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Chasing Amy

Posted October 12, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Gone Girl isn’t just the new thriller by David Fincher based on a wildly popular and controversial book. It is many more movies in one. It’s an object lesson in how to take a potentially complex and unwieldy novel and condense it to pleasing movie size. It’s a casting puzzle similar to earlier such exercises… More

Webcast #114 – 2014

Posted October 10, 2014 by D. K. Holm

The team catches up with Gone Girl, along with the new Simon Pegg comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness; the Patricia Highsmith adaptation Two Faces of January; two documentaries, one on the oil industry called Pump, and the other called Last Days in Vietnam, about the evacuation in 1975; Tracks, based on the Robyn… More

Webcast #113 – 2014

Posted September 26, 2014 by D. K. Holm

This week our cinema specialists examine the sibling dramedy The Skeleton Twins, the action knock off The Equalizer, the Polish drama The Notebook, the new animated feature The Boxtrolls, and in revivals, Gone with the Wind, Last Tango in Paris, and a show curated by Martin Scorsese called Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, including in its… More

Steffon Made a Movie!

Posted by D. K. Holm

Poster for The Skeleton Twins

In a funny recent article at The Vulture, Kyle Buchanan writes about the strange phenomenon of “doppelgänger movies,” or films that have a similar theme or setting or story that lies somewhere between coincidence and zeitgeist. From Dante’s Peak–Volcano to Gravity–All Is Lost, Hollywood does have a habit of issuing twin topics simultaneously. Mr. Buchanan… More

Webcast #112 – 2014

Posted September 19, 2014 by Ed Goldberg

Down a contributor, this week’s team looks at the YA dystopian adventure The Maze Runner, Terry Gilliam’s new dystopia The Zero Theorum, the family comedy This is Where I Leave You, the Paris love letter My Old Lady, the Lawrence Block adaptation, A Walk Among the Tombstones, the advocacy documentary Second Opinion, and a host… More

They Shoot by Night

Posted by D. K. Holm

As an adjunct to this week’s podcast, No. 112, here is a closer look at the  Noir City Festival at the Hollywood Theatre over the September 19-21, 2014,  weekend. D. K. Holm brings a special emphasis to the cinematographers behind these 10 films. They include some of the most heralded and busiest photographers in movies… More

Four from the Aisle

Posted September 18, 2014 by D. K. Holm

An On the Aisle member wasn’t able to make it to podcast No. 111, so here is a footnote or appendix to that show, in which D. K. Holm goes over the documentary Rich Hill, the modest musical God Help the Girl, the prison drama Starred Up, and the threatened-lady thriller No Good Deed.

Brando Redux

Posted September 11, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Though there are several films like it in American history, The Drop proves to be one of the best of its kind. It’s a no-nonsense, straightforward crime story with no flashbacks, not much in the way of unrelated subplots, and few visual flourishes, while yet maintaining a sharp style and an accurate portrayal of a… More

Out Like Flynn

Posted by D. K. Holm

The Last Days of Robin Hood is a minor, entertaining film about the final years of Errol Flynn and his relationship with aspiring actress Beverly Aadland. Flynn reportedly met the then 15-year-old on the Warners lot, made a connection, “auditioned” her for a part, seduced her, and then pursued her as a mate. Their two… More

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