The sixth annual Clarksdale Film Fest is over and a good time was had by all. Here is a bit of what was screened at the fest and some of the fest's more interesting (and Clarksdale-centric) offerings...
CLEVELAND, MS--GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi is thrilled to present “Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!” as its first official featured exhibit when the Museum opens on March 5 in Cleveland, Miss. This one-of-a-kind exhibit will offer visitors an in-depth look at the phenomenal British group that made a huge impact on American culture and created the fan frenzy known as “Beatlemania.”
JACKSON, MS — The Postal Service is providing a preview of its 2016 stamp program that is sure to attract the interest of fans of Sarah Vaughan, Star Trek, NASA’s New Horizons mission, Trucks, Shirley Temple, flowers, soda fountain fans and the holidays — just to name a small handful.
Every year I find at least a handful of movies that surprise me enough to earn my highest rating. It's always a short list, but it takes special mixture of originality, superior storytelling, spot-on acting and spectacle for a movie like “The Revenant” to come along and surpass all expectations.
There are a few famous filmmakers out there who I feel have developed an unhealthy contempt for their audiences. At some point in their career, their inflated egos take over and they no longer care if anyone enjoys their films as long as they get what they want out of it. They give grandiose speeches on why everyone else is wrong or stupid but them and frequently lash out at critics and fans over the pettiest of nitpicks. Their movies become increasingly self-indulgent, less accessible to general audiences and their creative choices become questionable at best and spiteful at worst. We've seen this happen with M. Night Shyamalan, Kevin Smith and George Lucas, all of whom polarized and alienated many fans with their toxicity (well, “The Visit” was terrible but Shyamalan is at least trying to get back in our good graces). Although he may have already succumbed to this long ago, I believe Quintin Tarantino presently falls squarely into this category and I offer “The Hateful Eight” as evidence.
The end of the year is upon us and I have compiled a list of the best films I've seen so far in 2015. Granted, this list will undoubtedly change as more Oscar-qualifying, year-ending films (like “The Revenant” and “The Hateful Eight”) become available. For now, here is the current list...
Holiday movies are tricky, but unless they take place during Halloween, holiday horror movies are the trickiest. There aren't many great ones to speak of that take place around Christmas; even fewer that are aimed at younger crowds. Michael Dougherty made a name for himself as a director with the highly underrated Halloween movie “Trick R' Treat” and now he seems hell-bent on cornering the market on all holiday horror movies, if “Krampus” is any indication.
Sumner photographer Maude Schuyler Clay visited Miss Del’s in Clarksdale Tuesday night to discuss her new collection of color portraits titled “Mississippi History,” a project that has been in the works since the 1970s, and the evolution and publication of the collection.