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Comment Archives: stories: Arts and Culture: Country Life

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

http://redlettermedia.com/half-in-the-bag-boyhood-and-guardians-of-the-galaxy/

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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 !!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YJMD651Ljo

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

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: “In Case You Missed It: Amanda Valentine Back on Project Runway!

Wow, Amber, chill.
Amanda did great. Love her choices.

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Posted by Maha Khan on 07/30/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “In Case You Missed It: Amanda Valentine Back on Project Runway!

Amber, she did show at NYFW. They show more than the top contenders so the finalists aren't revealed before the show airs.

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Posted by AbbyW on 07/28/2014 at 1:06 PM

Re: “In Case You Missed It: Amanda Valentine Back on Project Runway!

Wow, jealous much?

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Posted by mr. pink on 07/28/2014 at 9:55 AM

Re: “In Case You Missed It: Amanda Valentine Back on Project Runway!

and she did not make it to the finals she was eliminated week 8. she helped michelle with finishing touches who was the actually winner

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Posted by Amber Smith on 07/26/2014 at 8:08 AM

Re: “In Case You Missed It: Amanda Valentine Back on Project Runway!

that outfit was terrible just like everything else she has made on Project Runway. Stick to being a local celebrity

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Posted by Amber Smith on 07/26/2014 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Ralph Bakshi's X-Rated, Animated Head Trip Heavy Traffic Midnight at Belcourt

INSIDE DEEP THROAT was interesting, but I'm leery of its claim that DEEP THROAT earned $600 million. That would make it much, much more lucrative than other early '70s hits like THE GODFATHER, THE EXORCIST or THE TOWERING INFERNO. And I think those films were seen by more people. (I don't remember if the $600M claim was just the theatrical gross, or included VHS/DVD sales and rentals.)

Of course, we'll never know how much money THROAT made, because the Mafia pocketed the money, they do their business in cash, and they're not known for keeping the most accurate records ...

Posted by Mark on 07/25/2014 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Ralph Bakshi's X-Rated, Animated Head Trip Heavy Traffic Midnight at Belcourt

I was mistaken: it's in the documentary INSIDE DEEP THROAT, which has an interview with the mob functionary nicknamed "The Candyman," whose work in Memphis — which included a detour to Nashville to bulk-buy Goo-Goos — inadvertently set off the obscenity charges.

Posted by mr. pink on 07/25/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Ralph Bakshi's X-Rated, Animated Head Trip Heavy Traffic Midnight at Belcourt

Also, AIP boss Samuel Z. Arkoff was reportedly the one who threatened to pull out if HEAVY TRAFFIC was made without Bakshi.

Tracking down the Nashville reference ...

Posted by mr. pink on 07/25/2014 at 4:21 PM

Re: “T Magazine on 12South Fashion and 'Nashville's Quirky Style'

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Posted by Kelliente on 07/25/2014 at 3:21 PM

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