Linda Holmes http://wcbe.org en 'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection http://wcbe.org/post/say-anything-still-full-guileless-affection Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. 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 54598 at http://wcbe.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes http://wcbe.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 54258 at http://wcbe.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes Every Reality Show Is A True Story, And Other 'Bachelor' Lessons http://wcbe.org/post/every-reality-show-true-story-and-other-bachelor-lessons Every reality show is an entirely true story.<p>It is not the story that it claims to be — the story of two tribes building a new civilization, the story of America's search for its next superstar — but it is a true story nevertheless. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:21:16 +0000 Linda Holmes 52469 at http://wcbe.org Every Reality Show Is A True Story, And Other 'Bachelor' Lessons Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two http://wcbe.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 07:00:28 +0000 Linda Holmes 52010 at http://wcbe.org Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two Oh, Lady Edith http://wcbe.org/post/oh-lady-edith [<em>This piece contains information about the plot of </em>Downton Abbey<em>, up to and including Sunday night's fourth-season finale.</em>]<p>Another season of <em>Downton Abbey </em>has come to a close, and once again, Lady Edith is unlucky. Unlucky in love, unlucky in life. She's unluckier than Bates, and he went to jail for something he didn't do, for what certainly felt like a really, really long time. She's unluckier than Matthew, and he's quite <em>deceased</em>.<p>Let us return to when we met Edith, four seasons ago. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:46:48 +0000 Linda Holmes 51652 at http://wcbe.org Oh, Lady Edith If You Like The Old 'About A Boy,' You May Not Like The New 'About A Boy' http://wcbe.org/post/if-you-old-about-boy-you-may-not-new-about-boy If you're familiar with the Nick Hornby book or the 2002 film of <em>About A Boy</em>, you will find that what has been kept in the new TV adaptation, coming Saturday night in a preview to NBC, is the clichéd skeleton of the story: a lazy, glib bachelor befriending the child of a single mom and learning how not to be such a selfish baby. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:02:30 +0000 Linda Holmes 51466 at http://wcbe.org If You Like The Old 'About A Boy,' You May Not Like The New 'About A Boy' The Beatles, As America First Loved Them http://wcbe.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 50853 at http://wcbe.org You Can Now Send Someone You Temporarily Like A 'Bachelor' Bouquet http://wcbe.org/post/you-can-now-send-someone-you-temporarily-bachelor-bouquet It's Friday, so let's take a moment to consider the greatest press release of the week. (And by "greatest," I mean "most ridiculous." As always.)<p>Today, I learned that ProFlowers is now officially offering a bouquet of roses called "The Bachelor Bouquet." It's ... it's a bouquet inspired by <em>The Bachelor</em>. There are roses (obviously), and there are a few rhinestones spread throughout, which will remind you of the large number of broken engagements that this show has inspired. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:17:08 +0000 Linda Holmes 49725 at http://wcbe.org You Can Now Send Someone You Temporarily Like A 'Bachelor' Bouquet Pop Culture Happy Hour: Golden Globes And Eagle Eyes http://wcbe.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-golden-globes-and-eagle-eyes This week's show (which we taped before the Oscar nominations were announced, so you can bet we'll be getting to those later) catches us post-Golden-Globes for a conversation about awards hosts, speechifying, satisfying victories, and the odd surprises that keep us tuning in to the season's drunkest ceremony of them all.<p>And then we'll turn our attention to the flip side of the "blind spot" conversations we've had in the past about pieces of culture we just haven't connected with, to talk about pieces of culture we to which we are inexorably tied. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:14:55 +0000 Linda Holmes 49724 at http://wcbe.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Golden Globes And Eagle Eyes The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is http://wcbe.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 49457 at http://wcbe.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is 'Duck' And Cover: What, Exactly, Is The Point? http://wcbe.org/post/duck-and-cover-what-exactly-point <em>Duck Dynasty</em> star Phil Robertson has been suspended from filming by A&E after telling writer Drew Magary, for a <a href="http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson?currentPage=1" target="_blank">new profile in GQ</a>, about some of the views he holds that don't make it to air. Specifically, he spoke about not only how homosexuality is a sin but how it would naturally "morph out from there" into, among other things, bestiality. