Those who missed Dragon*Con's annual Independent Film Festival over Labor Day weekend are invited to sample selections monthly at the state-of-the-art Rockledge Apartments Theater, 2075 Powers Ferry Rd, Marietta GA 30067 starting Thursday, September 30, at 7:00 PM, with a comedy block.
"This is where I should describe your humble author's place of birth and childhood. But I'm not humble, and I can't imagine why anyone would care where I came from.
So, what's important about me? Well, the most important fact is that I'm always right. That is essential for a film critic (and even the lesser "film reviewer"). A film critic who is worth anything must be right in some kind of objective way, or it's all just vague opinion. And if that's all it is, then critics should be replaced by polls.
"Ah," you say, "if the film critic's thoughts are more than opinion, then why do some critics disagree with you?" That's easy; it's because those critics are wrong, while I'm right. It really is quite simple.
Do I sound arrogant? Good. Who needs a wishy-washy critic?
I am a freelance film critic and film historian. You didn't know there were freelance film critics? It's good to learn, isn't it? Since I am freelance, that means you can hire me. Do you have a newspaper, website, radio station, or production company? Chances are, you would benefit from retaining my services. If I were you, I'd do it at once."
The conversation about art in the public sphere continues tonight at the Contemporary with an installment of Artadia Dialogues called "In Conversation with Dina Deitsch on temporary art projects, site and audience." Deitsch, the associate curator of contemporary art at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass., will be joined by the Contemporary's Stuart Horodner and ART PAPERS' Sylvie Fortin for a panel discussion that'll cover such questions as: What is the difference between site and public-ness, and public and outdoor artwork? What are criteria and rationale for the best temporary works?
Artadia, a New York-based arts nonprofit that added Atlanta to its roster of grant-eligible cities in 2008 (other cities include Boston, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco Bay Area) also recently launched a new initiative called "Artadia Exhibitions Exchange." Basically, Artadia awardees from the above cities will participate in a swap to help spread the word about what's happening creatively in their hometowns. Deitsch and Horodner, among others, are helping implement the program this fall. Tonight's lecture kicks off the inter-city dialogue in Atlanta.
I'm not one who has ever been a big proponent—or even a passive onlooker—of reality television.
The idea that otherwise nondescript people could somehow offer an alternative and illuminating perspective on life simply by carrying out their everyday, mundane routine seems rather implausible.
The bulk of today's reality shows are fabricated and even scripted in an effort to attract as many viewers as possible. Thus, raising the argument over how realistic reality television really is.
But I'm not here to debate the many foibles of American society that are brought to light by our insatiable appetite for such television programming.
I want to talk about the one thing that most reality shows seem to be lacking these days and the one local event that is certain to have plenty of it: Reality.
Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to go right?
It's as if your life has turned into a scene out of Office Space and no matter how hard you try, you can't escape the doldrums of your 9 to 5.
You'd give anything to add some sense of excitement or variety to your life, but you're just not sure how to do it.
Does stepping into a boxing ring and going toe-to-toe with someone just as disenchanted with their everyday life as you are sound like something you'd be interested in?
Well, Atlanta Corporate Fight Night is affording some of Atlanta's business professionals this very opportunity.
And the best part is that you can watch it all unfold.
As the complicated talks get underway, some local elected officials have raised concerns. Mayors of Fulton County cities and Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd want to see other metro counties band together to form such a regional system pronto.
Other Fulton and DeKalb elected officials, who say metro Atlanta must have a regional system to prosper, want to see funding restrictions placed on dwindling MARTA eased or permanently removed so the transit system can survive.
And Mayor Kasim Reed, who hasn't jumped into the fray, says it's premature to start tangling over such issues. He says heated rhetoric and tense negotiations could hinder what should be the region's top priority — passage of the one-cent regional transportation sales tax he supported and helped lobby for during the most recent legislative session.
My feature article this week, which goes online tomorrow, will get into these details. But there's one component we had to cut that's interesting about the whole regional transit debate.
Atlanta Magazine's blog ATL Intel has all the juicy — literally — deets:
Intel hears that the 88-year-old ordered a 10 oz filet with brown butter jus and a vodka on the rocks as she delighted every diner who spotted her in the popular Inman Park eatery.
Steak? Vodka? Delight? Could she be any more adorable?
According to ATL Intel, Jennifer Love Hewitt is also in town filming the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "The Lost Valentine" with White. Hewitt was on the guest list for the 4th annual blah, blah, blah, pffrt. Does anyone really care? More like Jennifer Love Who? It, am I right? WE WANT WHITE!
>> The number of men and women over 18 years old who are married fell from 57 percent in 2000 to 52 percent in 2009, the lowest percentage in over 100 years. Experts point to a lack of money for a wedding and home, and the accepted behavior of living with partners out of wedlock. But I think we all know the real culprit: gay marriage. (the New York Times)
>> American women voters have gone from "soccer moms" in the Clinton era to "security moms" in the Bush years, and now have been labeled "weary working moms" by NPR for the rising number of women "carrying economic burdens for their families." The biggest impact this target group may have on the upcoming election will probably be staying home, asking their husbands to rub their feet. (NPR)
>> Germany will pay $84 million this weekend, the final reparations from WWI. I usually just screen all my calls when I'm being solicited for money. (the Telegraph)
>> And finally: President Obama talked to Rolling Stone (you know, Pitchfork before the Internet) about what's on his iPod and revealed he's become a Nas and Lil' Wayne fan. He also added, "Malia and Sasha are now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things." Hipping. Enough said. (Rolling Stone)
I drove by Douglas Weathersby's Paint Shed project this morning (across from the Wrecking Bar off Moreland) and noticed his progress. Then, what do ya know, Flux Film/Proper Medium has a brand new video up already of Weathersby slopping paint around on top of the shed.
This looks pretty fun.
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