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Comment Archives: stories: Arts and Culture

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Baby Come Home’

When I turned it to ABC last night, the first thing I saw was a chocolate cake being placed on a table. It had 'Daphne' written on it in icing. "That poor, forgotten child is finally getting some attention," I thought. Nope. It was the final scene of 'black-ish'.

That elevator/blackout setup was some rom-com clichéd nonsense. It was all worth it to hear Scarlett yell "HAYLP!!" as she pounded her fists on the door. Hoo boy, I re-watched that three times.

I had a friend in high school who threatened to run away or hurt himself (I can't remember, honestly, because all his threats were as empty as his pea brain) just because his parents wouldn't buy him a new Fiero. It was annoying as hell...AND he got that ridiculous car. I thought of him while I watched all the Maddie scenes last night. Teens. Goddammit. (he's no longer my friend)


Great recap!

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Posted by BradNash on 04/28/2016 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Didn’t Expect It to Go Down This Way’

Good point about Autumn/Amber/Whatever-the Hell being devious because she's not a major character. It seems that's a prerequisite for any non-full-time cast member (see Cash, who is moving from "devious" into "psychopathy". The spa scene was hot, though!

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Posted by David G on 04/27/2016 at 4:32 PM

Re: “NaFF Day Eight: The Lure Is the Erotic Polish Horror Musical You've Been Waiting For

Hey @RoseMariePink I love the Hedwig reference. I mentioned it in another conversation comparing the films as two where the whole enterprise depended upon the music being great, and Hedwig and this both nail it. Definitely bonkers, but bonkers like many authentic tellings of folk and fairy stories often are, and it's been a long time since I saw a movie so excited by its own outrageousness. Irresistible.

Posted by Joe Nolan on 04/25/2016 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Christian Moeller Talks 'Stix' Tonight at Watkins

Pity about the lighting.

Posted by Mark Weber on 04/24/2016 at 1:23 PM
Posted by Tony Youngblood on 04/23/2016 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Magallanes, Transpecos and Josephine Top This Year's Nashville Film Fest Awards

I don't get so many of the wins. Transpecos was thrilling and with decent enough acting, but I'll forget the plot in a month or two. The Fits was so much more complex and with a break-out star that viewers will remember and look for again. Magallenas earned its place in the festival, but as far as narratives go? I admit I didn't see all of the films in the Narrative competition, but I can't imagine none being better. And documentaries? I can't stop laughing about SEED. It's another drink-the-Kool-aid GMO doc, and there are many. I'd give it to Accidental Courtesy or Hooligan Sparrow.Happy to see Dorka Gryllus with a nod for Demimonde and Lauren McQueen for the Violators (although I think Royalty Hightower is the best thing since sliced bread). I get Sing Street's audience award. The exalted ending had me pressing '5' on my way out, though with deeper reflection Saturday's The Lobster was the stand-out of the festival. (That and The Lure.) I didn't see Josephine because I can not understand the South's fascination with a war they lost (excuse my Northeastern snobbery, if you will.)

Anyway, great fest, will make my own list and reflect further...

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Posted by Erica Ciccarone on 04/23/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “NaFF Day Eight: The Lure Is the Erotic Polish Horror Musical You've Been Waiting For

I found it bonkers and enjoyable - but perhaps in the way where the bonkers nature of it caused much of my enjoyment? For me, the strange lyrics (so polish: 'holy moly, bitter tastes can be delicious') and interestingly eel-like take on mermaids made it fun where I would have been less interesting in more typical/glamorous split-tailed versions? Jason Shawhan offered up the description of if Hedwig and the Angry Inch remade the more accurate/gruesome/fairytale version of the Little Mermaid. That's pretty accurate. Maybe with more blood.

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Posted by Rose Marie Pink on 04/23/2016 at 1:16 PM

Re: “NaFF Day Eight: The Lure Is the Erotic Polish Horror Musical You've Been Waiting For

I love differentiating between best and favorite :D

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Posted by Joe Nolan on 04/23/2016 at 12:52 AM

Re: “NaFF Day Eight: The Lure Is the Erotic Polish Horror Musical You've Been Waiting For

It wasn't the best film at the fest, but I think it was my favorite. I had so much fun watching it. I was totally seduced. I can't say that any other film was as dazzling! That's why I love the fest. It presents opportunities to try on different types of films. I'll probably be more open in the future because of the The Lure.

