‘Home Alone 2: Lost In New York’ with Noah Ballard

Episode 2

To some folks, “Home Alone 2” is just the same movie again (and they’re right). But to others, it’s an “obscene artifact”—and a superior sequel at that. On today’s show, old podcast pal and literary agent extraordinaire Noah Ballard makes his case for why Kevin McCallister’s Christmas déjà vu succeeds in going darker, showcasing unforgettable audio technology, and presaging the ills of the next American century.

Everybody say, “Hiya, pal!”

About “The Kick”

“The Kick” is a theme-obsessed movie podcast where new releases are the ultimate excuse to fill blindspots and let that completist flag fly.

Part of the Now Playing Network, the show runs in multi-episode arcs—or kicks—that explore a particular sub-genre or filmography, and then culminate in a relevant new film. As in, “I’m on a sports-romance kick, and it won’t be over until I see Challengers.

Every week, host Chance Solem-Pfeifer is joined by a fellow writer, filmmaker, or movie appreciator. You can contact him at chancesolempfeifer [at] gmail [dot] com and read his film writings in the Willamette Week.