In concert with Film Quotes Film and Riverdale 10 Cinema, Arkansas Times Film Series presents Charles Laughton's grim fairy tale, "Night of the Hunter."
Besides the dark impressionism that made the film a cited influence of the likes of The Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, David Lynch, and Martin Scorsese, it also includes the notable honor of a later-in-life cameo from silent film star Lillian Gish, and what is likely the creepiest rendition of "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" in the hymn's history.
The film, an adaptation of a book by Davis Grubb, owes much of its ethereal spook factor to Mitchum's chilling performance as a con artist posing as a Reverend (a role which Gary Cooper turned down because he thought it'd damage his career),and to a chilling expressionistic score by Bernard Schumann, on which he worked closely with Laughton.
According to Stuart Oderman's biography of Gish, "Lillian Gish: A Life on Stage and Screen," Laughton reportedly told Gish in the film's nascent stages:
"When I first went to the movies, they sat in their seats straight and leaned forward. Now they slump down, with their heads back, and eat candy and popcorn. I want them to sit up straight again."
Also, 'Latino Leadership and the Cinco de Mayo in the American West,' Pallbearer, 'Bach in the Castle of Heaven,' Weedeater, 'My Scientology Movie,' Argenta Artwalk, 'Bunny Lake Is Missing,' The Dead Deads, 'Sing Out for the Buffalo' /more/
Also, Stand Up for Access Comedy Show, Max & Iggor Cavalera, Billy Joe Shaver, Daddy Issues, Pat Donohue, Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, Beer, Brats & Bots, Third Friday Argenta Artwalk, 'Key Connections to Humanity,' /more/
In concert with Film Quotes Film and Riverdale 10 Cinema, Arkansas Times Film Series presents Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis," an animated version of the author's two autobiographical comic novels. /more/
Mark your calendar: Next up for the monthly Arkansas Times Film Series on Friday, March 20 at Ron Robinson Theater: A special presentation of short films and music videos from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Benh Zeitlen and others from Court 13, the film and arts collective that Zeitlen co-founded in college and is now based in New Orleans. /more/
This month, we’ll be screening Roman Polanski's 1974 film "Chinatown" as part of the Arkansas Times Film Series co-sponsored by the Little Rock Film Festival. The quintessential L.A. noir and the best role of Jack Nicholson’s career, the movie was named the greatest film of all time in a 2010 critics poll by The Guardian. /more/
This month, we’ll be screening David Lynch’s powerful and deranged 1986 classic “Blue Velvet” as part of the Arkansas Times Film Series co-sponsored by the Little Rock Film Festival. The Los Angeles Times has called it “the most brilliantly disturbing film ever to have its roots in small-town American life” and the New York Times deemed it “an instant cult classic … one of a kind.” /more/
We had a good crowd at the second film in our monthly series last week at Ron Robinson Theater, “Who is Dayani Cristal?” Big thanks as well to our partners in showing the documentary — the Little Rock Film Festival, El Zócalo and our two guests from Arkansas's immigrant community. /more/
The podcast Design Matters, published by Design Observer, is celebrating its 10th year and they are revisiting some of their best episodes from the last decade. I just finished this week's replay of the interview with the Scottish born illustrator Marion Deuchars. At the end of the wonderful interview, her two young sons are invited into the studio near where they pitch in some of their own thoughts on art and, in particular, drawing in the art books their mother created for children and adults.
by Will Stephenson, Bryan Moats, Kaya Herron and Lindsey Millar
World wide weird duo Rural War Room (Donavan Suitt & Byron Werner) is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting and production here in Little Rock and abroad. RWR Radio on KABF 88.3 FM (10 p.m. Tuesdays or anytime on their website), features the duo alternating records in an effort to surprise one another.
BRASHER: Hello Arkansans, this is the first piece from us, Brasher and Rowe and we are some dudes who work in downtown Little Rock and we eat lunch and just talk about all the exciting things around here.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled today that he had no choice based on a past Arkansas Supreme Court decision but to dismiss a lawsuit by Death Row inmates seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.But the judge did so unhappily with sharp criticism of the Arkansas Supreme Court for failing to address critical points raised in the lawsuit.