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Adaptation - Source

New Yorker Carter Burwell scored Velvet Goldmine, which would be a coincidence (see above) if I didn't diligently plan these things ahead. He's also done most of the Coens' movies and, as he beautified Being John Malkovich, lands the return gig on the new Jonze-Kaufman headfuck. His new-school, indie sensibilities show from the dark opening title piece (remixed by Fatboy Slim), and he relishes working with titles like "The Slough Pit Of Creation" and "The Unexpressed Expressed" (who wouldn't?). The Turtles' "Happy Together" closes, but that may be a rare example of Americans embracing that 'irony' thing. Confessions of a dangerous mind that glower with greatness.

Rating: 4 / 10


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