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Train Plotting

Posted April 26, 2014 by D. K. Holm

    If an alien in whatever sentient form finally (already?) visited the earth she or he or it might think that the primary human emotion on display among the dominant inhabitants is the thirst for revenge, at least based on world of cinema, if the visitor could understand it (most of the natives can’t)…. More

The Eyes Have It

Posted by D. K. Holm

Who knew that Joss Whedon aspired to the status of Nicholas Sparks? Or for that matter, Audrey Niffenegger, the novelist of The Time Traveler’s Wife. Both Mr. Sparks an Ms. Niffeneggeris are two among many authors of semi-supernatural romances such as The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle, a genre of… More

Webcast #95 – 2014

Posted April 24, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Two good documentaries lighten the load this week for podcast Number 95: Finding Vivien Maier, about the elusive Chicago photographer, and The Galapagos Affair, a true tale of lust and murder in the Pacific (with voice work by Cate Blanchett, Connie Nielsen, and others). Also on hand is The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth as… More

Webcast #94 – 2014

Posted April 17, 2014 by D. K. Holm

This week, Ed, Marc, and DKH discuss the Johnny Depp sic-fi film Transcendence, the Jude Law vehicle Dom Hemingway, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomania 2, the horror film 13 Sins, and the documentary about Cambodia, The Missing Picture.

Webcast #93 – 2014

Posted April 15, 2014 by D. K. Holm

The full team gets together this week for coverage of the Errol Morris interview with Rumsfeld, The Known Unknown, the making-of documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, the quirky sci-fi film with Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin, the horror movie Oculus, the Indonesian martial arts action film Raid 2, the sports tale Draft Day, Catherine Deneuve in On My Way,… More

Crystal Blue Persuasion

Posted April 12, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Look at those cute hippies, with their tantric sex and light refracting cubes and their clothes in rainbow colors, communing with nature and thinking deep thoughts about the squares and the oppressive Man trying to sausage-link humanity into uniform consumers. A proud if flighty breed, the hippies produced a few great artists and thinkers, but… More

Battle Sighs

Posted by D. K. Holm

Errol Morris’s The Unknown Known  could be viewed as the third leg in a trilogy about war and remembrance, or the second film in a series on the war in Iraq and it’s policymakers, or it could be viewed as Version Six of his Interrotron technique, Morris’s technical set up by which interviewer and analysand can… More

The Week in Scarlett Johansson Studies

Posted by D. K. Holm

Last week it was Captain America: The Winter Soldier; this week it’s Under the Skin. But this week’s new Scarlett Johansson film may prove less likely to satisfy her fans. Captain America 2 is tightly hewn to its predecessor, with inflections of the 1970s American cinema of paranoia attached, and with Ms. Johansson engaged in… More

Raid Kills Crooks Dead

Posted by D. K. Holm

If nothing else, The Raid 2 reminds the viewer that most cop movies these days are really war movies. Cinema’s police operate in teams or squads, and are equipped with a wealth of hardware and firepower, while tending to arrive en masse in huge transport vehicles along with a tank or two. In the real… More

Webcast #92 – 2014

Posted April 4, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Under review in this episode are the YA film Divergent, the Schwarzenneger action film Sabotage, the kid film Muppets Most Wanted, and the films of Burt Lancaster.

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