My review of The Criterion Collection's new UHD/Blu-ray review of Martin Scorsese's "RAGING BULL" is up at Cinema Retro.
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Monday, June 6, 2022
My review of The Criterion Collection's new Blu-ray release of Joachim Trier's "THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD" is up at Cinema Retro.
Sunday, May 15, 2022
My review of The Criterion Collection's new Blu-ray edition of Billy Wilder's "DOUBLE INDEMNITY" is up at Cinema Retro.
Monday, April 25, 2022
My reviews of Kino Lorber's new Blu-ray releases of W. C. Fields movies "YOU'RE TELLING ME!" and "MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE" are up at Cinema Retro.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
My review of Flicker Alley's new Blu-ray release of Lloyd Bridges in "THE WHISTLE AT EATON FALLS" is up at Cinema Retro.
Monday, April 18, 2022
My review of Kino Lorber's new Blu-ray release of Bob Hope in "THE GHOST BREAKERS" is up at Cinema Retro.
Friday, April 8, 2022
2022 UPDATE: THE "PROGRESSIVE CLASSICAL MUSIC" OF WIM MERTENS
By Raymond Benson
With the April 2022 release of Heroides by Flemish contemporary classical composer and musician, Wim Mertens, I decided to update a piece that appeared here on my blog in 2015, which, in turn, was a revisit of an article originally published in Progression Magazine in 1998.
It is still astonishing to me that such a prolific composer (over 70 releases on CD to date) is not so well known in the United States... I facetiously joke that I am "America's biggest Wim Mertens fan," for I never miss a new work by this wonderful artist. I was honored that Wim asked me to pen an essay for the booklet that was enclosed in his 2019 4-CD boxed set retrospective, Inescapable, which marked Wim's forty years of work.
The update appears below, beneath this reprinted original 2015 piece. --RB
(Originally posted in 2015, adapted from a 1998 article in Progression Magazine)
THE "PROGRESSIVE CLASSICAL MUSIC" OF WIM MERTENS
Wim Mertens and me in 1998.