Is it Friday? Again? Indeed. The end of the work week for a few, just another day for those over-worked folks who work weekends and/or unemployed folks. The artifice of “the weekend” gets us through with the promise of relaxation, despite the fact that we could just be mellow all the time, for that is within us all along.
For me, Samuel Fuller’s Park Row, a love letter to American journalism and free press, isn’t just a classic film; it’s a manifesto on how to be a journalist. No glamour, all grit. No time for play, just the facts.
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 been in production. But when will it be ready?
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 expose their silly and ignorant nature (which this film does in spades). No, it still isn’t really a comedy.
Between climate change and oil spills, what was once solid land flourishing with trees is mostly water and mud. Contributing to the problem are the nefarious Nutria, which is where Thomas Gonzalez and crew come into play, collecting $5 per collected tail bounties from the state for reducing the population of these pesky rodents.
Saturday night, I had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Drew Varick; a thespian/actor featured on American Horror Story’s “Freak Show.” When first encountering Drew; his appearance and stride gives off the impression of a classy entertainer who has his shit together.
Actor John Mese has recently has begun performing a one-act, one-man play on Christian Brando called Wild Son. I thought this would make for a good opportunity to catch-up and learn more on the Hollywood career acting process.
“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 works before and after, it’s clear […]
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 equivalent) to art-house choices beyond America, The Brunet […]
“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 […]
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