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Re: “Death, art and science dance at Vanderbilt's Fine Arts Gallery

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Posted by Leah Skinner on 04/29/2015 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Five Reasons to See Ball of Fire Today at Belcourt

I think Bilge Ebiri had a great thread recently on Twitter about the best musical scenes in non-musicals. I voted for PULP FICTION, the Madison in BAND OF OUTSIDERS, and the "Cheers, Here's to Love" number over the closing credits of DOWN WITH LOVE, a movie I love more every time I see it.

Forgot about RIO BRAVO, which would be right up there. And I just remembered Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish singing "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" in evil/good counterpoint in THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER.

Posted by mr. pink on 04/29/2015 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Five Reasons to See Ball of Fire Today at Belcourt

People sure loved it in PULP FICTION. I even like the SPIDER-MAN 3 number, but in some ways that goofy, overstuffed threequel is my favorite of those movies. Certainly the most Raimi-esque.

Posted by mr. pink on 04/29/2015 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Nashville Symphony Chorus Offers Public Rehearsal Tonight

Would have been nice to have gotten more than 4 hours notice on this. I would have loved to attend...

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Posted by pogo on 04/28/2015 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Five Reasons to See Ball of Fire Today at Belcourt

"4. The awesome musical number featuring drumming great Gene Krupa."

This sequence seems more Hawks than Wilder. Hawks would sometimes let the movie stop for a musical interlude (Lauren Bacall's songs in TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT and THE BIG SLEEP, the back-to-back Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson songs in RIO BRAVO). OTOH, Wilder did let Marilyn Monroe sing a few songs in SOME LIKE IT HOT.

As Farran Nehme (the Self-Styled Siren) pointed out, one of the most appealing things about old movies is "musical numbers in movies that aren't musicals." When someone tries to revive this in recent times -- as in SPIDER-MAN 3 -- fans go ballistic and demand the director's head.

Posted by Mark on 04/27/2015 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Five Reasons to See Ball of Fire Today at Belcourt

6. The sheer spectacle of watching 6'4 ft. Gary Cooper pull off imitating an earnest Poindexter-style intellectual for an almost two-hour running time, and doing a pretty credible acting job of it.

Posted by Conslor on 04/27/2015 at 6:43 AM

Re: “"She terrified people"

Whether ornot a couple/person is gay is not the problem with adoption. it is the "closed" part. I am adopted, although not through the GT society. It took me 40 years to obtain my original birth certificate and my adoption was all within the family of my birth mother. her mother and sister took me from her. The precursor to adoption should be if you can love and financial care for a child with the love and attention required.
We, as a society, will never rid ourselves of predjudice if people don't let it go. I wouldn't care if a gay adopted me, if they raised me to be myself and gave me love and medical care and spent time with me.

Posted by Cdb on 04/26/2015 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘The Storm Has Just Begun’

Layla ordered a sea breeze. A SEA BREEZE. I repeat: a sea breeze. She's not Layla from 2015 at all! She's Sylvia from 1983 and her nobody called today.

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Posted by Barbara Please on 04/25/2015 at 8:39 PM

Re: “ICYMI: The Batman v Superman IMAX Event at Opry Mills

By the time this movie comes out, next March, the entire film will probably be leaked online. Then what's the point in seeing it -- unless you want the IMAX or 3D experiences.

Posted by Mark on 04/24/2015 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘The Storm Has Just Begun’

What is with baby Tussaud? I get the creeps every time I see them holding that motionless zombie spawn.

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Posted by TombstoneForever on 04/24/2015 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘The Storm Has Just Begun’

Yes! When I deciphered Scarlett's mumble comment I said to my cat, "I hope Ashley is back this week!"

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Posted by Linda Allen on 04/23/2015 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘The Storm Has Just Begun’

Love the Steven Tyler nemesis point. Carpetbagger

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Posted by Chuck Schultz on 04/23/2015 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘The Storm Has Just Begun’


That is exactly what happened to poor Katie Holmes. No shit.

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Posted by Ashley Spurgeon on 04/23/2015 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘The Storm Has Just Begun’

"...and the rock she threw from inside her glass house ricocheted and nailed her right in the forehead." Can we make that actually happen on the next episode?

