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Review: Film's parts greater than the sum

posted: 10/21/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

The easiest thing to say about Denial is that it is a courtroom thriller based on the actual case detailed in historian Deborah Lipstadt's 2005 memoir History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier. It is a serious and well-intentioned movie that takes great pains to present things as they could have been.

On Film: Revisit the horror of 1979's Phantasm

posted: 10/21/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Horror is not my metier.

Critical Mass: Soul of Memphis: Stax Museum tells story of groundbreaking, colorblind studio

posted: 10/16/2016 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Five miles due north of Graceland, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music sits in a neighborhood that Yelp! commentators call "sketchy" and locals call "Soulsville."

Down and out in New Orleans

posted: 10/16/2016 1:54 a.m. Comment 1

On the northern edge of New Orleans' French Quarter, on Rampart Street near Congo Square and Louis Armstrong Park, there's a homeless shelter called Covenant House.

On Film: Ed Asner an actor all can aspire to be

posted: 10/14/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

When I started in the newspaper business, Lou Grant was one of the most popular television programs in the country.

Columnists: Nothing happy about this

posted: 10/11/2016 3:09 a.m. Comments 10

I ran into one of my favorite conservatives a week ago. We were headed down to hear Ray Moseley, a former Arkansas Gazette reporter who went on to a distinguished career as a foreign correspondent, give a lecture on the Pulitzer Prizes the Gazette won for its coverage of the 1957 Central High School integration crisis, when we saw Bill Vickery dining al fresco at one of those places where people with expense accounts go.

Critical Mass: Intermission is over

posted: 10/09/2016 2:30 a.m. Discuss

It's time to get serious.

A warning bark in the dark

posted: 10/09/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Dublin is the barky one.

Review: Almost Armageddon: 'Command and Control' recounts nuclear accident that came close to obliterating Arkansas

posted: 10/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

I went to elementary school in Goldsboro, N.C., because my father was stationed at the nearby Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. One of the things I remember about moving there in 1964 is overhearing my dad talk about "how we had dropped a couple of nukes" on the area a few years earlier. He had been part of a team sent down to try and recover the unexploded bombs, each of which was more than 100 times more powerful than the ordnance the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima.

Columnists: Bless the Drive-By Truckers

posted: 10/04/2016 2:45 a.m. Comments 2

The Drive-By Truckers are the world's best rock 'n' roll band. And they just released an album you need to hear, especially if you self-identify as Southern. Especially if you're a white male Southerner who has always worked for a living.

On Books: Political spoof Nix pulls off fiction stranger than truth

posted: 10/02/2016 2:06 a.m. Discuss

There is a feeling, sometimes expressed in exasperation, that the pace and spin of modern life is such that it's difficult for a realistic novelist to avoid being overtaken by its absurdity.

Trump's not Hitler, but ...

posted: 10/02/2016 1:49 a.m. Comments 13

In his book The Coming Victory of Democracy published in 1938, Thomas Mann wrote that "in a democracy which does not respect the intellectual life and is not guided by it, demagoguery has free play and the level of national life is depressed to that of the ignorant and uncultivated ... [i]f the conception of culture and its level are determined from below, according to the ideas and understanding of the mob--this, precisely, is nothing but demagogy; and we have its perfect example in the so-called Kultur speeches of ... Hitler."

ON FILM: So many movies, so few great ones

posted: 09/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

I don't watch as many movies as I used to.

Commentary: PHILIP MARTIN: There was a debate last night

posted: 09/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 18

There was a debate last night.




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