January 29, 2015

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Spike & Mike Festival of Animation

Posted January 21, 2015 by Ed Goldberg


There once was a time when an animated short, a cartoon, accompanied every movie-going experience. Alas, no more. Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation brought back programs of cartoons, and I realized how much I missed them. Their shows of animated shorts, including the notorious (and aptly-named) Sick and Twisted Festival, will be shown this […]

Webcast #126 – 2015

Posted January 16, 2015 by D. K. Holm

Before a heated discussion of historical accuracy in motion pictures, the clan discuss the cyber thriller Blackhat, the Iraq war drama American Sniper, the Israeli army comedy Zero Motivation, and Little Accidents, an indie drama set in a mining town, plus a letter from a listener.

The Odd Couple: Mike Nichols and Rod Taylor Obits

Posted January 15, 2015 by D. K. Holm

I go solo in this joint audio obit for two movie figures of particular and personal importance, the director Mike Nichols and the “action star” Rod Taylor. 

Je Suis Robert!

Posted January 14, 2015 by D. K. Holm

  One of the most interesting and human responses to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris on January 8, 2015, was that of Robert Crumb, the American cartoonist, now living in a village in France. As a comic book artist, a satirist, the “grandfather” of underground comix, an anti-authoritarianian, and as a resident in two diverse societies, he seems like the […]

The Best and Worse of 2014

Posted January 10, 2015 by D. K. Holm

As usual when presenting a yearly round up, it’s important to remind the reader that most reviewers don’t see everything, and together with their biases are inevitably going to offer up a skewed view of the cinematic world at the moment. That being said, my criterion for a best list is the simple matter that […]

Webcast #125 – 2015

Posted January 9, 2015 by D. K. Holm

For this groundbreaking episode, the crew goes over its top movies of 2014 and the very worst of the year, plus with reviews of two new movies, El Norte, and Winter Sleep.

Bad Titles

Posted January 3, 2015 by D. K. Holm

Bad movie titles need bad posters

As the On the Aisle crew gears up for its 10 best and worst lists for 2014, this might also be the time to review some of the worst titles of the year. Below is a list of films released in the last 12 months or so that in bulk are almost indistinguishable from each […]

Webcast #124 – 2014

Posted December 26, 2014 by D. K. Holm

The final big Xmas movie push concludes with reviews of Big Eyes, Tim Burton’s biopic about Walter Keane and “his” paintings, The Imitation Game, about Alan Turing, Into the Woods, the Sondheim musical, and The Gambler, a remake of the old James Caan film. Next week: onward to the 2015 movies after some best and […]

Webcast #123 – 2014

Posted December 19, 2014 by D. K. Holm

This week the team takes on the updated musical Annie, the Australian horror film The Babadook,  the crime drama Foxcatcher, and the third Night at the Museum film, ending the show with a round table (or piano) discussion of the Sony hack controversy.

Webcast #122 – 2014

Posted December 12, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Getting into the holiday spirit, the critics look at the new religious epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, its competing epic The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, Wild, based on the memoir by Portland writer Cheryl Strayed, the gay comedy Life Partners, the Italian political comedy Viva La Liberta, and various local events.

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