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Philip Martin

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Commentary: PHILIP MARTIN: There was a debate last night

posted: 09/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 17

There was a debate last night.

Critical Mass: Quarry TV series co-creator retains books' Southern noir

posted: 09/25/2016 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock writer Graham Gordy's Quarry, a '70s Memphis-set crime drama he conceived with Michael D. Fuller based on the novels by Max Allan Collins, premiered on Cinemax on Sept. 9 to mostly admiring reviews. The Washington Post's Hank Stuever proclaimed it the best new show of the season and compared it to "another very good show that took forever to catch on ... about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher in Albuquerque who started cooking meth to make money."

Columnists: Dinner with the Trump man

posted: 09/25/2016 2:03 a.m. Comment 1

Dinner with the Trump man went just fine. He paid, and I picked out the wine.

Personal space

posted: 09/24/2016 2 a.m. Discuss

Where I live: Southwest Little Rock

Review: The Hollars

posted: 09/23/2016 1:42 a.m. Discuss

There's a distressingly familiar feel to John Krasinski's The Hollars, a film that might be most useful as a demonstration of what people mean when they call something a "Sundance dramedy." It's yet another quirky story about an artistic young man who -- having achieved escape velocity and migrated from his quaintly goofy/stultifying small hometown for the big city -- finds himself called homeward on a mission and must deal with his dysfunctional family, a clan that we are given to believe is very unlike our hero.

PHILIP MARTIN: Love and kindness and fear and loathing

posted: 09/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 10

I am talking about love and kindness.

Columnists: The clouds in Cleveland

posted: 09/18/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

CLEVELAND--The man in the hoodie has pegged me for a tourist, probably because I'm snapping a photo with my iPhone of the view looking back at the city from the East Ninth Street pier.

Critical Mass: Crowe's series rocks despite off-kilter tales

posted: 09/18/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

One of the nonproblems about the 21st century is a certain loss of urgency in keeping up with pop culture moments. These days it seems there's always a digital backstop, and if you miss it in theaters (as most do) you can always catch it on Netflix or home video.

Columnists: PHILIP MARTIN: Bass Pro Shop and the blues

posted: 09/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

MEMPHIS--Nothing against the capitalistic instinct that turned what started off as the Great American Pyramid into a Bass Pro Shop megastore, but I swear the branding makes it look like a matte painting from some B-movie imagining a dystopian future. Maybe it's the monochrome silver-on-silver aspect of the logo, but it just looks brutal and sad.

Critical Mass: Zevon: Excitable boy wrote of heartfelt, snarly virus

posted: 09/11/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

I became a Warren Zevon fan the way a lot of people did -- I liked his 1978 single "Werewolves of London," so I bought the album Excitable Boy and found that there was more to him than the well-crafted novelty single suggested. So I bought 1976's Warren Zevon, which turned out to be one of the most important purchases of my life.

Columnists: A letter from a Greyhound bus

posted: 09/11/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Fifteen years ago today we were temporarily marooned in Toronto. A couple of days later, I wrote this column on a bus traveling from Buffalo to Cleveland. It originally ran Sept. 16, 2001. I've edited it a bit for length.

Columnists: PHILIP MARTIN: Must believe in science

posted: 09/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

They got a week of rain in Chauvin but no flooding.

At long last, the end of the affair

posted: 09/04/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

It was hard for him to know it was over.

On Books: Petit Jean tale targets young readers

posted: 09/04/2016 1:52 a.m. Comment 1

I've been friends with Little Rock writer William B. Jones for more than 25 years. That said, someone needed to write about his new book, Petit Jean: A Wilderness Adventure, published Sept. 1 by Little Rock's Plum Street Publishers and illustrated by artist and historian Gary Zaboly. (The book sells for $24.95 in hardcover and $14.95 in paperback.)

Review: Our Little Sister

posted: 09/02/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

There is a cinema of the everyday, comprising filmmakers uninterested in special effects or blockbuster gestures. Think about the feminist director Chantal Akerman's deep and varied oeuvre, in which the strongest emotion evoked is often a protagonist's discomfort. In her fiction and nonfiction, Akerman -- a Jew from Belgium -- uses minimal "plots" as a way of exploring the loveliness (and horror) of ordinary moments in ordinary lives.

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