Rob Levy is a native St. Louisan freelance writer who has been published in several print and online publications including St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis Business Journal, The Riverfront Times, Playback, Noisy Paper and The Beacon. Since 1995 he has has hosted Juxtaposition on KDHX. He also is a co-host of The Sound Board music podcast and Weekend Justice podcasts for needcoffee.com. He also has written about music, film and pop culture for need coffee.com, anglotopia.net and several other online publications.
It was announced this week that Jamestown Mall has closed.
It’s not like I am tragically gushy over this but I must admit to a pang or three of nostalgia tinged with melancholy.
For the record I am not a mall person. I am not really into walking around aimlessly looking at stuff I would never buy while hearing my fellow shoppers commiserate about completely useless stuff. I also hate the loud noise, screaming children, that odd smell that was chlorine, floor cleaner and air freshener all jostling for prominence. However, interestingly enough, Jamestown Mall’s death knell has kicked up a trip down memory lane.
Spanish Lake is a documentary that unabashedly challenges us to look at how we, as a city, may need some therapy. The once thriving city definitely has issues that need to be addressed, pronto.
As someone who grew up in North County and lived a stone’s throw away from the unincorporated Spanish Lake, I approached Phillip Andrew Morton’s documentary, Spanish Lake, with mixed feelings.
Film fans looking for a tunnel of light leading out of the sterility of the multiplex have seen the light. That’s because there is hope coming from the darkness in the form of the sixth annual Classic French Film Festival.
The fest, which begins this weekend and lasts over the next two (June 13-15, & 20-22 at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and June 27-29 at Webster University) celebrates Cinema St. Louis’ annual feast of French movies. It is a sumptuous respite for film lovers of all ages who appreciate magnificent story telling, intense performances and glorious cinematography.