David Edelstein http://kanw.com en In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible http://kanw.com/post/remarkable-feat-boyhood-makes-time-visible Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Our film critic David Edelstein has a review of the new film "Boyhood." It was written and directed by Richard Linklater, who also made the movies, "Slacker," "Dazed And Confused," "School Of Rock," "The Before Sunrise" Trilogy and "Bernie." "Boyhood" covers a dozen years and was shot over a 12 year period. It stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and newcomer Ellar Coltrane as the boy we watch grow up.<p>DAVID EDELSTEIN, BYLINE: Boyhood isn't a documentary but it has a documentary hook. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:28:00 +0000 David Edelstein 45808 at http://kanw.com In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life http://kanw.com/post/charming-film-begin-again-music-can-save-life Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Director John Carney had a surprise hit with his low-budget musical "Once." And he returns to the musical arena - this time in New York and not Dublin - with his new movie "Begin Again." Keira Knightley plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter who teams up with a down and out drunken producer played by Mark Ruffalo. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:14:00 +0000 David Edelstein 45431 at http://kanw.com In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer' http://kanw.com/post/mood-apocalypse-skip-transformers-see-snowpiercer Transcript <p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Opening today, in many theaters, is the fourth in Michael Bay's "Transformer" series, "Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction." It's inspired by the Hasbro toys that turn mostly cars and trucks into robots. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:58:00 +0000 David Edelstein 45173 at http://kanw.com 'Jersey Boys' And 'Venus In Fur' Are Just As Intense On Screen http://kanw.com/post/jersey-boys-and-venus-fur-are-just-intense-screen Transcript <p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Film critic, David Edelstein, reviews two movies based on shows he saw on Broadway - the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons musical, "Jersey Boys," directed for the screen by Clint Eastwood and the David Ives play "Venus In Fur," filmed by Roman Polanski.<p>DAVID EDELSTEIN, BYLINE: Many stage-to-film adaptations are either too stage-bound or to opened out, so they lose intensity. But octogenarian directors Clint Eastwood and Roman Polanski get the balance right - at very least, you appreciate the beauty of their sources. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 David Edelstein 44857 at http://kanw.com 'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths http://kanw.com/post/obvious-child-momentous-film-small-embarrassing-truths <em>Obvious Child </em>centers on Donna Stern, an aspiring standup comic in her late 20s who's out of her depth in the grown-up world. After getting smashed and having unprotected sex with a guy she barely knows, Donna discovers she's pregnant and decides to have an abortion. It shouldn't be a particularly earthshaking turn. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:58:00 +0000 David Edelstein 44545 at http://kanw.com 'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths Beautiful Acting Aside, It Isn't Hard To Find Fault In 'Our Stars' http://kanw.com/post/beautiful-acting-aside-it-isnt-hard-find-fault-our-stars I know people who cried at the <em>trailer</em> of the romantic teen cancer movie <em>The Fault in Our Stars — </em>at the <em>movie</em> they'll need a life preserver to keep from drowning in a flood of tears. Me, I didn't cry, though at times my tear ducts tingled; I was on the verge. The film is a little slick for my taste, too <em>engineered</em>. But it's gently directed by Josh Boone and beautifully acted. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:02:00 +0000 David Edelstein 44260 at http://kanw.com Beautiful Acting Aside, It Isn't Hard To Find Fault In 'Our Stars' 'Godzilla': A Fire-Breathing Behemoth Returns To The Big Screen http://kanw.com/post/godzilla-fire-breathing-behemoth-returns-big-screen Transcript <p>DAVIE DAVIES, HOST: <p>Since 1954, the fire-breathing behemoth Godzilla has had many incarnations. In the Japanese original he was a thinly disguised symbol of the atom bomb but in later films he would fight other giant monsters and even space aliens. In 1998 there was a poorly received American remake by Roland Emmerich. Now comes another American version at a time when the restored original is also in theaters and available on DVD.