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Comment Archives: Stories: Arts and Culture

Re: “Cult Favorite Harold and Maude Midnight Tonight and Saturday at Belcourt

Maybe I'm just going at the right times, but apart from those midnight movies where hooting at some craptastic disasterpiece is the whole point — THE ROOM, MIAMI CONNECTION, SAMURAI COP — I've never really seen this happen at The Belcourt. If anything, once in a while you get the opposite: too-loud laughter from people trying to show they're hip to some in-joke or subversive element in an old movie.

I went to the Barbara Stanwyck double bill Sunday, and there were plenty of elements in those two movies that would make too-cool viewers snicker — especially in Sirk's melodrama THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW, with its soap-opera dialogue. But the audience was totally on Sirk's wavelength, laughing with the movie's pointedly ironic evocation of oppressive ’50s suburbia instead of at it. (Great to see people pretty much blown away by that movie.)

I've seen every movie listed in that excerpt except THE EXORCIST at The Belcourt and never heard that kind of response. Somebody's snarky cackling at LAWRENCE or 2001 would have resulted in a fistfight.

Posted by mr. pink on 05/04/2015 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore’

KIDS IN THE HALL YESSSS

Posted by Josie Morin on 05/02/2015 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Cult Favorite Harold and Maude Midnight Tonight and Saturday at Belcourt

"It’ll be interesting to see how it plays these days at The Belcourt, which shows it midnight tonight and Saturday — or if contemporary midnight-movie audiences are more inclined to yuk it up at The Room."

I'd guess the latter. As the LA Weekly's Amy Nicholson wrote in a recent column:

"Ironic laughter has ruined a half-dozen old movies I've gone to in the last few years, and it seems be getting louder. I've heard horror stories of audiences guffawing through The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Thing, Lawrence of Arabia and The Godfather—c'mon, The Godfather!? And perversely, the same crowds stay quiet during actual classic comedies. It's like modern audiences must one-up the past. But that's a contest where everyone loses: the filmmakers whose efforts go ignored, the hipsters who wasted their money, and the rest of us who wanted to enjoy a good movie without getting distracted wondering how to murder a yukster with a bucket of popcorn and a straw."

http://www.laweekly.com/film/stop-laughing-at-old-movies-you-anding-hipsters-5523746

Posted by Mark on 05/02/2015 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Time Changes Things’

Beverley sang a really great song for 3 seconds , What the Hell ...?? I would Love to hear the whole song " Troubles Movin' In "...
I would love to hear more Music and less bad dialog !!

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Posted by mossflower on 05/02/2015 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Time Changes Things’

It seemed to me that Teddy was planning to off himself and not leave town and go on the run. Hence the gifts and farewell forever letters, the not taking the pictures, and the sad sad looks of regret. HAHAH TEDDY. Ah, it's all gonna be fine till the next scandal/favour needed to get outta scandal.

I can't even tell you how much I hate the Micah/Mom/raped story. They couldn't just make her an asshole, huh? Had to be the self-hating victim.UGH

And seriously, WHO writes a PERSONAL cheque for a million dollars? Does she even HAVE a million dollars? What bank is going to cash that? I used to work at a bank and if someone came up to me with a personal cheque for $1,000,000 I probably would've laughed and then said, "Are you kidding me?"

Jeff and Cuppa Whiskey's expressions at JADE ST. JOHN'S party have me in stitches. So disgruntled! So annoyed by the antics! SO not wanting to be there!

Loved everything about your review, especially your names for JADE ST. JOHN

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Posted by Josie Morin on 05/01/2015 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Time Changes Things’

"it hasn't done much in the way of actually involving local song writers and artists like it said it would."

I think there are quite a few writers and musicians in Nashville who would disagree with that statement.

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Posted by Doyle on 04/30/2015 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Student Art Exhibition Tonight at Cummins Station

It was stimulating to see Marlos E'vans "Yellow Elephant" in the show. A word to my fellow Nashvillians, keep him on your radar because he's truly something special!! Overall, a really nice show that shows the up and comers of the city.

