Linda Holmes http://wlrn.org en 'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection http://wlrn.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 31048 at http://wlrn.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes http://wlrn.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 30734 at http://wlrn.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two http://wlrn.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 06:29:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 28635 at http://wlrn.org Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two The Beatles, As America First Loved Them http://wlrn.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 27674 at http://wlrn.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is http://wlrn.org/post/golden-globes-share-wealth-such-it Let us say this first: The Golden Globes are Hollywood culture at its most purely self-perpetuating. Given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a small group of journalists so gleefully obscure that there is usually a joke about how gleefully obscure they are, the Globes lack the gravitas of the Oscars, which is really saying something, given the fact that the Oscars lack the gravitas of the Tonys and the Tonys lack the gravitas of a halfway decent episode of <em>Law & Order: SVU</em>.<p>That's why having Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host works out so well. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 26396 at http://wlrn.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two http://wlrn.org/post/toronto-international-film-festival-days-one-and-two Two days into the Toronto International Film Festival, I'm 10 films in. We'll talk more about all of these later, but it seemed only fair to share some basic impressions, since I'm certainly logging the seat time to earn them. So here are the 10 I've seen so far.<p><em>Closed Curtain </em>(directed by Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi; screenplay by Panahi): Iranian director Panahi is still under house arrest and banned from filmmaking for producing "propaganda" — just as he was when he released the 2011 documentary <em>This Is Not A Film</em>, which chronicled his life under arrest. Sat, 07 Sep 2013 12:09:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 20242 at http://wlrn.org Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two 20 Really Great Royal Baby Titles For Classy Parents http://wlrn.org/post/20-really-great-royal-baby-titles-classy-parents Look, it's possible that I don't completely understand how British titles work. But it's 100 percent true that Prince William is also called Baron Carrickfergus. (You may Google that. I'll wait.)<p>Now that we have verified that Prince William, who is also Duke of Cambridge and Earl of Strathearn, was made Baron Carrickfergus <em>as a gift</em>, we understand that naming a royal person is a little different from naming a regular person. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:20:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 17806 at http://wlrn.org 20 Really Great Royal Baby Titles For Classy Parents 'Sharknado' Dares To Ask: Is It Going To Rain Giant Man-Eating Sharks? http://wlrn.org/post/sharknado-dares-ask-it-going-rain-giant-man-eating-sharks If you have a Twitter account, there's an excellent chance you already know about <em>Sharknado</em>, SyFy's meteorological-marine horror movie that premiered last night. When I tell you that a <em>lot</em> of people were tweeting about <em>Sharknado</em>, <a href="https://twitter.com/MiaFarrow/status/355510835541577730" target="_blank">I'm not lying</a>.<p>Not to mention ... <a href="https://twitter.com/DonGonyea/status/355510082403975170" target="_blank">well</a>, you know. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:11:04 +0000 Linda Holmes 17316 at http://wlrn.org 'Sharknado' Dares To Ask: Is It Going To Rain Giant Man-Eating Sharks? Why Paula Deen Can't Be A 'Food Network Star' http://wlrn.org/post/why-paula-deen-cant-be-food-network-star It's not the least bit surprising that Paula Deen lost her gig on The Food Network — and you don't have to believe she's a terrible person to know it. All you have to do is watch <em>Food Network Star</em>, the competition show that seeks a new network personality and sometimes finds one.<p>That's where they got Aarti Sequeira, who now hosts the Indian food show <em>Aarti Party</em>. It's where they got Aaron McCargo, Jr., who hosts <em>Big Daddy's House</em>. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 16516 at http://wlrn.org Why Paula Deen Can't Be A 'Food Network Star' In Slight Defense Of Miss Utah USA, A Little Bit, With Reservations http://wlrn.org/post/slight-defense-miss-utah-usa-little-bit-reservations <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx7TE7fCkrk</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:36:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 15947 at http://wlrn.org In Slight Defense Of Miss Utah USA, A Little Bit, With Reservations When Your Data Is Currency, What Does Your Privacy Cost? http://wlrn.org/post/when-your-data-your-currency-what-does-your-privacy-cost There was considerable mouth-dropping from publications such as <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/opinion/president-obamas-dragnet.html?_r=0"><em>The New York Times</em></a> at initial reports this week that NSA programs are gathering both telephone records and information gleaned from large tech companies like Google and Microsoft. Sun, 09 Jun 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 15495 at http://wlrn.org When Your Data Is Currency, What Does Your Privacy Cost? Comikaze: Not Just The Other Comic Convention http://wlrn.org/post/comikaze-not-just-other-comic-convention You may be familiar with the San Diego Comic-Con, a constantly expanding convention for fans that started as a niche event for comic-book nerds and is now a sprawling pop-culture event.<p>You may not be familiar with Comikaze. The brainchild of Regina Carpinelli, a fan who was unhappy with the cost, ticket scarcity, and changing focus of Comic-Con, Comikaze is a smaller festival that costs $30 for the weekend, rather than Comic-Con's $150 four-day passes. Tue, 28 May 2013 21:15:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 14816 at http://wlrn.org Comikaze: Not Just The Other Comic Convention Why Angelina Jolie's Op-Ed Matters http://wlrn.org/post/why-angelina-jolies-op-ed-matters Pop culture does not mean celebrity culture; I have perhaps said this more often than anyone you're going to meet. Who dates, who gets a divorce, who has a tantrum, who has surreptitious photos snapped of him by mangy, grim opportunists — these things are not culture of any kind, popular or otherwise, unless there is something else at stake. They are curiosities, and given that we are curious creatures, their pull is not surprising, nor is it new, nor was it invented by the internet, or television, or Americans. Tue, 14 May 2013 16:28:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 14026 at http://wlrn.org Why Angelina Jolie's Op-Ed Matters Boston's Art Museums Offer Free Admission To Provide A 'Place Of Respite' http://wlrn.org/post/bostons-art-museums-offer-free-admission-provide-place-respite <em>UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: In addition to the institutions mentioned below, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum <a href="https://twitter.com/gardnermuseum/status/324243859926315008" target="_blank">has announced</a> that admission will be free on Wednesday, April 17. </em><p>At least two art museums in Boston, the Museum Of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art, have announced that admission on Tuesday will be free as a service to a city still dealing with the trauma of the explosions Monday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:29:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 12544 at http://wlrn.org Boston's Art Museums Offer Free Admission To Provide A 'Place Of Respite' Big Hair, Big Shoulders And Big Money: Linda Evans On '80s Excess http://wlrn.org/post/big-hair-big-shoulders-and-big-money-linda-evans-80s-excess You may find a hint to the era in which you were born (as well as your taste in entertainment) in Linda Wertheimer's clarification that on the '80s nighttime soap <em>Dynasty</em>, actress Linda Evans played Krystle Carrington — Krystle with a K, that is. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:16:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 12425 at http://wlrn.org Big Hair, Big Shoulders And Big Money: Linda Evans On '80s Excess