Something, Anything: Transcendentalism in Appalachia

By Crue Smith After I attended a screening of Paul Harrill’s latest feature, Light From Light, Ijokingly told him that his film “was the marriage between Carl Dreyer and the Heartland Series.” Carl Theodor Dreyer being a renowned Danish filmmaker and a figure head of post war Transcendental filmmaking; and the Heartland Series, which wasContinue reading “Something, Anything: Transcendentalism in Appalachia”

Home Video Guide to Surviving a Pandemic

By Reid Ramsey A few weeks back, I watched Sling Blade for the first time. The 1996 Billy Bob Thornton flick tells the story of Karl Childers, a man who has spent most of his life in a psychiatric hospital after murdering his mother and her lover when he was a child. The story beginsContinue reading “Home Video Guide to Surviving a Pandemic”

Walking Tall (1973) Carries a Big Ol Hickory Stick Back Home to Tennessee

By Crue Smith Walking Tall is the story of the legendary Tennessee lawman, Buford Pusser, who with the help of his deputies cleared McNairy County of crime and corruption with nothing but character, integrity, and a four-foot, hand-carved piece of hickory that he used to crack skulls and bash apart moonshine distilleries. The locals whoContinue reading “Walking Tall (1973) Carries a Big Ol Hickory Stick Back Home to Tennessee”

Best of 2019: Burning Cane Paints Louisiana with a Thoughtful Specificity

Burning Cane is the third in our series of the Best Southern Movies of 2019. It is available to watch on Netflix. Next week we will reveal the last work of 2019 that best understands the South. By Reid Ramsey “They have no right to tell me when Jojo needs to die. Only the LordContinue reading “Best of 2019: Burning Cane Paints Louisiana with a Thoughtful Specificity”

Best of 2019: Light From Light Digs Deep to Uncover Ghosts

Light From Light is the second entry in our series of the Best Southern Movies of 2019. Last week we reviewed The Peanut Butter Falcon, and over the next couple weeks we will review two more works released in 2019 that best understand the South. By Reid Ramsey We’re all just carrying ghosts. Or suchContinue reading “Best of 2019: Light From Light Digs Deep to Uncover Ghosts”

Best of 2019: The Peanut Butter Falcon Brings Hope Down South

The Peanut Butter Falcon is the first in our series of the Best Southern Movies of 2019. Over the next couple weeks we will review three more works released in 2019 that best understand the South. By Reid Ramsey On a raft floating down the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Tyler (Shia Labeouf) and EleanorContinue reading “Best of 2019: The Peanut Butter Falcon Brings Hope Down South”