Monday, 17 July 2006

Vince Noir

I'm still not sure what the etiquette is on this, and I certainly don't want to be overly gushy or anything, but one of my daily must-reads Vince Keenan linked to me recently. This made me very happy and boosted my Technorati rank to around 700,000, which, given that they track 48 million sites, I figured was impressive.

My site meter, though, didn't get the mighty boosh I expected from this, so I'm guessing not everybody is reading Vince on a the same daily basis as me. My handful of readers, you should. He has a way with a review that reminds me a bit of David Thomson, in that, after setting out the basics of a film, or book, he tells you simply, and to the point, how he felt about it. No disappointed fan-boy nit-picking, no over-written analysis of every scene in minute detail and no breathless gibbering over whatever it is they get so excited about over at AICN, just how he felt. He has a taste for the hard-boiled, but if this doesn't make you want to watch The Devil Wears Prada, nothing will:
Meryl Streep has somehow unearthed whole new reserves of joy in performing. Watching her now is like watching the late-career Brando, both of them utterly at ease and yet fiercely committed, relishing their craft enough to toss it off. Only with Meryl there’s no sense of squandered opportunity. Just the opposite.

Go. Enjoy.

2 comments:

Vince said...

In terms of etiquette, all that stuff you said? It's just fine. Many thanks for the kind words, Paul.

mickielove said...

I just think that someone who calls my favourite mode of expression, double entendre, as sophisticated smut is fantastic in every way and for that reason alone Paul I have placed him on me favourites. Is this still a way of cranking up your ratings - like "reader's digest recommend a friend"? Oh lordi, on second thoughts that may be deemed an insult considering the huge pile of bilge me dad used to try and not buy from RD but still had sent to him.