films

Word of Mouth
1:28 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Smart films for Grownups

Photo by Andrea Metz, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Now that The Hunger Games has killed off the competition for spring box office, Hollywood is gearing up for summer. We’ll get the Batman finale, a Spiderman re-boot, new animated heroes from Pixar and Disney, and comedies from Will Ferrell, and Adam Sandler.  Garen Daly is film consultant for Zeotrope Media is here to preview of some films that won’t break box office records.

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Monkey See
5:42 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

DVD Picks: 70 Years Of 'Casablanca'

Warner Home Video

Time now for a home viewing recommendation from NPR's movie critic, Bob Mondello. He's found himself swept up this week by the 70th Anniversary edition boxed set of Casablanca.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:54 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Nomad, rebel, expatriate, guitarist: Bombino

By now, you may have heard of Bombino, his album, Agadez was a hot seller on i-tunes and named one of NPR’s 50 favorite albums of 2011. Bombino, whose given name is Omara Moctar, is a guitarist from the Tuareg tribe, African nomads who have been persecuted by the government of Niger, especially, who reportedly fought for Gaddafi in Libya and are now considered rebels by the government of Mali, but their real fidelity is to eking out their lives in the desert

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:30 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Hollywood, Hunger Games, and How Small Screens Survive

Hollywood is dominated at the moment by the upcoming release of The Hunger Games, the first film adaptation of a phenomenally successful series of young adult novels set in a dystopian, divided America, where teenagers from different regions are pitted against each other for survival.

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All Things Considered
5:46 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival Explores Theme of Connection

Still from the movie "Connected."

The theme of this year’s New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival is connection. Its films explore connections between cultures, between countries, between the past and the present and more.

Linda Gerson is co-chair of the festival, which is taking place all week at venues in Manchester, Concord and Merrimack. She tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson more about this year’s films.

Some of the films they discuss:

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:07 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Trash Dance: Curbside Choreography Hits SXSW

Choreographer Allison Orr assembled dancers neither lithe nor acrobatic but with a distinct grace of their own for her latest project. Allison corralled 16 hulking trucks, and 24 employees from the City of Austin’s Department of Solid Waste to perform The Trash Project on an old airport runway.   

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Hollywood Jobs
12:01 am
Fri February 24, 2012

The Extraordinary, Ordinary Life Of Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne's The Descendants has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editor and Best Actor. Payne co-wrote and directed the film, which stars George Clooney as an indifferent dad struggling to raise two daughters.
Tiziana Fabi AFP/Getty Images

Alexander Payne watches a movie every day — or tries to, anyway. Lately, the writer and director of The Descendants has been busy going to nomination and awards dinners, in advance of Sunday's Oscar night — when the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay prizes could be his.

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All Things Considered
1:28 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

A Pond in Mont Vernon With a Controversial Name

With Town Meeting Day set for March, February is when towns hold public meetings about the budget items and warrant articles that will go before voters.

Mont Vernon, in southern New Hampshire, is no exception; its public hearing is tonight. And one of the items drawing the most attention is a request to change the name of a small body of water known as Jew Pond.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:29 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Pakistan Through a Fresh Lens

Ayesha Kahn, photo courtesy of Caravan Serai

Many Americans view Pakistan one-dimensionally: through archive tapes of street riots, terrorist training camps, or through the eyes of a drone, thousands of feet in the air. A new documentary provides another vision. “Made in Pakistan” follows four young urban, middle class professionals in Lahore – Pakistan’s second largest city.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:38 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Return of the Darkroom

When Kodak filed for Chapter 11 last week, it appeared that digital photography had put the lens cap on old-school film for good. Maybe not. Consider Polaroid: after ceasing production of its iconic Instamatic film in 2009, a group of devoted shutterbugs launched the impossible project. They took control of the company’s manufacturing equipment, and in March of 2010 began selling film.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:44 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

And the Oscar SHOULD go to...

Photo by Tiny Glimpses via Flickr Creative Commons

The Academy Award nominations were announced this morning with some expected names – Meryl Streep and George Clooney, and a few surprises, Bridesmaids got asked to the party, for example…and who the heck is Demián Bichir?

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Movies
6:01 am
Sat January 14, 2012

Wim Wenders On 'Pina': A Dance Documentary In 3-D

Damiano Ottavio Bigi and Clementine Deluy, both members of the Tanztheater Wuppertal under Pina Bausch, perform her choreography in Pina.
IFC Films

The film Pina is Germany's official entry at the 84th Academy Awards — and a collaboration between two famous Germans of the postwar generation. The filmmaker Wim Wenders captures the groundbreaking modern-dance choreography of the late Pina Bausch, in what many critics are calling a groundbreaking use of 3-D film.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:14 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Science Fiction Flash Back

Photo by: Ole A Kjennerud

When this year’s golden globe nominations were announced, 3D, CGI, and IMAX were all bested by a silent, black and white film – The Artist, set in 1927 Hollywood, got more nods than any other nominee. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:49 am
Thu December 15, 2011

The Lessons Hollywood Learned in 2011

(Photo by Saire Elizabeth via Flickr Creative Commons)

The Golden Globe nominations were announced earlier today, with usual suspects Meryl Streep and George Clooney making the grade along with newcomers Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling getting nods for acting. Award nominations generally have some surprises for Hollywood, but the industry doesn’t always heed the message. As we approach the 2011 best-of-extravaganzas, Word of Mouth is asking two of our favorite movie critics to review some of the things Hollywood has learned.

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