Newman's Own Buffalo
As he marks his 60th birthday today, composer Thomas Newman (of the Newman family of movie music maestros that include Alfred, Emil, Lionel and Randy) can also celebrate the recent opening of two new scores now being heard in movie theatres: Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies and Davis Guggenheim’s documentary portrait He Named Me Malala. Another will make its likely gigantic mark in just in couple of weeks: the latest James Bond adventure Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes. While the work of Alfred and Lionel is generously showcased on the Twilight Time label through their many beloved 20th Century Fox titles and Randy has, alas, eluded us, Thomas marked another milestone this year with his first movie to be released on a TT hi-def Blu-ray: American Buffalo (1996), the playfully grungy and superbly acted film adaptation of David Mamet’s popular play about lowlifes planning an ill-fated heist, starring Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz, with Newman’s moody score on an isolated track. With 12 Academy Award® nominations to date for the likes of The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, Wall-E and Skyfall, Newman has a great portfolio that’s earned our cheers and with luck, TT and he might just cross paths again.