November 22, 2014

Push and Pull

Posted March 17, 2012 by D. K. Holm

Click play or the download link to hear the audio essay. With Drive, the Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn received renewed international attention. Now the NW Film Center is offering a retrospective of most of his films (while weirdly leaving out the Miss Marple adaptation he did for Britsh television [?!]). In this (admittedly amateurish) audio essay, […]

Webcast #5 – 2012

Posted March 16, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

We review: 21 Jump Street, Jeff, Who Lives at Home,documentary Better Than Something, plus a look at recent DVD releases.

Lorax Kills John Carter

Posted March 13, 2012 by D. K. Holm


If the Lorax went to Mars, John Carter still couldn’t even have killed him. Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax opened on March 2nd, and was No. 1 with a shocking $70 million dollar intake for Universal. At that time, it left Warner’s Project X in the dust. To read further, click here!

Swift Boating

Posted March 10, 2012 by D. K. Holm


Publicized as a “recruiting film” for the Navy SEALs,Act of Valor shows the men ribbing each other mercilessly, leaving their wives at the doorstep to head secretly to hot spots, where they drop into bug-infested waters and witness human violence at its most degrading. This sounds so appealing. You endure bullying, spend half your time scared and wet […]

Webcast #4 – 2012

Posted March 9, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

We review: Project X, The Contest, John Carter, Friends With Kids, Kill List andTyrannosaur, plus a quick look at recent DVD releases

Crichton Meets King

Posted by D. K. Holm


Business and thrillers make uneasy bedfellows. If the story is filled with too much technical detail, the “average reader” is dismayed. If the book isn’t technical enough, the professional will laugh it off or lose interest. In his new fictionalized account of theFlash Crash on 6 May, 2010, of Robert Harris toes the technical line but surprisingly loses the […]

Better Than Something

Posted March 7, 2012 by Becky Ohlsen


If you have even the faintest glimmer of interest in music, or in the daily struggles of an underground artist, you need to go and have your heart broken by this movie. Better Than Something is a documentary about the Memphis garage rocker Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr — better known by his stage name, Jay Reatard – […]

Recommended Reading: “Zona” by Geoff Dyer

Posted March 5, 2012 by Becky Ohlsen


ZONA by Geoff Dyer Published Feb 2012 (Pantheon) I would read Geoff Dyer on any subject—partly because his writing is unfailingly beautiful, and partly because to read him on any subject is to read him on pretty much every subject. He’s not inclined to take the shortest, most direct route to his ostensible destination; the man likes […]

No Objections

Posted by D. K. Holm


In the unlikely event that Sight and Sound asks me for my top 10 films of all time for its decadel poll, I am going to include Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder. It is a great American film, one of the best adaptations of a novel to the screen, and is paradoxically epical as it bores into […]

Webcast #3 – 2012

Posted March 2, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

Oscar wrap-up; reviews of Crazy Horse, Rampart, Wanderlust, The Lorax, Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, Gone; and just-released DVD of 1959’s Anatomy of a Murder