Fifteen Years Later....

Thank you Dave Huffman for sending me this article this morning. He sends me articles quite often, actually. I can always count on him to send me interesting reading that I normally wouldn't notice or dig up myself... but thank you specifically for the one you sent today...

First off... I can't believe its been FIFTEEN YEARS!
The other night we had a little composer pow wow and a few friends came over to hear the first version of an original song created for my short film "Trails."

The song is great. We all really liked it. So we are off to a good start there. I think that once we have a solid cut of the film, I will want to deconstruct and reconstruct the song to become more of a soundtrack/score hybrid and find ways to weave the and certain individual elements of the song through the story.
We started chatting afterwards and someone asked me what my favorite movie was. I thought about for a minute and came back with Rocky & Rocky II. Which, as funny as it may sound... is true. I grew up on Rocky. Forget Rocky 4 & 5 those films are kitschy and pretty much casualties of an attempt to bleed out a franchise. "Rocky" won an OSCAR. It was Best Picture in 1977. As silly as it may be (these days) to give him credit, consider the fact that Sylvester Stallone WROTE "Rocky"... all on his own... as a no name actor... and managed to not only get the movie made but force his way in to play the lead role and make his mark on a generation.

That sparked this whole conversation about Rocky movies and Stallone's career and suddenly I was the big STALLONE the room and we were discussing RAMBO and THE EXPENDABLES .. and that's NOT where I wanted to go with ithat AT ALL....

SO WAIT... let me bring it back to the point of the moment.... let's forget the whole ROCKY conversation...

MAGNOLIA (now that I've had time to think about it and my Brother coincidentally reminded me), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, was released FIFTEEN years ago and stars a handful of hungry Hollywood heirs (William H Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C Reilly, Tom Cruise) who all deliver breathtaking performances. MAGNOLIA is definitely one of my favorite movies. Top 3 at least. The acting in this film is amazing and the experience will undoubtedly AFFECT you. When I saw this movie I went home and cried my eyes out for an hour.

Of course, everyone reacts differently but this is one of those films that forces you to feel things. It's a really impressive piece of art.
Here is an article about the film.... but more specifically... Tom Cruise and HIS role in the film.... as Frank “T.J.” Mackey.

I think this is some of his best work actually.


(This article is an excerpt from a book by Amy Nicholson "Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor")
ALSO... and I have since passed along this link to my friends, the composers/musicians.... there are some really cool musical elements in this film... aside from the soundtrack... that is really f%%% good.... the way its scored is really cool and it creates (or enhances) this incredible tension that grips throughout the entire story. Something I'd like to emulate in my films.
If you haven't seen MAGNOLIA. See it. Soak it in. I'm going to watch it again. It's been awhile.

I'm hoping my composers will see it. Soon. Soak it in... and enjoy it. But also make note of the scoring.

Maybe we can discuss later.

PS: I did a silly little short film a few years ago back in New York with Tom Cruise's cousin AMY. So I'm sure Tom and I will end up doing a film together... just to bring the whole thing full circle.


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