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Webcast #105 – 2014

Posted July 25, 2014 by D. K. Holm

First up this week is Richard Linklater’s masterpiece Boyhood, followed by the slightly similar, very slightly, Hellion. The team had mixed feelings about Luc Besson’s Lucy with Scarlett Johanssen, but liked the John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man, with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Finally there is I Origins.

Webcast #104 – 2014

Posted July 17, 2014 by D. K. Holm

On hand this week are reviews of Wish I Was Here, the Zach Braff Kickstarter movie; Gabrielle, the Canadian film about people with Williams syndrome; Venus in Fur, the play adaptation by Roman Polanski; The Dance of Reality, the most recent film by Alejandro Jodorowsky; the documentary Citizen Koch, and more entries in the “Wes […]

Webcast #103 – 2014

Posted July 10, 2014 by D. K. Holm

This week the big draw is the sequel-reboot Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Also under review are The Last Sentence, about a Swedish anti-Nazi, Coherence, a dinner-party-at-the-end-of-the-world thriller, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, a documentary about the Portland Mavericks baseball team, managed by the flamboyant character Frank Peters, and finally the retrospective Wes […]

Webcast #102 – 2014

Posted July 3, 2014 by D. K. Holm

A reduced team this week looks at Tammy, the new Melissa McCarthy comedy, followed by: the surrealistic Transformers: Age of Extinction; Korengal, the new war documentary that covers the same ground as the previous Restrepo; Violette, about a French writer; Willow Creek, a found footage hunt for Big Foot; the kids’ film Earth to Echo; […]

TV Outbacks: Fargo

Posted June 22, 2014 by D. K. Holm


Some years ago I came up with the sub-noir genre film soleil, consisting of crime thrillers set in sunny climes and with a different moral alignment than the typical films noirs of 1938 – 1957. Later half jokingly I added another sub-sub genre, in fact sub-temperature genre, called film glacé, consisting of crime films set in the […]

TV Outbacks: Hannibal

Posted by D. K. Holm

NBC's Hannibal

Hannibal recently completed its second of two 13-episode seasons, airing on NBC Friday nights, with a third season slated for next year. Fridays and Saturdays are currently considered dead zones for network television, although all of network TV is probably deader than it was in the 1960s, when 40 million people could tune into a single […]


Posted June 20, 2014 by D. K. Holm


Obvious Child is the latest mumblecore-curious indie rom-com, and looks to become a modest hit as an anti-Juno as it tells the tale of a stand up comedienne who becomes pregnant after a drunken one-night-stand and chooses to dispense with the fetus. Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, from what feels like an autobiographical impulse, and starring […]

Webcast #101 – 2014

Posted by D. K. Holm

Amid the chaos of All Classical Portland’s move to new and larger digs, the sparks fly in the podcast booth when the team clashes over Obvious Child, the new indie comedy about a stand-up comedian who gets an abortion. Also on hand are discussions of the new “musical” Jersey Boys, about the Four Seasons; the post […]

Back to the Future

Posted June 13, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Poster for Million Ways to Die in the West

Another “death” movie recently released last weekend along with Fault in Our Stars and Edge of Tomorrow is A Million Ways to Die in the West, and I’m baffled as to why the film has received such poor notices and bad word of mouth. In situations such as this, one always turns to Rotten Tomatoes and finds […]

Webcast #100 – 2014

Posted June 12, 2014 by D. K. Holm

For its 100th show, On the Aisle looks at the next round of big summer releases, beginning with How to Train Your Dragon 2, with Jay Baruchel and Cate Blanchett, and the comedy 22 Jump Street, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Some new indie and art house films include the Jim Jones take off […]

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