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 Posted:   Jan 14, 2020 - 1:40 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

This was the only other thread I could find about this film and score..

https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=124139&forumID=1&archive=0

..but it's just a PR thread and doesn't even have the composers name in the title!!

Anyway, I finally got around to watching it on Netflix and while, yes, it's a deeply flawed film, I also found it to be hugely unique and refreshing AND original, despite it's many mis-steps and changes of tone and view (I think I've got a thing for bonkers films and glorious failures).
AND THE SCORE!!!
It's magnificent.
The director bemoans the change over the years FROM melody and themes and unique orchestrations TO just mood and rhythm (in the liner notes) and boy, does he let Rolfe Kent have at it in this one.
It's just brimming with melody and themes and unique orchestrations.
I quite liked the music from the CD when I first bought it (mainly cos I like Kent's music and I was worried the CD would disappear quickly if I didn't buy it soonish), but hearing it in context takes it up so many levels.
While I was watching the film, there was a moment when we hear a cello solo over a lovely bed of strings that was just gorgeously heart-breaking and then the scene and music segued into a glorious piece as the characters go on an exotic travel journey.
Just pure Movie Music Bliss.
Thoughts?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2020 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

You're missing out on a crazy film and a fantastic music score, guys n gals!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2020 - 8:08 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I did NOT care for the film (even though a lot of the action takes place in "Norway"), but I thought the score was quite lovely! Rolfe Kent is probably the quintessential indie/comedy composer never getting his proper due, IMO.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2020 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   Graham   (Member)

Good to hear.

Intending to get to this eventually.

Always entertained by Rolfe Kent.


Graham

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2020 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   Cinefanart   (Member)

How many styles has Rolfe Kent got? Not a criticism at all. Difficult to nail this guy down. He wouldn't be out of place if his stuff was composed in the 80's when we had the likes of Horner/Broughton/Holdridge/Newman David and Randy/Elman making their mark.

Rock Dog (shame this has not been released on CD, download only) is a perfect example of this .....and it's brilliant. Cheers for pointing this guy out Mr McGann. Absolute breath of fresh air!

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2020 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   cwtlead   (Member)

Does anyone know if this Watertower cd release is a manufactured on demand CD-R or a commercially pressed cd? Thanks.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2020 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

It's a pressed CD.

 
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