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Philip Martin

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Columnists: PHILIP MARTIN: I don't know this town

posted: 12/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

SHREVEPORT --I realize I don't know this town anymore.

CRITICAL MASS: There's too much left undone to list

posted: 12/04/2016 1:57 a.m. Comments 2

The year-end Top 10 list is obsolete.

It's not incredulity that's the problem

posted: 12/04/2016 1:52 a.m. Comments 3

When I was a kid I knew a guy who would fight you if you said professional wrestling was fake.

ON FILM: Watching for the magic

posted: 12/02/2016 2 a.m. Comment 1

There were only a couple of people in the theater when we went to see Bad Santa 2 the day before Thanksgiving. And maybe that's what the film deserves -- I was happy not to have to review it, for if I had I would have probably concentrated on its narrative laziness and the odd sense I received that Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates somehow knew they were trapped in a movie far beneath their superlative talents and were simply trying to amuse each other.

Review: Moonlight

updated: 12/02/2016 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Immediately after screening Barry Jenkins' remarkable, poetic coming-of-age drama Moonlight, I began worrying about how I might write about it without making this brooding film sound like any number of other stories about lost kids growing up on mean streets strewn with the glass and foil paraphernalia of American drug culture.

REVIEW: The Eyes of My Mother

posted: 12/02/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

The virtues of writer-director Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature are readily apparent. The Eyes of My Mother looks fantastic, shot in a shadowy black-and-white that evokes the nightmare-inducing TV shows of the late ’50s and early ’60s (Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits) as much as Ingmar Bergman. It doesn’t get bogged down in dialogue or make any sort of attempt to explain the cruel pathology of its characters. For an arty, brutal arthouse project it’s admirably lean and brisk.

Commentary: PHILIP MARTIN: Standing up for yourself

posted: 11/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Now that I've got the check in hand, I can tell a story.

Critical Mass: Anniversary issue offers an insightful Who peek

posted: 11/27/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Art is not autobiography. It is not therapy or confession. We only think we can derive someone's story from what they once jotted down in a notebook, from their wishful projections and fantasies. Brian Wilson didn't surf. Bruce Springsteen didn't have a driver's license until he was in his 20s. Mick Jagger was no street-fightin' man.

The cousin I never knew

posted: 11/27/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

My cousin died. I didn't know him.

Memory can be wrong

posted: 11/22/2016 3:03 a.m. Comments 5

Nov. 23, 1963, was three days after my 5th birthday, a tungsten sky with hardness in it.

CRITICAL MASS: Crystal Bridges turns 5, crashes art's boundaries

updated: 11/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Bentonville, Ark. -- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors five years ago on Nov. 11, 2011, after years of planning and construction. Since then, the museum has welcomed over 2.7 million people from all around the world.

Lee Atwater's campaign blues (and ours)

posted: 11/20/2016 1:51 a.m. Comments 4

"We are Americans first and partisans second ... we are not enemies ... We have nothing to fear from each other. We are arguing over the means to better secure our freedom, promote the general welfare and defend our ideals. It should remain an argument among friends; each of us struggling to hear our conscience, and heed its demands; each of us, despite our differences, united in our great cause, and respectful of the goodness in each other."

Review: Tender Loving Care

posted: 11/18/2016 1:53 a.m. Comment 1

Social progress does not always move in a straight line. There are sometimes lurches and retreats as competing forces impress themselves on our politics. Even so, it seems remarkable today that not 60 years ago an American couple could go to prison for marrying.

Commentary: PHILIP MARTIN: In need of matches

posted: 11/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

As I am writing this, I have just learned that Leon Russell has died.

How to be happy (for dummies)

posted: 11/13/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

1. Love a dog.

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