What is Odessa & Tucson?

Welcome to Odessa & Tucson, a film and music blog created and written by me, Luke Grundy. I’m a young writer based in London, England and music and film are my lifeblood: the articles on this site reflect not only my constant interest in these twin worlds, but also document my continual search for greater understanding of the mediums.

Why is it called Odessa & Tucson? They are towns in Texas and Arizona respectively, but these names have become bywords which represent film and music for me personally. Odessa is the place where one of my favourite movies – Friday Night Lights – is set, and Tucson is the subject of many a song by one of my favourite bands: a brilliant, and now sadly defunct, alt-country band called Limbeck. With that in mind, the blog is divided into two sections, Odessa covering all things cinematic and Tuscon all things musical.

In addition to this blog, I also regularly contribute to three other arts publications:

I’m a live music reviewer for the arts section of The Independent daily newspaper here in the UK: all of my articles can be found by clicking here, as well as in the print edition of the paper on the days in question.

I also write original pieces for a terrific UK-based music website called The Line of Best Fit, including album reviews, video pieces, artist features and interviews, all of which you can read here.

Last, but certainly not least, I’ve been the Music and Film Editor of Escape Into Life, a brilliant visual arts website based in Chicago, USA, since May 2010. Many of the pieces you read here are cross-published there, as well as a number of original pieces discussing music videos, movie trailers and film shorts in addition to the reviews you can read here at O&T. All of my articles for EIL can be found here.

Finally: all you tweeters can keep up to date with all the updates by following @OdessaTucson – there’s a follow button in the sidebar for your convenience – plus reply to your humble author. It’d be great to hear from any and all readers. Any enquiries too long for 140 characters can be made to odessatucson@googlemail.com.

Welcome to Odessa & Tucson, where taste isn’t a choice, it’s a duty.


10 thoughts on “What is Odessa & Tucson?

    • Thanks Abby, I appreciate that.

      Hope you’re enjoying the blog, tell your friends and help spread the good word!

  1. I live in Tucson. I’ve never been to Odessa. Am looking forward to seeing MICMACS, as I’m a fan of Jeunet’s DELICATESSEN and CITY OF LOST CHILDREN…….

  2. It is surely Odess abecause of its 142-metre-long Potemkin Stairs (constructed 1837–1841), made famous by Sergei Eisenstein in his movie The Battleship Potemkin (1925).


    • I was aware of this additional connection, Battleship Potemkim’s a very important and interesting film, but it doesn’t carry the same personal connection for me, I’m afraid.

  3. hey cool, I found your blog thank to into the life website and the post you leave there “cowboys vs aliens”.
    Well It’s great to find reviews plus you have a great vision on cinematographic stuff and the coolest thing that I reach here is I’m living in France and I can get aware of the movies coming up here !

    Just one thing to add, don’t stop reviewing :)

    • Thank you very much for the kind words. I’m glad to have readers from other parts of the world, especially those from such a famous film nation as France. I studied François Truffaut for a French exam years ago so I’d like to think I know a bit about French movies.

      As long as the internet still works I’ll try and keep writing stuff. Hope you keep reading it!

  4. Excellent and insightful writing, Luke. Well done. And as I see it, I have three degrees of connection to your site, besides enjoying cogent reviews.

    First, in the late 1790’s in the frontier state of Tennessee the sister of a reknowned frontier lawyer named Felix Grundy bore a child who would become my 5th great paternal grandfather.

    Second, I was born and raised in the Big Bend just south of Odessa, Texas. Odessa was the Big City to us, and I’ll always remember it’s oil-boom days quite fondly.

    Finally, after a wild, wild life, I’ve settled in Tucson where there is a landscape like West Texas, but much better doctors!

    Good stuff. Best wishes,
    William Scott Hardin Westwork

    • Amazing co-incidences all round William! I have to say that when I titled the site I never envisaged that anyone would have such a series of connections, or that they would find their way to my humble blog.

      Thank you very much for the kind words. I hope Tucson is treating you well and that you keep on reading my pieces. I plan to keep on writing them!

      Many thanks,

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