Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes appears in the following:

'The Best Man Holiday' And The Language Of Expectations

Monday, November 18, 2013

The way we talk about films, audiences, and expectations often reflects not just what happened, or even what usually happens โ€” it reflects what amounts to little more than mythology.


'The Real World' Trades The Final Eight Percent Of Its Soul For Magic Beans

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The latest news about the upcoming season of MTV's once groundbreaking reality show demonstrates once and for all that there is no more ground to be broken.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Sisters And Brothers And A Holiday TV Quiz

Friday, November 08, 2013

On this week's show, we tackle sibling relationships and then dive deeply into the world of wacky holiday television, particularly of the schmaltzy variety. And as always, we close with what's making us happy this week.


A Complete Curmudgeon's Guide To 'The Sound Of Music'

Friday, November 08, 2013

Well, sure. You could choose to think all the good things about The Sound Of Music, but you could also chose to think all the weird things. (Besides the fact that NBC has decided to remake it.)


Miss Universe's National Costume Show Raids International Feather Supply

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Every year, Miss Universe gives many nations the opportunity to present a national costume. When you see what the United States came up with, you will almost literally not believe it.


That'll Always Be The Dream: National Novel Writing Month

Monday, November 04, 2013

If you look around the internet, you'll see a bunch of people writing novels this month. And talking about it a lot.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Making Toddlers Into Nerds

Friday, November 01, 2013

On this week's show, we return to the topic of pop culture to share with kids. We've got comic books, we've got regular books, we've got board games, movies, music, and lots more.


Attention, Neighborhood Children! A Halloween Invitation

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Anyone can give away tiny candy bars and little bags of M&Ms. But will everyone in your neighborhood take the time to give you the things that mean the most to them โ€” the things that are already in their homes?


Present Tense: Allie Brosh, Donald Glover, And Hurting Right Now

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Allie Brosh is an artist whose drawings have covered sugar highs, silly pets, and childhood humiliations. But it's her writing about depression that has sparked the most discussion in recent months.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: '12 Years' And Rites Of Passage

Friday, October 25, 2013

On this week's show, we dive into the beautiful and challenging film 12 Years A Slave, both in its capacity as a film about slavery and in its capacity as a plain old good movie. We discuss a few rites of passage that seem to us essential, and we close with what's making us happy this week.


Time Untied: Why We'd All Be Better Off Without Release Date Myopia

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Critics and commentators tend to focus almost all their attention on what's new right this minute. Given the changes in the way culture makes its way to people's lives, that model doesn't necessarily make as much sense as it once did.


Famous People Eat Weird Stuff, And Other Provincial Annotations

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

We wander through the menu for a fancy celebrity soiree and try to figure out what these people are actually eating. You might be surprised how hard it is to tell.


'Homeland' And The Delicate Art Of Withholding

Monday, October 21, 2013

Homeland has a history of reversals and surprises, and built its story on information it withheld. But when does withholding start to reduce the stakes to zero?


'Breaking Bad' Lands Its Finale A Little Too Cleanly

Monday, September 30, 2013

The finale of Breaking Bad on Sunday night gave Walter White a great degree of closure and control over the unfolding of events. While that may have been satisfying to those who rooted for him, it causes problems for those who didn't.

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A Sloppy Emmy Telecast Does The Wrong Song And Dance

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Emmy Awards on Sunday night honored some deserving winners, both surprising and not. But more than that, it was a ceremony that was slack, uninspired and sometimes insulting to the talent it was supposedly saluting.

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Toronto 2013: Some Film Festival Highs And Lows

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We take a moment to consider some of the ups and downs of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, from the tastiest of scenery to the tastiest of on-screen food.


A Toronto Film Chat, From Two Jake Gyllenhaals To Three Daniel Radcliffes

Monday, September 09, 2013

Toronto film correspondents Bob Mondello and Linda Holmes chat with Audie Cornish about what they've seen so far.


Toronto International Film Festival, Days Three And Four: '12 Years' And 'Gravity'

Monday, September 09, 2013

The weekend brings some of the higher-profile films to Toronto, including a couple of early Oscar contenders.


Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two

Saturday, September 07, 2013

The first 10 films you see at the Toronto International Film Festival are the 10 that set the tone for the week you're going to have. So let's talk about how it's going so far.


The Devil's In The Details: Welcome To The Toronto International Film Festival

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

We look ahead at the upcoming week at the Toronto International Film Festival, from the films we want to see to the ones we know we won't get to (sorry, four-hour documentaries!). We consider how to juggle an overabundance of promise and live with the inevitability of occasional disappointment.