Certain movies in cinematic history stand as cultural sentinels, containing scenes which telegraph love, hope, humour, sadness… or unbridled horror and incomprehensible primordial fear as Stanley Kubrick’s film, The Shining, did upon release in the spring of 1980. The fact this dance macabre is orchestrated to one of the creepiest and haunting – yet temporally ambiguous – soundtracks in modern film history only bolsters its place in the pantheon of greatest movies of all time.
Understanding how time limits and binds the human capacity for awareness is the key to breaking an interstellar code for a linguist and physicist in Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s stark, contemporaneous and cerebral 2016 sci-fi thriller Arrival.
A single screening of a pop culture obsessive’s homage to martial arts/grindhouse cinema is all it takes to seriously consider director Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 1 as possibly film’s greatest soundtrack mash-up.