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About Oxfordfilmfreak

Who is Oxford Film freak?

My name is Melanie Addington. I write full-time as a staff writer for the Oxford Eagle and write a weekly film column for the Oxford Town, the local entertainment magazine.

I also am the assistant director for the Oxford Film Festival in Oxford, Miss., however, my blog is not related to the fest. I do blog about fest stuff some times over at the film fest site at

Why did I start this blog?

I began it with the intention of reviewing old movies I had seen by their release date. But then I started writing about upcoming movie news and events. I also try to keep up with what events are happening in the region. Plus, I just post random stuff for the heck of it. And, I go to a lot of film, occasionally, I will post about those.

Have news about film in Mississippi or the mid-south?

You can e-mail me at anytime with comments, questions, press releases at melanie.addington (at)

Have a film you’d like reviewed?

Oxford Film Freak accepts submissions of all genres, lengths and languages (if subtitled) and films from those that do not yet have distribution. E-mail me at melanie.addington (at)

Want to become a film freak?

I encourage others who live in the North Mississippi area to write for the blog. If you have seen a film that you want to tell others about (or warn them about), please become a contributor. If you know of a great movie event – write about it! If you know of Mississippians in the film industry and would like to interview them, write a feature, tell us what they are doing – please do so!

22 Comments leave one →
  1. Dennis D. Welch permalink
    December 5, 2010 6:31 am

    I have recently seen the movies Baby Doll and Tomorrow. Baby Doll is based on a Tennessee Williams play and starred Karl Malden, Carroll Baker and Eli Wallach. Tomorrow was adapted from a story by William Faulkner and starred Robert Duvall. I liked both of these movies, although they are not the happy ending films that I enjoy the most. I must saw that I did not enjoy hearing Robert Duvall’s attempts at southern dialect.

    I did not know that either of these movies was filmed in Mississippi until I started watching them. Baby Doll gave credit to “some people from Benoit, Mississippi” at the beginning. I could tell by the landscape that Tomorrow was filmed in Mississippi. As I watched it I guessed that it might have been filmed in Lafayette County, but at the end it was revealed that it was filmed in Lee County and the Oakland community of Itawamba County.

    In 1975 or 1976, I watched Max Baer, Jr. and a foreign man directing Robbie Benson and another actor in a scene from Ode to Billy Joe that was flimed in my hometown of Vaiden, Carroll County, Mississippi. They came to Vaiden to shoot a scene in a sawmill. I recall the actors stacking pieces of lumber as they talked. Other movies filmed in my hometown or my home county are The Reivers and Mississippi Burning.

  2. December 1, 2010 5:34 pm

    the film industry is of course a multi billion dollar industry that employs a lot of people ‘.’

  3. Michael Steiner permalink
    October 26, 2010 8:21 am

    Melanie: Hi. Michael here – Co-Chair of the Jackson Jewish Film Festival. Please send me your email so that I can share with you our 2011 film lineup. Also, on October 30th at 8pm, the Jackson Jewish Film Festival is partnering w/ the first annual Mississippi International Film Festival to show Nora’s Will, a Spanish language Jewish film which takes place in Mexico. It’s a great film. I can send you information about Nora’s Will (8pm – Davis Planetarium, Downtown Jackson). Cost is $5.

  4. August 29, 2010 5:39 pm

    Hi Melanie,

    I just sent you an Email but I thought I’d say hello here, leave a comment, share the love. I’m just starting to look around so I can’t comment too much on the site but it looks great and I’m looking forward to more movie reviews and happenings in your neck of the woods.

    I’d also like to invite you and your audience to my blog for movie reviews if you’re interested. I already sent a link but here it is here, just the same.

    Rory Dean
    Above the Line: Practical Movie Reviews

  5. Warthen permalink
    July 6, 2010 2:47 pm

    cool picsxxx

  6. MIke permalink
    January 24, 2010 5:57 pm

    We are trying to remember a movie filmed that took place in Oxford, MS. It was about some women and they were all married to Oxford professors. There possibly could have been a car crash on a rainy night, but we are not sure.

    I have googled films in oxford, films about oxford, ole miss,,,, to no avail. We probably watched this movie around 2003 give or take a few years.

    We want to see it again, but cannot remember any of the actors names to use Imdb to search.



  7. Parsa permalink
    November 2, 2009 12:16 pm

    Great Post
    thank you

  8. October 26, 2009 9:56 pm

    Hi, Melanie, I just discovered that a couple of people had joined the other couple of people reading my blog. Since you’ve read my about-me column, you know who I am. Are you familar with a movie that was made about 20 years ago up in your neck of the woods–“Heart of Dixie?” I was a television reporter back in those days and I covered the production. If you are a Facebook addict, I have a page under the name of Van Thomas Roberts. Add me as your friend. My Internet Movie Database site is much more comprehensive with 932 reviews. I attened Ole Miss back in the late 1970s and wrote film reviews for The Daily Mississippian. The rest is history. I teach a couple of extra classes in film appreciation and history these days. If I can ever help you out or you guys need any reviews, I churn them out on a regular bssis for a couple of newspapers in my area. Thanks for following my blog.

  9. August 26, 2009 12:28 pm

    I like your blog

  10. August 5, 2009 12:41 pm

    nice website you have here!

  11. July 30, 2009 1:09 pm

    Dear Oxford Film Freak!

    We are AFTER DARK FILMS –the film studio and production company. We recently learned of your website and wanted to include you in our publicity outreach.

    You may know us from our annual Horrorfest, “8 Films To Die For,” which plays in theaters across the United States. We are pleased to announce Horrorfest IV, premiering in early 2010. Check out our site at, to learn more about our company.

    We would like to keep you and your readership informed about our new releases and events. If you would be so kind as to let us know who to contact, we will be sure to send our latest news (press releases) and assets (key art, trailers & clips) to them.

    Thanks in anticipation!


    After Dark Films
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    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    310-270-4260 (Main)
    310-270-4262 (Fax)

  12. Mouhanad permalink
    June 30, 2009 7:48 pm

    Hey there,
    I am a film lover too, I love your blog!
    I hope you check my reviews out and give me your honest criticism!

    Here is a link to my Blog Not Sure…

    Thanks a lot


  13. May 27, 2009 7:21 pm

    Excellent post, keep it up

  14. May 26, 2009 5:49 pm

    Nice blog, keep up the good work

  15. May 22, 2009 6:20 pm

    Excellent blog, I’ll be coming back to visit more often now. Keep up the great work.

  16. May 22, 2009 2:59 am

    Great blog

  17. May 18, 2009 11:33 am

    Just stopping by to show you some love. Been readin’ 4 a while and I really digg. Keep it real and don’t let it get you down

  18. May 4, 2009 10:31 pm

    I like your blog!

  19. April 28, 2009 9:32 am

    Very Nice blog with a ton of informative information. Can you recommend any decent forums or social groups to join that cover these types of topics. Also, I really appreciate the fact that you approach these topics from a stand point of knowledge and information instead of the typical “I think” mentality that you see so much on the internet these days.

  20. April 21, 2009 10:05 pm

    I’m glad I saw this, kudos!

  21. January 24, 2009 3:07 am

    Patience is a virtue grasshopper !!! LOL ! I have
    just posted my “Inkheart” review… Check it out
    when you get a chance 🙂 Melanie, I am always
    writing ! (Just not always on my page) ! LOL !!!

    I am loving your latest DVD reviews btw ! Cool !

  22. October 23, 2008 3:44 am


    thanks for lovin rattle basket so much. who am i kidding thanks for lovin stuart so much. muaaahahaaaa…


    have a great week~

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