February 20, 2018

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Webcast #269 – 2018

Posted February 16, 2018 by D. K. Holm

PIFF is ongoing, and this week the team discusses a group of short films by Oregon filmmakers, the Senegalese drama Felicite, several of the PIFF After Dark (The Endless, Housewife, Hagazussa), plus more, and the the members wax enthusiastic over Black Panther, with finally, the new Criterion Collection DVD of Night of the Living Dead,… More

Dead of Night

Posted February 13, 2018 by D. K. Holm

        Like most horror films that emerged in the 1960s, Night of the Living Dead shows the influence of Alfred Hitchcock. The resemblance resides not only in the black and white photography, which Psycho used to grim effect; b&w movies were rare in 1968, and apparently the filmmakers considered color film briefly…. More

Webcast #268 – 2018

Posted February 9, 2018 by D. K. Holm

This week the full team assesses some of the offerings at the 41st Portland International Film Festival, including the animated features Lu Over The Wall, Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, and Big Fish and Begonia, along with other films in the festival, including Bulgaria’s Western, Nepal’s White Sun, and Japan’s Oh Lucy!, along with other new… More

The Eagle Has Landed: The Republic Pictures Retro at the MoMA

Posted by D. K. Holm

One of the many obvious virtues of living in New York City for a film buff is the wealth of revival houses and retrospectives, but until recently only the well-off could travel to the city to avail themselves of that plenitude. Since about 1999, however, the advances in both DVD technology and on line viewing… More

PIFF 1: Night two of the 41st Portland International Film Festival

Posted February 3, 2018 by D. K. Holm

PIFF 41: I Am Not a Witch, White Sun, A Ciambra, Under the Tree

Over the course of 40 years, the Portland International Film Festival has screened about 3, 200 films, conservatively guessing. Given the movie mania of a wide section of Portlanders, life long PIFF attendees have probably seen most of them. Festival followers here tend to either binge or ignore, and the Northwest Film Center offers various… More

Webcast #267 – 2018

Posted February 2, 2018 by D. K. Holm

A Futile and Useless Gesture, and Stormy Weather

A light week, but still featuring some good movies, and this week the team considers a special screening of M.F.A, a revival of Stormy Weather, and the National Lampoon biopic A Futile and Useless Gesture; and finally some obits for stars such as actress Dorothy Malone, composer John Morris, and Bradford Dillman.      … More

Paths of Glory

Posted January 30, 2018 by D. K. Holm


There are two kinds of Pabsts in the world. There is the watery inexpensive beer marketed to headache-seeking bike messengers and coffee room diarists. Then there is the great German filmmaker whom few now remember. G. W. (for Georg Wilhelm) Pabst was at his height from toward the end of the silent era and into… More

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of 2017

Posted by D. K. Holm

Here’s a Mad Libs version of the annual boilerplate ten best list lead in: “Ten Best lists are like ––––––––, a yearly ritual that presents the reader and writer with an opportunity to –––––– 12 months of –––––– movies. There are the usual codicils that can lead to a distorted list, such as too much… More

Webcast #266 – 2018

Posted January 26, 2018 by D. K. Holm

The national flu epidemic has not prevented the On the Aisle team from its duties!  Things kick off with Please Stand By, about an unusual Star Trek fan, and go on to include the Heat knock off Den of Thieves, the horror film Mom and Dad, the new action films The Commuter and Proud Mary, and… More

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