So, I have a plan. It’s a crazy mad plan. It’ll never work. My plan is to watch 55 movies scored by Thomas Newman in 55 days. No, I won’t watch one every day. I might watch two on one day. Or maybe none. No, I’ll never make it. Yes, I just started a new job that has filled my every spare moment with stretching and learning, so this is a doubly ridiculous idea. But I’m going to try and watch 55 movies anyway. All of his movies that aren’t documentaries, TV movies, or shorts.
Why? Because of The Adjustment Bureau. I saw it on Friday night, then went to see it again on Saturday. I was captivated by the music. There’s this brilliant moment at the end, when the sound fades out and only the music is left. During a kiss. It reminded me of that wonderful scene from Wall-E… “define dancing”, when Wall-E has the fire extinguisher out in space. (Sidenote: Thomas Newman got ROBBED, when he didn’t get the Academy Award for the Wall-E score.)
I’m going to start with the oldest stuff. Tonight’s selection will be Desperately Seeking Susan, not because it’s the absolute oldest (hey, one has to make concessions… I’ve got a deadline), but because it’s available streaming from Netflix. I’ll get Reckless and Revenge of the Nerds in my Netflix queue, and I just bought Real Genius on DVD from Amazon (because really, it’s about time I owned that on DVD…)
So. Here we go. Night #1. Ready, set, GO WATCH A MOVIE FROM THE 80’S WITH MADONNA IN IT JUST BECAUSE OF THE FILM SCORE COMPOSER.