Keith M

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 563 - Total Helpful Votes: 1018 of 1204
Rust and Bone [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Marion Cotillard
Rust and Bone [DVD] DVD ~ Marion Cotillard
An epithet which can, I feel, be used in a number of ways to interpret Jacques Audiard’s 2012 film – an unlikely 'love story’ between Marion Cotillard’s paraplegic ex-Orca trainer, Stéphanie, and Matthias Schoenaerts’ tactless (but honest) 'meathead’ and some-time bare-knuckle fighter, Ali. Pre-life (and film) changing event, Stéphanie is a chat-up target for all the men (although Ali’s killer line, 'You’re dressed like a whore’ is not recommended), whilst 'single father’ Ali relies on brawn over brain in his attempts to make ends meet. Post-accident, roles are (arguably) reversed, he resplendent with glistening torso preparing to dispatch his next opponent, whilst she,… Read more
Dogtooth [DVD] (2009) <b>DVD</b> ~ Christos Stergioglou
Dogtooth [DVD] (2009) DVD ~ Christos Stergioglou
Greek film-maker Yorgos Lanthimus’ award-winning 2009 feature is an elliptical, darkly comic tale of social conditioning taken to the nth degree. So bizarre (though often astute) is Lanthimus’ tale of Christos Stergioglou and Michele Valley’s anonymous parents and their three ‘brainwashed’ and incarcerated offspring that it pretty much defies categorisation (not necessarily a bad thing, of course) and whilst its oftentimes apparently random plot points and 'inexplicable’ events do at times stretch this viewer’s tolerance levels, I found it ultimately to be increasingly intriguing, certainly innovative and actually containing some hilarious moments.

Lanthimus also ups Dogtooth’s… Read more
Wynton Marsalis ~ Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis ~ Wynton Marsalis
5.0 out of 5 stars An Auspicious Debut, 2 Sep 2014
It was, I guess, inevitable that the young (19 years old here) Wynton Marsalis would be compared to Miles Davis, particularly given the fact that with this 1982 debut album the New Orleans-born trumpet-player actually managed to filch three-fifths of Davis’ great 1960s quintet, with Messrs. Hancock, Carter and Williams, taking on (respectively) piano, bass and drum duties on around half the seven numbers on the album. That Marsalis also chose to include Carter’s composition RJ from Miles’ 1965 album ESP only served to increase the likelihood of comparison, but Marsalis shouldn’t have been worried because he acquits himself admirably, totally convincing in his use of a muted horn (as… Read more