Linda Holmes http://tpr.org en 'The Other Woman': When Terrible Movies Happen To Funny Actresses http://tpr.org/post/other-woman-when-terrible-movies-happen-funny-actresses There is a moment in <em>The Other Woman </em>in which Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz, playing a wife and her husband's former mistress – now friends — fall into a hedge together. When they're spotted, there's a little bit of physical business that's legitimately funny. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:52:11 +0000 Linda Holmes 30604 at http://tpr.org 'The Other Woman': When Terrible Movies Happen To Funny Actresses 'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection http://tpr.org/post/say-anything-still-full-guileless-affection Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>Twenty-five years ago, Lloyd Dobler raised a boombox over his head and changed the world of movie boyfriends forever.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IN YOUR EYES")<p>PETER GABRIEL: (Singing) All my instincts, they return...<p>GOODWYN: Linda Holmes, of our pop culture blog "Monkey See," was a teenager when she first saw the film "Say Anything..." She says all these years later, she has a new appreciation of it.<p>LINDA HOLMES, BYLINE: Lloyd Dobler is played by John Cusack. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 30322 at http://tpr.org God, Man And Lots Of Corridors In 'Transcendence' http://tpr.org/post/god-man-and-lots-corridors-transcendence <em>Transcendence</em> is a science fiction story, but it's very much about faith. Early on, a member of a "neo-Luddite" group confronts Will Caster (Johnny Depp) about his work. Caster is promising a future in which a massive artificial intelligence will contain more knowledge than the world has ever collectively possessed, and the man – played by Lukas Haas, whom many of us first saw as a tiny Amish child in <em>Witness</em>, where he was also counseled about the dangers of modernity and technology – accuses him of trying to create a god. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:36:27 +0000 Linda Holmes 30229 at http://tpr.org God, Man And Lots Of Corridors In 'Transcendence' Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address' http://tpr.org/post/ken-burns-tackles-lincoln-education-and-money-address The Ken Burns documentary <em>The Address</em>, premiering on most PBS stations Tuesday night, opens at the Greenwood School in Vermont, where students are being introduced to a longstanding tradition: studying the Gettysburg Address until they can recite it from memory in front of a large audience of students, staff and parents. If they succeed, they receive a special commemorative coin that is only given for this achievement. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:04:17 +0000 Linda Holmes 30110 at http://tpr.org Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address' 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes http://tpr.org/post/mad-men-returns-full-footnotes Imagine a scene in which a man is sitting on a park bench reading a book. A woman comes up and sits beside him. He looks up at her. She hands him a letter. "It's over," she says.<p>If you were to see this scene in a film, completely out of context, you might look for a variety of clues to figure out what's going on. Some are straightforward: How are the people behaving? What's her tone of voice? What do their faces look like? How close are they sitting? If you've spent some time thinking about filmmaking, you might consider other things: How are they framed? What's the angle of the shot? Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 29987 at http://tpr.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes Captain America On The Potomac http://tpr.org/post/captain-america-potomac A genre film – one about superheroes, for instance – holds certain variables constant and allows others to change. The visual style can move, the dialogue style can move, and the force to be battled can move: what fans of <em>Buffy The Vampire Slayer </em>call the "Big Bad."<p>But in any Captain America movie, what does not move is the nature of Captain America. Thus, whenever you see Cap and you see what a director and screenwriter are having him do and say, you see that director and screenwriter's vision, not necessarily of America as a reality, but of "Americanism" as a theoretical ideal. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:25:35 +0000 Linda Holmes 29280 at http://tpr.org Captain America On The Potomac Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two http://tpr.org/post/oscars-2014-low-laughs-great-speech-or-two The big winner was <em>12 Years a Slave</em>, but there was quite a bit of love to go around at Sunday night's Oscars. What there wasn't, as usual, was a lot of riveting television.<p>Sure, there was John Travolta squinting at the teleprompter and introducing Idina Menzel (to sing the Oscar-winning Best Original Song "Let It Go," from <em>Frozen</em>) as — no kidding — "Adele Dazeem." And there was a fun dance number featuring Pharrell Williams and his own Oscar-nominated "Happy," which he wore a formal black version of his Grammys hat to perform.<p>But on the whole? It was a little flat. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 06:36:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 27600 at http://tpr.org Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two What The Oscars Mean, And What They Don't http://tpr.org/post/what-oscars-mean-and-what-they-dont On Friday's <em>All Things Considered</em>, Bob Mondello and I — fresh off our run of video salutes to Internet comments — chat with Melissa Block about what, if anything, is satisfying about the Oscars.<p>Bob points out the difficulty in bringing yourself to care about a contest that so often leaves out the worthiest contenders; I make the best case I can for Oscar season as a potential time of discovery; and we consider a couple of canards about best picture that might help you pick a winner. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 14:00:26 +0000 Linda Holmes 27560 at http://tpr.org What The Oscars Mean, And What They Don't Hurts So Good: Getting A Kick Out Of A Movie Punch http://tpr.org/post/hurts-so-good-getting-kick-out-movie-punch My favorite parts of <em>Non-Stop</em>, in which Liam Neeson adds airplane bathrooms to the list of things out of which he has <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2012/01/25/145837558/what-should-liam-neeson-punch-next" target="_blank">beaten the snot</a>, are the silliest parts. The slow-motion parts. The gravity-defying parts. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 03:01:24 +0000 Linda Holmes 27497 at http://tpr.org Hurts So Good: Getting A Kick Out Of A Movie Punch The Beatles, As America First Loved Them http://tpr.org/post/beatles-america-first-loved-them It's been 50 years since The Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan, to an audience of screaming, hair-pulling, ecstatic (in the classic sense) teenage girls. Cutes in suits, you might call them, like (and, of course, nothing like) countless other bands of the time that wore skinny ties and shared microphones and said "oh" and "yeah" and "baby."<p>Later, they'd get weird; experimental, rebellious, more transparently and transcendentally <em>high</em> than maybe any band ever, at least to hear the music tell it. They became legends, they became celebrities and movie stars. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 26460 at http://tpr.org