Spread among six stories, Scruggs is never a chore or a bore, but it does drag once or twice. I admit this may be with purpose – the whole film is made up of frames with urgent and long-lasting purpose – but it still exhibits and exposes a stretching notion.
Suspiria is no riddle wrapped in an enigma but it is rich with unspoken but understood behavior, registered by that charge running up and down the spine. Off the screen and into your dreams and nightmares, this film goes. Our begs and cries prove useless when faced with the imagination of others. Just go with it.
Thunder Road can best be described as a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, with a subversive edge. It’s slick and straight up wacky in how events play out and bleed into one another, but also homey and comforting in seeing and understanding the strange but perhaps healthy by way of mostly odd behavior a personal journey inward can be.
New Orleans has several groups that provide excellent service to our moviegoing culture. Perhaps we can lead the charge in an industry thinking differently?
From the 2018 fest – the 29th Annual – and for your enjoyment, I have made available below three experiences in the form of interview, transcription, and review, that cover two award-winning movies and a genre/theme that is scarcely discussed.
Cane River, last shown in 1982, has since been relegated to myth, legend, and a sort of film purgatory following the death of director Horace Jenkins. It was restored and re-premiered at the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival.
The True Don Quixote had its world premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival, and Big Easy’s Bill Arceneuax offers his review.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is no stranger to performing as a survivor on film. A while back, she portrayed an alcoholic in Smash, a kidnappee in the midst of a global incident in 10 Cloverfield Lane, and the object of many a toxic relationship in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. She exudes an empathetic brokenness amid […]
Back in the good old days of the #TeamNOLAFilm podcast, where I hosted four episodes of conversation amongst the best and brightest of our local film industry, Hollywood South was just beginning to make its name. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, filmmakers from California and beyond came down south, accepting our generous tax credits, […]
Welcome to today’s first and (likely last) edition of Big Easy Magazine’s Mike Mauls the Movies, where I ask and even sometimes answer the burning questions, “When is a good time to disembowel someone on film, and when is it more of a faux pas? Is it okay to kiss your sister if it’s sci-fi? […]
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