Southern-themed literary mag the Oxford American just launched its second film issue, with a bonus DVD and contributions from Phillip Lopate, Dennis Lim, Les Blank and Roy Blount Jr., among others. Among the plentiful online goodies are Tom Carson‘s look at the cinematic South and Paul Newman ("the ideal inauthentic Southerner for a Hollywood whose new appetite for bold themes was in hock to the old imperative of making them congenial"); Jack Pendavaris on the "sordid little masterpiece" that is Elia Kazan’s "Baby Doll" ("a movie about people not having sex. Man, it is so hot when they donâ€™t have sex in that swing."); and Cintra Wilson‘s take on Lindsay Lohan, "hillbilly heroine" and former intended star of the upcoming Tennessee Williams‘ scripted "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond":
One must consider the absolute, incontestable Tennessee Williams-ness of Lindsay Lohan. Who better than the frazzled Lindsay, today, to play a self-destructive, hysterical victim of her time, family, success, and environment?
+ The 2007 Southern Movie Issue (Oxford American)