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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
(2005)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Bruce Harvey
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La-La Land Records
(October 25th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you enjoyed the playfulness John Ottman's very similar Goodbye Lover and seek the composer's more instrumentally and rhythmically creative work.

Avoid it... if the lightweight nature of Ottman's parody of detective thrillers doesn't appeal to your yearning for the darker shades of Ottman's effective horror scores.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,216
WRITTEN 11/12/05
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: (John Ottman) It's hard to describe movies in which the creation of the screenplay actually becomes part of the story on screen, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one such entry. Existing in the private eye genre and borrowing from the works of Raymond Chandler, the film is a comedic parody that doesn't necessarily want to make sense; writer Shane Black, known for his sometimes suspect writing for three of the Lethal Weapon films as well as The Long Kiss Goodnight and The Last Action Hero, directs for the first time and tells the story of this film through his primary character's narration. As as conman who moves to Los Angeles to take private eye lessons from a gay detective, solve a murder mystery, and try to win over an old flame, the characters inevitably define the nonsensical plot by simply paying tribute to guns and women (hence, the title of the movie). Whether the film was meant to make sense or not, its off-the-wall humor is a perfect match for the similarly weird humor of composer John Ottman, who by his own confession very much enjoyed writing the music for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. An inherently difficult type of film to score, Ottman approached the task from the point of view of a twisted film-noir comedy, taking a base noir sound from the wet streets of detective novels and films of yesteryear (with a dash of his contemporary Point of Origin score) and infusing some of the funk and personality of Goodbye Lover to poke fun at the wacky characters in the story. When Ottman travels down these roads, he often writes music that is innovative and enticingly fun. Such works usually have one of two things in common: the creative manipulation of a genre's stereotypical sounds, or a rhythmic pace over which Ottman constantly refreshes the thematic ideas that rely on those rhythms to continuously bounce them along. For Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, he would do both, with varying levels of success.



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Average: 2.53 Stars
***** 16 5 Stars
**** 21 4 Stars
*** 29 3 Stars
** 45 2 Stars
* 39 1 Stars
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Total Time: 54:35
• 1. The Fair (1:35)
• 2. Main Titles (1:52)
• 3. Innocent Times (2:02)
• 4. Toy Heist (1:57)
• 5. Lovely Confessions (2:31)
• 6. Surveillance Lesson (3:22)
• 7. Harry Smartens Up (1:48)
• 8. Dead Girl in Shower (3:49)
• 9. Harmony is Dead? (1:27)
• 10. Saving Perry (4:41)
• 11. Flashback/Dropping Off Body (2:39)
• 12. They Took My Crickets (1:49)
• 13. Oh, Nuts! (2:58)
• 14. Whoa, Who's This? (1:35)
• 15. Harmony Lives (2:17)
• 16. Doggie Treat/First to Kill (2:10)
• 17. Going Home (1:48)
• 18. Harmony Sees a Clue (1:25)
• 19. Harry's Rage (3:25)
• 20. Painful Pieces (1:27)
• 21. That's the Story (2:48)
• 22. Broken - performed by Robert Downey Jr. (5:10)

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The insert includes extensive notes about the film and score by the director and composer.
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