The Good Old World: Tom Waits’ Soundtrack for “Night on Earth”

For the film’s score, director Jim Jarmusch enlisted his friend, the musician and songwriter Tom Waits.… Read More The Good Old World: Tom Waits’ Soundtrack for “Night on Earth”

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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