<p>The latest "Godzilla" is directed by Gareth Edwards with a cast that includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston. Fri, 16 May 2014 16:04:00 +0000 David Edelstein 43307 at http://kanw.com 'God's Pocket' Is Horrifying, Humanist And Heartbreaking http://kanw.com/post/gods-pocket-horrifying-humanist-and-heartbreaking Transcript <p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: <p>Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his final film roles, stars as Mickey in "God's Pocket," the new movie directed by John Slattery. Slattery is famous for his role as Roger Sterling on TV's "Mad Men" and over the years has directed several episodes of that AMC series. He makes the transition to feature film directing with "God's Pocket" which he and Alex Metcalf adapted from the 1983 novel by Pete Dexter.<p>In addition to Philip Seymour Hoffman, "God's Pocket" features Richard Jenkins, John Turturro and Slattery's "Mad Men" costar Christina Hendricks. Fri, 09 May 2014 16:11:00 +0000 David Edelstein 42995 at http://kanw.com 'Ida': A Coming-Of-Age Story With An Eerie Luster http://kanw.com/post/ida-coming-age-story-eerie-luster Transcript <p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: <p>The Polish-born director Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski's is best known for the English-language movie "My Summer of Love," a lesbian coming-of-age film that was a breakthrough for actress Emily Blunt. His new film is called "Ida," spelled I-D-A and centers on an orphan who learns the secret of her past when she's on the brink of becoming a nun. Fri, 02 May 2014 16:04:00 +0000 David Edelstein 42700 at http://kanw.com In 'Locke,' A Man's Life Unravels En Route To London http://kanw.com/post/locke-mans-life-unravels-en-route-london <em>Locke</em> is a most unusual film. It might not seem so odd as a radio play or even a stage play. The protagonist, his situation — they're fairly conventional. But to do what <em>Locke</em> does as a movie — that takes daring. The film is set in one space at one time. The arc of action is continuous. There is only one character on screen and just the top third of him, a man in a car, southbound on a motorway toward London. His name is Ivan Locke, he's played by Tom Hardy, and he's upending his life in front of your eyes.<p>Or, rather, your ears. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:31:00 +0000 David Edelstein 42405 at http://kanw.com In 'Locke,' A Man's Life Unravels En Route To London Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics http://kanw.com/post/undead-hipsters-and-abstract-alien-star-two-arty-horror-pics Every so often a high-toned arthouse director dips a toe into the horror genre and the results are uplifting: You realize vampires and space aliens are subjects too rich to be the sole property of schlockmeisters. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:52:00 +0000 David Edelstein 42091 at http://kanw.com Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics In 'Noah,' Earth And The Bible Get A Computer-Generated Reboot http://kanw.com/post/noah-earth-and-bible-get-computer-generated-reboot Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: <p>Darren Aronofsky had a surprise hit in 2010 with "Black Swan," which won an Oscar for its star, Natalie Portman. His latest film, "Noah," is a big budget Bible epic based on the story of Noah's Ark. Russell Crowe plays the title character, and the movie also features Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.<p>Film critic David Edelstein has this review.<p>DAVID EDELSTEIN: Darren Aronofsky's biblical flood epic "Noah," generated controversy before anyone had laid eyes on the film. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:11:00 +0000 David Edelstein 41177 at http://kanw.com 'Nymphomaniac': Chasing Sex, But Only On Her Terms http://kanw.com/post/nymphomaniac-chasing-sex-only-her-terms Lars von Trier's latest provocation is an episodic sexual epic called <em>Nymphomaniac</em>, which comes in two two-hour parts, or "volumes," though it's basically one movie sliced in half. The thinking must have been, "Who wants four hours of hardcore sex and philosophizing?," and if you say, "Me, me!," I suggest seeing both back to back: It's an art-house orgy!<p>Should you see it at all? I recommend it guardedly. It's dumb, but in a bold, ambitious way movies mostly aren't these days, especially when there's sex in the equation. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:13:00 +0000 David Edelstein 40852 at http://kanw.com 'Nymphomaniac': Chasing Sex, But Only On Her Terms 'Grand Budapest Hotel': Kitsch, Cameos And A Gloriously Stylized Europe http://kanw.com/post/grand-budapest-hotel-kitsch-cameos-and-gloriously-stylized-europe Wes Anderson has his share of groupies and his somewhat smaller share of skeptics who find him a tad precious. As someone who leans toward the precious view, but is open to his grace notes, I found <em>The Grand Budapest Hotel</em> mostly delightful.<p>It's a madcap comedy, but with hints of tragedy lurking outside the usual Anderson dollhouse frames. The central character is Gustave H., played by Ralph Fiennes. He's the concierge of a kitschy, opulent, high-class European hotel between World Wars I and II.