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My Life In Soundtracks: Lee Unkrich

The first soundtrack I bought...

I was ten the summer Star Wars opened, and like every kid that age, I couldn't get enough of it: posters papered my bedroom walls, action figures lined my bookcase, and John Williams’ score played incessantly from my record player.

The soundtrack that most inspired me...

We used many of Randy Newman's previous scores to temp the Toy Story films, but none more than Parenthood - it struck a perfect balance of humor and gentle emotion that were a hallmark of all three films. Randy’s Montage track from Parenthood greatly inspired the mostly wordless ending of Toy Story 3.

Soundtrack currently on heavy rotation...

Jon Brion’s soundtrack to Paul Thomas Anderson's amazing film is the one I seem to put on again and again - I can’t think of a better example of a film's score perfectly mirroring its main character's complex, anxiety-ridden inner state. Bonus: The unexpected and inspired reuse of Shelley Duvall's He Needs Me from Robert Altman’s Popeye.

My soundtrack guilty pleasure...

Anything from The Shining constitutes a guilty pleasure in my life. Using a wide variety of composers, Stanley Kubrick masterfully created a sense of dread and foreboding unequaled in cinema history.

Favourite song from a musical
What's more powerful than a song that both celebrates the victories of a man's life and expresses all the regrets he has at his moment of death? Director Bob Fosse masterfully wove together many complex ideas in his movie's finale, all with his quintessential 1970's cinematic panache. Watch Bye Bye Life on YouTube

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