This is a very good day for “One Day.” According to an exciting scoop in Musicweek, it’s actually a Sparkling Day, which happens to be the title of one of the new songs Elvis Costello will contribute to director Lone Scherfig’s much-anticipated adaptation of David Nicholls‘ ships-crossing-in-the-night-until-they-collide novel about contemporary romantic mores in London starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Judging by the upbeat title of Costello’s headlining song, we fully expect the wildly talented singer-songwriter to deliver more ardor than anger (and he’s equally brilliant at both) in one of his signature big-voiced, fully orchestrated, and somehow utterly contemporary uptempo love ballads.
If his previous soundtrack work is any indication, this bodes extremely well both for the quality of Scherfig’s adaptation — and for that of the accompanying soundtrack as a whole. Costello chooses his projects carefully and there are precious few duds among the fifty-eight films that feature his music. However some of them rise above the rest with scenes that serve as exemplars of the perfect marriage of music and moving images. Here are a few of our favorites: “Shipbuilding” in “High Fidelity“; “My Mood Swings” in “The Big Lebowski“; and his massive contribution to the “Grace of My Heart” soundtrack, a brilliant tribute to Brill Building songwriters.
What are some of your favorite Costello-scored movie moments? Are there any songs from his back catalog you’re dying to see committed to screen? We’re still waiting for the classic “Watching the Detectives” montage or a teen angst melodrama set to “Allison.“