January 30, 2004

I still feel submerged in mossy water from the final scene of this one. It seems to be a recurring preoccupation of mine, but if there’s a better use of song in film than the remake of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” in the closing scene, I can’t remember it. The entire movie is a strange and sweaty feverdream, but when the movie settles into its denouement and Gary Jules’ elegiac piano begins to play, everything stops for me. After watching it last time, my wife asked me what that song was I kept playing over and over last night while she was trying to sleep. Thank God for DVDs.

Derek Miller | 11:05 am

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