The road to Oxford.

On Friday, Stacey and I, along with our friend Rachel, drove over to Oxford, Mississippi, for the Oxford Film Festival. OFF is one of my favorite fests, and Oxford is a happening little town. Monster Hunt with James and Kevin (the short movie that Stacey directed) played at the fest Friday night, and there was much eating (plenty of great restaurants in Oxford), drinking, and hanging with friends (including several Birmingham folks).

Many thanks to everybody at OFF for the hospitality (and for showing Monster Hunt, of course).

We stopped in for a short visit with Birmingham expatriate Joyce on the way home on Sunday, and I snapped this photo…

Car in the woods

(That’s an old car in the woods behind Joyce’s house.)

Watched on February 12…

Before I watched The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, I didn’t really know anything about government housing. But over the course of its 79 minutes, this excellent documentary did a fine job of educating me. Director Chad Freidrichs employs a compelling mix of recent interviews, archival footage, and dark, electronics-heavy music to tell the tragic story of Pruitt-Igoe, a Missouri housing project that opened to much fanfare in the 1950s only to be shut down (and demolished) by the federal government in the ’70s.

My old pal Erik Jambor was one of the driving forces behind Robyn Hitchcock in Memphis, a charming little doc about… well, one of musician Robyn Hitchcock’s visits to Memphis, Tennessee. Director Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams) and editor Ted Speaker (another friend of mine) put the spotlight on Hitchock’s charming personality with footage of him performing live, recording at Ardent Studios, and riding Memphis cable cars (one of Hitchock’s obsessions).


Wow. Here’s a very positive Interplanetary review. (via Paige at Shock-O-Rama)

And Interplanetary gets a tiny mention at

And… I’m not sure what to make of this. (But I like the “GORE OF MARS” part.)

I’m thinking I need to get a paperback copy of Watchmen. I have the “Absolute” hardcover. It’s beautiful, but it weighs more than my Aaton 16mm camera.

I’m really tempted to post a link to 2120 South Michigan Avenue, a great Rolling Stones bootleg from 1964. But this thing is “gray market” at best. If you’d like to look for it yourself, you might want to do a Google search for: “rolling-stones-1964-06-1011-chess”

Speaking of “gray market,” you can apparently order movies and TV shows from that are out-of-print (or have never been in print) on home video.

Here’s a nice interview with Roger Deakins at

Via AndrewMovies You May Have Missed.


4 Comments on “The road to Oxford.”

  1. Chuck says:

    Oh the French review, they seemed to like it. The first word of the short review is “génial,” which appears to translate to “inspired.” So that’s good.

  2. Siobhan says:

    I saw this and thought it was Oxford, UK. I was so excited that something might be happening in my neck of the woods!

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