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Webcast #138 – 2015

Posted April 17, 2015 by D. K. Holm

This week the quartet discuss: Ex Machina, a tech-sci-fi tale;  Desert Dancer, a biopic about Afshin Ghaffarian, an Iranian artist; Spring, a hybrid of romance and horror; True Story, a true crime drama staring pals Jonah Hill and James Franco; two “dog movies,” White God from eastern Europe and Belle and Sebastian, a classic tale;… More

Up Against the New Wall, Mother Foucault!

Posted April 11, 2015 by D. K. Holm

The new look of Mother Focault bookstore on Morrison

Portland, Oregon, is often viewed as an oasis for book lovers, though the number of actual book shops has dwindled over the past decade. But going against the grain, Craig Florence and his wife opened  Mother Foucault’s, at 528 SE Morrison Street, about five years ago, where it was notable as “Portland’s smallest bookstore.” The… More

Webcast #137 – 2015

Posted April 10, 2015 by D. K. Holm

It’s an all boys club today as our three reviewers look at the new hipster comedy While We’re Young, the Icelandic coming-of-age tale, Metalhead, the Italian comedy-drama The Mafia Kills Only In the Summer, a documentary about campus rape The Hunting Ground, the eco-documentary Just Eat It, the meditation on mental illness Rocks in My Pockets, the Native-American conspiracy-action… More

Webcast #136 – 2015

Posted April 3, 2015 by D. K. Holm

  This week a trio of reviewers handle the car chase franchise supreme, Furious 7, followed by the wry Coen Brothers influenced Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, the drama about Nazi looting The Woman in Gold, and the British Heritage film about the brief marriage of art historian John Ruskin, to the title character, Effie Gray. Program  Notes Click on… More

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,… More

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… More

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… More

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… More

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… More

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.

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