Keith M

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 562 - Total Helpful Votes: 1005 of 1189
Joe Strummer and the Legend of "The Clash" by Kris Needs
Not only is music journalist, DJ and musician Kris Needs' 2004 'tribute' to Joe Strummer and The Clash a brilliantly detailed (and personal) account of one of music's (not just punk's) most charismatic and talented front men but, for anyone whose paths crossed with the man's music (either live or on record) it should also prove to be an irresistible aide memoire to what (for me, at least) was far and away the most exciting period in contemporary music history. And, whilst those heady days between 1976 and 1981 (approx) also spawned many other compelling bands - from the 'comic-book' brilliance of the Pistols and Damned, through the 65p Marquee Generation X gigs to the more 'refined'… Read more
Mrs Miniver [1942] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Greer Garson
Mrs Miniver [1942] [DVD] DVD ~ Greer Garson
Although (for me at least) William Wyler’s 1942 Oscar-winning film of ‘Brits’ stoically defending their leafy patch in the face of the German airborne bombardment overdoes the jingoistic preaching a little, it is otherwise a very fine film, as comedic as it is tragic, and, as well as putting us through the ‘emotional wringer’, making some perceptive and wryly humorous points about the British class system and the 'battle of the sexes’. And even parachuting in (as it were) 'American’ stars Walter Pidgeon (actually Canadian) and Teresa Wright as (respectively) architect and father, Clem Miniver, and 'little rich girl’ and Clem’s daughter-in-law to be, Carol Beldon, does not overly detract… Read more
Peeping Tom Special Edition [Blu-ray] [1960] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Karlheinz Böhm
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essence Of Cinema, 30 Aug 2014
Panned (and suppressed) on its release in 1960, resulting in the maligning of British cinema’s most unique talent, Michael Powell’s masterpiece is the sort of film which, if made 20 years later (or even today), would (I’m sure) be recognised by the critics as one of the medium’s all-time greats. And, although on face value it must have come as a shock to previous fans of Black Narcissus, A Matter Of Life And Death and The Red Shoes to witness this tale of Karlheinz Böhm’s troubled obsessive and voyeur, Mark Lewis, digging beneath the surface (as Martin Scorsese does in his introduction to the film on the 50th anniversary DVD) it is possible to discern similarities with, in particular,… Read more