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May 30, 2017

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Webcast #234 – 2017

Posted May 26, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Baywatch, The Last Shaman, Icaros, and Pirates Posters

Here are the movies discussed this week: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, brings back Captain Jack Sparrow; Baywatch, brings back the popular syndicated TV show; The Last Shaman, a documentary, and Icaros: A Vision, a drama, both explore the healing powers of ayahuasca; The Wedding Plan is an Hassidic rom-com from… More


Webcast #233 – 2017

Posted May 19, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Alien Covenant and Like Crazy, two wildly different films opening this week

The big film of the week is Alien: Covenant, covered by the team of Jordan, Ed, Marc, and DKH. Also on hand are: Obit, about the staff obituary writers at the New York Times; Like Crazy, from Italy, with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti as bedlam escapees, directed by Paolo Virzì (Human Capital); Chuck, about… More


Webcast #232 – 2017

Posted May 12, 2017 by D. K. Holm

This week's mainstream films, KingArthur and Snatched

Among the “big” releases this week are King Arthur, Guy Ritchie’s laddish rethink, and Snatched, with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, here in time for mother’s day. In the art house category are: Buster’s Mal Heart with TV’s Rami Malek; A Quiet Passion, with Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson; Chantal Akerman’s last film, No Home… More


Webcast #231 – 2017

Posted May 5, 2017 by D. K. Holm

James Beard, Jane Jacobs, and the Guardians

Enthusiasm for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 takes up most of this week’s podcast, with room left over for Citizen Jane, a documentary about the urban theorist Jane Jacobs, author of the influential book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and her battle with Robert Moses; along with Slack Bay, a zany comedy from… More


Webcast #230 – 2017

Posted April 28, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Posters for two this this week's reviewed movies.

Ed is away, so the remaining trio take a tour of the Overlook Film Festival at Timberline Lodge, dedicated to horror films, including in its premiere year such films as Boys in the Trees (Australia, 1990s, Hallowe’en), M.F.A. (college rape, with Francesca Eastwood of that family), Two Pigeons (a crawlspace two-hander), Like Me (about a… More


Webcast #229 – 2017

Posted April 21, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Free Fire and David Lynch: The Art Life, two of the many films discussed today

A packed episode, starting off with reviews of The Lost City of Z, and a contentious discussion of Free Fire, notes on The Promise and Born in China, the documentary David Lynch: The Art Life, The Death of Louis XIV, Cezanne et moi, Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, and more in the… More


The Consequences of Knowing A Lot: Recent Hitchcock Books, No. 1

Posted April 17, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Murray Pomerance on Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much

There is a curious moment in the middle of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much that has gone without much comment, or at least I haven’t seen any. Ben McKenna is searching London for the kidnappers of his son, Hank. His clue is the name “Ambrose Chapell,” who turns out to be a… More


Webcast #228 – 2017

Posted April 14, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Big events at the Hollywood Theatre

This week, the band (Ed, Mona, MM, and DKH) address Colossal, with Anne Hathaway; The Fate of the Furious; the horror film The Void (at the Hollywood); the golfing tale Tommy’s Honour; and revivals of The ‘burbs at the Hollywood, with director Joe Dante present, two films in the NWFC’s Magic and Loss series, Fishtank and… More


Hard-Hearted Hollywood

Posted by D. K. Holm

The cover for Jon Lewis's new book

There have always been two Hollywoods. There is the burnished image of the place and people promoted by studio publicity machines via movie magazines and the media, a world of hardworking artisans cultivating their craft and family simultaneously. Then there is the brutal underside, real versus “real.” This is the Hollywood of disguised unwed pregnancies, of lethal… More


Webcast #227 – 2017

Posted April 7, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Posters for this week's movies

This week, the quartet (Ed, Marc, Mona, DKH) discuss After the Storm, the new Koreeda film,  Hypernormalization, Adam Curtis’s controversial cult documentary about the state of the world, and Alive and Kicking, a documentary about swing dancing. For DVDs and streaming, there is a consideration of three films with religious hues, Believe, The Discovery, and Brimstone, along… More


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