Danny-Joe Crofford and Levi Agee on Harry Bleeding Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One

November 22, 2010

In keeping with my longstanding tradition of not seeing the latest Harry Potter film when it immediately arrives in theaters, I missed it this weekend. But Legion of Doomers Danny Joe Crofford and  Levi Agee didn’t, and their review starts …

Battle for the Boot coming up

November 21, 2010

Friend of the program David Bazzel, wants to remind everyone that there is a football game here in Little Rock next weekend between a little college I went to in Baton Rouge and David’s alma mater. David also reminds me …

Wodka Vodka

November 21, 2010

“Vodka, with his peasant roots and slumping shoulders, is often dissed by aesthetes and snobs who generally insist that a martini isn’t a martini unless it’s made with gin. But this is an argument unworthy of pursuit — we’ve no …

Shoot Out the Lights available through Rhino Handmade

November 21, 2010

While if you haven’t already put in your order yet it may be too late, Rhino Handmade is offering a limited edition, double-CD version of Richard and Linda Thompson’s shattering 1982 break-up album Shoot Out the Lights. It’s $39.98, and …

The Great Gatsby reimagined by Baz Luhrmann

November 20, 2010

I have to be a little careful on this blog, I can only quote so much from stories I’ve written for others, including those I’ve written for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. But I’ve written a lot about The Great Gatsby over …

…And then there were fifteen, the Academy announces the Best Doc Oscar aspirants

November 20, 2010

Our theater and awards correspondent (and armchair critic) Sam Blair checks in with the news that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the field competing for the Best Documentary Oscar down to fifteen films. They are: …

Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and the promises we make ourselves

November 20, 2010

Bruce Springsteen – “The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’” Sneak Peek from Columbia Records on Vimeo. I was 19 years old when Darkness on the Edge of Town was released, just back in the U.S. …

Free Gang of Four tracks

November 19, 2010

I likely will not spend a whole lot of time on this blog today, but before I slip out ofr a while I wanted to alert you to the fact that the Guardian website is hosting three previously unreleased Gang …

A few words on Michael Vick

November 18, 2010

Halfway through the NFL season Michael Vick is one of the leading candidates for the league’s Most Valuable Player award. I think I am rooting for him. And I wonder why this is. I still have trouble wrapping my head …

Smoke, a short film by Grzegorz Cisiecki

November 18, 2010

Smoke from Grzegorz Cisiecki on Vimeo. Some things simply fall in your lap. This morning I received an email, apparently from a Belarussian filmmaker named Grzegorz Cisiecki, that read: Dear Philip, do not consider that as a crude obsession, but …