November 22, 2017

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Unforced Errors: Recent Hitchcock Books, No. 2

Posted November 20, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Four Hitch Covers

There are already over 200 or many more books on Alfred Hitchcock, and they started coming out in the mid-1950s when Claude Chabrol and Eric Rohmer wrote the first full-length critical study. Ten years later came the first study in English, Robin Wood’s still masterly Hitchcock’s Films. By the time Hitchcock died in 1980, there… More

Psycho Thriller

Posted November 19, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Mrs. Bates got a bum rap. For almost 60 years she has been held accountable for the psychology of her son Norman. She is the shrew, the harridan who demands loyalty and service, the nightmare of American motherhood out of something by Philip Wylie and Generation of Vipers. Poor, sensitive Norman … But note that… More

Webcast #259 – 2017

Posted November 17, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Psycho in action

This week, the cast gives a critique of Justice League, and looks at the documentary about the shower scene in Psycho, 78/52.

Webcast #258 – 2017

Posted November 13, 2017 by D. K. Holm

The latest Murder On The Orient Express and the doc Gilbert

The On the Aisle crew details the many frustrating elements of the new Murder on the Orient Express, along with the sins of a few other adaptations, and also considers the AIDS drama BPM, the comedian documentary Gilbert, and the art house hit The Teacher.

Webcast #257 – 2017

Posted November 3, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Posters for Thor: Ragnarok and Geostorm

This week the team enthuses over Thor: Ragnarok, the Netflix show Stranger Things, the MST3K-worthy Geostorm, and among revivals, Preston Sturgess’s Sullivan’s Travels, and Elaine May’s A New Leaf (1971).

Webcast #256 – 2017

Posted October 28, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Tragedy Girls, Goodbye Christopher Robin, Suburbicon, and TheSnowman

Movies from between Friday the 27th and Thursday the 2nd include the widely dismissed The Snowman, the documentary Dina, the black comedy Tragedy Girls, the British Heritage tale Goodbye Christopher Robin, the thriller-comedy-social protest tale Suburbicon, and the Blake Lively vehicle All I see Is You. Also on hand is the TV show Manhunt: Unabomber,… More

Webcast #255 – 2017

Posted October 20, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Posters for Lucky, Human Flow, and Barry Lyndon

For movies playing Friday the 20th through Thursday the 26th, the team comments on: Lucky, Harry Dean Stanton’s last film; Human Flow, Ai Wei Wei’s documentary about migration; Nocturama, the French film about terrorists; and on Netflix, the horror film The Babysitter, and David Fincher’s 10-part Mindhunter. On DVD soon is the Criterion edition of… More

Webcast #254 – 2017

Posted October 13, 2017 by D. K. Holm

For this week’s quartet, the films are: Marshall, biopic of the Supreme Court judge with Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad; The Foreigner, a thriller with Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan; Overdrive a Fast and Furious knock off with Scott Eastwood; Una, an adaptation of the play about sexual abuse, with Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn;… More

Webcast #253 – 2017

Posted October 6, 2017 by D. K. Holm

Blade Runner 2049, Battle of the Sexes, Loving Vince, and a Barbara Steele vehicle

Ed is back, so there was a full complement of reviewers (Ed, Jordan, Hallie, Mona, and DKH) to discuss the big movies of the week, Blade Runner 2049, Battle of the Sexes, and The Mountain Between Us, along with horror films Better Think Twice, and on DVD Cult of Chucky and the Highbrow Horror A Ghost… More

Webcast #252 – 2017

Posted September 29, 2017 by D. K. Holm

A hardy trio take on some new and old films this week, including the Tom Cruise biopic American Made, and the British Heritage epic Victoria and Abdul, plus the science fiction film Realive and on DVD, the similar 2:22, the labor activism documentary Dolores, and on DVD, Criterion’s new version of Hitchcock and Selznick’s Rebecca.

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