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Philip Martin

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MovieStyle Editor/Columnist

MovieStyle Editor, columnist

Recent Stories by Philip Martin

Review: Stranger danger

posted: 04/28/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

People make movies for all sorts of reasons -- they might be drawn to the glamour of the profession, they might feel preternaturally moved by the play of dancing light -- and it's not our job to guess their motivations. That said, if I didn't know that Arkansas filmmakers the Miller brothers were beautiful souls I'd be very afraid of them.

On Film: Film criticism a rarity

posted: 04/28/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

A few years ago, a friend identified me to a young man of his acquaintance as "the guy who writes about movies for the newspaper."

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: The American behind me

posted: 04/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK--"Are you guys filmmakers?"

OPINION: It's broken and it can't be fixed

posted: 04/23/2017 1:52 a.m. Comment 1

I was in Bentonville last weekend, participating in a panel discussion on capital punishment organized by former Benton County judge Jon Comstock. Others on the panel were Michael Radelet, a professor from the University of Colorado at Boulder whose research on the effects of capital punishment on survivors (families of the condemned, corrections workers who carry out executions, etc.) I've previously cited in this column; Furonda Brasfield, executive director of the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; Don Morrow, a pastor at First Christian Church of Bentonville; Sheila Pursell, director of Northwest Arkansas' Catholic Respect Life Council, and Jay Saxton, chief public defender of Benton County.

On Books: Place of hope springs from poetry

posted: 04/23/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Poetry is language under pressure, a way of juicing words of their meaning. It is a way of rediscovering the hauntedness of sound and rhythm, of recovering the intent behind our reflexive communication. It is the opposite of the instinctual, emotive and earnest flow that some believe is the most authentic form of human expression. Poetry is slow talk, not babble.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Justice for Laura Branigan

posted: 04/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

I hadn't thought about Laura Branigan in years.

Critical Mass: 'Mr. Tanner,' my father, Mr. Tubridy and T.R.

posted: 04/16/2017 1:49 a.m. Discuss

There is a terrible song my father loved.

OPINION: He thought he had a ticket to ride

posted: 04/16/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Say you've got a ticket to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers next Sunday. (Yay!) But you realize you can't go because on Saturday your old college roommate is getting married in Santa Barbara. (Still yay! Santa Barbara's nice.)

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Helping no one, diminishing all

posted: 04/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 14

How many people have you seen die in your life?

Spirits: In the spirit of Drinkies, keep it light

posted: 04/09/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

'Cause God loves a drunk, lowest of men

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