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Re: “The Original Texas Chain Saw Massacre at Belcourt This Weekend with 'Grandpa' John Dugan

CHAIN SAW star Marilyn Burns died Aug. 5 at age 65. Here's a tribute:

Posted by Mark on 08/08/2014 at 3:29 PM
Posted by mr. pink on 08/08/2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “A biography (at last) of Huey 'Piano' Smith, the man who diagnosed the 'Rockin' Pneumonia'

The Ace record is actually called "Huey 'Piano' Smith's Rock 'n' Roll Revival."

Posted by edd on 08/07/2014 at 8:28 PM

Re: “A biography (at last) of Huey 'Piano' Smith, the man who diagnosed the 'Rockin' Pneumonia'

I find it amazing that there seems to be no good domestic comp of Huey's work. I used to have the original Ace version of "Having a Party with Huey 'Piano' Smith"--it was part of a group of CDs that a burglar stole from my house years ago. I've never seen a copy of that record since. The comp I now have is a good one--the 1997 West Side CD "Having a Good Time with Huey 'Piano' Smith & His Clowns, The Very Best of, Vol. 1." 24 tracks. In his bio of James Brown, RJ Smith talks about the Clowns' drummer, "Hungry" Williams, as a precursor to the funk drummers who later worked with Brown. There is also a good chapter on Smith's Ace record in Greil Marcus' "Stranded" anthology of writings about desert island discs. Great piece, Ron--I gotta read the book.

Posted by edd on 08/07/2014 at 8:26 PM

Re: “A biography (at last) of Huey 'Piano' Smith, the man who diagnosed the 'Rockin' Pneumonia'

This great man was part of a two part show in Nashville that was my first concert experience. The other act that night was Bo Diddley. At the time, I was blown away by 'Dr Feelgood and the Interns' and had no idea just how important he was. Just a great performer. He still resonates in my mind...

Posted by notnearlynormal on 08/07/2014 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Music City Word Beat: Most Popular and Bestselling Books in Nashville, July 2014

Update on that Salon@615 with Hampton Sides: same date and time, but it will be at the Dead Poets Society Room at Montgomery Bell, not at the library as usual.

Posted by goose on 08/07/2014 at 4:25 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Private Lives Tanks in Ratings, Still Puts Out Casting Call

I love this show. Every show needs to find it's "voice" and I think because there wasn't the amount of catty fighting and wealth on this show compared to the Real Housewives series doesn't make for bad tv. Ana, Betty and Sarah were fabulous. I would watch any show with them in it. I think most viewers like to see friction and tension on a reality show but in this show we get to see the women acting the way most Southerners do. The directors, editors could certainly create more drama but I love watching them support each other. If it's important, the directors could put more of a spin on the show by capturing the southern culture of women smiling and supportive in group scenes, then, if they do talk about each other, it might be more stimulating tv for those who are bored. I happened to come across this show while looking on Amazon for a show to watch. I am so happy I found it. Please don't cancel it. And please don't turn it into a real housewives clone to get more viewers. I hate the similarity between each of those shows. Make this different enough that people will want to watch.. Thanks

Posted by Tater tot on 08/05/2014 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

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Posted by TobintheGnome on 08/05/2014 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

@Doyle: Yeah, no movie should face the expectations this one's built up. I suspect you'll like the soundtrack, though. The breakout star of the movie is really Family of the Year — "Hero" is now permanently lodged in my head. Another demonstration of the music supervisor's art courtesy of Randall Poster.

@fancy: Great points. Obviously there are Michael Apted's 7-56 UP documentaries also, not to mention any TV show with a 10-year run; Luke on MODERN FAMILY has grown up before our eyes. What's a little different about BOYHOOD is how seamless Linklater makes the passage of those 12 years seem within the running time of a single film. There are no title cards to tell you what year it is or when each scene takes place: one match cut may elide an entire year.

You're right too about watching the movie from a parent's perspective, and how the ending affects you because of the unusual structure. I hate to keep going back to "just like life," but late in the film I started thinking how quickly time was going by, and as soon as that occurred to me I was wiping my eyes on my sleeve. (Whenever characters disappeared from the movie without explanation, or some incident was referred to that you weren't shown, I felt the pang of a dad who missed some pivotal signpost in his child's development.) The ending is perfect because we experience both the loss Patricia Arquette's character feels and the excitement Mason feels at starting his new life — the freedom to write his own story with a cast we won't meet.

