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Posted by Matt / November 11, 2005

nashville_poster.jpgEvery Friday (probably), Midnight Poutine's film experts bring you a list of rentable films to occupy your weekend time, if you're too lame to go out you're thinking about staying in for a change of pace.

Here are this week's picks.

I don't know what it is, but lately I have just been in this total Nashville, Tennessee state of mind. Without even realizing it I have found myself either listening to or reading about Nashville. So why not suggest a few Music City films while I’m on this kick?

For starters, I guess the obvious suggestion would have to be (big surprise) Nashville, Robert Altman's stream of consciousness love letter to the home of country music. It's a film that is packed with weird scenes (most notably, Elliot Gould as international superstar Elliot Gould making an appearance at a Nashville BBQ) and never stops to catch its breath as it takes the viewer on a whirlwind tour of the legendary city.

After that, I'd say Michael Apted's Coal Miner's Daughter is a good follow-up. Sissy Spacek stars as Loretta Lynn in this bare-bones biopic (alliteration not intentional) that never once feels schmaltzy or melodramatic. Instead what you get is a down home, real-deal, country music romance, and, let's be honest, who does romance better than old-fashioned country music (recent developments between Zelweiger and Chesney notwithstanding – in fact, just strike them from the record entirely)?

Finally -- and let me be honest, I'm kind of racking my brain to come up with a third film -- I'd say that while not a Nashville movie per se, Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train (which actually takes place in Memphis) is a pretty cool look at the culture of southern music. Hell, it's got disaffected Japanese teens, the late Mr. Joe Strummer, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins in it. What more could you ask for?

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4 Comments

Noé / November 11, 2005 at 02:01 pm
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Very good. Very very good.
Sara / November 11, 2005 at 10:25 pm
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nashville is pretty great in theory, i suppose. but a week there will have you stabbing your eyes out and twenty pounds heavier. it's still worth it to visit cooter's.

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