5 Quick Pics

The Girlfriend Experience (Soderberg, 2009) LOVE the way this film looks and I found the script very funny.  At the end the amateurish acting doesn’t distract. *** 1/2 / ***** Drag Me to Hell (Raimi, 2009) The scariest film I’ve seen in years.  Alison Lohman charms as usual and the kitsch works throughout. **** / ***** In the Heat of the Night (Jewison, 1967) Satisfying in the way Rod Steiger’s sheriff slowly develops a vague appreciation of Poiter’s Mr. Tibbs without being overly preachy in the slightest way.  Instilled with a wry sense of humor and stands up well to … Continue reading 5 Quick Pics

Bach – Works for Orchestra – Karl Ristenpart – Chamber Orchestra of the Saar

As a teenager I was blessed with the discovery of Karl Ristenpart and the Chamber Orchestra of the Saar’s 1960’s recordings of the Brandenburg Concertos, the pinnacle of Bach’s production, IMHO.  My mother had purchased the cassette version of the recordings by chance (I think) and I was immediately taken with the beautiful, emotional performances.  This helped set off my serious interest in classical music and after the tapes wore off I set about to find everything I could on vinyl.  I was, for the most part, successful in collecting a good number of Ristenpart/Saar Bach records. I would strongly … Continue reading Bach – Works for Orchestra – Karl Ristenpart – Chamber Orchestra of the Saar