My name is Michael Roberts and I’m a musician, producer, songwriter and work with soul/pop and alt country acts, producing and arranging and playing live. I have my own little studio… I play guitar pretty well, piano passably, bass averagely, mandolin ok, accordion within limits, I’ll drum when I have to, and am now pretty handy on the ukulele, and can fake it on the banjo. The hardest work I ever did was score the soundtrack of a no-budget thriller some years ago… but it was also loads of fun.
I Love all kinds of film, except stupid ones, and Criterion have been a wonderful source of quality films for me for years now. I have learned an enormous amount through them and developed a love particularly for French films, even some of the modern ones! :)
I try to watch a film every evening but, as with most things, life sometimes gets in the way…. and I find writing down my thoughts on some favourites is a good way to uncover what I’ve truly felt or found within those flickering frames, so I intend to build up a review-essay base in my own voice for better or worse.
I’d describe myself as an existentialist/humanist with an interest in history and the arts. My best day would include reading some Umberto Eco, surrounded by Magritte’s, listening to a Beatle record and then watching a Jean Renoir film in the evening. Bliss.
I’ve also launched an essay/review site that collates all my MUBI film reviews together and offers a few other things as well. please visit it at www.filmycks.com if you feel so inclined, all are welcome.