<p>But it takes a while to <em>get</em> to Gustave. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:46:00 +0000 David Edelstein 40254 at http://kanw.com 'Grand Budapest Hotel': Kitsch, Cameos And A Gloriously Stylized Europe Liam Neeson's Action Chops Take Flight In 'Non-Stop' http://kanw.com/post/liam-neesons-action-chops-take-flight-non-stop Transcript <p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Liam Neeson became a bankable action hero in 2008 with the thriller "Taken." Now almost 62, he's still getting out of tight corners with his fists in the new action thriller "Non-Stop," most of which unfolds on a transatlantic flight from New York to London. The film also stars Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:24:00 +0000 David Edelstein 39988 at http://kanw.com 'Wind Rises' Is Exquisite, And Likely To Be Hayao Miyazaki's Last http://kanw.com/post/wind-rises-exquisite-and-likely-be-hayao-miyazakis-last The 73-year-old Japanese animation titan Hayao Miyazaki says <em>The Wind Rises</em> is his final film, and if that's true — and I hope it's not but fear it is, since he's not the type to make rash declarations — he's going out on a high.<p>The movie won't, I'm afraid, appeal to kids the way <em>Ponyo</em> or <em>Spirited Away</em> does. It's monster-, ghost- and mermaid-free. It centers on grown-ups and is gently paced — maybe 15 minutes too long, I'd say, but you can forgive those <em>longueurs</em> when the work is this exquisite. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:14:00 +0000 David Edelstein 39697 at http://kanw.com 'Wind Rises' Is Exquisite, And Likely To Be Hayao Miyazaki's Last Masterpieces In Peril, 'Monuments Men' Protects, But Also Panders http://kanw.com/post/masterpieces-peril-monuments-men-protects-also-panders George Clooney's <em>The</em> <em>Monuments Men</em> tells the largely true story of a squad of art experts who, near the end of World War II, are assigned to protect the masterworks of European society from Nazi theft and Allied bombardment. You'll notice those are two separate goals.<p>The first is to stop the flood of art from occupied countries to Germany. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:18:00 +0000 David Edelstein 39141 at http://kanw.com Masterpieces In Peril, 'Monuments Men' Protects, But Also Panders Middle-Aged And Divorced, 'Gloria' Takes On Life's Uncertainties http://kanw.com/post/middle-aged-and-divorced-gloria-takes-lifes-uncertainties Transcript <p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. "Gloria" is a new film from Chile that centers on a late-middle-aged divorced woman whose life is full of uncertainties. She's played by Paulina Garcia, who won the top acting prize - the Silver Bear - at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, where the movie was a surprise hit. It opens this week in New York and Los Angeles, and wider next month. Film critic David Edelstein has this review.<p>DAVID EDELSTEIN, BYLINE: The Chilean drama "Gloria" is a lovely surprise. Paulina Garcia plays Gloria, 58 years old, middle class, 10 years divorced. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:31:00 +0000 David Edelstein 38503 at http://kanw.com Jack Ryan Gets A Makeover, And A Quick Trip To Moscow http://kanw.com/post/jack-ryan-gets-makeover-and-quick-trip-moscow A franchise is what we used to call a Burger King or a Shell station, but nowadays the word appears more often in relation to movies: the <em>Star Wars</em> franchise, the <em>Hunger Games</em> franchise, the Jack Ryan franchise — or in the case of <em>Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,</em> the Jack Ryan franchise reboot. I don't know what's more depressing: that what fires up studio execs is the hunt for a new franchise or that critics have adopted this business lingo uncritically.<p>Maybe a business reporter would be the best person to talk about <em>Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit</em>. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:59:00 +0000 David Edelstein 38249 at http://kanw.com Jack Ryan Gets A Makeover, And A Quick Trip To Moscow 'Invisible Woman' Charts Charles Dickens' Hidden Relationship http://kanw.com/post/invisible-woman-charts-charles-dickens-hidden-relationship Transcript <p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. The new film, "The Invisible Woman," charts the hidden relationship between Charles Dickens and a young actress for whom left his wife, but who for years never showed up in biographies of Dickens. It's the second film directed by Ralph Fiennes, who also plays Dickens and features Felicity Jones as the actress, Nelly Ternan.<p>Film critic David Edelstein has this review.<p>DAVID EDELSTEIN: The question at the heart of "The Invisible Woman" is whether a person who is kept a secret can be said to exist. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:59:00 +0000 David Edelstein 37977 at http://kanw.com