Interesting point about it being in Polish, Joe. I think the language was part of what dazzled me. I love the phrase "genre-jumping promiscuity." That whole graph, actually.

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Posted by Erica Ciccarone on 04/22/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “NaFF Day Eight: The Elk, The Violators

Making me wish I saw both of these flicks. NaFF now suffers from great problems like "too many good films" and "too many cool events." I guess I'll just stay home next year ;)

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Posted by Joe Nolan on 04/22/2016 at 5:23 PM

Re: “NaFF Day Eight: The Lure Is the Erotic Polish Horror Musical You've Been Waiting For

Tony, that seems to be the main criticism. I wonder how I'd have felt about it if it was in English? I might not have liked it as much as I did.

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Posted by Joe Nolan on 04/22/2016 at 1:50 PM

Re: “NaFF Day Eight: The Lure Is the Erotic Polish Horror Musical You've Been Waiting For

Hey Tomasz there are a few parts not for the squeamish. I think the organ eating falls into that category ;)

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Posted by Joe Nolan on 04/22/2016 at 1:47 PM

Re: “NaFF Day Eight: The Lure Is the Erotic Polish Horror Musical You've Been Waiting For

Great movie, I love it. But, when I watched it in Poland some people left the cinema...
Few moments are full of blood, like period ;-/

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Posted by Tomasz on 04/22/2016 at 12:51 PM

Re: “NaFF Day Eight: The Lure Is the Erotic Polish Horror Musical You've Been Waiting For

Great review, Joe. I liked The Lure quite a bit, and I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes a cult classic. But I didn't love it as much as everyone else. Yes, it's outrageous, colorful, original, with great songs, but the parts didn't add up to a satisfying whole for me. I can't quite put my finger on why.

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Posted by Tony Youngblood on 04/22/2016 at 12:19 PM

Re: “NaFF Day Seven: Honky Tonk Heaven, Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Thanks for the reviews, Joe. I liked "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" much more than I was expecting to. Dennison deserves to be a huge star.

And the Rhys Darby cameo was a wonderful surprise. Please please please let him be in "Thor: Ragnarok." "We're Wolves" can't come soon enough.

"Shit! Just! Got! Real!"

Posted by Tony Youngblood on 04/22/2016 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Didn’t Expect It to Go Down This Way’

THOMAS RHETT (AKINS, JR.)'s publicist apparently lacked even a smidgen of script control over the April 20, 2016 episode of ABC's Nashville.

A savvy publicist would insist that a real-life client mentioned in the context of real-life competitors (for whom apparently no surnames are required) be referred to simply by his first name as well.

The failure here suggests a lack of name recognition for a presumed "B"-lister competing with presumed "A"-listers; hardly the desired positioning in an industry guided financially, and in terms of recognition accorded, by such perceptions.

Stacy Harris
Publisher/Executive Editor
Stacy's Music Row Report
http://stacyharris.com

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Posted by Stacy Harris on 04/21/2016 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Anatomy of Trump: Sideshow Sign Co.

Brilliant!!

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Posted by Maree on 04/21/2016 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Didn’t Expect It to Go Down This Way’

Be careful, because I think that "Ashley Spurs" sounds like the name for a new character on the show. I'll just keep this between us.

Posted by Growly McGrowlstein on 04/21/2016 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Didn’t Expect It to Go Down This Way’

I can't believe you left out the greatest exchange of the episode Maddie: "My parents are the worst!" Cash: "Well, I don't know, they DID give you a record deal"

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Posted by Allison Roarty on 04/21/2016 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Didn’t Expect It to Go Down This Way’

How about that Autumn tells Gunnar she hopes he brought a jacket WHILE HE'S WEARING A JACKET.

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Posted by leahshannon on 04/21/2016 at 2:56 PM

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