For credit geeks like me, Randall Poster is one of those unsung film professionals whose name on a movie all but guarantees you're going to see something interesting. As a music supervisor, he's overseen everything from the sonic timeline that bum-rushes David Fincher's Zodiac through the 1970s to the credible Music Row ready-mades of Country Strong. He's also built ongoing creative partnerships with directors whose movies are unimaginable without the soundtracks Poster helped assemble: Martin Scorsese, Todd Haynes, Harmony Korine (with whom he's worked from the Korine-scripted Kids and Gummo to the upcoming Spring Breakers).
Perhaps his most striking work has been with writer-director Wes Anderson, dating back to 1998's Rushmore and its brashly twee assemblage of British Invasion-era nuggets. The soundtracks Poster has put together for Anderson's films are more than just accompaniment: they're extensions of the protagonists' psyches and the movies' sensibilities — like the way Nico's "These Days" synchs up with Margot Tenenbaum's slow-motion despondence, or glam-era Bowie captures the exploratory spirit of The Life Aquatic's Steve Zissou.
On Thursday, Aug. 9, via Skype, The Belcourt will feature a live Q&A with Poster, who'll discuss his work with Anderson on the current Moonrise Kingdom — a movie that benefits immensely from a Poster-supervised soundtrack with Benjamin Britten and Hank Williams as its twin poles. If you haven't seen Moonrise Kingdom yet, you may be alone: It's still in the box-office Top 10 after more than two months in release, and it's on its way to the most successful run in Belcourt history. So let this be the push that gets you off the couch.