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Friday, April 12, 2013

Danny Boyle, Film, Music, and Why I Wish Trance Was Better

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

In this week's Film section—alongside reviews of 42 and 100 Degrees Below Zero—I reviewed Trance, the latest from Danny Boyle. It's a film I wasn't particularly fond of, though I really like Boyle's movies in general, in no small part due to how Boyle uses music. Which means I enjoyed reading the Playlist's The 10 Best Music Moments In Danny Boyle's Movies, and if you've ever seen a Boyle movie, I'm guessing you will too:

When Danny Boyle first started out in England, his movies were often criticized for their sleek MTV-era construction with accusations that the films weren’t films at all, but rather just music videos stitched together by flashy editing at a breakneck pace. Boyle's reaction wasn't what the British press was expecting. "I was quite proud of that," he said at a recent 92Y conversation in New York, addressing the use of music in his films. Boyle didn't mind the criticism for several reasons (for one, he thought it was a compliment at first), but chief among them, Boyle thinks music is integral to every part of our lives.

"I always believed music is with just with us all the time," he said. "It's just part of us, so why shouldn't they be in the films? So that's why my movies have a lot of tracks in them."

From Shallow Grave to 28 Days Later to Slumdog Millionaire to Trainspotting to Sunshine to 127 Hours to you get the picture, the Playlist digs into how and why Boyle's so fucking good at audio-visual immersion/manipulation. Read it.

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