This film had a great sound mix. It was loud in all the big action sequences and quiet in the slow, talky bits – lesser sound mixers may have done it the other way around, a common mixing mix-up. Also, I very much enjoyed listening to the sound of bullets piercing the body fat of a cackling maniacal white-supremacist Afrikaner super-villain. The cackling was even panned to the extreme right, which is the textbook panning position for all Afrikaner cackling.
Haven’t seen this film but I know the song and it’s a mixing masterpiece: it’s got complex orchestrations and multi-tracked harmonies and quasi-operatic dynamics that are fun to sing along to on long car trips. Sometimes I even mime the piano bit on the car dashboard. With both hands. I probably shouldn’t be doing that while I’m driving along a freeway at 100 km/h, but it’s almost impossible not to. No idea how I got onto this. Sorry.
I loved this film! The best film of the year! The best film of many years! I can’t stop blabbing to everyone about this film and my voice has been loud, forceful, breathless, relentless and pretentious. The movie probably won’t win the sound mix Oscar but I deserve some kind of sound award for my wanky gabbling, especially when I told my friend Jim that “Roma is a cinematic tone-poem exploring subjective memory”. I’m both proud and riddled with self-revulsion.
A Star Is Born
I recently read a piece of investigative online journalism titled Hollywood’s 25 Most Conceited Celebs (You Won’t Believe How Arrogant #1 Is!). I couldn’t be bothered clicking all the way through but I bet it was Bradley Cooper. So no Oscar for him or his movie. Seems only fair.
This movie will win the sound mixing Oscar, I’m sure of it. I saw it at an IMAX cinema and the sonic recreation of ’60s-era spaceflight was so authentic and immersive, I felt like I was actually there – in an IMAX cinema in Carlton, surrounded by oversized state-of-the-art integrated speakers. The rattling roar of Apollo 11 blasting off was amazing. It sounded exactly like a washing machine on spin with three wet beach towels inside. They even threw in a heart-stopping call-a-repairman death clunk. Terrifying.
So that’s my Oscar prediction for 2019 – pretty impressive considering I know nothing about sound mixing. I couldn’t even tell you the difference between a sound mixer and a sound editor. I asked my brother-in-law Andy and he said sound editors are much daggier, with flatter, greasier headphone hair. He would know. He won an Oscar. Did I mention that?
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Danny Katz is a columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He writes the Modern Guru column in the Good Weekend magazine. He is also the author of the books Spit the Dummy, Dork Geek Jew and the Little Lunch series for kids.