And was anyone else totally creeped out by the Luke/Jade rendezvous? Telling someone you used to kiss their poster in 8th grade and then sleeping with them is just a little...odd.

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Posted by robins99 on 04/23/2015 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘The Storm Has Just Begun’

Hah, i didn't notice that. I'd guess the CMHoF has some wonderfully asinine legalese that says they have to use the legal full name of the facility.

Which means that by the time 'Nashville' goes into syndication, they'll have to re-dub the line again to say "There's a reason I brought you to the Tostitos Country Music Hall Of Fame Presented By Nissan."

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Posted by AnalogWalrus on 04/23/2015 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘The Storm Has Just Begun’

Personally, I loved how Luke had to add "...AND MUSEUM!" to JsJ's "There's a reason I brought you to the Country Music Hall of Fame" comment. It was so odd and obviously added post filming. I guess the MUSEUM section of the CMHoF IS more his cuppa whiskey!

That bathroom scene between Layla, Juliette and JsJ (I refuse to type out her entire name) was me-ow kitty city! Such hissing! Much claws! This episode was a little Dynasty.

'Wet Cardboard' would be a good name for this duo band should it come to that.

The Daphne/Luke performance was sweet. I liked it. Coulda used some CGI sharks but still sweet.

The only issue I had with the toe-to-head camera panning of post-coital Will was that it wasn't in slo-mo. Maybe we ditch all these charity functions, backstage banterins, cat-fightinz and just make that the entirety of next week's episode. (cries just thinking about it). Talk about my cuppa whiskey!


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Posted by BradNash on 04/23/2015 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Studio Visit: Caroline Allison

My daughter, Caroline Allison Kastor, is named after her great-grandmother Caroline Millikan Sullivan and her husband Frank Allison Sullivan, who lived in Elkton, KY. I just wondered if you are related. My husband is Frank Sullivan Kastor.

Posted by Tina Bennett on 04/23/2015 at 3:51 AM

Re: “Review: Nashville Symphony Premieres Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway

Dear John Pitcher,

Are you offering a middle school English essay on Hemingway as "the father of the modern American novel" or a review of Daugherty's actual piece? If so, your Cliff's Notes understanding of Hemingway misses subtleties that Daugherty's interpretation does not. If you had read the novels, you'd know that landscape IS characterization in Hemingway -- that the "deeper darker meanings" (by the way, one of your many verbal cliches) are compressed and hidden in Hemingway's style, much like the sub-currents of sound and counter rhythms in Daugherty's piece. Hemingway's surface machismo is a celebration of time and place, overlaying notes of loss and nostalgia. Hemingway's matador (the one conjured by Daugherty with a guitar-strumming cellist) is the last of his kind.

What is the sound of a lost generation? Terse rhythms pulling against lyrical melodies, the beauty of the landscapes, tolling of a bell, loneliness of the sea, and yes -- spectacle of the bullfight -- this is the Hemingway Daugherty's music celebrates. At the pre-concert talk, Giancarlo Guerrero said to Daugherty, "You have found your language." Before you write another review, try listening to what the composer is saying.

Your review failed to mention that Schermerhorn Center was packed both Friday and Saturday nights, and that "Tales of Hemingway" (along with "American Gothic") had the crowd on its feet for long standing ovations. If you want modernist angst, go read Sartre. But for those of us who miss the days of the matador (as did Hemingway), let us enjoy the music.

Cheryl Emerson

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Posted by Cheryl Emerson on 04/22/2015 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: 'Nobody Knows but Me'

Need to go to sleep but can't bc I am STILL laughing at this slice of perfection: "He says Jade is not his 'cup of whiskey,' then he pinches some dip, shoots his gun into the air three times, grabs his Confederate flag and peels out in his jacked-up 4x4." 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Posted by Jennifer on 04/20/2015 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Your topic for this weekend's MTAC: Is Kill la Kill sexist trash or a satire of sexist trash? The answer: Yes.

Kill La Kill is a misogyny which is built into the conceptual framework of the narrative, its character design, marketing, and visual framing. It is The Bad Anime and I’m sad that people like it

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Posted by Liz Michelle on 04/19/2015 at 9:37 PM

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