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Posted by Loriann on 04/30/2015 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Time Changes Things’

I think this show has gotten so far away from what it originally started as. They add and drop characters like people change their socks. They develop story lines only to not finish them, the list goes on and on. The first season was by far the best. I will be interested to see if it gets renewed, because the incentive money from the city and state continue to decline. And while the show has boosted tourism, it hasn't done much in the way of actually involving local song writers and artists like it said it would. And it has taken sacred venues like the Bluebird and the Opry and turned them into giant publicity formats to boost their ratings.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by NashvilleNative on 04/30/2015 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Time Changes Things’

Who writes a personal check for a million dollars? The bank is just going to cash it a the teller window? Rayna just throws money around like candy corn and yet her label is struggling as she pays off deadbeat wife beaters and lets artists out of contracts without ever recouping a dime. Yeah just like a real label does it here in Nashville

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by TombstoneForever on 04/30/2015 at 12:57 PM

Re: “May's First Saturday events find Nashville's spring art season in full bloom

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Re: “May's First Saturday events find Nashville's spring art season in full bloom

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Posted by MatildaChapman on 04/30/2015 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Time Changes Things’

So is a million dollars the going rate for a liver? I would have started at $500,000. That would have probably been enough. Love these recaps. Love them! Minor typo, however. "Dusty lil’ prairie rose Scarlett and secret Brit Avery do their live radio performance." Avery is not the Brit! Please correct to "Gunnar."

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by ST on 04/30/2015 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Forward Into the Past: Russian Sci-Fi Spectacle Hard to Be a God at Belcourt

Got a chance to see this last night. I struggled getting through the first hour; it took me that long to adjust and immerse myself in its world and surrender to the filth. But once I did, I found myself mesmerized and exhilarated. It's been a long time since a film worked me over to this degree - perhaps the Belcourt screening of POSSESSION a few years back.

Sorry if this post makes no sense, but I had a tough time sleeping due to all the sloshing mud and clanking metal in my head.

Posted by Jason Allen on 04/30/2015 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Time Changes Things’

Beverly reminds me of cigarettes for some reason. Cigarettes really knows how to hold onto a grudge. Damn, lady. Sorry Donnie and Marie times with Deacon didn't work out in the big hair, baby-faced days of the early nineties (late eighties?) but let.it.go. Help a brother out. Literally.

I will forgive that whole obviously-faux Pacific Ocean background shot because this show manages to do a really good job making people look legitimately younger in flashbacks. Honestly impressive.

Jade Pinkett St. Smith's Super Sweet 16 Party was, I think, supposed to be SO L.A. but it kinda seemed pretty tame. Luke should have loosened up, enjoyed the bubbles and danced like no one was watching. I understand he had to get back to Nashville (on the Concord, apparently because he arrived in town like an hour later) to deal with the sexy times teens but maybe just leave in the morning and don't make Jill St. John all frowny faced at her own party. Guess it just wasn't his cuppa whiskey (I'm never letting that go). Is Jade coming back? I can't tell.

Scarlett is getting a backbone. Dating outside her small circle of friends is helping her become all independent woman. Now, enunciate them words, girl! Stop moving your mouth like a lazy, sunning puppy biting at soap bubbles and make people fear you!

There is literally a different woman tending to baby Credence in every episode and none of them are Juliette. She seems the logical choice to have credible teen talk.

Rayna's 90s (80s?) hair needs its' own show! She should have been rolling on the hood of a Jaguar with that hair. It was perfection.

Please never take this show away!


I'm so lonely.

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Posted by BradNash on 04/30/2015 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Time Changes Things’

"I’d hate to be the therapist who has to listen to Colt recount the tale of driving his father home from the airport after his hook-up with a pop singer half his age turned out badly, so that his father could lecture him about his not having sex with the daughter of his ex-fiancée."

In Tennessee that's called "the talk."

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Posted by mr. pink on 04/30/2015 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Time Changes Things’

It is a sad state of affairs when two horny teenagers show more sexual maturity than all of their parents combined. I’d hate to be the therapist who has to listen to Colt recount the tale of driving his father home from the airport after his hook-up with a pop singer half his age turned out badly, so that his father could lecture him about his not having sex with the daughter of his ex-fiancée.

And someone needs to have a serious talk with Beverly. Let it go, hon. You were never really that good.

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Posted by Jeanette on 04/30/2015 at 8:50 AM

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...

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

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