• Filmsnob: Decade that horror built

    What a decade it was for film. Horror films, that is. By all counts, the 2010s provided us horror fans with plenty of the best ever made. Please forget The Dead Don’t Die. Not since the ‘80s had horror become ubiquitous with a time period. A few months back, I wrote about 2012’s Cabin in the Woods. It would most definitely seem that writers and aspiring filmmakers took note of its satire and statements, and thus began the great horror onslaught that might not ever be toppled.

  • Filmsnob: be Good for GooDness Sake! Nothing like a holiday horror movie

    It’s that time of year again for the go-to rotation of tired Christmas films. Leave Home Alone on the shelf and check this out. “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” is one of the best Christmas horrors to be released. Ever.

    The story is thrilling, interesting and exciting. Twists and turns along the way keep you constantly on your toes and the excellent cast keeps you invested. It’s a surprisingly smart take on Santa Claus and Christmas, one that doesn’t come across as a parody even though it has some well-placed humorous moments.

  • Merry Griswold Christmas

    “If you build it they will come” may be a line most remember from Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams.

    But the line from the 1989 movie is also working for Hattiesburgers Abby and Brandon Thaxton with the vignettes they are building and showcasing at their downtown business, The Lucky Rabbit. This time they’ve gone over the top and blown the budget to allow their fans to enjoy a completely immersive experience in the living room of Clark and Ellen Griswold of National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation.”

  • Nutcracker: South Mississippi Ballet Theatre to celebrate 10th Anniversary PERFORMANCE

    South Mississippi Ballet Theatre, a pre-professional ballet training academy located in Hattiesburg, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary performance of The Nutcracker. The professional production will take place at 7 p.m. December 7 and 2 p.m. December 8 at the Brownstone Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, as well as 7 p.m. December 13, 2 and 7 p.m. December 14, and 2:30 p.m. December 15 at Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Campus of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

  • Forget the Parade, Fill your turkey day with Jackie O and The Weasel

    Its that magical time of year again, where we go from sweating to freezing in a two-week span. That can only mean two things: family implosions and hanging in the den, huddling around the moving pictures box while the tryptophan works its black magic.

    The absolute last thing you want is for politics to come up while you are miserably full, so to keep Uncle Ted from getting stabbed, I’ll be presenting you with a duo of lesser known Thanksgiving titles that might just keep your holiday 9-1-1 free.

  • Filmsnob: Oh, the Horrors

    With the resurgence of ‘80s-style films, roller rinks, and arcades now fashioned as barcades, one has to wonder if it’s the yearning for a more innocent time, without cell phones, always-connected internet, and social media. American Horror Story’s new season is a total ‘80s slasher, complete with the VHS effects.

    If there’s anything missing more from today’s cinema selection, it’s the campy, oft-hilarious, horror schlock of yesteryear.

  • Noteworthy: The Prisoner

    The 1967/68 series "The Prisoner" may not have run long enough to make lists with all the greatest shows in television history. However, these 17 episodes of mysterious drama were enough to inspire generations of shows in its wake. 

    If you were thrilled by multiple puzzle-like threads of "Lost" or the eerie subtext of living in a small interconnected community like "Twin Peaks," you owe it to yourself to find this brief run of a series which still resonates today.

  • Filmsnob: James Bond

    'Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?'

  • Filmsnob: Toshiro Mifune

    “He was like the ocean. The ocean is boundless but sometimes very turbulent.”

    This month presents a golden opportunity in sharing my admiration for whom I consider the best actor ever, Toshiro Mifune. It's no secret that my favorite film genre is Chanbara, or samurai cinema. 

  • Noteworthy: Hey, DuDE!

    There are but a handful of words in our esteemed lexicon that have traveled the circuitous path from slang to colloquialism to vaunted positioning in the hallowed papyrus pages of the Oxford Dictionary. 

    "Cool" resides here possibly because of its panoply of meanings. Defined as "fashionably attractive or impressive," it still bears the dreaded "informal" moniker and places in third among meanings. (One of today's vast array of equivalents, "dank," still has its original definition still attached. Although "hangry" made it.)

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