Linda Holmes http://wcbe.org en Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black' http://wcbe.org/post/television-critics-give-big-awards-breaking-bad-orange-new-black The Television Critics Association is a funny animal. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:10:02 +0000 Linda Holmes 59848 at http://wcbe.org Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black' At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh' http://wcbe.org/post/summers-tv-press-tour-resounding-sense-meh There's a widespread belief that critics hate everything, revel in hating everything, and cannot be pleased. It's widespread and wrong, though.<p>That fact has never been clearer to me than at this year's summer press tour, where — while I certainly can't speak for everyone — it seems like there's a glumness that has settled in that can be traced back to the fact that ... we're not loving anything. Reviewing television has been for the last few years quite like reviewing anything: You hunt for the exceptional in a mixed bag of the ordinary and the lousy. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:51:56 +0000 Linda Holmes 59598 at http://wcbe.org At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh' The Work Of The Devil http://wcbe.org/post/work-devil <strong>[<em>This piece about the first season of the TV show </em>Fargo <em>will discuss events that took place on the first season of the TV show </em>Fargo<em>.</em>]</strong><p>The biggest difference between the movie <em>Fargo </em>and the TV show <em>Fargo</em> (which ended its first season Tuesday night) is the devil. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:21:33 +0000 Linda Holmes 57961 at http://wcbe.org The Work Of The Devil Hugh Jackman Jumps; Tony Viewers Say, 'What?' http://wcbe.org/post/hugh-jackman-jumps-tony-viewers-say-what <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtlHjso3LHA</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:12:16 +0000 Linda Holmes 57414 at http://wcbe.org Hugh Jackman Jumps; Tony Viewers Say, 'What?' The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth http://wcbe.org/post/muscle-flexing-mind-blowing-book-girls-will-inherit-earth The first ever BookCon, planned as an extension of the mega trade show Book Expo America by the same people who do Comic-Con, took place last weekend. It was headlined by, among other things, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/06/02/318098926/-weneeddiversebooks-campaign-comes-to-inaugural-bookcon">a robust diversity debate</a> that bloomed on social media around the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:15:37 +0000 Linda Holmes 57267 at http://wcbe.org The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth Daniel Radcliffe And The Blood And Breath Of Live Theater http://wcbe.org/post/daniel-radcliffe-and-blood-and-breath-live-theater There is a strong crossover between your Daniel Radcliffe People and your Harry Potter People, for obvious reasons. Next to me at Broadway's Cort Theater on Thursday night, watching Radcliffe in Martin McDonagh's comedy <em>The Cripple Of Inishmaan</em> (a production that's Tony-nominated for Best Revival Of A Play) were three young women. Their first priority: finding out where to await him when the show was over, and strategically how to get a good spot. Tue, 13 May 2014 16:23:24 +0000 Linda Holmes 55928 at http://wcbe.org The Comb, The Thrill And The Flop http://wcbe.org/post/comb-thrill-and-flop Saturday at about 10:30 in the morning, as New York took a turn for the muggy in what turned out to be anticipation of rain, I climbed the steps to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art and rented one of the audio guide units that hang around your neck on an orange strap. I stayed about five hours, wearing out the battery on the audio unit and turning it in for another, wandering from the Egyptian art into the Temple of Dendur, through European sculptures to Arms and Armor and the American Wing, through Oceania, Africa and the Americas. Tue, 13 May 2014 16:18:39 +0000 Linda Holmes 55926 at http://wcbe.org The Comb, The Thrill And The Flop 'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection http://wcbe.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 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