Time again for one of my sporadic movie/soundtrack posts.
Just finished watching Stranger Than Fiction, and i like. Will Farrell toes the line between humor and oddity better in this film than his other 'dramedies.' This was a movie that i hadn't been dying to see, by any means, but i'm glad that a rainy Monday night allowed me to do so. With a guest list of folks like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson, the movie has promise from the start. Thematically, it's witty and original - Will plays a remarkably boring/borderline OCD IRS agent whose life inadvertently becomes the subject of a novel written by Emma Thompson's character. In turn, the pages of the novel begin to control Will's own fate and change his lifestyle. You've at least seen the trailer, so i shall not go on.
But we all know the reason why you're here, so let's get to it....
The songs in the film, expertly placed between Thompson's narration and impressively relevant to the movie, are superb. Britt Daniel (above) of Spoon collaborated with soundtrack veteran Brian Reitzell to create half original score/half amazing soundtrack. The tracks that weren't written for the film are made up of a few Spoon songs and a handful of relatively unknown (at least to me) post punk tunes. The movie is somewhat dark, and the contrast between that and the upbeat, sanguine nature of Punk music somehow works perfectly. Hearing Britt's work placed next to this style of music reveals obvious influences i may not have noticed otherwise. i've always thought that Spoon fits the elemental mold of indie-rock, but now i'm starting to see something seep out of the edges. The highlight track is from Wreckless Eric - sounds like a grunge Donovan - Will Farrell gives us an impromptu acoustic version in the movie (see below). This Monday movie night has just presented me with a few new bands to look into.
Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World
Maximo - Going Missing
Califone - Bottles & Bones (Shade & Sympathy)
Spoon - The Way We Get By
Spoon - The Book I Write
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