An Interview That’s ALMOST READY

By Bill Arceneaux – Lead Content Writer Al Champagne, for as long as I’ve been Facebook friends with him, has been promoting his close to being finished documentary Almost Ready, about the New Orleans punk rock scene in the 70s and 80s. With some teasers of interviews released and snippets of photos taken, it’s certainly…

August 14, 2018
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Neaux Reel Idea: What Is BLACKkKLANSMAN?

By Bill Arceneaux – Lead Content Writer Spike Lee’s latest film and condemnation, BlacKkKlansman, isn’t really a comedy. Sure, it’s been marketed as one. Sure, its title brings to mind Dave Chappelle’s infamous/hilarious skit from over a decade ago. And sure, one of the best ways to take away the power of racists is to…

August 14, 2018
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Neaux Reel Idea: RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE Review

By Bill Arceneaux – Lead Content Writer For the elder Thomas Gonzalez – self-proclaimed “Last Gonzalez on Delacroix Island” – hunting the Nutria rodents is more than just a way to pay bills; It’s an affirmation of personal philosophy. He is among the many men and women who trap, kill and fish off the land…

August 7, 2018
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Spirituality and Kindness

Scott Ploof – Publisher / CEO Drew Varick – Contributing Writer (This is an op-ed piece, and as such does not reflect the beliefs of Big Easy Magazine on the whole. Rather it is reflective of those writing and being interviewed within.) When you see someone on the street who is in worse position than…

August 1, 2018
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Acting Brando

By Bill Arceneaux – Lead Content Writer Outside of an Elmwood area P.J.’s Coffee, operating the on-board microphone of my Macbook Pro, I conducted the most enjoyable podcast interview I had ever done, before or since. This was several years ago, when the local independent movie King of Herrings was making a festival run. This…

August 1, 2018
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Neaux Reel Idea: The Lost Lucas, Part 2

By Bill Arceneaux (Lead Content Writer) “In a world where Star Wars epitomizes the commercialization of a film franchise, it can be fascinating to look at Lucas’s original socio-political statements.” – Josiah Berger of Shotgun Cinema I have no doubt in my mind that George Lucas was severely hindered by the popularity of Star Wars. Looking at his…

July 24, 2018
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Neaux Reel Idea: A Kubrick-Topia

By Bill Arceneaux – Lead Content Writer   Perhaps my favorite cinema in the city of New Orleans is our one-screen, neighborhood joint, The Prytania. Aside from week long runs of mainstream fare, they have special engagements for a more diverse crowd. From midnight showings of The Room (the modern day Rocky Horror Picture Show…

July 17, 2018
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Honor & Dignity, Upstairs

“This is no horror movie, but the facts and implications are indeed scary. Our nature didn’t look good then and doesn’t now. But, the city did recently place a memorial plaque at the location of the fire. Baby steps.”  Years ago, on an old blog of mine, I reviewed the poignant and evocative documentary Upstairs…

July 1, 2018
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Movie Review – On the Seventh Day

GOAL! By Bill Arceneaux   It takes me somewhere between the space of six or so huffs of breath to climb (not walk) up a set of stairs. In that time, a young man named Jose would’ve made six or so deliveries across Brooklyn on his bike. This comparison alone should change the hearts and…

July 1, 2018
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