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The Spool's weekly interview podcast! Come listen to conversations with actors, filmmakers and critics about films both old and new, hosted by The Spool editor in chief Clint Worthington.

    Jay Wadley (I'm Thinking of Ending Things)

    Jay Wadley (I'm Thinking of Ending Things)

    For up-and-coming NY-based composer Jay Wadley, landing the composer gig for the latest from Charlie Kaufman, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, was a dream come true. It's the latest in a string of darlings he's lent his delicate, idiosyncratic work to in the last couple of years, from the plaintive piano of Andrew Ahn's thoughtful Driveways to award-winning Sundance darling I Carry You With Me.

    But decoding Kaufman's adaptation of Iain Reid's novel, a twisty, meditative tale on loss, memory, and the strangeness of relationships centered around a young woman (Jessie Buckley), her blinkered boyfriend (Jesse Plemons), and his batty parents (David Thewlis and Toni Collette), was no easy task. It required Wadley to put on many different stylistic hats, from crafting a Dairy Queen-like jingle that makes for one of the film's most macabre earworms, to scoring a seven-minute "dream ballet" that puts the music front and center.

    It's work that neatly slides into Kaufman's navel-gazing sensibilities, as chameleonic as it is deeply literary. Much like its characters, Wadley's score evokes familiar rhythms just enough to make you grasp for where you recognize it, flitting between genre and mood with the same kind of nightmare logic in which Kaufman's script revels.

    We spoke to Wadley about the challenge of scoring such a head-scratcher of a film, as well as the hard-scrabble work of making your own opportunities in the composing world (he, along with previous guest Trevor Gureckis, run the NY-based composing and sound production firm Found Objects). Plus, hear an exclusive performance of a cue from the film's score!

    • 53 min
    Tamar-kali (Shirley)

    Tamar-kali (Shirley)

    The Afropunk musician-turned-composer talks to us about diving into the complicated musical psyche of Shirley Jackson.

    • 31 min
    Phil Rosenthal (Somebody Feed Phil)

    Phil Rosenthal (Somebody Feed Phil)

    The writer and comedian sits down to talk about the third course of his food travel show on Netflix, and how the pandemic has given us the golden age of takeout.

    • 30 min
    Emile Mosseri (Homecoming)

    Emile Mosseri (Homecoming)

    The composer talks about joining Amazon's acclaimed mystery series for its second season.

    • 30 min
    John Grillo (Westworld, Snowpiercer)

    John Grillo (Westworld, Snowpiercer)

    The cinematographer of HBO and TNT's flagship sci-fi shows talks about the challenges of shooting two disparate dystopias.

    • 33 min
    Rosalind Chao (Thousand Pieces of Gold)

    Rosalind Chao (Thousand Pieces of Gold)

    The acclaimed actress talks about her early breakout turn in the recently-restored 1990 Western.

    • 40 min

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