“egh, it’s hot outside! It’s HAAAHT!”
Three good listens today, all Coppola soundtracks. Been feeling touchy and moody lately. It’s 90 degrees outside on a regular basis, and I just spent three hours getting a replacement air conditioning filter. Now it’s a struggling 83 degrees in the apartment.
Be hot and moody with me:
1. “The Pickup” from “The Godfather” score by Nino Rota -
Fellow hotheads, the Corleones, would have never bothered two seconds with a faulty air conditioner. Vito spent all his time out in his tomato patch. If he had to stay inside tweeting all day, a sledgehammer to the air duct would start to look pretty friendly. Fegh. I want a tomato patch. Eh, I probably just find a way to bitch about it. Here’s a piece that is nice and brood-happy, with that touch of long ago.
2. “Finale” from “Apocalypse Now” by Carmine Coppola and whole bunch of other geniuses
Continuing the trend of heat induced delusions of grandeur, I started listening to the “I’m Going Totally Insane” riff from the close of “Apocalypse Now.” In my irritable head, every day is “Apocalypse Now”. Go mad with me.
3. “Dracula, the Beginning” from “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” by Wojciech Kilar
Very underrated, and it makes the choices today’s movies make look as safe as an episode of 7th Heaven. In a screenwriting class a couple years ago, a 45-year old woman told us she wanted to adapt Dracula for the screen, except THIS TIME, she’d include much more sex, the way it was…written, I guess. I don’t know if she saw this movie but the overload of top and tails in this reminds me that it was made in a time when people didn’t hate sex.
Dracula is a story with very little suspense left in it. Although that woman did a valiant effort and turned in a draft where nobody realized Dracula was the vampire behind the murders until page 60. Um…. “A” for effort. If you’re going to do Dracula, make up for the lack of suspense by an overload of horror stimuli. Like this…