August 24, 2016

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Webcast #199.5 – 2016

Posted August 12, 2016 by D. K. Holm

Irmena Chichikova in the Bulgarian film Viktoria, enjoying a rain of milk

Our trio for this week – Marc Mona, DKH – discuss Florence Foster Jenkins, the faux classical singer, and two documentaries about music, Concerto: A Beethoven Journey and The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard. Also on hand are WWII thriller Anthropoid, the bank robbery drama Hell or High Water, and the Bulgarian epic Viktoria. Also on hand… More

Webcast #199 – 2016

Posted August 4, 2016 by Ed Goldberg

Godard's band of outsiders dance the Madison in a café

This week, three of us (Ed, Marc, DKH) discuss the comedy about the lost throes of an improv group, Don’t Think Twice; the belated release of a 10-year-old film by Asghar Farhadi, Fireworks Wednesday; a revival of Godard’s 1964 Band of Outsiders; a new neo-noir called Misfortune, revivals of The Deer Hunter and The Princess… More

Webcast #198 – 2016

Posted August 1, 2016 by D. K. Holm

The lady takes charge in A Touch of Zen.

This week, a trio (Ed, Mona, DKH) discuss Star Trek Beyond, Cafe Society, the new film from Woody Allen, The Innocents, a French film about a WWII atrocity in Poland, Jason Bourne, the fifth in the series, Ice Age: Collision Course, A Touch of Zen, the revival and restoration of King Hu’s martial arts masterpiece,… More

Rhapsody in Dew

Posted by D. K. Holm

The Rhapsodes by David Bordwell, on '40s movie reviewers

David Bordwell has long been one of the most important film historians, and his interests have ranged over numerous cinematic topics (film theory, cognition in film-viewing) and genres (from Carl Dreyer to King Hu). His frequently updated film textbooks, written with Kristen Thompson, are key documents for any film student, young or old, and his… More

General Tendencies

Posted July 31, 2016 by D. K. Holm

Cover of the BFI's new book on The General

The General (1915) is one of the greatest American films ever made, but do we really understand it? Buster Keaton made the comedy during a rash of historically set silent films, and being a Hollywood film about the Civil War, takes the perspective of the South, as have Birth of a Nation, Gone with the… More

Webcast #197 – 2016

Posted July 22, 2016 by D. K. Holm

SpaceProgram Poster

This week our trio (Marc, DKH, and Erin) discuss the video record of a performance piece, A Space Program, and the Michel Gondry teen road film Microbe & Gasoline, plus a new film by Jia Zhangke, Mountains May Depart, and a great documentary about the director, A Guy from Fenyang. The denial of mortality is… More

Webcast #196 – 2016

Posted July 15, 2016 by D. K. Holm


Four of us managed to get together this week, with the addition of our new reviewer Erin Ruprecht. She is surrounded by today’s host Marc Mohan, Mona Bowen, and D. K. Holm, with producer Jordan Lewis in the background. Among this week’s movies are the female-led Ghostbusters, the new Todd Solondz film, Weiner–Dog, the quasi… More

Webcast #195 – 2016

Posted July 8, 2016 by D. K. Holm

Poster for Bette Davis and Dangerous, part of a series at the NWFC

This week our two sole reviewers discuss a sudden influx of documentaries and other wonders. The titles include Tickled, an investigative story that goes wild, Gurukalem, about meditation, and Zero Days, about a military-use virus that got into the wild. Other films under discussion include The American Side, an indie noir hommage set in Buffalo,… More

Webcast #194 – 2016

Posted June 30, 2016 by D. K. Holm

Our resilient duo of film reviewers this week tackle The Free State of Jones, Central Intelligence, The Shallows, The BFG, Nuts!, Independence Day: Resurgence, Our Kind of Traitor, The Great Game, and a revival of 2001: A Space Odyssey in Cinerama. In addition, Marc Mohan will be interviewing D. A. Pennebacker on stage at the… More

Webcast #193 – 2016

Posted June 24, 2016 by D. K. Holm

Our tidy reviewers leave little debris in their wake.

This week our surviving trio of professional watchers, with one phoning it in, cover the Cleveland-set The Fits, the Louisiana-based The Other Side, the talking head doc about DePalma, the Korean thriller The Wailing, and three more films from the Jewish Film Festival, including Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt.

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