Movie Theater Access, Not So Regal

An interview with Ace Ratcliff, in response to chain movie theaters denying access to kids with disabilities. Anytime a movie theater breaks the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) or discriminates and refuses reasonable accommodations, I tend to get very upset. For me, theaters are a second home, meant for a community — no matter how diverse — to sit together, watch a movie, and let the story wash over everyone. This engagement should be accessible to everyone and anyone. Recently, it was

Flooding Onto the Screen: Films Reflect Dire Climate Moment For the Gulf South

Flooding Onto the Screen: Films Reflect Dire Climate Moment For the Gulf South I can remember sometime in the late 2000s, during one of those post-Katrina storms that knocked out everyone’s power for a few days, listening to a song called “Burns in the Rain” by The Jibbs – a mock band made up especially for this Hurricane, composed of members from the great King’s X. It described, in country detail, the trials and tribulations of waiting for respite from the humidity and the boredom that any po

“…Has No Shadows”: An interview with Travis Bird of Shotgun Cinema

I often find myself pondering on the state of moviegoing in New Orleans. We have some great programming (sometimes overlooked) but there’s always more to do. We have great venues, but not nearly enough (though they’re pretty wonderful). This is Hollywood South supposedly, and yet our film watching and appreciation culture could use some additional resources. Just before this year’s Overlook Film Festival, the folks at Shotgun Cinema posted a blog entry about the recent closure of the Canal Plac

Neaux Reel Idea: Be Natural Review

It’s funny to me how often history repeats itself. How true the phrase “the more things change, the more they stay the same” is. How through the past we find our present and, sometimes, our very destiny. Look to the movie Booksmart being released in theaters this weekend (May 24th, 2019) as a starting and ending point for this notion. It’s a film directed by female actress Olivia Wilde who, whether she was influenced directly or indirectly by this figure remains to be seen, follows in the foots

Two Left, What Next? A Short Interview with Brian Knighten of The Broad Theater

Author’s Note: There’s still Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge and Chalmette Movies just outside Orleans Parish in the New Orleans Metro Area, as well as mobile units like New Orleans Film Society and Shotgun Cinema. Great venues for moviegoers, great groups for local film culture! The news of Cinebarre Canal Place closing hit hard yesterday for many a local cinephile and moviegoer. There’s been an outpouring of sentiment from people all around the city online. While some audience members have spoken

Neaux Reel Idea (Exclusive): Burning Cane Review

I don’t remember (or maybe would rather not recall) what I was doing towards the end of my teenage years, but I can safely say it was not accomplishing the feats that local burgeoning filmmaker and now college-aged Phillip Youmans has. His first feature-length movie Burning Cane, set and shot in the rural parts of Louisiana – where sugar cane grows and secrets get buried deep – recently had its world premiere at the New York City film festival known as Tribeca where it also took home top honors.

Neaux Reel Idea (SPECIAL EDITION): Gutter Punks

Admittedly, I’ve always had misconceptions about the punk community. The piercings, the music, the volume, etc. I always leaned towards Ska or Pop-Punk, the safer if less exotic choices (among being a short-lived Limp Bizkit fan in my impressionable years). Somewhere in my mind, I conflated punk with anarchy or, at the very least, rowdiness. This was only confirmed for me in mass media presentations like Xavier: Renegade Angel or The Decline of Western Civilization. In Xavier, a whole episode wa

Yes, We’re Here: An Interview on Chained for Life

Coming in early 2019 will be M. Night Shyamalan’s threequel to Unbreakable and Split, the hotly anticipated Glass. While I’m a sucker for the first film’s main conceit of the extraordinary in an all too normal world, it was Split that made me feel sour on M. Night’s attempt at adding depth and dimension to superhero lore. While technically a good movie, it follows many an unfortunate trope and stereotype regarding real disabilities and rarely delivers on its message of strength being found among

Occupy the Cinema: "Blood in the Face" and Our Neo-Nazi Moment

Occupy the Cinema: "Blood in the Face" and Our Neo-Nazi Moment Described as a “love mongerer” who is seemingly above hate, George Lincoln Rockwell is credited in the 1991 documentary "Blood in the Face" for fueling the modern American neo-Nazi and white power movements. Through archival footage, we see Rockwell interviewed and giving wannabe pseudo-intellectual speeches on race wars, revolution and how Hitler was the second coming of Christ. Mind you, this all took place in the 1950s and 60s, s

Sylvio

Perhaps doomed to go unnoticed on first viewing, there are lovely and thoughtful moments strung throughout Sylvio, made up of slow gazes and floating / falling particles. Dust in the sun light, bubbles in a fish tank and snow on a street corner provide temporary reprieve from reality and unexpected bursts of clarity for lead gorilla Sylvio (played by himself) and new friend Al (co-director Kentucker Audley). These short bits of time are first used to express the doldrums of unfulfilled life – vi
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