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New Orleans Film Festival best bet, Day 5: National Lampoon doc 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead' (plus today's full schedule) | NOLA.com

New Orleans Film Festival best bet, Day 5: National Lampoon doc 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead' (plus today's full schedule) | NOLA.com: The 2015 New Orleans Film Festival hits the halfway point Sunday (Oct. 18), on what is also the second-busiest day of the fest's 26th annual edition. In all, more than two dozen screenings are on tap, along with a sprinkling of panels and parties. To help you make heads or tails of it all, below find today's best bet -- which should be considered a must-see for comedy nerds -- along with a trio of "Plan B" picks, the day's full schedule and other key fest details. Check back here each day of the festival for more daily recommendations.

Day 5 (Sunday, Oct. 18)

Today's best bet: "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon" (3 stars | dir. Douglas Tirola | 1 hour 38 minutes | Unrated, warrants R for language, nudity and drug use)

Best of Enemies screens in the New Orleans Film Festival | Blog of New Orleans | Gambit - New Orleans News and Entertainment

Best of Enemies screens in the New Orleans Film Festival | Blog of New Orleans | Gambit - New Orleans News and Entertainment: MAGNOLIA PICTURES
William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal in a heated confrontation during their 1968 debates.

Recent GOP and Democratic primary debates have drawn record numbers of viewers, though perhaps as much for the prospect of watching Donald Trump insult his rivals or enjoying Bernie Sanders' fiery style as for more conventional discussion of candidate and party platforms. One could also debate whether these events have devolved into reality TV entertainment, useful mostly for producing gaffes and zingers. Anyone wondering if TV debates were ever better or different might enjoy Best of Enemies, screening in the New Orleans Film Festival and examining the legendary televised debates between conservative William F. Buckley and liberal writer Gore Vidal during the 1968 GOP and Democratic conventions.

Review: Leon Bridges begins a massive tour in New Orleans | Blog of New Orleans | Gambit - New Orleans News and Entertainment

Review: Leon Bridges begins a massive tour in New Orleans | Blog of New Orleans | Gambit - New Orleans News and Entertainment: The sold-out crowd at Tipitina's was pulled into a time machine. Leon Bridges�stunned critics and listeners with a major label debut album, Coming Home, when it was released this summer, charming audiences with his impeccable ability to transport them to an imagined time and place, one that existed well before he or his bandmates were born.

Bridges is a singer-songwriter who has studied, and emulates, pre-soul black music of the late-'50s and '60s, and his tender, near-breaking voice and wardrobe frequently draws comparisons to Sam Cooke.�Bridges has mastered an aesthetic — he didn't break a sweat and he never removed or adjusted a perfectly tailored, vintage cream-and-plaid suit, crisp white shirt and tie while performing — and, at 26, he has penned classic-sounding earworm pop songs about heartbreak and young love, backed by a warm rhythm section, bright horns and gospel-influenced harmonies.

Gallery: Kings defeat New Orleans Pelicans 107-98 | The Sacramento Bee

Gallery: Kings defeat New Orleans Pelicans 107-98 | The Sacramento Bee