The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance or What We Talk About When We Talk About Art

December 20, 2014

There is a terrible song my father loved. It was written and performed by Harry Chapin, who may be best known for a good/bad song called “Taxi,” about a guy who couldn’t achieve his dreams and ended up driving a …

How the Dook Stole Christmas

December 19, 2014

From our friends at IFC.

Karen Martin’s HomeMovies

December 19, 2014

  Magic in the Moonlight, directed by Woody Allen (PG-13, 97 minutes) The problem in cranking out a movie (sometimes two) every year, as Woody Allen has been doing for 34 years, is that some of them are going to …

Lennon or McCartney?

December 16, 2014

I used to be so Lennon. Now, it’s not easy. From Lennon or McCartney: 550 Artists were interviewed over the last ten years. At some point during those interviews, they were asked a question and told to answer with one …

Jennifer Kent’s Monster

December 16, 2014

Here’s the short film that’s the precursor to The Babadook. Monster – Jennifer Kent from Jennifer Kent on Vimeo.

Garth Brooks talks to Danny-Joe Crofford

December 12, 2014

bda’s DJC goes one on one with Chris Gaines. Here’s his review of the show(s): After a very, long weekend – three concerts in four days – I can now give you a review of what may be the biggest …

“Pickin’ Em Up,” Maya Angelou

December 12, 2014

From the recently released Caged Bird Songs,the late iconic American writer Maya Angelou’s poetry/hip hop fusion album, released November 4th via Smooch Music. The tracks blend Maya’s spoken words with modern hip hop production. The album was produced by RoccStarr …

My hero, Mike Leigh, on Mr. Turner

December 12, 2014

The Making of Boyhood

December 10, 2014

From our friends at IFC: “This 10-minute featurette, spanning 12 years, gives an extensive look at the process of creating what The New York Times calls “one of the most extraordinary movies of the 21st century.” Go behind-the-scenes with Richard …

It was 34 years ago today ….

December 8, 2014

Dec. 8, 1980: It was probably almost midnight, maybe later, in a club called the Blarney Stone, near Centenary College on Youree Drive in Shreveport, when we got the word. I don’t know whether there was a general announcement — …