Linda Holmes http://ripr.org en 'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection http://ripr.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 32309 at http://ripr.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes http://ripr.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 31996 at http://ripr.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes David Cameron Calls, And The Internet Answers http://ripr.org/post/david-cameron-calls-and-internet-answers Oh, Internet. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=David+Cameron+Calls%2C+And+The+Internet+Answers&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMzQ0NTcxMDEzNTE2Mjg4MDQ3OGJiOA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:25:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 30078 at http://ripr.org David Cameron Calls, And The Internet Answers Stages Of Winter Rage http://ripr.org/post/stages-winter-rage [The following is a purely speculative, hypothetical story of winter. It corresponds to no actual meteorological data.]<strong> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:54:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 30006 at http://ripr.org Stages Of Winter Rage Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two http://ripr.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 29871 at http://ripr.org Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two The Beatles, As America First Loved Them http://ripr.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 28893 at http://ripr.org A Few Lessons About Twitter, Cancer And Publishing http://ripr.org/post/few-lessons-about-twitter-cancer-and-publishing I think that Bill Keller probably meant well when he wrote <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/opinion/keller-heroic-measures.html" target="_blank">an op-ed</a> for <em>The New York Times</em> this week about Lisa Bonchek Adams, a woman with cancer who's been writing about it, <em>along with a lot of other things</em>, <a href="https://twitter.com/adamslisa" target="_blank">on Twitter</a> and on a <a href="http://lisabadams.com/blog/" target="_blank">personal blog</a>.<p>In fact, there's a lot of content in his piece that Adams probably wouldn't even disagree with — his argument against Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:53:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 27700 at http://ripr.org A Few Lessons About Twitter, Cancer And Publishing The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is http://ripr.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 27594 at http://ripr.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is What, Exactly, Is James Franco Doing? http://ripr.org/post/what-exactly-james-franco-doing <em>What is James Franco doing?</em><p>People started asking this question, in earnest, somewhere around the time he went on <em>General Hospital </em>in 2009. Up until then, he'd been a young actor whose path was relatively normal: he was on <em>Freaks & Geeks</em>, and in <em>Never Been Kissed</em>, and he played James Dean on cable. He was in the Sam Raimi <em>Spider-Man </em>movies, and then into Apatow country. Occasional forays into super-artsy stuff like films that showed in museums? No big deal. Nothing you wouldn't see from, say, Ethan Hawke or somebody like that. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:33:39 +0000 Linda Holmes 23251 at http://ripr.org What, Exactly, Is James Franco Doing? Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two http://ripr.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 21292 at http://ripr.org Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two