1984)

231 plays

Valuska - Mihály Víg

Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr/Ágnes Hranitzky, 2000)

189 plays

Prelude: The Atlas March — Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer

imageCloud Atlas (Wachowskis/Tom Tykwer, 2012)

There may be as much to admire about Cloud Atlas (its technical razzle-dazzle, its naked sentiment) as there is to lament (its hamfisted message, its problematic “post-racial” posturing) — but let us turn the page to the musical score, a deft juxtaposition of multiple narrative threads with a gorgeous progression of Western music tropes. 

2,677 plays

Waltz No. 2, Suite for Variety Orchestra - Dmitri Shostakovich

Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)

According to Kubrick’s brother-in-law and longtime assistant Jan Harlan, the director considered his final feature to be his “greatest contribution to the art of cinema.” Completed just days before his death, Eyes Wide Shut ranks among Kubrick’s most fascinating pictures — a dreamlike study of sexual repression at millennium’s end, and the perfect denouement to a body of work devoted to the absurdity of the human condition. 

“Observancy is a dying art. The essence of dramatic form is to let an idea come over people without it being plainly stated.”
Stanley Kubrick (26 July 1928 - 7 March 1999)