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Re: “Deadly Deeds Underway at Killer Nashville Downtown

Thanks for the shout-out for the 25th anniversary of Murder, She Wrote novels. I wrote three with my dad, Donald Bain. The second in the series, Manhattans and Murder, Rum and Razors and Three Strikes, You're Dead. They're all still in print! Thanks again!
Laurie Bain Wilson

Posted by Laurie Bain Wilson on 08/23/2014 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

Charlie Chaplin is another figure who has suffered a backlash. All through his career, Chaplin received the most lavish praise imaginable. The French treated him as a god, and he continued to be deified in Europe after American turned on him after WWII.

Then critics got tired of praising Chaplin and began to say that Buster Keaton -- and sometimes Harold Lloyd or Harry Langdon -- was better. Having recently watched all of Chaplin's films (including the awful COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG) and every Keaton film I could see, I have to conclude that while Keaton at his best is very great, Chaplin is his superior.

But to be honest, I regard Stan Laurel as a greater comic than either Chaplin or Keaton.

Posted by Mark on 08/22/2014 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

CITIZEN KANE still has a terrific story, and an ironic, downbeat ending that no major studio would allow today.

Did you see BOYHOOD at the Belcourt? If so, I would expect Vandy students there, because the theater is a short walk from the campus. I saw BOYHOOD in Murfreesboro, where everyone in the audience was middle-aged. In other words, the usual audience for art/indie films.

In a very depressing conversation between Matt Zoller Seitz and Godfrey Cheshire, Cheshire says: "Ask art-house owners outside of a few big cities, they'll tell you that the majority of their patrons for foreign-language films are over 60. I’m sure that’s why, supposedly, an important specialty distributor said not too long ago that he didn’t think art houses would last more than another decade."

Posted by Mark on 08/22/2014 at 3:55 PM

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