CD Revew: The Best Score Runner-Ups and Composers to Watch for 2012

CHICO & RITA soundtrack | ©2012 Red General Catalogue

The Best Score Runner-Ups and Composer to Watch for 2012 ARBITRAGE (Cliff Martinez / Milan) As the composer who virtually created the ethereal indie sound with SEX LIES AND VIDEOTAPE, Cliff Martinez has always played psychological tension in offbeat, ethereally percussive ways. Here’s it’s a moody spider’s web of drones and percussion that’s closing in on a magnate’s gigantic F-up, rhythmic tension that’s all about the inner turmoil that clings to the antihero as he uses all of his charms to clean things up. Speaking with his soft, haunted confidence, Martinez’s Eno-ish washes of melodic textures always have a cold […]Read On »

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CD Review: ARBITRAGE soundtrack

ARBITRAGE soundtrack | ©2012 Milan Records

His characters are often under intense pressure, with no easy way out in sight. Not that most of Cliff Martinez’s scores sweat their predicaments out in the traditional sense, preferring to speak volumes for the agitated states of bank robbers (THE UNDERNEATH), drug dealers (TRAFFIC) and the fate-cursed (FIRST SNOW) through the tides and ebbs of pulsing, rock-inspired rhythms and suspenseful, dream like sustains. Now the former Chili Pepper has segued from from the monosyllabic getaway man of DRIVE to the far more talkative, and rich antihero of ARBITRAGE the kind of mogul who prefers to put others in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ARBITRAGE

ARBITRAGE movie poster | ©2012 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta, Nate Parker, Stuart Margolin, Chris Eigeman, Graydon Carter Writer: Nicholas Jarecki Director: Nicholas Jarecki Distributor: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Release Date: September 14, 2012 ARBITRAGE the movie takes its title from the term for a type of risk-free financial transaction. When we meet Wall Street tycoon Robert Miller (Richard Gere), it quickly becomes evident that he hasn’t managed to make such an exchange go smoothly, but he’s anxious to sell his company before anyone finds out the extent of the damage to the tune of six hundred million dollars […]Read On »

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