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Comment Archives: stories: Arts and Culture: Country Life

Re: “William Friedkin's Restored Nailbiter Sorcerer Arrives at Belcourt This Weekend

That's an interesting case. On one level, sure: STAR WARS clobbering grown-up entertainments SORCERER and NEW YORK, NEW YORK in the same summer is the shape of things to come. (There were much worse movies that were hits that summer of ’77 — anyone seen THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT?) Then again, STAR WARS is every bit as crazily obsessive an auteur project as SORCERER (a remake) and NEW YORK, NEW YORK (a recreation of the Golden Age Hollywood musical).

"And if Hollywood thinks it has learned its lesson during the summer of 1977 and grows single-minded about turning out expensive remakes of remakes, we are going to start wondering, with the new releases of two or three years from now, if we haven't seen all these movies before somewhere." Roger Ebert, writing in September 1977

Posted by mr. pink on 06/05/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “William Friedkin's Restored Nailbiter Sorcerer Arrives at Belcourt This Weekend

In the summer of '77, everything was clobbered by STAR WARS (except for SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT). Scorsese's NEW YORK, NEW YORK was another casualty.

SORCERER deserves its cult. Don't miss it.

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Posted by Bob on 06/05/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “John Green and Nat Wolff on The Fault in Our Stars

What a wonderful experience working with the whole cast. John Green is one of the most humble people I have ever met. I was a stand-in for Sam Trammell, Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, and many others. My friend who was the set medic Casey LaRocco and I are the emergency room nurses who bring Hazel in when she is rushed there by mom (Laura Dern) and dad (Sam Trammell). The most moving funny and emotional experience I've ever had at the movies. I went to the screening for the crew then again 5 days later. THAT'S how good it is.

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Posted by Nick Balzer on 06/05/2014 at 1:33 PM

Re: “John Green and Nat Wolff on The Fault in Our Stars

The "car engine" section absolutely cracked me up. Really good interview, kudos Mr. Ridley.

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Posted by Jenna Fischtrom Beacom on 06/05/2014 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Porter Flea Preview at Track One This Weekend

Didn't mean to come off as negative about Saturday so much as positive about Friday :) Definitely a good value and much more the kind of experience I prefer. I never wait in lines and that holiday market is still haunting me. Thanks for your comment!

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Posted by Joe Nolan on 06/04/2014 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Why Maleficent Is the Most Interesting Movie in Multiplexes at the Moment

I was talking more about your equating sex with rape, but whatever.

Posted by mr. pink on 06/04/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Porter Flea Preview at Track One This Weekend

Yes! Come to the preview party! In regards to Saturday's event (which is over at 5pm so does not conflict with the Art Events in the neighborhood) - I'd like to say that I think "outrageously overcrowded" is an overreaching statement. I've been to countless craft shows where you can't even move, but Porter Flea has really been good at adjusting the size of the aisles and limiting the amount of people who can come in to the show at any one time so you can shop comfortably. I even waited in the crazy long line at Porter Flea Holiday 2012 thinking it would take at least an hour, but I was in the doors in about 15 minutes and once inside, I felt like the crowd was the perfect size - not too crowded but pleasantly full. So don't be scared to come Saturday is all I'm saying. :)

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Posted by Freshie Beth Lawrence on 06/04/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Why Maleficent Is the Most Interesting Movie in Multiplexes at the Moment

SPOILER
"I'll let someone else speak to "without sex having anything to do with it.""

I guess if someone told me I could be queen if I killed you, so I drugged you with the intent to kill you, but chickened out so just cut off your arms as 'proof' that I did instead, that would be all about SEX!

*smh*

Posted by Melissa on 06/03/2014 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Why Maleficent Is the Most Interesting Movie in Multiplexes at the Moment

SPOILER

"There's no way he could have accomplished what he had set out to accomplish without going about it the way he did, she would have kicked his ass! … He needed the wings to get what he wanted. She had to be angry, hurt, betrayed, have a damn good reason to hate him … It was a betrayal and an assault … "

Wow, no rape subtext there.

I'll let someone else speak to "without sex having anything to do with it."

