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Webcast #107 – 2014

Posted August 7, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Today a reduced team review the new Woody Allen comedy Magic in the Moonlight, the action film Into the Storm, the gentle comedy The Hundred-Foot Journey, and look at some revivals, including Blue Velvet, Freaks,  and Say Anything …

Webcast #106 – 2014

Posted July 31, 2014 by D. K. Holm

This week the reviewers enthuse over Guardians of the Galaxy, and the documentary Code Black, while also discussing the dull sitcom, Sex Tape, and Wes & his World which continues with The Last Detail and The 400 Blows, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Point in the Animation Classics series.

Webcast #105 – 2014

Posted July 25, 2014 by D. K. Holm

First up this week is Richard Linklater’s masterpiece Boyhood, followed by the slightly similar, very slightly, Hellion. The team had mixed feelings about Luc Besson’s Lucy with Scarlett Johanssen, but liked the John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man, with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Finally there is I Origins.

Webcast #104 – 2014

Posted July 17, 2014 by D. K. Holm

On hand this week are reviews of Wish I Was Here, the Zach Braff Kickstarter movie; Gabrielle, the Canadian film about people with Williams syndrome; Venus in Fur, the play adaptation by Roman Polanski; The Dance of Reality, the most recent film by Alejandro Jodorowsky; the documentary Citizen Koch, and more entries in the “Wes […]

Webcast #103 – 2014

Posted July 10, 2014 by D. K. Holm

This week the big draw is the sequel-reboot Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Also under review are The Last Sentence, about a Swedish anti-Nazi, Coherence, a dinner-party-at-the-end-of-the-world thriller, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, a documentary about the Portland Mavericks baseball team, managed by the flamboyant character Frank Peters, and finally the retrospective Wes […]

Webcast #102 – 2014

Posted July 3, 2014 by D. K. Holm

A reduced team this week looks at Tammy, the new Melissa McCarthy comedy, followed by: the surrealistic Transformers: Age of Extinction; Korengal, the new war documentary that covers the same ground as the previous Restrepo; Violette, about a French writer; Willow Creek, a found footage hunt for Big Foot; the kids’ film Earth to Echo; […]

TV Outbacks: Fargo

Posted June 22, 2014 by D. K. Holm


Some years ago I came up with the sub-noir genre film soleil, consisting of crime thrillers set in sunny climes and with a different moral alignment than the typical films noirs of 1938 – 1957. Later half jokingly I added another sub-sub genre, in fact sub-temperature genre, called film glacé, consisting of crime films set in the […]

TV Outbacks: Hannibal

Posted by D. K. Holm

NBC's Hannibal

Hannibal recently completed its second of two 13-episode seasons, airing on NBC Friday nights, with a third season slated for next year. Fridays and Saturdays are currently considered dead zones for network television, although all of network TV is probably deader than it was in the 1960s, when 40 million people could tune into a single […]


Posted June 20, 2014 by D. K. Holm


Obvious Child is the latest mumblecore-curious indie rom-com, and looks to become a modest hit as an anti-Juno as it tells the tale of a stand up comedienne who becomes pregnant after a drunken one-night-stand and chooses to dispense with the fetus. Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, from what feels like an autobiographical impulse, and starring […]

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