Film released by New Line Cinema and Independent Picture (1998)
"Will you crack my neck?"
No score soundtrack available.
Music clip, 0'22" (176Kb) [ca.1:23'00"]
Without any real baddies, just a variety of flawed characters trying to find their match, Dog Park is a predictable but cosy romantic comedy revolving round a group of dog owners and their friends. Luke Wilson wears his love-sick-loser badge with pride and Natasha Henstridge proves again that she is (a little) more than a woman-with-breasts, but it is the more wild and wacky characters that provide the film with its warmth and the odd giggle.
Coming at a very busy time in Beck's career, juggling a number of low-budget film committments with high-profile television shows, there isn't too much here that's memorable, although he sets a neat musical pattern, using 1. a solo string line (played at varying pitches, so may be different string instruments, or possibly just a gifted viola player) which perhaps represents the emotional core of the film, 2. organ/guitar soppy love music underscore, 3. a more 'forward' pop-styled drum/guitar style to move the scenes along. It's worth noting here that additional music was provided by Craig Northey (at a guess, Bluntinstrument would say this was mainly "3."), and that some of the film's biggest opportunities for the composer to shine (the opening titles, for example) are lost to songs, as is usual for such films.
Very rough cue notes from the DVD. Timing taken from the first doggie panting at the beginning of the film. Bluntinstrument cannot determine whether the music used for the DVD menu is by Beck or not. If anyone can identify it, do e-mail.
[Opening music is the song "Things that I used to do"]
4'43" - Possibly score. Nice. Solo strings, bass, drums, some synths.
11'35" - Sappy underscore, acoustic-guitar-led (two stars start chatting properly)
14'47" - 'Puking bar snacks.' Acoustic guitar/solo string (cello?)-led theme
15'27" - Dog training. Organ, band. Presumably Beck.
50'44" - Her name is Lorna. Underscore (bits of percussion, synth-organ/guitar, etc. Obvious even by this stage that the organ/guitar is love-music). The end of the scene reprises the solo-string theme
56'02" - Doggie crack cocaine. Poppish. Not Beck?
59'35" - I don't like being alone / The affair. Organ, moving out into drums/percussion/electric guitar link, and back to organ. Picks up again with answerphone message, and broadens out to louder electric guitar. And then again back to organ for a phone conversation.
1:01'48" - Andy calls for a squash game. Underscore only (guitar). Brief
1:12'59" - The Ex's argue. Underscore (guitar). Brief
1:16'16" - 'It's her. Lorna!' The beautiful-but-brief solo string theme (viola?) over a guitar accompaniment here. A more poppish sound builds up for the opening of the doggie grad ceremony.
[Presumably the synth grad ceremony diagetic music is not Beck]
1:19'20" - The Boxers point out the other woman. Acoustic guitar underscore with build-up of percussion and electric guitar, rock style.
1:21'20" - The truth is out. Clarinet melody (a development of the viola love theme) over acoustic guitar
1:22'37" - 'I kept one of the roses.' Acoustic guitar underscore builds to the love theme. Cello or viola.
[The reunion/happy ending is done to the song "Stranded"]
[End credits over more pop...no score]
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