Keith M

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All About Eve [DVD] [1950] <b>DVD</b> ~ Bette Davis
All About Eve [DVD] [1950] DVD ~ Bette Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Miss Evil, 15 April 2014
So brands Bette Davis’ 'ageing’ theatre star, Margo Channing, of her erstwhile devoted fan, Anne Baxter’s eponymous (anti-)heroine in Joseph L Mankiewicz’s classic 1950 dissection of the nature of fame. Interestingly, here Mankiewicz sets up a nice (perhaps nostalgic) tension between the New York theatre scene (his focus) and that of Hollywood tinseltown (which is given an ironically derogatory treatment here – 'they’re just movie stars’), thus giving a rather different slant on 'artistic stardom’ than that of the obvious (contemporary) comparator films, such as Sunset Boulevard and The Bad And The Beautiful. Apart from a set of consistently high quality acting turns (notably that of… Read more
Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris
This 2007 debut novel by Joshua Ferris is a remarkably assured piece of satirical writing – for me, the sort of amalgam that might have resulted if Joseph Heller had written Gervais and Merchant’s The Office (with some of Don DeLillo’s Americana – whose opening six words Ferris lifted for his title – thrown in). Set in late 1990s Chicago in an ad agency, Ferris skilfully constructs this (at times, absurdist) tale of modern-day office mundanity, in which ‘chair possession’ (à la The Thick Of It) arouses equal passion as the impact of potentially fatal diseases and where the ‘downturn’ has everyone looking over their shoulders and feigning ‘busyness’ in order to avoid being ‘given the… Read more
Casino [DVD] [1996] <b>DVD</b> ~ Robert De Niro
Casino [DVD] [1996] DVD ~ Robert De Niro
I find that whenever I have watched (twice now) this rather overblown, overlong 1995 Martin Scorsese tale of organised crime based in that 'hell on earth’, Las Vegas, I cannot help but hark back to the man’s prior, similar, far superior works. Not only were De Niro and Joe Pesci (for me) far more compelling in similar roles in Raging Bull and Goodfellas (as, indeed, was the great Frank Vincent), but the general feel of Casino is a rather tired one (particularly during its first half), with a narrative (such as it is) that we’ve seen before and in a milieu that has, of course, been 'done to death’ in recent years (and to greater effect), starting with The Godfather, through Leone’s great… Read more