Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Children of Paradise

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 3:19 PM

Tonight is the last official night of the Belcourt's "50 Years of Janus Films" series, with Jason Shawhan introducing the wonderful French epic Children of Paradise at 7 p.m. I'll be sorry to see it go. I got to watch spectacular prints of some movies I'd always wanted to see (Mizoguchi's Sansho the Bailiff, Varda's Cleo from 5 to 7) and to reacquaint myself with old favorites (Renoir's The Rules of the Game, Ophuls's The Earrings of Madame de...).

Among the many people I noticed returning throughout the series, two faces stuck out: Jasmine Rich, 12, and her 8-year-old sister Grace Gilmore. Accompanied by their mother, Beth Gilmore, an artist and Watkins student who runs the Twist Art Gallery, the girls turned up at everything from Luis Bunuel's Viridiana to Kon Ichikawa's grim war drama Fires on the Plain. "It was something we could all do together," Beth Gilmore said. By last week, the girls had seen at least 10 of the films in the series, and more at a supplementary series screened by local film collector Tom Wills.

Were you watching two foreign films a week when you were in third or even seventh grade? I wasn't. (Channel 8 only showed one a week in the 1970s.) So I was curious: what did the girls see in the movies?

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Let There Be Baseball

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 11:50 AM

Thank goodness Spring Training starts today. Wondering where Andy Abad will be doing a bad, bad thing this year? Check up on your favorite Sounds from seasons past (including Jason Schmidt, Freddy Sanchez and Yamid Haad, among others) over at the Sounds site.

I was surprised to see that former Sounds pitcher Gary Glover had signed with a Major League team, then realized it was the Devil Rays. Don't worry, folks, soon Thursdays will be much thirstier.

Breaking Vandy News: Gee to Divorce

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 10:29 AM

Just as I was making calls to try to confirm a tip I got this morning, this comes across the transom. Vandy Chancellor Gordon Gee to divorce his controversial wife Constance.

UPDATE: Nashville Post story here.

Wednesday's Hot Type

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 9:43 AM

ՠMedia geeks, if you missed last night's Frontline, it's worth watching the full program online. Must go read the help wanted ads now.

ՠClean your own damn toilets, little Johnny.

ՠYo, I'm "carbon neutral," not a hypocrite. And Drudge, in case you missed it.

ՠAn apple is not an apple is not an apple to those who originally embraced Whole Foods.

ՠMore on Nashville's 187-pound scourge.

ՠReally good to know. Thanks, Tennessean information center.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Nashville Shane

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 5:53 PM

Over the past few seasons of FX's excellent cop show The Shield, many of the biggest surprises have come from Walton Goggins' Det. Shane Vendrell—a bleakly funny sidekick who's evolved in recent years into a chilling, ruthless moral question mark, not to mention a scarier wild card than even Michael Chiklis' antihero. Local audiences will see what else Goggins can do besides rough up the innocent and assassinate his own squad members when he visits the Nashville Film Festival in April. He'll be here for the world premiere of Ray McKinnon's Randy and the Mob, a comedy about a good ol' boy on the lam from gangsters and his gay identical twin.

Matt from Dallas has already suggested printing up shirts that say, "I Miss Lemonhead."

MBA Football

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 4:23 PM

Montgomery Bell Academy this afternoon named Daniel McGugin its new football coach, replacing Jeff Rutledge who resigned in January. McGugin is a 1996 graduate of MBA and son of prominent Nashville attorney George McGugin. He is named for his great-grandfather, Dan McGugin, who was the greatest coach in Vanderbilt football history and for whom Vanderbilt's athletic center is named.

Nashville Safety Surprises

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 2:10 PM

In a press release this week, Police Chief Ronal Serpas announced that "overall major crime in Nashville" was at its lowest level since 1990. Apparently crime here still wasn't low enough to break out of Morgan Quitno's "Top 25 Most Dangerous Cities."

Also of note in Serpas' press release: "one-fourth of all robbery arrests made by the police department last year were of persons under the age of 18." This figure obviously didn't make much difference to the America's Promise people who have listed Nashville as one of the "Best 100 Communities for Young People."

Artsy Fartsy

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 2:07 PM

BusinessWeek.com and Sperling's Best Places has tapped Nashville among the 10 best places in the country for artists. The list ranks cities based on a formula of the local concentration of artistic establishments; cost of living; percentage of people age 25 to 34; diversity; and concentration of museums, music, dance, theater, libraries and college arts programs. Other top boho cities include L.A., New York, Carson City, Santa Fe, Boulder and San Francisco.

Hot Type

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 10:15 AM

ՠThe Gore mansion: "We'll leave the lights on for you." (Tennessean and approximately 1,000,000 other places)

ՠAnd thanks for the tip, nonpartisans who hired Trent Seibert as as "Director of Government Accountability."

ՠSwing and a Miss. (WSMV)

ՠStrike two.

ՠWho was that nude man? Craig Schelske says, "It wasn't me." (Tennessean)

ՠTwo Christians drink alcohol for seven-and-a-half hours. Then their cabbie mentions Hitler. (Tennessean)

Monday, February 26, 2007

ICE, ICE Baby

Posted By on Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 2:52 PM

Nashville immigrants, meet your new booking agents!

The Davidson County Sheriff's Office has selected three Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) supervisors and nine ICE officers to train for and eventually run its 287(g) program, which would give the department the ability to ascertain the immigration status of foreign-born arrestees and begin deportation proceedings against illegals charged with crimes.

More than 70 sheriff's employees applied for the supervisor position, which pays between $40,448 and $52,580 according to department spokeswoman Karla Crocker and an interdepartmental job bid announcement. The department was looking for applicants with some combination of college and corrections experience or "corrections supervisory experience." Bilingual applicants were "preferred," but knowing another language wasn't a requirement for being hired. As it turns out, none of the successful applicants habla Espanol.

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