Monday, June 23, 2008

Jeffrey Buckner Ford Interview

My interview with Jeffrey Buckner Ford is now available for download. Mr. Ford's book, River of No Return: Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Woman He Loved, is a memoir of his family during the time of his father's, Tennessee Ernie Ford, tremendous fame as one of America's greatest entertainers in the 1950s and 1960s. He will also be signing his book at Davis Kidd in Memphis on Tuesday June 24th at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Martin Clark Interview

This interview is four years old, but I am interviewing Judge Clark again in four weeks. His first two books, The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living and Plain Heathen Mischief, are pretty awesome. His newest one, The Legal, Limit comes out on July 11, and I'll interview him on July 14. Be there, or be held in contempt.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Happening - A Kind of Review

M. Night S's (If he hasn't the time to spell out his first name, I haven't the time to spell out his last.) movies are no longer getting steadily worse. There is no way any movie could be as bad as Lady in the Water. (I rented that one at the behest of an ex-girlfriend. I could be clever and say that was the reason that led to our break up; however, that would be giving Mr. MNS too much credit. And I am steadfastly opposed to giving his ego any more fuel.)

This is not to say The Happening is a return to form of his first two major films. In fact, it only retreats back to the level of crappiness that was The Village. Here's my gripe. I don't think he can direct actors. Bruce Willis is decent at what he does. Samuel L Jackson, the same, as well as Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix. But how he actually sabotaged William Hurt and Paul Giamati with some of the crummiest dialogue ever is simply evil. It is horrifying. It is as if he should film himself ruining actors; that would be far scarier than what he is actually making movies about.

He doesn't have much to ruin in The Happening. Mark Walberg can't act very well. He seems like a jock in high school who takes a theater class in high school to get chicks, but ends up liking theater a lot, but ultimately has no talent, so his earnestness is cute for two minutes and then just turns into pathetic. Zooey Deschanel, I've liked her in every role that I've seen her in. I never thought she had tons of talent, but her personality carries her a long way, in my estimation. (And she is way cuter than her older sister.) And still, she is just wasted in this movie. The actor that came across the best was John Leguizamo, but he wasn't particularly good either. Betty Buckley's part had the potential to be a very interesting character, but MNS seems determined to turn all the forest's trees into cardboard.

Cardboard is actually a bit generous. More like a pulpy Big Chief tablet page. (That's not quite it, either. I have a fond nostalgia for the Big Chief tablets.) More like East German toilet paper. He takes something that is supposed to be good and usable, and turns it into an inadequate simulacrum of utility that is also a pain in the ass.

MNS is upset with the world. At our lack of respect for the magic all around us. At our lack of appreciating the beauty of life and the people who care for us. Instead of making movies to inspire us to do better in the stewardship of our planet and encouraging responsibility for our families and communities, he has decided to punish us... by making us watch his god-awful movies. (I really did like Unbreakable, though.)

Monday, June 09, 2008

Kevin Sessums Interview

In 2007, I interviewed Kevin Sessums. He's a big shot celebrity journalist. I am not. He is homosexual. I am not. He is bald. I am not. Could we find common ground? Well, we both read his memoir called Mississippi Sissy, so we talked about that. Everything works out if you give it enough time.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Dennis Lehane Interview

A couple of years ago I interviewed Dennis Lehane. Things got off to a rocky start when I called him Tim Lehaye. (The Left Behind dude) I edited that bit out, and we talked about his collection of short stories and play called Coronado. You peeps know him for writing Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island. You peeps know me for botching interviews.

We went out for ribs and beer after the interview. When I dropped him off at his hotel, he had an armful of Bud Light. He didn't offer me one. Guess the LeHaye thing ticked him off pretty good.

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