Mike Salvatores

Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (52 of 67)
Location: Miami,FL


Top Reviewer Ranking: 729,615 - Total Helpful Votes: 52 of 67
Lioness: Hidden Treasures ~ Amy Winehouse
Lioness: Hidden Treasures ~ Amy Winehouse
47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
"Lioness" consists of 12 previously unreleased archive recordings and alternate takes, compiled by long-time friends and producers including Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, in the wake of her death this July, aged just 27.
In the wrong hands, this might have been a slapdash collection, but "Lioness" is presented with genuine tenderness and it never paints Winehouse as a tragic diva stereotype.
The focus, quite rightly, is her vocal talent - not just its soulful power but also its stylistic range. And while there's an obvious melancholy in hearing Winehouse's tones again, there's also dreamy warmth, demonstrated by the opening reggae version of "Our Day Will Come" (originally by 1960s… Read more
Love Songs ~ Regina Belle
Love Songs ~ Regina Belle
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Regina Belle has quietly built a loyal urban following by doing something you rarely see minor players do anymore - gigging. And not just the package tours with artists of similar status, she does those too, but also makes herself available for fraternal gatherings, company parties, clubs, halls, and elaborate weddings and family reunions, unlike some artists who only go out on TV at Oprah's, at Graham Norton's or on pampered company sponsored tours that coincide with a current release.
If Regina's last recording was yesterday, she'd still perform live, because she's a superb, classy entertainer first and a recording artist second.
I have just read some press clips on line..."… Read more
My Name is Khan [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Shahrukh Khan
My Name is Khan [DVD] DVD ~ Shahrukh Khan
4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
"Bollywood storytelling, in all of its butt-numbing glory, is much in evidence in My Name is Khan, an India-to-America odyssey with a "How Others See Us" message.
A pleasant if politically charged love story between an Indian Muslim (Shahrukh Khan) who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome and a Hindu single mom (Kajol), the polished production sometimes touches and amuses despite its na´ve "love conquers all" Their romance fills 75 minutes. Then the word "Intermission" pops up on screen, briefly. And the movie goes on for an hour and a half longer - tumbling into a sort of Forrest Gump quest with Muslim victimhood overtones.
That absurd length is not the only Bollywood characteristic… Read more