Seen: 8mm ★★★✮✰

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Lovefilm.de (yes that Link gives me $$ when you use it to join)  now has Video on Demand, only 150 movies so far, but 5 added to it every day it seems, and only in German. I talked about their DVD rental flatrate (I currently pay 17€ a month and have 2 DVDs of my choice at home, when I send them back I get new ones from my list). So let’s cut the advertising…

I have no time at all, but I managed to squeeze in a quick movie while I was looking for sound effect source material for a project (currently doing the ambient tracks for Dungeons).

8mm is staring Nicolas Cage, which me and my friends call The Mumbler, though his mumbling is lost in the German version. Damn you Video On Demand, I hate dubbed versions!

It’s about murder and snuff porn, so just my thing 😉 No really, the story was much more gripping than I have expected, even though I was working and watching it on the side, my adrenaline went up in the action scenes (which almost never happens, usually I am distant and analytical). Some emotion affected me, even, while other scenes were overplayed I think. Once again that Hollywood thing, try dry understatement with depth and meaning, this will make a brilliant movie, no need for weepy bombast with an army of violins, we have 2010 goddamnit.

Talking of violins, god this must be the most annoying soundtrack of my life. Filmtracks gave it 2 of 5 stars, and that’s flattering. 😉 While it does work in the action scenes, and while it is fresh and new and a weird approach – it is also totally annoying and hate-inducing: The movie is about a hidden crime in the underground illegal porn scene, strictly American, with basically only white people, and half of the music is weird morrocan chanting like a yodeling cat in a grinder. Who gave the go ahead for that? Why are scores rejected all the time, by the biggest composers out there, and somehow this gets green-lighted???? (try it from 1:20, and tell me you like it, I dare you!)

I refrain from talking about the sound, I did not catch the credits and those Video on Demand movies are compressed. No sound rating for those.

Sorry, once again I have to hurry to blurt this out, I am very busy before Xmas blabla…

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2 thoughts on “Seen: 8mm ★★★✮✰

  1. In a moody, Moroccan setting and story, the sound track would be great in my opinion (OK, only listened to the one song you posted). But if it is in an all white, American setting you are right, it will just not fit – makes no sense.

    – Oliver

    • Quoting Filmtracks (I love their reviews):

      “This is one of the few scores that has ever, for instance, raised questions about whether the composer’s approach was distinctly racist.
      […]
      Not only will the strange atmosphere be tough on the ears of many conservative score collectors, but it doesn’t make sense in the context of the film. By associating the white criminals in the film (and their industry) with an extremely heavy Moroccan influence, Danna risks drawing the conclusion that Moroccans are savage barbarians who would kill a person in sex film. So awkward is the Moroccan music in the film that it just begs such questions.
      […]
      The music itself is actually a fascinating study, albeit unlistenable in parts, and it’s easy to get the impression that most film score collectors would simply use this score to irritate co-workers, roommates, or elderly neighbors.
      […]
      The shrieking dissonance of “Rainstorm” is the culmination of these efforts, merging the orchestra with the native vocals and percussion in a completely intolerable crescendo of noise. As the film states, there are things that one cannot “unsee.” Unfortunately there music that can’t be unheard, either.”

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