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How Nashville Became the Bombnew

How did Nashville get to be the 'It' city?
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley, Steve Haruch, Christine Kreyling, J.R. Lind, Elizabeth Jones, Ashley Spurgeon, Jack Silverman, D. Patrick Rodgers, Laura Hutson, Dana Kopp Franklin and Hannah Hyde  |  02-08-2013  |  Culture

Nashville Scene Reporter Captures Own Arrest on Videonew

A Tennessee state trooper arrested Nashville Scene reporter Jonathan Meador during a crackdown on the Occupy Nashville protests.
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  10-31-2011  |  #OCCUPY

Is it Possible 'The Road' Isn't Grim Enough?new

Wanting the movie version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road to be even more bleak may sound like the ultimate in moviegoer masochism—thank you, sir, may I have another cannibal holocaust?
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  12-18-2009  |  Reviews

Is Phil Lee the Best Songwriter in Nashville? If Not, You Tell Himnew

Long before he ever threw his first knife, Phil Lee was no stranger to sharp points and edges. He writes songs full of them: character studies that sidle up to folks we'd normally shy away from, pretty ballads that turn staggeringly bleak, ambiguous odes to rough living too laugh-out-loud funny to be considered cautionary tales.
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  07-31-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Pelham' Remake Makes It Out of the Station Only to Jump the Tracksnew

Director Tony Scott turns a presciently post-9/11 movie into an explicitly post-9/11 movie. Make that post-post-9/11: The chief bad guy only looks like a terrorist, when in fact he's an even scarier, more au courant foe -- a commodities trader!
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  06-12-2009  |  Reviews

Three Bachelor-Party Bozos Loose in Sin City Wake Up with the Very Funny 'Hangover'new

This messy, raunchy farce about three groomsmen on a lost-weekend bender in Sin City continues director Todd Phillips' fascination with the alpha male's default setting, childhood reversion.
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  06-05-2009  |  Reviews

For the Nashville Film Festival, There's Clearly Life After 40new

Now 40, the Nashville Film Festival seems to have found a formula for its future: something local, something national, something international, something retro, something musical—and very little of it likely to show up again in town on the big screen.
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  05-01-2009  |  Movies

Laray Mayfield Basks in the Glow of 'Benjamin Button'new

How was Laray Mayfield's day last Thursday? Nothing special -- the Middle Tennessee native fixed some coffee, sat down in front of the TV, and watched the movie she cast rack up more Oscar nominations than any other film made in 2008.
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  01-30-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Middle Tennessee Jazz Station Faces the Axnew

A dynamo run out of a small studio on a university campus, WMOT-89.5 FM has long been the beating heart of Middle Tennessee's jazz scene, serving as a conduit for gigs, concert info and artist exposure. But if threatened budget cuts go through soon, the only jam session in Jazz 89's future will be on harps.
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  01-23-2009  |  Media

'Being Lincoln' Explores Subculture Where Everyone is Abe Lincolnnew

In his lighthearted documentary, Elvis Wilson delves into a nationwide subculture of men who dress, re-create and comport themselves at public appearances as Lincoln.
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  11-14-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Twelve Movies in Twelve Monthsnew

At the start of 2007, Cring, a Hendersonville filmmaker, announced an insanely ambitious scheme called the Extra/Ordinary Film Project.
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  09-12-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

A Daredevil's World Trade Center Tightrope Walk was Made for the Moviesnew

As James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire tells it, a mischievous French teenager was sitting in a dentist's office in 1968 when a magazine image caught his eye. It was a sketch of two gleaming towers, under construction, piercing the clouds above lower Manhattan.
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  08-18-2008  |  Reviews

'A Bend in the River' Looks at a Nashville Prison Rehab Programnew

While it's neither a wallow in sensational cellblock horrors nor a Scared Straight-style sock in the gut, A Bend in the River offers quiet, solemn and persuasive evidence that prison is the last place on earth anyone wants to end up.
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  06-27-2008  |  Movies

'Mongol' Paints a Historically Hazy but Kick-ass Picture of Genghis Khannew

Here's a brawny old-school epic to make the CGI tumult of 300, Alexander and Troy look like sissy-boy slap parties.
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  06-27-2008  |  Reviews

'Son of Rambow' Celebrates Moviemaking Fever, Middle-school Stylenew

Why is it that kids playing dress-up in blockbuster tropes rarely gets old? Perhaps more to the point, why does the idea of rough-hewn DIY cinema seem so appealing now?
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  05-27-2008  |  Reviews

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