Linda Holmes http://wamc.org en Lab Rats, One And All: That Unsettling Facebook Experiment http://wamc.org/post/lab-rats-one-and-all-unsettling-facebook-experiment I've always been the shrugging type when it comes to lots of things that Facebook does that make people crazy. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:10:16 +0000 Linda Holmes 93756 at http://wamc.org Lab Rats, One And All: That Unsettling Facebook Experiment 'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection http://wamc.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 88564 at http://wamc.org God, Man And Lots Of Corridors In 'Transcendence' http://wamc.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 17:47:20 +0000 Linda Holmes 88404 at http://wamc.org God, Man And Lots Of Corridors In 'Transcendence' 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes http://wamc.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 88107 at http://wamc.org 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two http://wamc.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 84962 at http://wamc.org Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two Nine Best Picture Nominees, Many Funny Faces, And A Couple Of Bonus Features http://wamc.org/post/nine-best-picture-nominees-many-funny-faces-and-couple-bonus-features <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5aejzS_6dE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDJ1KwhQ4uw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep3lBsMbqUE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4kUHsSkbWE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpiItEQBp3c</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNe2v__1MT0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbG0r82OhTU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46f63XCwMeQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_WE1pqYesk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60Yr_JGtZQE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVj_Ta4kgTY</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 13:15:49 +0000 Linda Holmes 84923 at http://wamc.org Nine Best Picture Nominees, Many Funny Faces, And A Couple Of Bonus Features The Beauty Of Spilling Your Sad Teenage Guts http://wamc.org/post/beauty-spilling-your-sad-teenage-guts I read Pam Ribon's <em>Notes To Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn't Share In Public </em>in a few sittings, but the longest stretch I consumed where one should ideally read this book: in a bubble bath. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 04:14:02 +0000 Linda Holmes 84055 at http://wamc.org The Beatles, As America First Loved Them http://wamc.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 83507 at http://wamc.org Pete Seeger And The Public Choir http://wamc.org/post/pete-seeger-and-public-choir Much will be said and has been said <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/28/267520700/pete-seeger-dies-folk-music-icon-and-activist-was-94" target="_blank">about Pete Seeger</a>, who died Monday at 94, as an activist and musician. Blacklisted, tireless, stubborn, and funny, he wrote a lot of songs that seem to have simply always existed: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?", "If I Had A Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn."<p>But he was something else, too: He was a person who believed deeply that people should sing, in groups, with harmony, in public — and not just in church. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:08:50 +0000 Linda Holmes 82714 at http://wamc.org Pete Seeger And The Public Choir The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is http://wamc.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 81734 at http://wamc.org The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is