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Re: “Summer Movie Journal #1

must be a slow news week

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Posted by freddie on 06/29/2014 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Film Review: The Grand Seduction

That's a good question; those are the kinds of movies I could address or tackle (at least partially) in the weekly summer film journal, actually. Nothing springs immediately to mind except Kelly Reichardt's NIGHT MOVES (which may show up in Memphis) and Tsui Hark's YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE, which I saw at a film festival in the spring and then saw on DVD at a branch library. So it's out there, and if you don't mind tons of sub-Hollywood CGI, it's really weird and fun. But I'll ask G. Akers and see if he has a list of what's shown up and what hasn't.

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Posted by Addison E. on 06/26/2014 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Film Review: The Grand Seduction

Addison – Because Memphis lacks a full time serious arthouse cinema (The Studio in Midtown targets only mainstream Hollywood fare and The Ridgeway shows only prestige films more targeted to an older female white demographic - that’s the reality of the local market) we loose out on any heavy weight or foreign films (particularly during the summer) , what are the top 10 or 15 films without Memphis play dates that deserve to be shown here??

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Posted by BP on 06/26/2014 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Mabon "Teenie" Hodges

Check out the audible at 1:42: Strong.

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Posted by Joe Boone on 06/23/2014 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Flyer Music's Weekend Punch List

Why no mention of "Playing for Change" at the Shell?

Posted by df on 06/20/2014 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Flyer Music's Weekend Punch List

Thank you, Eli. I appreciate your participation. Let me know what I can do better or how you think you could improve what we do. boone@memphisflyer.com. Or, hell, have at it here. I've been a disgruntled reader and still am. Feedback is helpful. Thanks again.

Posted by Joe Boone on 06/18/2014 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Flyer Music's Weekend Punch List

I believe that the Goner event on Beale takes place Friday.

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Posted by eli on 06/18/2014 at 7:25 PM

Re: “TV Review: Game of Thrones

Amen Truth

Posted by homersimpson on 06/16/2014 at 9:53 AM

Re: “TV Review: Louie

Each episode is its own little art house movie. My favorite show.

Posted by Dave Clancy on 06/16/2014 at 8:55 AM

Re: “TV Review: Game of Thrones

I'll have to say that I have looked forward to several episodes in this little series.

Posted by TruthBeTold on 06/14/2014 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Films of the Southern Wild

Yep, definitely a thing regarding the Coens, washed all the way down to our shores. But who cares, they're just moving pictures?

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Posted by yearling on 06/12/2014 at 12:49 AM

Re: “Films of the Southern Wild

Somehow, I fancied the idea that such an intellectually astute cinephile lived amongst us. You are the finest writer at the Flyer and your film insights are a source of immense pleasure.

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Posted by BP on 06/11/2014 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Films of the Southern Wild

cracko,
The proof may be in the puddin', but as Sipsey said, "The secret's in the sauce."

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Posted by Brunetto Latini on 06/11/2014 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Films of the Southern Wild

Mayfield, I think you may have had the response the director wanted you to have in those moments. BSM was calculated drive-in bad. Not anybody's fault for missing that, it had identity issues. It was shot so lovingly it makes you forget what the poster tells you: don't analyze too much, it's pulp for pulp's sake. I have lots of problems with it too, but the Eggleston homages are really nice, and the one post-party ultra low angle shot captures all-night party wasted better than any other depiction of alcoholism I've ever seen on film. Those moments smooth over some of the rest for me.

O Brother is gorgeous. The soundtrack is great and important. It's got lots of funny lines. And I agree with everything Addison said about it. Easily my least favorite Coen Bros film.

Posted by Chris Davis on 06/11/2014 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Films of the Southern Wild

Cracko,
You know your second cousin was a geek, your granny knew it, the seminary knew it. Tyson Foods just doesn't take out restraining orders willy nilly.
Now simmer down and let the yankee boy be.

Posted by CL Mullins on 06/11/2014 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Films of the Southern Wild

Addison,

All my Mississippi kin, including those who lived thru the Depression thought it was a hoot. Loved the classical references. Who the fuck you callin' geek?

Our first reaction to the thought of some guys from Minnesota trying to define Southern was, "WTF". But the proof is in the puddin'. And of course no kindly pimps.

Brunetto,
Fried Green Tomatoes was so sweet. Especially the cannibalism. Our Kathy Bates rocked!

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Posted by crackoamerican on 06/11/2014 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Films of the Southern Wild

I put BLACK SNAKE MOAN on there as a curiosity. Can't think of a Midwestern equivalent to it, really, but it is…something…

Will do on FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, Brunetto. Thanks for the tip. And everyone else out there, please recommend other titles about the South that you think I should see.

O BROTHER was never, ever, ever, ever, EVER in consideration. I thought it was a cynical geek show, especially in its depiction of the Depression-era South. But sweetie, that's just one man's opinion. What do Memphians and other Southerners think of it?

Posted by Addison E. on 06/11/2014 at 7:16 PM

Re: “The Sweet Thereafter

Ed Wood, yes! And yes to LA Confidential. (Thank God, the Titanic wasn't on the list.)

Posted by mayfield on 06/11/2014 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Films of the Southern Wild

Haven't seen all these, but I laughed out loud at the horrible cliches of Brewer's "Black Snake Moan." Loved what one critic called it "Chaining Miss Daisy to the Radiator." Not on my list, unless it's on the 25 Worst.

Posted by mayfield on 06/11/2014 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Films of the Southern Wild

Well you missed the most Southern of Southern films, and the best. I never tire of watching "Fried Green Tomatoes".

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Posted by Brunetto Latini on 06/11/2014 at 6:13 PM

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