…a guy from my fraternity passed away after a bout with pancreatic cancer. Very sad, to be sure, but something interesting happened with his Facebook account. People started posting memorials on his wall. I’m not sure how I feel about this, especially since some of them were borderline retarded. “I eagerly await your status update from heaven!” People grieve in different ways, but Jesus, that is terrible.
Of course, that gave me an idea: Should I tragically pass, I have given my Facebook password to one of my friends, and he is going to post the following status: “Wow, it sure is hot down here. Don’t miss me too much, though, you’ll all be joining me soon enough.” I feel like that would be a fitting epitaph.
As we all know by now, Arcade Fire’s partially re-recorded version of “Wake Up” provides the score to the hype-catalyzing trailer to Where The Wild Things Are, and though previous reports suggested the band’s music would be prominently featured in the film, it was actually Karen O’s work that ended up providing the full soundtrack. Don’t worry, though, Arcade Fire’s influence on the finished product is not to be underestimated.
The initial trailer… that Arcade Fire song [“Wake Up”] was something I’d used along the way in cutting stuff. Before we shot the movie, I cut together this mood piece; I used footage from E.T., RATCATCHER and THE BLACK STALLION, and cut together this mood piece to the song. I showed it to the crew to give them a sense of the tone and the feeling of the film before we shot. It was a way to get everyone to the same place. I wrote the whole script to Arcade Fire’s FUNERAL, and I listened to that song a lot. That record is thematically very connected to the film. So it seems so perfect that we got to put that in the trailer.
Meanwhile, if you still need to get your Arcade Fire soundtrack fix, the first teaser of a score for Richard Kelly’s The Box by Win Butler, Régine Chassagne and Owen Pallett is now streaming here (via Exclaim!).
- J: Imastaydonwnondantfloor. GRRRRR!!!! Fuckdisplacebitches!!
- me: I have no idea what you are talking about but it doesn't sound like it involves you sitting in a chair and being quiet.
I promise not to complain about the weather even though it hasn’t really rained since the spring and will be raining and windy all day and into the night.
New England = Never Forget.
Pin your eye to the line.
Never let the weeds get higher than the garden.
Always keep a sapphire in your mind.” —