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Game of Theron

Posted June 1, 2012 by D. K. Holm


One of the most anticipated films of the year, Snow White and the Huntsman benefited from a superior trailer and the failure artistically and commercially ofMirror Mirror, another film derived from the same Grimm fairy tale.1 Unfortunately, SnowWhite … is only about 65% percent successful, if that. The bad parts of the film include a screenplay2 that dissolves into too many […]

Mad Men in Black

Posted May 26, 2012 by D. K. Holm

MIB poster

Everyone talks about the influence of Tarantino on movies but few track the influence of the Coen Brothers. Granted, Tarantino’s mark on cinema was dramatic, especially in the 1990s when every week seemed to bring forth another talky crime comedy with quirky characters making pop references. But the Coens have also had a pervasive influences, […]

Webcast #12 – 2012

Posted May 18, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

We review: Battleship, Bernie, Mansome, Marley, and The Deep Blue Sea.

Interview with the Vampire

Posted May 13, 2012 by D. K. Holm


There were many ways that Tim Burton could have gone in adapting the 1966 – 1972 ABC soap opera Dark Shadows. He could have set the film in the time of the show, and hewed to its tone. He could have gone totally crazy with the satire and done it likeGreen Hornet, totally re-thinking it as […]

Webcast #11 – 2012

Posted May 11, 2012 by D. K. Holm

The On the Aisle team tackles the big spring releases, including Dark Shadows, The Avengers, The Sound of My Voice, The Raven, and the thriller Headhunters.

Together We Can Make It!

Posted May 4, 2012 by D. K. Holm


Marvel’s The Avengers is the perfect example of the Efficient Market theory of business investing applied to movie storytelling. You are familiar with the Efficient Market theory of business investing aren’t you? Oh. Well, the Efficient Market theory of business investing states that a block of stocks in a portfolio are self-correcting in a way that gives the […]


Posted April 28, 2012 by D. K. Holm


What American film reviewers seem uneasy about admitting each time another Luc Besson action film comes along is that his Hollywoodized thrillers are in fact better than their U. S. inspirations. Besson is viewed as mostly inactive as a director, but in fact he comes out with a new movie every two years or so, […]

Dance World, U. S. A.

Posted by D. K. Holm


For a film reviewer or a fan, Whit Stillman is a hard sell, which is probably why he has only made four films in 22 years. A regular Terence Malick, he works mostly outside the mainstream Hollywood avenues of film production, and takes his time with projects. But more important, Mr. Stillman makes the kinds […]

A Head for Crime

Posted by D. K. Holm


Fashions in detective fiction seem to go in waves. There was the long Agatha Christie polite mystery, followed by the overlapping hardboiled school. In recent years there has been the “novelty” detective (dwarf, blind, Russian cop), followed by the grim realism of James Ellroy and Don Winslow, among others, which is the current standard. In […]

Webcast #10 – 2012

Posted April 21, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

We discuss selected films from the 20th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival (hosted by Northwest Film Center), plus 1962’sKing Kong vs. Godzilla and 1972’s The Getaway.

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