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Comment Archives: stories: Arts and Culture: Country Life

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

I haven't seen it either, Lance, but I've set aside 3 hours for it tomorrow.

BOYHOOD cracked the box-office top 10 last weekend, and it has expanded to smaller venues like Murfreesboro (where it's playing at the Wynnsong 16). Maybe people want an alternative to stuff blowing up.

I understand Sam Adams' point about the "near-unanimous praise." The reviews, many calling it a landmark and a masterpiece, might create expectations that no movie can meet. I think CITIZEN KANE has suffered because of this. Young people tend to be wary of movies that are so lavishly praised, and assume they must be more like medicine than entertainment.

Posted by Mark on 08/19/2014 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

For what it's worth, this twenty-something cinephile is really excited to catch Boyhood this week. The only reason why I haven't yet is because I haven't had time for a three-hour movie.

Posted by Lance Conzett on 08/19/2014 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

From the blog of Mark Harris (author of "Pictures at a Revolution" and "Five Came Back"):

"I hate 'Wait until you're older' as an argument. But Millennial cinephiles saying 'What's the big deal about BOYHOOD?' ... You're testing me."

I know what he's talking about. The twenty-somethings I know have no interest in seeing BOYHOOD. They're going back to see GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY for the second or third time. I liked GUARDIANS, too, but man does not live by CGI spectacle alone.

Posted by Mark on 08/18/2014 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

Jim Ridley wrote: "The Best Picture talk sounds like wishful thinking: the Oscars are all about honoring the genius of the system, and they'd never reward something this open-ended, modest in means and returns, and impossible to duplicate."

Yeah. I can see BOYHOOD getting a Special Achievement Award (like Chaplin got for THE CIRCUS), but not Best Picture.

Isn't there a new movie with Helen Mirren as a pastry chef? That's the kind of flick the Academy's elderly voters like to honor.

Posted by Mark on 08/16/2014 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Cult Fiction and Logue's To Part Ways: Songwriters, Ancient Gods and Big Changes Ahead

Also the Night of Free Speech twice monthly open mic night is moving to the new location when it opens.

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Posted by pleasedontcallmeliz on 08/15/2014 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Cult Fiction and Logue's To Part Ways: Songwriters, Ancient Gods and Big Changes Ahead

It should also be noted that the really excellent stand-up comedy open mic held in Cult Fiction Underground is moving to the new building as well.

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Posted by Lance Conzett on 08/15/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “International Lens' Thought-Provoking Fall 2014 Lineup Is Here

Great films, but why present them in an inferior format? It's 2014, not 1999. Dump the DVDs.

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Posted by TobintheGnome on 08/14/2014 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Nashville Drinking Game

There is now a list of Nashville themed drinks for each character.

NashvilleDrinkList.tumblr.com

Posted by NashvilleDrinkList on 08/13/2014 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Scott Turow to Receive 2014 Nashville Public Library Literary Award

As I recall, he also had a connection to longtime MTSU journalism professor David Badger...

Posted by mr. pink on 08/13/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “International Lens' Thought-Provoking Fall 2014 Lineup Is Here

It sure is. A fascinating story, and neither cute nor adorably quirky, as you might fear from the premise.

This is one of their best recent lineups. PLATFORM's been a wish-list item for me since its release. Glad to see Edward Yang's YI YI and the Bollywood blockbuster DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE, which made Shahrukh Khan one of the biggest stars on the planet.

Posted by mr. pink on 08/13/2014 at 11:02 AM

Re: “International Lens' Thought-Provoking Fall 2014 Lineup Is Here

Marwencol is definitely worth seeing.

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Posted by Nicki P Wood on 08/13/2014 at 9:47 AM

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

Also, a great piece of recent nonfiction, which happens to reads almost like fiction, is Gary Shteyngart's memoir Little Failure. Shteyngart grew up as an outsider trying to navigate cultural boundaries, so he has a finely-tuned eye for what makes things like families and communities work.

Shameless plug: I got to read it and do a brief Q&A with him in advance of his appearance at the upcoming Southern Festival of Books: bit.ly/Y0GYwF

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Posted by goose on 08/12/2014 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Mater Mayhem! This Weekend at Logue’s

But surely they can't match the hilarity of SHARNADO 2. Or a Uwe Bolle festival.

Bad movies tend to lose their charm when you're out of your 20s and no longer watching them with a bunch of your fellow beer-guzzling dudebros. I think the Dissolve had a discussion about this a few months back.

Posted by Mark on 08/11/2014 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Mater Mayhem! This Weekend at Logue’s

ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES is a pretty good example of why calculated attempts at making cult movies almost never work: it has its moments, but arch plus inept does not equal amusing. Still, I can't bring myself to dislike a movie whose marquee name is the San Diego Chicken.

I hope there's never a day we no longer find THE MANITOU or REEFER MADNESS funny.

Posted by mr. pink on 08/11/2014 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Mater Mayhem! This Weekend at Logue’s

I keep waiting for the Logue's crowd to reach the stage described in this classic Onion article: "Aging Gen-Xer Doesn't Find Bad Movies Funny Anymore."

http://www.theonion.com/articles/aging-genxer-doesnt-find-bad-movies-funny-anymore,1451/

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Posted by Mark on 08/08/2014 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Mater Mayhem! This Weekend at Logue’s

It's like IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Christmastime. Lionel Barrymore even resembles a killer tomato from certain angles.

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Posted by mr. pink on 08/08/2014 at 4:48 PM

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:

http://moviemorlocks.com/2014/08/07/everything-means-something-i-guess-remembering-marilyn-burns/

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

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

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