Author Archives: Joe Nolan

Art Fight

We had a productive day today pushing big projects off of to-do lists and finishing publicity for soon-to-be announcements. I also spent part of the day promoting my new podcast, Art Fight Club. Brian Siskind and I are talking about fighting to create great art, and talking with fighters about the creativity that’s revealed in [...]

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Traffic at 50

I’m very excited to take my wife to go see a preview for The Disaster Artist next week — we both love The Room and she read the book the film is based on. I’m a Franco fan and he looks like he looks great in the trailers. I also like the use of Traffic’s [...]

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Mishima Mystery

Yukio Mishima died on November 25, 1970. We’re nearly two weeks away from the anniversary of the author’s passing, but today I was reminded of the great episode about Mishima in the BBC art series Arena. I’ve been reading Mishima since my early twenties. Confessions of a Mask was the first novel I read — [...]

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Mr. Rogers’ Cold War

When I was a little kid I preferred Sesame Street and The Electric Company to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, but as an adult I’ve learned to appreciate the man’s deep caring for his audience. One thing that made Fred Rogers especially cool is that he didn’t talk down to kids — he was willing to speak [...]

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Releasing KEEPER

This Saturday I’ll be at Red Arrow Gallery in East Nashville for the opening of Jodi Hays’ new painting exhibition, Keeper. The show provides an impressionistic, diaristic profile of the people and places that shape the artist’s day-to-day life in our neighborhood. I went to a soft opening for the show tonight only to find [...]

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Harder Sounds

After posting about Rockers yesterday, I realized we’re celebrating the 45th anniversary of The Harder They Come (1972) this year. Both films are usually found at the top of any list of reggae music films. For me Harder is a fun, flashy crime genre flick about an antihero on the run, but Rockers is a [...]

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Rocksteady ROCKERS

Along with The Harder They Come (1972), Rockers (1978) helped to bring reggae and Rastafarian culture to the big screen, and I’ve been busy writing up a review of Rockers in anticipation of the film’s showing at the Belcourt Theatre’s Music City Monday screening of the movie next week. The film is focused on a [...]

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40 Years of Stars and Bars

While I’ve posted numerous times about the 50th anniversary of The Velvet Underground and Nico this year, but I’ve been missing the chance to celebrate other faves. Now that I’m done with all those October horror posts I’m getting back on track with my notable music anniversaries. American Stars and Bars isn’t considered to be [...]

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Justice: AI

Today I stumbled upon this BBC tech story about the latest advances in replacing lawyers using AI… Amid the dire – and somewhat overhyped – predictions of occupations that will be decimated by artificial intelligence and automation, there is one crumb of comfort. Yes, lorry drivers, translators and shop assistants are all under threat from [...]

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Rakka Roll

On Halloween night I was watching the original Halloween film — John Carpenter’s first masterpiece pioneered the slasher genre, provided us with an unforgettable score, and introduced the world to Jamie Lee Curtis. The flick is a classic of course even if it’s still controversial in some circles. Given the season I’m assuming that interested [...]

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