Writer/director/producer Pamela Corkey makes her feature debut with the romantic comedy Easy Listening. Set in 1967, the story involves a middle-aged would-be hipster named Burt (David Ian). He plays trumpet in an easy listening orchestra in order to pay the bills, but he really wishes he was swinging with a hot jazz band. Since he can't improvise musically, he just dresses up and tries to act like a beatnik. His life changes when young flute player Linda (Traci Crouch) joins his orchestra. She has a great admiration for the musical style which she refers to as orchestral pop. She also believes that Burt is an excellent trumpet player, leading to a sweet, pleasant romance. The musical score is provided by prolific mood music ensemble the 101 Strings Orchestra, with some songs composed by director Corkey herself. Easy Listening was shown at several independent film festivals in 2002 before premiering on home video in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
I must say that this movie is very impressive for an independent film. The sets, clothing, and cars that were used for this movie are very convincing of a 60's atmosphere, and the lightning techniques and shot angles are very various and interesting. The score in itself is rather good, as well. I thought that it had a nice plot, though with a bit more length more could have been done to develop the relationship of the characters, but I thought that they did an excellent job in their rolls as they were. I also loved the random drug use insertion in the park when the two characters endulge in "weed brownies" for no apparent reason, followed by the girl playing with a bunch of random kids in the park. All in all, for a low budget indepedent film, I would definitely recommend this, and am proud to have met Paul Tritter, one of its founding fathres.