David Edelstein http://ualrpublicradio.org en In 'Noah,' Earth And The Bible Get A Computer-Generated Reboot http://ualrpublicradio.org/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 20984 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Masterpieces In Peril, 'Monuments Men' Protects, But Also Panders http://ualrpublicradio.org/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 18658 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Masterpieces In Peril, 'Monuments Men' Protects, But Also Panders Middle-Aged And Divorced, 'Gloria' Takes On Life's Uncertainties http://ualrpublicradio.org/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 17936 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Jack Ryan Gets A Makeover, And A Quick Trip To Moscow http://ualrpublicradio.org/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 17619 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Jack Ryan Gets A Makeover, And A Quick Trip To Moscow 'Invisible Woman' Charts Charles Dickens' Hidden Relationship http://ualrpublicradio.org/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 17287 at http://ualrpublicradio.org A Man And His Machine, Finding Out What Love Is http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/man-and-his-machine-finding-out-what-love <em>Her</em> is the best film of the year by a so-wide margin. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:18:00 +0000 David Edelstein 16391 at http://ualrpublicradio.org A Man And His Machine, Finding Out What Love Is A 'Hustle' With Flow (And Plenty Of Flair) http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hustle-flow-and-plenty-flair David O. Russell hovers at the top of my list of favorite directors. He captures the messy collision of self-interests that for him defines America. In <em>American Hustle,</em> he whips up a black comedy based on Abscam, the late-'70s FBI sting that centered on a bogus sheik and led to the bribery convictions of sundry U.S. politicians. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:34:00 +0000 David Edelstein 16026 at http://ualrpublicradio.org A 'Hustle' With Flow (And Plenty Of Flair) Great Soundtrack Aside, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Hits A Sour Note http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/great-soundtrack-aside-inside-llewyn-davis-hits-sour-note The films of Joel and Ethan Coen pose a challenge: How do we reconcile their wildly disparate tones? Consider <em>O Brother, Where Art Thou?</em>, a burlesque of Homer's <em>Odyssey</em> centering on three stumblebums — but with a soundtrack assembled by T Bone Burnett of heartfelt historical gospel and country music. Ditto <em>The Ladykillers</em>: venal idiot characters, soaring African-American spirituals. The ridiculous and the sublime sit side by side, with no spillover.<p>Now comes <em>Inside Llewyn Davis</em>. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:34:00 +0000 David Edelstein 15661 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Great Soundtrack Aside, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Hits A Sour Note A Korean Cult Thriller Gets A Spike Lee Makeover http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/korean-cult-thriller-gets-spike-lee-makeover Spike Lee's movies typically carry the label "A Spike Lee Joint," but <em>Oldboy</em> doesn't. He calls it "a Spike Lee Film," which my guess is Lee's way of saying he's a gun for hire — and that after a line of box office failures and difficulty getting financing for personal projects, he can make a fast, violent action thriller.<p>And as it happens, he can — a more-than-decent one. But this is also the first time I've come out of a Spike Lee film, bad or good, and not known why it had to be made. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:03:00 +0000 David Edelstein 15286 at http://ualrpublicradio.org A Korean Cult Thriller Gets A Spike Lee Makeover Across 'Nebraska,' On A Journey That Goes Beyond The Trip http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/across-nebraska-journey-goes-beyond-trip Last month, I saw the trailer for Alexander Payne's <em>Nebraska,</em> and only the fact that it was a Payne film made me want to see it.<p>The premise seemed a dead end: Bruce Dern plays an elderly man named Woody Grant living in Billings, Mont., who gets a letter saying he's won $1 million. All he needs to do is call a number and maybe buy a magazine subscription.<p>Instead of laughing it off, Woody insists on traveling hundreds of miles to company headquarters in Lincoln, Neb., for his fortune — walking if need be. I doubt Payne had much to do with that trailer, but it's awful. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:57:00 +0000 David Edelstein 14611 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Across 'Nebraska,' On A Journey That Goes Beyond The Trip