Telekinetic Tunes: Pino Donaggio’s Score for Brian De Palma’s “Carrie”

High school girls are cheering, yelling, laughing as they take part in a game of volleyball, an everyday scene that could be taking place in any high school, anywhere. The girls are seemingly confident; strong and resilient. That is, all the girls bar one, whom we soon learn is named Carrie (Sissy Spacek). After she… Read More Telekinetic Tunes: Pino Donaggio’s Score for Brian De Palma’s “Carrie”

Movie Double: My Own Private Idaho & American Honey

At least once a year I find myself revisiting My Own Private Idaho, Gus Van Sant’s narcoleptic rent boy road movie. I’m an avid River Phoenix fan, yes (I have devoured anything and everything related to the broody actor since my teens, an obsession that amuses and confuses my friends and family), but it’s the beautiful… Read More Movie Double: My Own Private Idaho & American Honey

Latest piece for MUBI’s Notebook: The Story Behind the Theme for “Alien”

Jerry Goldsmith was already a veteran film composer with numerous iconic scores under his belt by the time he was enlisted to work on Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979). He’d worked in radio and television through the 1950s, contributing music to classic shows such as The Twilight Zone (1959) and Perry Mason (1959) before making the… Read More Latest piece for MUBI’s Notebook: The Story Behind the Theme for “Alien”