July 22, 2017

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Webcast #242 – 2017

Posted July 20, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Among the films under discussion this week are: the family thriller First Kill with Bruce Willis; the hit-and-run mystery from France, Moka; Score, the documentary about movie music; a revival of The Connection, by Shirley Clark from 1961; more David Lynch in Dune; and Jean-Pierre Melville’s iconic Le Samourai.

Webcast #241 – 2017

Posted July 14, 2017 by D. K. Holm

One documentary about a lifetime of movie viewing, and two Brie Larson films

For the week of July 14, here’s what’s on tap. The team discusses the new films and events Letters from Baghdad: The True Story of Gertrude Bell and Iraq, the kids movie Swallows and Amazons, Mixed Match, a documentary about donors, Bertrand Tavernier’s My Journey Through French Cinema, and the ballet of A Midsummer Night’s… More

In a Lonely Place

Posted July 9, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Rossellini's War Trilogy from Criterion

Roberto Rossellini’s The War Trilogy still holds cinematic power 60 years later.                        In the twilight of its life cycle, the DVD has finally achieved – or stumbled upon – an educational and clever use of its own technology. It’s the video essay. What you… More

Webcast #240 – 2017

Posted July 7, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Posters for 24 Hour Comic, Kansas City Confidential, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and The Exception

Among the films opening on July 7 we begin with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which receives an enthusiastic review, followed by: the WWII romantic thriller The Exception, with Christopher Plummer and Eddie Marsan; The Journey, a drama about a key moment meant to end the Irish Troubles, with Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney (both at the Living… More

Webcast #239 – 2017

Posted June 30, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Vintage movie posters for the new The Beguiled and for the old Private Vices, Public Virtues

This week there are enthusiastic reviews of the new version of The Beguiled, and Edgar Wright’s car chase heist movie musical Baby Driver, In the art house world there are retrospectives going on for both Jonathan Demme and Steven Spielberg. Among revivals there is the 20th anniversary of The Fifth Element, and the Church of… More

Upstairs, Downstairs

Posted June 27, 2017 by D. K. Holm

DVD Cover for Hitchcock's The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

It’s called the first true Hitchcock film. It features the first innocent man chased both by cop and citizen. It has the first Hitchcock serial killer film, and the first Hitchcock cameo (two, in fact). It features the famous see-through glass floor. There is a staircase. The blondes. These are the words, labels, and motifs that… More

Webcast #238 – 2017

Posted June 21, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Daniel Day Lewis will no longer act! (Yeah, right!); Lord and Miller fired from the Han Solo prequel! Thus begins this week’s podcast, which quickly devolves into a discussion of The Bad Batch, Work in Progress, To Be or Not to Be, Beyond the Mountains and Hills, Shut Up, Anthony; Ripped; Band Aid; and a… More

Webcast #237 – 2017

Posted June 16, 2017 by D. K. Holm

After some words about the late Adam West, TV’s Batman, the team recaps the Sam Elliott tale, The Hero, and then addresses the only mainstream release seen this week, 47 Meters Down, which is put in contrast with the similar The Shallows. Also on hand is a discussion of the Claude Chabrol thriller, La Rupture (The… More

Webcast #236 – 2017

Posted June 9, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Publicity choices for The Mummy and Wonder Woman

Two “big” films kick off this week’s podcast, with words on Wonder Woman and the Tom Cruise vehicle, The Mummy, which is also introducing Universal Studios’s “Dark Universe.” Also on hand is the intense horror film It Comes at Night. For the art house crowd there is Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, and the boxing… More

Webcast #235 – 2017

Posted June 2, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Manifesto and Wakefield Movie Posters

No Wonder Woman or Captain Underpants reviews yet, due to scheduling complications, but the team does discuss Manifesto, a remarkable tour-de-force featuring Cate Blanchett, and Wakefield, from E. L. Doctorow story about an alienated man (Bryan Cranston) who hides in his garage attic and observes his wife (Jennifer Garner) and kids for many months, Jeremiah… More

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