CD review: WHAT MAISIE KNEW soundtrack

WHAT MAISE KNEW soundtrack | ©2013 Milan Records

As a composer with a sensibility as rhythmic as it is eccentrically loopy, Devotchka’s Nick Urata has captured the ups and downs of adult relationships with such charming scores as CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE, RUBY SPARKS and ARTHUR NEWMAN. What makes WHAT MAISIE KNEW particularly striking is how gentle Urata is in his approach, but no less ironic as he evokes a children’s sensibility to depict a little girl who’s caught in a tug of war between her divorced parents and their new amours. It’s an “Alice in Wonderland” approach where a fantasia of bells, gentle pianos, halting strings and a […]Read On »

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CD Review: The Best Scores of 2012

CLOUD ATLAS soundtrack | ©2012 Water Tower Records

THE BEST SCORES OF 2012 BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin / Cinereach Music) An adolescent’s ability to turn a dangerous world into a place full of fantastical possibility provides the subtext for this strikingly fresh, Cajun-cum-magical realism score by director Benh Zeitlin and co-composer Dan Romer. “Beast’s” flooded island is a palpable, dangerously enchanted place in this jambalaya of music box bells, fiddles and plucked strings, strongly melodic storytelling that dances with local flavor while taking listeners to a truly new, mythic land where giant prehistoric pigs can come to life. In the their native […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the RUBY SPARKS Los Angeles Premiere

Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan at the Los Angeles Premiere of RUBY SPARKS | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Recently Fox Searchlight Pictures held the Los Angeles Premiere of RUBY SPARKS at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at The Egyptian in Hollywood. RUBY SPARKS is the story of Calvin (Paul Dano), a young novelist who after achieving success early in his career finds himself struggling with his writing and his romantic life. Creating a character named Ruby, he finds that she inspires him, but when he sees Ruby (Zoe Kazan) sitting on his couch a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of […]Read On »

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