Keith M

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Le Havre [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Andre Wilms
Le Havre [DVD] DVD ~ Andre Wilms
This 2011 film written and directed by idiosyncratic Finnish film-maker Aki Kaurismaki is a typically 'off-the-wall’ (largely) dark comedy, but also with a good deal to say about life in Western Europe (in this case, in the Normandy port of the film’s title). Here, Kaurismaki bases his relatively low-key tale of an economically struggling 'elderly’ shoeshine man, André Wilms’ placid Marcel Marx and his attempts to assist African child and economic migrant Blondin Miguel’s Gabonese, Idrissa, as the latter seeks to be re-united with his mother in London. Of course, this is a difficult 'political’ (but mainly socio-economic) issue that Kaurismaki is addressing here (and not one with… Read more
The Graduate: Collector's Edition [DVD] [1967] <b>DVD</b> ~ Dustin Hoffman queries (co-scriptwriter) Buck Henry’s geeky hotel clerk as Dustin Hoffman’s (still) bewildered 'come of age’ seducee, Benjamin Braddock, wanders 'innocently’ before embarking on his illicit rendezvous with Anne Bancroft’s (married) 'woman of the world’, Mrs Robinson, in Mike Nichols classic 1967 film. Although, on the surface at least, Nichols’ film is a much more 'conventional’ film than other ‘seminal’ works of the period, say, Easy Rider or Bonnie And Clyde, it is no less a compelling watch, primarily due Henry and Calder Willingham’s hilarious (and, at times, Woody Allen-like) script, plus the film’s set of impressive acting turns. To round off the viewing experience, we do, of… Read more
After Murder Park ~ The Auteurs
After Murder Park ~ The Auteurs
I was listening again to this 1996 Auteurs album (their third of four) the other day and marvelling not only at Mr Haines creative, lyrical sense, but the sheer simple, sophistication (an oxymoron?) of the man’s songwriting (and 'arrangements’). For example, take the song Buddha – arguably one of the most ‘throwaway’ songs here (though I’m not sure Haines has really ever penned such a beast), but just listen to the sophistication of the sound arrangement here (after some simple strumming), with Haines’ buzzsaw guitar and powerchords, James Banbury’s searing electric cello and Alice Readman’s throbbing ('Hooky style’) bass. Some credit is (I guess) due to legendary producer Steve Albini… Read more