Fabled (2002)Wha? Movies? Hell, yes, movies. You could probably name a couple of flicks right off top of your head that feature a kick-ass trip-hop soundtrack, even though you probably wouldn’t know the contributing artists. It’s time to correct this injustice and shed some light on those behind-the-scenes knights of turntable and amplifier! Not sure if I picked the right movie to begin such an honorable mission, but Fabled sure did inspire the very idea. Plus, I just watched it the other day. No big names in this one. In fact, two mysterious dudes who provided the music may not even be professional musicians. Their names are Jack Lingo and Simple Simon. This is pretty much all the information available about them. But if trip-hop is, in fact, just thier hobby, they are sure enjoying the hell out of it. Fabled has a handful of scenes with nothing but music in them, and once the main character even picks up an upright bass and starts improvising to a jazzy loop. Very dark and claustrophobic, and I bet the CD (good luck finding one) features the creepy voice-over telling a sad and disturbing fairytale with adorable British accent. Film itself is also a dark trip: Desmond Askew plays a guy rapidly losing his marbles as an aftermath of an alleged murder. Numerous puzzle pieces never really form a complete picture, which, I assume, was intended, and could be frustrating to folks who like their questions answered. But I just enjoyed the ride, Mr. Askew provides a delightful cocktail of emotions, and, again, the soundtrack is very trippy. Check it out, you may just be pleasantly surprised by this little flick.

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