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OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Don't forget to dance

posted: 02/13/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

Dear Bart Hester (and you too, Bob Ballinger),

Critical Mass: Black American cinema: designing a syllabus

posted: 02/11/2018 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Maybe irritation is a legitimate reaction to the existence of things such as Black History Month. (Any time you add a leading adjective you risk compartmentalization and ghettoization.) In a more perfect world, black history would be better integrated into the larger narrative. James Baldwin, Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston would be known as writers and newspaper columnists wouldn't make a special effort to highlight the contributions of African Americans during February.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: The humor in sharing secret shame

posted: 02/11/2018 1:51 a.m. Comments 6

It's hard to be truly funny.

ON FILM: Even Oscar gets it right sometimes

posted: 02/09/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

I'm not much of an awards show guy.

OPINION : PHILIP MARTIN: Justifying our illusions

posted: 02/06/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 14

"I admit I am sickened at the purchase of slaves, but I must be mumm, for how could we do without sugar or rum?"

OPINION : PHILIP MARTIN: The stuff of dreams, desires and GOATs

posted: 02/04/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

A lot of my dreams are about sports.

On Books: Munich rethinks Neville Chamberlain

posted: 02/04/2018 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Neville Chamberlain is popularly viewed as a weak, if not foolish leader; even ahistorical Americans associate his name with policies of appeasement and concession.

Critical Mass: Guitar out of tune with today's music

posted: 02/04/2018 2:12 a.m. Comment 1

"Once you realize that playing guitar is mainly about what kind of shirt and shoes you're wearing, it all falls into place."

ON FILM: More Top 10 lists from 2 cinephiles

posted: 02/02/2018 1:45 a.m. Discuss

We're continuing our sampling of various lists of the best films of 2017 this week -- we might keep going all the way to the Oscars if we have enough material.

OPINION : PHILIP MARTIN: State of the Union

posted: 01/30/2018 2:20 a.m. Comments 77

My fellow Americans, the state of the Union is winning. So much. So great. Believe me.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: The unyielding memory of Herr Kellner

posted: 01/28/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

"Memory says, 'I did that.' Pride replies, 'I could not have done that.' Eventually, memory yields."

Critical Mass: Hancock's Letters well worth revisiting

posted: 01/28/2018 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Ignorance can be bliss: The tone-deaf man sings arias in the privacy of his car.

Review: Hostiles

posted: 01/26/2018 1:47 a.m. Comment 1

Scott Cooper's Hostiles is a brutal and depressive but otherwise fairly traditional (as opposed to revisionist) Western, less an examination of the dynamics of European conquest of indigenous peoples than yet another story of another taciturn white guy who learns to respect the innate nobility of individual American Indians.

Review: Then There Was Joe

posted: 01/26/2018 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Then There Was Joe is the first film in the Arkansas Cinema Society's new Homegrown Film Series, and it's a worthy inaugural effort.

On Film: Rewinding: Taking another look at best of 2017

posted: 01/26/2018 1:45 a.m. Discuss

We're continuing our glance back at the recently concluded year at the movies by featuring the "best of" lists by engaged moviegoers. (If you've got a list you'd like to share, send it along to me at and we'll consider running it.)






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