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The Shame of a Nation

Posted April 2, 2015 by D. K. Holm

The late filmmaker Albert Maysles make a distinction between reporting, journalism in film, and non-fiction, or documentaries. That position gives the documentarian the latitude to incorporate elements such as recreations and a “bias” or advocacy that is disallowed in conventional journalism. Kirby Dick is not as well known as the other documentarians in this sense, […]

Webcast #135 – 2015

Posted March 27, 2015 by D. K. Holm

Three reviewers gather to pass judgment on recent releases: the hit horror film It Follows; the new animated feature Home;  the shelf escapee Serena; the French import 3 Hearts;  the documentaries Merchants of Doubt, Champs, Occupy the Farm, and Seymour: An Introduction; and a survey of the films of Sweden’s Ruben Ostlund. SHOW NOTES Here’s […]

Boyhoods: Kristin Thompson on Mason Evans and Harry Potter

Posted by D. K. Holm

As mentioned in podcast episode number 135, there is a fascinating essay on the links between Boyhood and the Harry Potter series on line. Kristin Thompson is one of the best film writers on line, at the blog she shares with David Bordwell, her partner in numerous essential film textbooks. Over the last few years […]

In Memorium: Oscars Producers Obit

Posted by D. K. Holm

So, farewell then, Oscar producers. It’s difficult to think other than that the disastrous, uncouth, and self-promoting Oscar broadcast of Sunday, February 22, 2015, led directly to their demise, rather than the whole run of three Oscar shows with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron at the helm. This latest was the worst, for its cruelty […]

Slap Unhappy

Posted by D. K. Holm

The NBC Thursday-night program The Slap has been eliciting poor reviews despite having a high profile line up of movie stars, including Peter Sarsgaard and Uma Thurman, among others, and a “social problem” style approach that prime time likes to use. The negativity comes down to comparing the program to its original as an Australian […]

Webcast #134 – 2015

Posted March 20, 2015 by D. K. Holm

This week the quartet investigate The Gunmen, with Sean Penn, The Gett, from Israel, the documentary set in Cuba Mateo, a documentary about the great Los Angesles session band The Wrecking Crew, and the return of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm.

Webcast #133 – 2015

Posted March 13, 2015 by D. K. Holm

Down one, this time the team takes the Oscar nominated Wild Tales from Argentina, Cinderella (live action) from Disneyland, Italian films including the rare Il Sorpasso, the Liam Neeson action film Run All Night, and the indie drama Like Sunday, Like Rain.

Webcast #132 – 2015

Posted March 6, 2015 by D. K. Holm

Seasonal movie downtime continues as Hollywood gears up for spring and summer, this week offering up the documentary Ballet 422, the erotic thriller The Duke of Burgundy, the elderly heart-warmer The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and the New Zealand faux documentary about vampires, What We Do in the Shadows, all of which combinations of our team […]

Webcast #131 – 2015

Posted February 27, 2015 by D. K. Holm

Today’s trip pf reviewers tackle Focus, the heist movie with Will Smith; the new Cronenberg movie Maps to the Stars; Salad Days, about the D. C. punk rock scene; the animated film Song of the Sea; and revivals of John Carpenter’s The Thing, and The Big Lebowski.

Webcast #130 – 2015

Posted February 20, 2015 by D. K. Holm

Today’s lineup includes the musical The Last Five Years, five years, the teen comedy The Duff, the indie vampire movie A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, the PIFF favorite Timbuktu, the Oregon-filmed horror film House of Last Things, thoughts on a revival of Dirty Harry, and part 90 of the Oscar coverage.

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