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Dimanche (10.19)

October 20th

Saints vs. Detroit Lions

Ford Field, 12p.m.

The Boys try to even their record on the road in Detroit


Alligator Chomp Chomp

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

DJ Matty spins vintage Louisiana swamp pop and rockabilly


Tiny Ruins

Beatnik, 10:30p.m.e

New Zealand band to play special Sunday night show at the Beatnik


Dru Hill & SWV featuring Mannie Fresh

Saenger Theatre, 7p.m.

90s R&B quartet is back! 


Micah McKee & Little Maker

Circle Bar, 5-9p.m.

Free music for happy hour

NO Film Fest Lagniappe: Events for 10.19.14

By Jason Raymond

Having opened with its red-carpet screening and gala reception Thursday night, the New Orleans Film Festival offers plenty of receptions and events along wiht the actual films. Here are some things to check out today.

NOFF: Filmmaker Garret Bradley's Below Dreams

By Jason Rayond

Many younger filmmakers come to the New Orleans Film Festival looking for their first real recognition, filmmake and /artist Garrett Bradley isn’t one of them.  She premiered her first narrative feature, Below Dreams, this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival. Filmmaker Magazine and The New York Times both ran stories about her work. Below Dreams received a warm critical reception. Tonight, Below Dreams will screen at the Joy Theater as part of the New Orleans Film Festival at 8:30p.m. looking for less for a breakthrough in exposure and more for an emotional breakthrough.

Bjork-ing It Out

NoDef's Critic Reviews the Icelandic Artist's Two Films

The Zeitgeist MultiDisciplinary Theater brings two films about the Icelandic international music figure Björk Friday. The first is a British documentary When Bjork Met Attenborough discussing the influences of science on the pop star as she made her 2011 album Biophilia. The second is a concert film, Björk: Biophilia Live, a recount of her last stop on the Biophilia tour at Alexandra Place in London last September. The film premiered in America at the Tribeca Film Festival last April.

Clap Board: New Orleans Film Festival Set to Start

By Jason Raymond

Everyone, take ten. It's time for Holllywood South to break from shooting and watch some movies. The 25th annual New Orleans Film Festival opens October 16th at the Civic Theater with a screening of Black and White, starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. 

Film Review: 20,000 Days On Earth

Let me confess that I'm not a fan of Nick Cave's music nor have I read any of his books. I did see and like The Proposition [2006], which he wrote. Does that make a difference when enduring 20,000 Days on Earth? I found myself several times thinking about Pink Floyd, whose music I have known since The Wall.  Would I enjoy watching this film if Roger Waters or David Gilmour had made it and not Nick Cave?

Green Screen

Irish Film Fest Opens on Friday

NOLA is getting ready for some Celtic screenings. The third annual Irish Film Festival begins at the Prytania Theater Friday evening with a celebration the twenty-fifth anniversary of My Left Foot. Following the classic, New Orleanians  from the Emerald Isle and those just eying emeralds alike can enjoy three days of Irish cinema.

Film Review: As It Is In Heaven

I can't claim any particular affinity for movies about religious cults. I believe Sinclair Lewis' 1927 Elmer Gantry to be one of the finest American novels, far better than anything F. Scott Fitzgerald could manage. Yet that's as far into the literary River Jordan as I go. Right up until the end of the so-so As It Is In Heaven (2014), I wondered if my religious antipathy detracted from watching the movie. Then the movie suddenly ended when the true test for the characters should begin, leaving me to conclude I had merely wasted 90 minutes wondering about all this.

Film Review: The Equalizer

The Equalizer serves as a another milestone in the increasing irrelevance of Denzel Washington. The feature is yet another retired special-ops American vs. the Russian Mob action picture. I saw a trailer with Keanu Reeves promising pretty much the same film. Though Russia's kleptocracy brazenly pushes America around in reality, at least we can knock them out with ease onscreen. And there's the fact that Hollywood is too terrified of muslim terrorists to make them the enemies in any action movie now. Crime syndicates don't murder Danish cartoonists or put fatwas on authors letting the suntanned, SoCal powers play it safe.

Fest Brings All American Horror

By Jason Raymond

The New Orleans Horror film festival continued Friday night with screenings of short films as well as the features Savageland and the locally-filmed All American HorrorAll American Horror is a coming-of-age story set in rural Louisiana in 1959. Five teenagers from different cliques become trapped inside a church and have to face their fears while accepting someone different than any of them. Director John Swider along with Producers Wayne Douglas Morgan and Murray Roth attended the Friday night 10pm screening.

Boo Orleans: Horror Film Fest Opens

For the next few days, NOLA will have somehting scarier than the crime. The New Orleans Horror Film Fest [NOHFF] begins tonight at the Indywood Movie Theater. The four-day festival celebrates "the craft and art of genre filmmaking at its best." Tonight the festival begins at 7pm with screening short films from past horror festival screenings. At 9p.m., an opening night party and pub crawl follows

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