Magazine article Variety

In Sync with Home Dynamics

Magazine article Variety

In Sync with Home Dynamics

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From teenage yearning to a parent's sadness and the wonder-filled gaze of a child with a facial deformity, the heart thrives in 2017's family offerings.

LADY BIRD

Jon Brion (4)

With a resume that includes production for Kanye West and music for "Magnolia" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," it's no surprise that composer Jon Brion eschewed the traditional orchestral score for Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird," with Saoirse Ronan playing a teenager struggling with life in Sacramento. Rather, he opted for an intimate sound - a small group of rhythm instruments and a woodwind ensemble, primarily flutes. "It is, by nature, a more delicate, very humane sound," Brion says. "Strings can remind us we're watching a movie. This felt a little more private."

THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES

Randy Newman (5)

Two-time Oscar winner and renowned songwriter Randy Newman is synonymous with the piano, but "The Meyerowitz Stories" marks the first time he's written and played an entire score by himself at the keyboard.

"I was ready to go slightly bigger, maybe a chamber orchestra, but that's not what [director Noah Baumbach] wanted," Newman says. "He would come over and we would silent-movie it," improvising at the piano while the film played. …

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