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Philip Martin

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MovieStyle Editor/Columnist

MovieStyle Editor, columnist

Recent Stories by Philip Martin

Review: Infinitely Polar Bear

posted: 07/31/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

I find movies like "Infinitely Polar Bear" to be highly problematic to review. This is a movie that feels very specific, the product of processed pain.

Review: Aloft

posted: 07/31/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Before I saw Peruvian director Claudia Llosa's film "Aloft" at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, I'd heard that the film was "impenetrable."

Invisible empire of the senseless

posted: 07/26/2015 2:27 a.m. Comments 3

I'm writing this a few days before the Ku Klux Klan event that was scheduled to be held near Monticello last night; I'm hoping that you didn't hear much if anything about it and that nothing newsworthy occurred.

Critical Mass: Super or superficial?

posted: 07/26/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

"Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening."

Mr. Watson, you presumed

posted: 07/24/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

"Mr. Holmes" is the sort of movie that doesn't often come around in the summertime, a sedate and ruminative affair about an old man sorting through the accumulated detritus of his almost-over life, trying to remember the details and work out whether any of it means anything.

On Film: Film festival to be Arkansas' Outfest

posted: 07/24/2015 2:31 a.m. Discuss

One way to look at cinema is as a glimpse into the lives of others.

How we are complicit in the Mexican cartels

posted: 07/19/2015 2:25 a.m. Comment 1

I don't usually write about books I haven't finished, but I get the feeling that I'll be reading Don Winslow's new novel The Cartel for a long time. It's more than 600 pages and I'm reading it carefully and slowly, for a few minutes every night.

Spirits: Spirits at 5-year high at Rock Town

posted: 07/19/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Whether or not Little Rock's Rock Town Distillery was the state's first distilling operation since Prohibition when it opened in 2010 depends on how you look at it. Ed Ward was in his 80s when he obtained a license to produce his Uncle Ed's Arkansas Moonshine in Newport in 2010. And his Uncle Ed's Arkansas Moonshine may have beat Rock Town's first batch to market. It might have obtained permits from the state first.

On Film: Getting a start on best movies of '15

posted: 07/17/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Of the obligatory duties associated with this job, the making of lists ranks up there with the silliest. Not that I mind making them; it's not difficult to come up with names or titles and a line or two justifying their inclusion in whatever subset I'm defining. It's just that I have trouble taking myself seriously when I pretend to authority -- sure, I can give you a list of the best movies of the first half of 2015, but I know that 15 minutes later I'll think of a film I left out. I don't really think about movies in ways that can be reflected by hierarchical rankings. I don't even like grading systems.

On Books: Wright Brothers fails to soar

posted: 07/12/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

The intersection of "the good" and "the popular" is so slight that a Venn diagram representing the relationship of the two sets might look like kissing billiard balls. This is an obvious problem for people like me who write about cultural phenomena for a general audience -- most movies are mediocre or worse, but people go anyway and find a way to enjoy them.

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