Keith M

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Barnaby Rudge (Wordsworth Classics) by Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest of all comic writers and in Barnaby Rudge there are many hilarious moments (the sort that actually make me burst out laughing), but the novel is also notable for being one of his most brutal (its historical subject being the real-life, anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780) and one of his most cynical. Here, Dickens takes a particularly virulent stance against the intimidating and blind destructive effects of 'the mob’ – some of the scenes of the masses on the rampage, destroying people and property without fear or favour are amongst his most visceral and vividly written. And, despite the fact that he himself was a noted critic… Read more
Chaplin [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Chaplin [DVD] DVD ~ Robert Downey Jr.
It was, of course, one hell of a (potential) risk trying to tell the life story of one of cinema’s most iconic figures, but, in Richard Attenborough we do have one of the most perceptive (and empathetic) figures in cinema and one who has a proven ability (and a very rare one it is) to deal with 'epic’ subject matter, viz. Gandhi and Cry Freedom. Then, Attenborough’s casting agent pulled a masterstroke, recognising (I assume) the physiognomical 'Chaplin-like’ potential in upcoming star, 27-year old Robert Downey Jnr. and followed this by coaxing from the actor a career-best performance of remarkable complexity. And, finally, Chaplin’s own story is, of course, one of great dramatic… Read more
Paris 1919 ~ John Cale
Paris 1919 ~ John Cale
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thing Of Rare Beauty, 22 Aug 2014
Much has, of course, been written about John Cale’s 1973 masterpiece, not least around its many and complex themes (political, artistic, literary, personal, etc), but nothing should be allowed to detract from (or blur) the fact that with Paris 1919 Wales’ finest penned an idiosyncratically sublime set of songs, full of (often subtle) melody and highly poetic (though often obscure) lyrics. It’s also an album that almost defies genre classification – often described as 'baroque pop’ – with a whole range of apparent influences, through 60s bands such as The Beatles, Beach Boys and Kinks, plus the obvious feed from The Velvets’ more ethereal moments, but also (for me, at least) shades of Neil… Read more