I've thought about this movie at least once or twice every waking hour since I saw it.

Posted by mr. pink on 08/05/2014 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

To be honest, the "follow the same actor as he grows up" isn't an idea that's unique to Linklater--see, for instance, Harry Potter and the Annual Cinematic Blockbuster Where The Final Volume is Divided Into Two Films.

That said, Boyhood is a fantastic film, and performs the rare trick of allowing you to identify with the parents (both of them) in sharing their concern for their kid, so that by the end of the epic you feel pride in what the character has become and sadness in the idea that he'll be leaving your company in a way that feels palpable and can't be replicated in a film with a traditional three act structure.

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Posted by fancycwabs on 08/05/2014 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

congrats to the Belcourt! and thanks for the brief "review" Jim. I really want to see this film and the overwhelming hyperbole greeting it had me wondering if I'd be disappointed. now I think I know exactly how to set my expectations. I'll see you this weekend, Boyhood.

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Posted by Doyle on 08/05/2014 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Music City Word Beat: Most Popular and Bestselling Books in Nashville, July 2014

There's a huge audience for nonfiction — if this list were two weeks later, I bet Hampton Sides' new book would be at or near the top. If you're a nonfiction aficionado, you don't want to miss Sides at Salon@615 6:15 p.m. Aug. 12 at the downtown library. If his new IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE is as thoroughly researched and vividly detailed as his MLK assassination book HELLHOUND ON HIS TRAIL, it'll be more gripping than any beach novel.

Off-topic: Has anyone out there read THE PEOPLE IN THE TREES? I'm a hundred pages in and growing weary, and I haven't even gotten to the life-extending turtle meat. Should I keep going?

Posted by mr. pink on 08/05/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Music City Word Beat: Most Popular and Bestselling Books in Nashville, July 2014

So, nobody reads non-fiction in Nashville--or "books" now equals "novels" (to somebody) in the way reports in old newspapers on "music" meant "classical music," all other sorts being unworthy?

Posted by So what else is new? on 08/05/2014 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Music City Word Beat: Most Popular and Bestselling Books in Nashville, July 2014

So cool. Thanks for doing this SCENE and Parnassus. BTW met Anthony Doerr when he came through Vanderbilt years back. Brilliant fellow; impossibly gentle and kind with we plebians.

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Posted by Geoff Little on 08/04/2014 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Midnight Munchies: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles This Weekend at The Belcourt

In a perfect world, the comic book (a parody of Frank Miller's ninja comics such as Ronin) would have remained an obscure cult item, instead of spawning a media empire.

Posted by Bob on 08/03/2014 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Midnight Munchies: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles This Weekend at The Belcourt

Prominent? I mean...yeah, the Hammer song was there, but it was kinda drowned out by everything else going on in that scene. But really, if that and the admittedly ridiculous Splinter line are your only gripes, then I kinda feel like you're trying to diss on the flick to justify the new one. And it's like...if you gotta go to those lengths, then maybe it's just not worth it.

Posted by Donkey Punchovich on 08/03/2014 at 3:34 AM

Re: “Midnight Munchies: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles This Weekend at The Belcourt

Hey, I made this fully animated version of the TMNT trailer! Check it out:))) Go easy it's my first animation ever,,, COWABUNGA DUDES !!!

Posted by Orion Brown on 08/02/2014 at 2:11 AM

Re: “Chris Crofton, bandleader, comedian and former alcohol stuntman, bids farewell to Nashville

Best of luck Chris. I'm rooting for you.

Posted by Wes Craft on 08/01/2014 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Belcourt Bets the Farm on Boyhood

"Along with this weekend's midnight shows of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — the fact I had to precede that with "the original" charts one more notch in the decline of cinema ..."

You mean you're not eager to see the dark, brooding, angst-ridden version of Turtles produced by Michael Bay (a man not known for intentional humor)? I am shocked. ;)

Posted by Mark on 08/01/2014 at 4:23 PM

Re: “When time doesn't always get away from us

I loved this exhibition and am very excited to see what Sherrick and Paul bring to the city once their gallery launches. Kudos!

Posted by Kim Green on 07/31/2014 at 8:50 AM

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