Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes appears in the following:

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Making A Murderer,' True Crime, Alan Rickman

Friday, January 22, 2016

This is a fun week for me, as Stephen and Glen and I get to welcome Sarah Bunting, who is not only the East Coast editor of, but also my former boss at Television Without Pity, the first site where I ever wrote professionally. Sarah and I ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Hateful Eight' And Theatrical Experiences

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sitting down to talk about a Quentin Tarantino movie — particularly in his modern incarnation in which he puts all kinds of gnarly material on the screen that wrestles, with varying degrees of success, with aspects of identity and politics and identity politics, not to mention history, sociology, and (perhaps ...


'The Revenant,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' Scoop Up Most Oscar Nominations

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NPR reviews this year's Oscar nominations, which were announced Thursday morning. The Revenant picked up a dozen nominations, while Mad Max: Fury Road got 10 nods.


Even Bears, Martians And Robots Can't Perk Up The Dull Golden Globes

Monday, January 11, 2016

In recent years, the Golden Globes have been picking up steam as a less stuffy, less predictable awards show than most others. From the marvelous hosting of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the past three years to glorious little moments like Emma Thompson tossing her shoes in ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'American Idol' Sails Off Into The Sunset

Friday, January 08, 2016

As Stephen mentions early in this episode, the original nut of what became Pop Culture Happy Hour was a conversation he and I had about whether we should take conversations we'd been having in written form about American Idol -- like this one — and have them in ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: In One Year And Out The Other, 2016 Edition

Friday, January 01, 2016

Every year at this time, we get together to make resolutions and predictions for the coming year — but not before we reckon, almost always embarrassingly, with last year's. Did Stephen quit Diet Coke? Did Glen's very bold box office prediction come to pass?

Because we're all about accountability, we ...


50 Wonderful Things From 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

More and more, I eschew end-of-year best-of lists for the simple reason that they're arbitrary and imply a comprehensiveness on which they can never deliver. What works for me is to compile a list that reflects some of the enormous gratitude I feel for getting to enjoy other people's work ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: The Very Spoilery 'Star Wars'

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Contains spoilers. No, really: contains spoilers.

When we talked about Star Wars: The Force Awakens on last week's full episode, we were sadly without our pal Glen Weldon. Plus, we were (as always) as absolutely careful as we could be about spoilers.

In this Small Batch, we're fixing ...


20 Things You Desperately Need To Know About Mariah's Hallmark Movie

Monday, December 21, 2015

Is that a trolling headline? Is it intended to bring several million people here to shout "I DON'T NEED TO KNOW ANYTHING!" between sips of something organic and single-sourced?

Oh, maybe. Welcome, appalled people.

But let's face it: Mariah Carey appearing in and directing a Christmas movie for Hallmark is ...


A Little Under-The-Radar TV: 'UnREAL'

Sunday, December 20, 2015

NPR's Weekend Edition has been chatting with TV critics about shows that they believe flew a little too far under the radar in 2015 — Maureen Ryan talked about The 100 last weekend, and Alan Sepinwall talked about Review. This week, I'm joining Rachel ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' And Toys

Friday, December 18, 2015

This week's show is about exactly what you might expect it to be about: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Screening scheduling left Stephen and me without the delights of Glen Weldon, who will provide super-spoilery thoughts in a Small Batch a little later (stay tuned), but we welcomed Gene Demby ...


Baby Steps: Love And 'The Big Bang Theory'

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Note: This post discusses the events of Thursday night's episode. Be warned!

The Big Bang Theory is an odd show. It's an old-fashioned CBS multicamera sitcom that has thrived as everybody experimented with barely funny black comedy. But it's also weirdly modern, in that it captures a specific current cultural ...


Fans Anticipate Opening Of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

NPR's Ari Shapiro asks NPR' pop culture blogger Linda Holmes to put the much-anticipated new Star Wars film into perspective.


The Best-Case Scenario: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

There was something about finally sitting in front of the new Star Wars movie that felt like enthusiasm, but there was also something that felt like dread. I'm not a Star Wars-head, particularly, but I have enormous fondness for the original three movies, which I've seen a decent number of ...


Decency And Discipline And The Good People Of 'Fargo'

Monday, December 14, 2015

[Caution: This post discusses the plot of the first and second seasons of Fargo, right up until the end of the second season and the finale that aired the night of Dec. 14. Please don't be surprised that if you haven't yet watched it, it will give away what happens. ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Creed,' Crying And Other Visceral Reactions

Friday, December 11, 2015

This week's show brings Gene Demby to our fourth chair to talk with us about Creed, the Rocky sequel that really makes a pretty satisfying film on its own. Directed by Fruitvale Station's Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan as the son of Rocky's nemesis/buddy Apollo Creed, it not ...


'Toy Story' Is 20, And Celebrating With A Special

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Toy Story, Cars, WALL-E, Up, Finding Nemo, A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, Ratatouille ... that's only some of the Pixar films that have come out in the last 20 years. This year, they put out two, and while The Good Dinosaur is not setting the world on fire, ...


The Golden Globe Nominations: As Marvelously Weird As Ever

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The best and worst thing about the Golden Globe nominations every year is that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association swerves wildly from what people might expect from awards season. Don't get me wrong: In this sense, "weird" isn't a bad thing. It can be a great thing. (And when I ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Good Dinosaur,' Pixar And Second Thoughts

Friday, December 04, 2015

The bad news about the latest from Pixar, The Good Dinosaur, is that it has some story issues that we get into on this week's show (with our friend Kat Chow), which place it lower than we'd have liked on the Grand Scale Of All Things Pixar. The good news, ...


'A Charlie Brown Christmas' At 50

Monday, November 30, 2015

Tonight (Monday), ABC will air a special at 8 p.m. ET called It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown, to mark the half-century since A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired in 1965. Then at 9, it will air the special itself.

There's so much about A Charlie Brown Christmas that you'd ...