Latest piece for Notebook: What a Little Moonlight Can Do

Since seeing Moonlight a few weekends back, I haven’t been able to get it out my head. Its delicate humanism; James Laxton’s hauntingly intimate photography; the brilliant performances of the cast; Barry Jenkins’ masterful direction—this has all stayed with me since I reluctantly walked left the theatre on that balmy Saturday afternoon. The ushers had… Read More Latest piece for Notebook: What a Little Moonlight Can Do

Beautiful Music: Michel Legrand and Agnès Varda’s “Cléo from 5 to 7”

Agnés Varda’s second feature film (Cléo from 5 to 7 (1961) opens starkly, sans any musical overture, with an overhead shot of a tarot reading taking place. Two women are heard discussing the cards. A young woman, the eponymous Cléo (Corinne Marchand), chooses nine tarot cards—three to indicate the past, three for the present, three for… Read More Beautiful Music: Michel Legrand and Agnès Varda’s “Cléo from 5 to 7”

Soundtrack from Twin Peaks 33 1/3 book available for preorder

I received a pretty exciting present from Bloomsbury… My very first book, dedicated to one of my favourite soundtracks and composers, will be out February 9th. From the book’s blurb:  How did a unique collaborative process between a director and composer result in a perfectly post-modern soundtrack that ran the gamut of musical styles from… Read More Soundtrack from Twin Peaks 33 1/3 book available for preorder

Kiss Forever in a Darkness: The Music of David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet”

[Blue Velvet] was the song that sparked the movie! —David Lynch Blue velvet, red lips, sprawling, manicured neighborhood lawns; the transgressions that go on behind the closed doors of ostensibly squeaky-clean American suburbia; the mysterious melancholy behind a pop song written in the early 1950s: these were the things that inspired David Lynch to write… Read More Kiss Forever in a Darkness: The Music of David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet”