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Comment Archives: stories: Arts and Culture

Re: “Third Man Records Enters 'Universe of Publishing' With Language Lessons

It's the most refined of all the roadkill-repurposing arts.

Posted by mr. pink on 07/23/2014 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Third Man Records Enters 'Universe of Publishing' With Language Lessons

Seems rare to see taxidermy described as "refined."

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Posted by Pete Wilson on 07/22/2014 at 9:52 PM

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

Mr. Pink said: "The contemporary squeamishness about racial tension — or rather, our rush to equate awkward silence with a "post-racial" advance — really stands out when you see something like Bakshi's early ’70s movies."

Some people were squeamish about it in the '70s, too. COONSKIN was dropped by its original distributor, Paramount, after protests and pickets. It was picked up by Bryanston, the Mob-backed company that released TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and the immortal THE DEVIL'S RAIN.

"That seemed waaaay more transgressive in HEAVY TRAFFIC than the sexual hyperbole."

I know what you mean. The most subversive thing in Altman's MASH today is a black football player nicknamed "Spear-Chucker."

Posted by Mark on 07/22/2014 at 3:50 PM
Posted by mr. pink on 07/22/2014 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Flipping Channels: Lifetime Gets Lottery Fever, and the Last of Murder in the First

Murder in the First still has three more episodes.

Posted by Isaiah on 07/22/2014 at 10:12 AM

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

Wow, Tobin, you sent me to Google to look up FEHERLOFIA, and now I'm wondering how I can see it. I wonder if it turned up on The Frist's radar in the process of mounting the WATCH ME MOVE exhibit (which I bet you would love). FANTASTIC PLANET I've seen: I remember being more impressed by the look of it than actually enjoying it, but man, what a score.

Here's the entire movie FEHERLOFIA on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq1nOAFCva…

Ever seen any of Walerian Borowczyk's animation? He's better known here for live-action semi-porn oddities like his super-kinky BEAUTY AND THE BEAST retelling THE BEAST, but you can really see his influence on Terry Gilliam's Monty Python animation:

http://www.theguardian.com/film/video/2014…

Posted by mr. pink on 07/21/2014 at 10:59 PM

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

By the way, the Belcourt's print of HEAVY TRAFFIC was incredible, and the movie remains furious, fascinating and technically impressive. The animation I remembered as a Tasmanian-devil whirlwind of deviant energy, and it was. But I hadn't noticed on VHS how good the live-action location shooting is. The movie's a time capsule of the wormy pre-Giuliani Big Apple; against its seedy cityscapes, Bakshi's animated hipsters and hustlers might as well be graffiti dancing to life off a tenement wall.

Great stuff — and thanks to The Belcourt for taking a chance on something so resolutely risky. If it takes a SPACE JAM to pay for something like this — thanks, Bugs.

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Posted by mr. pink on 07/21/2014 at 10:45 PM

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

Brilliant albums, too.

The contemporary squeamishness about racial tension — or rather, our rush to equate awkward silence with a "post-racial" advance — really stands out when you see something like Bakshi's early ’70s movies ... or BLAZING SADDLES, or even ALL IN THE FAMILY reruns. That seemed waaaay more transgressive in HEAVY TRAFFIC than the sexual hyperbole.

Posted by mr. pink on 07/21/2014 at 10:32 PM

Re: “'Christened in Blood, Raised in Sin': Ruby Tonight at Cult Fiction Underground

Also, to address your other point: Yes, the Scene is going to recommend movies at this place as often as we can. If Cult Fiction Underground had existed back in the days I was single and without children — well, I'd probably still be single and without children.

Posted by mr. pink on 07/21/2014 at 10:27 PM

Re: “'Christened in Blood, Raised in Sin': Ruby Tonight at Cult Fiction Underground

I appreciate the kind words, but Randy's enthusiasm is as genuine as it gets, and he's writing to evoke the kind of carnyspeak associated with the exploitation cinema of decades past. When I read Randy's pieces, I hear the days when cats like David F. Friedman and Kroger Babb walked the earth. He's forgotten more about these movies than I know.

Posted by mr. pink on 07/21/2014 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Two Big Shopping Events Saturday and a Weather Forecast

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Posted by NicoleCRegan on 07/21/2014 at 7:52 AM

Re: “'Christened in Blood, Raised in Sin': Ruby Tonight at Cult Fiction Underground

If the Nashville Scene is going to recommend movies at this place every week, can you at least let Jim Ridley do it? His knowledge and enthusiasm for the movies is genuine. The breathless and empty hyperbole that Randy Fox writes sounds like it comes straight from the bowels of the Cult Fiction Underground/Logues/Cult Fiction Underground public relations department.

Posted by Steve on 07/19/2014 at 10:17 AM

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

Mr. Pink said: "Coonskin remains his most audacious — it’s a movie contemporary viewers watch with boinging Tex Avery eyes."

The "black" characters in FRITZ THE CAT wouldn't win any awards for political correctness, either. Heck, the N-word was used in that movie's trailer. Imagine that happening today. It's as hard to believe as, say, Richard Pryor having popular albums with that word in the title.

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Posted by Mark on 07/18/2014 at 4:56 PM

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

Funny, I was just reading about Bakshi the other day. I've not seen any of his films except Wizards - and I was just a kid when i saw that. Don't know as if I'll make it out to see HT (midnight is kinda late for this old fart), but I'll add it to my 'to view' list.

The context for reading about Bakshi was that I just picked up Fantastic Planet on DVD and was wanting to explore other 70's/80's animated films. I also read about Fehérlófia & Marcell Jankovics.

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Posted by TobintheGnome on 07/18/2014 at 3:42 PM

Re: “'Christened in Blood, Raised in Sin': Ruby Tonight at Cult Fiction Underground

Krantz also produced those Marvel Superheroes TV cartoons of the '60s, which used VERY limited animation (basically panning across the original comic-book panels). They did have great theme songs, though!

I've gathered that the experience of FRITZ THE CAT led to Robert Crumb's lifelong hatred of both Krantz and Bakshi.

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Posted by Mark on 07/18/2014 at 3:10 PM

Re: “'Christened in Blood, Raised in Sin': Ruby Tonight at Cult Fiction Underground

Between this and HEAVY TRAFFIC midnight at The Belcourt (see below), it's a double feature tonight of sleazeball producer Steve Krantz. Whatever good you find in these movies probably came about in direct defiance of Krantz, whose influence on movies typically made them much, much worse. (As legend has it, he's the genius who tried to replace Bakshi on HEAVY TRAFFIC with Chuck Jones when Bakshi committed the crime of demanding to get paid.)

Also, check out the Harrington link above, which goes to a Drag City comp of his experimental films packaged with his autobiography. He's the one degree of separation between the WONDER WOMAN TV show and INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME.

Posted by mr. pink on 07/18/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Meet the Artist: Bryan Deese and the Scene's 25th Anniversary Artbox Project

I'm enjoying the art boxes, but this is my favorite thus far. It is quintessential Nashville.

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Posted by Not Your Momma on 07/17/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Meet the Artist: Trevor Bradshaw and the Scene's 25th Anniversary Artbox Project

@andri I do not think he does, but if you would like his contact information, please give me an email - ejones at nashvillescene.com

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Posted by elizzmo on 07/16/2014 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Meet the Artist: Trevor Bradshaw and the Scene's 25th Anniversary Artbox Project

Does the artist have a website?

Posted by Andri Alexandrou on 07/16/2014 at 3:12 PM

Re: “When time doesn't always get away from us

Thanks for your response. I think the operative word here is FROM. What you have written above is that the artwork is actually from a private lender, or in your case, a consignor, who intends for you to sell it. It is not from the Tate Modern. At best you could say that it is FROM an exhibit that was originally organized by (or for) the Tate Modern before it traveled to your commercial gallery. Minor point perhaps, but it is important to be clear about these things. My guess is that the the TM would agree. In any case, it is quite a wonderful show of photos.

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Posted by artstarved on 07/16/2014 at 2:16 PM

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