Get Psyched

I was driving home after a gig yesterday, listening to WXNA low power FM community radio in Nashville. I heard an ad for an old movie from 1968 starring Dean Stockwell. It was called Psych-Out. Here’s my selection of key sentences from the movie’s Wiki… Psych-Out (1968) is a counterculture-era psychedelic film about hippies, psychedelic [...]

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Defining De Palma

Now that the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville is about to come back online I’m excited to see the new space and to watch films at my favorite art house again. I got an email last night confirming that the new Brian De Palma documentary, De Palma, will be screening at the Belcourt in August. DePalma [...]

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Adios, Wicker Man

The British horror film The Wicker Man (1973) is one of my favorite movies in any genre. The flick is spooky throughout, but this story of a police officer investigating a missing child case on a remote island is also funny, artful, campy and sexy, and it features a ubiquitous soundtrack that makes this macabre [...]

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Heaven Hunter

Over the weekend we lost a giant of cinema when Michael Cimino passed away on July 2 at the age of 77. Some might wince at the word “giant” to describe Cimino’s work as a writer and director, but he made two masterpieces, and his decade-ish long run between Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) and The [...]

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Making Strangelove

Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 black satire, Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb), is one of the Kubrick movies I hear Kubrick fans claim as their favorite Kubrick movie. 2001 gets a lot of votes and I love The Shining, and Strangelove is an example of the director at his [...]

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A Real Gas-s-s-s

On Friday night I was online, drinking my wine/tea beverage (3 parts soda water to red wine and a bag of hibiscus tea beverage) and looking for a good movie on TV at the same time. I flipped over to THIS and found a great 1970 post apocalyptic comedy directed by Roger Corman. Here’s the [...]

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Forman’s Flynt

Yesterday I posted about Geroge Carlin. The comedian’s career put a spotlight on the First Amendment, and watching the video on that post got me wondering about other works of art that speak loudly about speaking truth. It’s been 20 years since MiloŇ° Forman released his biopic of Hustler magazine publisher and First Amendment hero, [...]

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Back to Hell

I recently found Straight to Hell with Spanish subtitles on YouTube. Like Blue Velvet and River’s Edge, Straight to Hell was released in 1986. Three decades haven’t dulled this whacked-out western which married MTV to the wild west with a cast of rockers including the Pogues, Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones, Elvis [...]

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River’s Return

In 1981, in a small California town, a teenager raped and killed his girlfriend. Afterwards he took his friends to see the body. About a dozen young people had seen the body and known about the murder before the murder was reported two days after the slaying. River’s Edge is based on those events. The [...]

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Frank’s Wild Years

My last post celebrating Blue Velvet at 30 created a lot of fun comments and discussions on social media, and that made me glad that I’d bookmarked this great interview with Dennis Hopper. This chat covers Hopper’s work with David Lynch on the film, and looks back at the star’s storied, sordid, remarkable career. Stay [...]

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