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Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

I haven't seen it either, Lance, but I've set aside 3 hours for it tomorrow.

BOYHOOD cracked the box-office top 10 last weekend, and it has expanded to smaller venues like Murfreesboro (where it's playing at the Wynnsong 16). Maybe people want an alternative to stuff blowing up.

I understand Sam Adams' point about the "near-unanimous praise." The reviews, many calling it a landmark and a masterpiece, might create expectations that no movie can meet. I think CITIZEN KANE has suffered because of this. Young people tend to be wary of movies that are so lavishly praised, and assume they must be more like medicine than entertainment.

Posted by Mark on 08/19/2014 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

For what it's worth, this twenty-something cinephile is really excited to catch Boyhood this week. The only reason why I haven't yet is because I haven't had time for a three-hour movie.

Posted by Lance Conzett on 08/19/2014 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

From the blog of Mark Harris (author of "Pictures at a Revolution" and "Five Came Back"):

"I hate 'Wait until you're older' as an argument. But Millennial cinephiles saying 'What's the big deal about BOYHOOD?' ... You're testing me."

I know what he's talking about. The twenty-somethings I know have no interest in seeing BOYHOOD. They're going back to see GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY for the second or third time. I liked GUARDIANS, too, but man does not live by CGI spectacle alone.

Posted by Mark on 08/18/2014 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Belcourt's Blockbuster Boyhood Weekend

Jim Ridley wrote: "The Best Picture talk sounds like wishful thinking: the Oscars are all about honoring the genius of the system, and they'd never reward something this open-ended, modest in means and returns, and impossible to duplicate."

Yeah. I can see BOYHOOD getting a Special Achievement Award (like Chaplin got for THE CIRCUS), but not Best Picture.

Isn't there a new movie with Helen Mirren as a pastry chef? That's the kind of flick the Academy's elderly voters like to honor.

Posted by Mark on 08/16/2014 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Cult Fiction and Logue's To Part Ways: Songwriters, Ancient Gods and Big Changes Ahead

Also the Night of Free Speech twice monthly open mic night is moving to the new location when it opens.

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Posted by pleasedontcallmeliz on 08/15/2014 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Cult Fiction and Logue's To Part Ways: Songwriters, Ancient Gods and Big Changes Ahead

It should also be noted that the really excellent stand-up comedy open mic held in Cult Fiction Underground is moving to the new building as well.

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Posted by Lance Conzett on 08/15/2014 at 11:00 AM

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: “Exhibition of Polish theater posters speaks unspoken truths

Wonderful tribute to the world's most influential poster designers. The largest private collection is described at www.rosenbergcollection.com and viewed in part at www.mrposter.com

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Posted by Martin Rosenberg on 08/14/2014 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Nashville Drinking Game

There is now a list of Nashville themed drinks for each character.

NashvilleDrinkList.tumblr.com

Posted by NashvilleDrinkList on 08/13/2014 at 10:08 PM

Re: “"She terrified people"

My dad is one of Georgia Tann's stolen children. He was adopted as a newborn, but was very sick with dysentery and jaundice, probably from the appalling conditions at that house of horror. He was adopted by a wealthy and loving family in Memphis, thankfully for him. But he still wishes he know who he really is and the circumstances of his adoption. We may never truly know as she falsified the actual birth certificate.

Posted by Aleks Hart on 08/13/2014 at 2:18 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

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