It's Valentine's Day in Seattle, and I have to get out of here so I can go see Vertigo for the first time--I hear it's a lovely paean to the romantic, tortured soul of the stalker. It's being shown at Northwest Film Forum as part of a series called "Keeping Score," which focuses on music that has really enhanced films and not just provided a 'wallpaper'-like backdrop. Ennio Morricone (master of the spaghetti western) features prominently, along with other examples of great director/sound designer teams. Find out more info at NWFF's site.
Another movie that just impressed me with its music is Talk to Her, the 2002 award-winner from Pedro Almodovar. I watched it Monday night and became completely entranced in a scene where a band plays a soft, gentle song on a veranda. The scene isn't explained, it just sets up a conversation between two people, but it leaves you wondering, who the hell is that, and why does it work so perfectly?