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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.

Webcast #9 – 2012

Posted April 13, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

We review: The Three Stooges, The Cabin in the Woods and the highly-touted documentary Bully, as well as the French dramaFour Lovers. Nodding to next week’s DVD releases, we discussMission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and 1971’s Harold and Maude.

Franck and Vince and Teri and Rachel

Posted April 10, 2012 by D. K. Holm


Many viewers have noted how for the most part sex has dried up on the American film screen. We can cut up a woman but we can’t cuddle with her; we can punch a man to death in a boxing ring but not inspire a petite mort. There are numerous boring reasons for this, not the […]

Janus Faiths

Posted by D. K. Holm


It happens from time to time that adults learn that they were raised in the “wrong” faith. It happened to the late Christopher Hitchens, and also in more dramatic terms to the polish priest Father Romuald Waszkinel, who learned as an adult that his real name was Jacob Waszkinel and that to save his life […]