Posted by mr. pink on 06/03/2014 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Why Maleficent Is the Most Interesting Movie in Multiplexes at the Moment

The method was comparable, **SPOILER** but taking something from her was not the original intent. There's no way he could have accomplished what he had set out to accomplish without going about it the way he did, she would have kicked his ass! The wings had to go, Maleficent is a fairy and didn't have wings (in Sleeping Beauty). He needed the wings to get what he wanted. She had to be angry, hurt, betrayed, have a damn good reason to hate the him enough to curse his baby. Brilliant story-line, in my opinion. All the questions answered, it all makes perfect sense. Sure you could compare it to a sexual assault, I guess, or you could just read way too far into it and make everything about sex. It was a betrayal and an assault, and well enough reason for her to want her revenge without sex having anything to do with it.

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Posted by Melissa on 06/03/2014 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Why Maleficent Is the Most Interesting Movie in Multiplexes at the Moment

I haven't seen it, but — SPOILER — two different people described the movie to me in those terms, involving the method her wings are taken from her and the way the scene is played (which struck them as something very close to date rape).

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Posted by mr. pink on 06/03/2014 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Why Maleficent Is the Most Interesting Movie in Multiplexes at the Moment

Rape- revenge? I don't recall anything that could fit that? Unless I'm not understanding your usage of the term

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Posted by Karen Leigh Burton on 06/03/2014 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Why Maleficent Is the Most Interesting Movie in Multiplexes at the Moment

Is the rape-revenge subtext as strong as I keep hearing?

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Posted by mr. pink on 06/02/2014 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Zardoz, the Ultimate in WTF Sci-Fi, Saturday at Logue's

Boorman had proved himself as way more than a competent craftsman before EXORCIST II — POINT BLANK is one of my favorite movies of the 60s, and there's DELIVERANCE — and as nuts as it is, I'd rather watch it again than the Friedkin original. (I'm not a fan.)

Posted by mr. pink on 06/01/2014 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Zardoz, the Ultimate in WTF Sci-Fi, Saturday at Logue's

I think ZARDOZ was Boorman's attempt to out-Kubrick Kubrick. "You thought '2001' was deep and profound (and inscrutable)? Get a load of this!"

Yes, EXORCIST II was just as baffling. When it was over, I had no idea what I had just seen. Hard to believe Boorman later became the competent craftsman of THE TAILOR OF PANAMA.

Posted by Mark on 05/31/2014 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Zardoz, the Ultimate in WTF Sci-Fi, Saturday at Logue's

Alas, no. I have to work when it's being shown.

Posted by Mark on 05/30/2014 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Just Announced: The Entire Belcourt Summer Schedule — And It's Amazing

Speaking of THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR, RIP author Sam Greenlee:

http://nyti.ms/1gKoMzE

Posted by mr. pink on 05/30/2014 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Zardoz, the Ultimate in WTF Sci-Fi, Saturday at Logue's

INFRA-MAN is goofball crazy, and a lot of fun. ZARDOZ is "I'm going to make the most profound allegorical statement ever on the construction of myth, gender politics and the ravages of time" crazy, and hence in a whole other realm of batshit insanity. Just try to imagine what's going on in Sean Connery's head at any given moment.

Are you going to KING KONG VS. GODZILLA this weekend at Belcourt?

Posted by mr. pink on 05/30/2014 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Zardoz, the Ultimate in WTF Sci-Fi, Saturday at Logue's

"Zardoz, the Ultimate in WTF Sci-Fi"

Don't say that until you've seen INFRA-MAN!

I'm surprised that hasn't turned up on a local screen, given how campy some of the revivals have become. An INFRA-MAN/GODZILLA VS. MEGALON double feature (which I actually saw at a drive-in) would be the perfect laugh riot.

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Posted by Mark on 05/30/2014 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Zardoz, the Ultimate in WTF Sci-Fi, Saturday at Logue's

Also, I see in CFU's June calendar that Nashville is getting its first screening of A SERBIAN FILM. The CVB'll want to get the word out.

Posted by mr. pink on 05/30/2014 at 11:49 AM

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