Break out the Purell, Steven Soderbergh is in mainstream thriller mode and he’s decided to get under your skin — almost literally — with a tale about a virus that doesn’t know when to quit. CONTAGION follows Soderbergh’s TRAFFIC template, spinning a world-spanning drama of people trying to survive the ravages of a fast-acting and deadly disease. Caught up in the turmoil: everyday dad Matt Damon; asshole blogger Jude Law; CDC doctors Jennifer Ehle, Kate Winslet, Demetri Martin, and Marion Cotillard; and government officials Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston, and Enrico Colantoni.
Join Cinefantastique Online’s Lawrence French and Dan Persons as they examine Soderbergh’s skill at applying an indie film’s spontaneous production approach and incisive worldview to the dynamic momentum of a mainstream drama, debate whether the globe-hopping scenario does a disservice to the film’s characters, and consider whether it’s advisable for mature film critics to engage in a little social research by faking coughing fits during screenings (short answer: probably not).
Also: A celebration of the 45th anniversary of STAR TREK’s debut; plus what’s coming this week in theaters (spoiler: nothing) and home video.
From LA-LA LAND RECORDS comes the music score from the 2002 American version of SOLARIS, based on the 1961 novel by Polish author Stanisław Lem, which was previously made into a 1972 Russian science fiction film.
SOLARIS LLLCD 1161
Music by Cliff Martinez
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Presenting the original motion picture score to the acclaimed 20th Century Fox motion picture SOLARIS, starring George Clooney and Natascha McElhone and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Previously out-of-print, composer Cliff Martinez’s (TRAFFIC, NARC, THE LIMEY) strikingly atmospheric score returns. Praised as a “dream-like wash of sound” by BBC Music and a musical journey that “leaves the listener floating free” by Soundtrack.net, SOLARIS is a thoughtful, meaningful score that resonates emotionally with the listener. This re-issue was produced by Nick Redman and its master prepared by Mike Matessino. CD Booklet features exclusive, in-depth liner notes by writer Julie Kirgo.
1. Is That What Everybody Wants (2:49)
2. First Sleep (2:53)
3. Can I Sit Next To You (1:45)
4. Will She Come Back (5:01)
5. Death Shall Have No Dominion (2:10)
6. Maybe You’re My Puppet (3:50)
7. Don’t Blow It (3:34)
8. Hi Energy Proton Accelerator (10:51)
9. Wear Your Seat Belt (3:10)
10. Wormhole (4:33)
11. We Don’t Have To Think Like That Anymore (2:59)
Total Time: 43:35
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