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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.
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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Why no mention of "Playing for Change" at the Shell?
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I believe that the Goner event on Beale takes place Friday.
Each episode is its own little art house movie. My favorite show.
I'll have to say that I have looked forward to several episodes in this little series.
Yep, definitely a thing regarding the Coens, washed all the way down to our shores. But who cares, they're just moving pictures?
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.
The proof may be in the puddin', but as Sipsey said, "The secret's in the sauce."
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.
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.
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.
Fried Green Tomatoes was so sweet. Especially the cannibalism. Our Kathy Bates rocked!
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?
Ed Wood, yes! And yes to LA Confidential. (Thank God, the Titanic wasn't on the list.)
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.
Well you missed the most Southern of Southern films, and the best. I never tire of watching "Fried Green Tomatoes".
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