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:00:15 +0000 Linda Holmes 48366 at http://wcbe.org 'Duck' And Cover: What, Exactly, Is The Point? How I Learned To Stop Explaining How Old Things Make Me Feel http://wcbe.org/post/how-i-learned-stop-explaining-how-old-things-make-me-feel <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn8E9rrBt7s</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIb6AZdTr-A</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:18:49 +0000 Linda Holmes 46479 at http://wcbe.org How I Learned To Stop Explaining How Old Things Make Me Feel Time Untied: Why We'd All Be Better Off Without Release Date Myopia http://wcbe.org/post/time-untied-why-wed-all-be-better-without-release-date-myopia It makes all the sense in the world to cover new things — the movies opening this weekend, the TV shows premiering right now, the books that have just been released — to the degree people are asking the questions (1) What's interesting about this new thing? (2) Is this new thing good? and (3) What new things are there? Those are important parts of cultural coverage, and they always will be.<p>But people also ask questions like (4) What's good that I might not have considered? and (5) What's the historical context of this new thing? Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:02:10 +0000 Linda Holmes 45647 at http://wcbe.org Time Untied: Why We'd All Be Better Off Without Release Date Myopia A Sloppy Emmy Telecast Does The Wrong Song And Dance http://wcbe.org/post/sloppy-emmy-telecast-does-wrong-song-and-dance Awards shows aren't easy. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:52:34 +0000 Linda Holmes 43607 at http://wcbe.org A Sloppy Emmy Telecast Does The Wrong Song And Dance Morning Shots: Michel Gondry Does The NFL To A Beat http://wcbe.org/post/morning-shots-michel-gondry-does-nfl-beat I cannot understand how I missed the news that <strong>Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones are about to open as Beatrice and Benedick</strong> in <em>Much Ado About Nothing</em>, but this charming list of past pairings makes me want to watch the play ... a lot. (David Tennant and Catherine Tate! Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:03:28 +0000 Linda Holmes 43407 at http://wcbe.org Morning Shots: Michel Gondry Does The NFL To A Beat Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two http://wcbe.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 42699 at http://wcbe.org Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two When The Paints Go Marching In: Down The Well-Appointed Rabbit Hole Of Home Decor http://wcbe.org/post/when-paints-go-marching-down-well-appointed-rabbit-hole-home-decor Okay, background information first.<p>As an apartment-dweller, I have lived for 20 years in a series of white-walled boxes with neutral carpets. I have assembled and eventually ripped apart the kind of furniture that comes with an Allen wrench. And I have had my adventures. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:41:41 +0000 Linda Holmes 41674 at http://wcbe.org When The Paints Go Marching In: Down The Well-Appointed Rabbit Hole Of Home Decor Can You Really Dissolve A Guy In A Bathtub? 'Mythbusters' Tackles 'Breaking Bad' http://wcbe.org/post/can-you-really-dissolve-guy-bathtub-mythbusters-tackles-breaking-bad Perhaps you heard that last night, a plucky little drug dealer named Walter White returned to television for his last eight episodes of the award-hoarding <em>Breaking Bad</em>.<p>But before he began his life of crime, Walter White was a chemistry teacher, and chemistry is what originally made him such a great meth cook. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:55:41 +0000 Linda Holmes 41121 at http://wcbe.org Can You Really Dissolve A Guy In A Bathtub? 'Mythbusters' Tackles 'Breaking Bad' Death And Walter White http://wcbe.org/post/death-and-walter-white <em>This piece discusses plot points in detail from the first four and a half seasons of Breaking Bad, but nothing from the Aug. 11 season premiere.</em><p><em></em>If television's golden age has taught viewers anything, it is to expect that explosive, violent death is an integral part of serious storytelling. The history of literature and the history of film teach that there are other ways to achieve high stakes. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:08:16 +0000 Linda Holmes 40652 at http://wcbe.org Death And Walter White 10 Awkward, Unexpected, Or Otherwise Curious Press Tour Moments http://wcbe.org/post/10-awkward-unexpected-or-otherwise-curious-press-tour-moments The Television Critics Association press tour, a two-week event in which press conference after press conference parades through a hotel ballroom, is about half over, so it's time for a few stories.<p>In a room of 250 or so reporters and a rotating set of actors, producers, and executives, there's likely to be a conversation here and there that perhaps doesn't go as everyone involved was expecting. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:48:20 +0000 Linda Holmes 40457 at http://wcbe.org 10 Awkward, Unexpected, Or Otherwise Curious Press Tour Moments