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Comment Archives: stories: Arts and Culture: Country Life

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.

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:

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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.",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:

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

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

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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

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