Arts

3:59pm

Fri October 5, 2012
Movie Reviews

'Heights' Scaled: A Savage Take On A Classic Tale

Catherine (Kaya Scodelario), one of literature's most famous heroines, is set against a naturalistic backdrop in Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Oscilloscope Pictures

Taking her tone from the sensuality of nature and the rawness of the Yorkshire moors, British director Andrea Arnold charges straight for the cruel heart of Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte's sole novel. Peeling away much more than the story's annoying framing device — there is no musical score, and definitely no Kate Bush — Arnold, a director of uncommon originality, attacks our very notion of what a costume drama should look like.

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2:10pm

Fri October 5, 2012
Movie Reviews

At College, A 'Pitch Perfect' Musical Comedy

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 5:23 pm

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DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

Actress Anna Kendrick was nominated for an Academy Award for her supporting role in "Up in the Air." Now she stars in the film musical, "Pitch Perfect," in which she plays a college freshman who reluctantly joins the school's illustrious all-female a cappella group. Director Jason Moore is best known for his work on the satirical Broadway musical, "Avenue Q." Film critic David Edelstein has this review of "Pitch Perfect."

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2:10pm

Fri October 5, 2012
The Fresh Air Interview

Memoirist James Wolcott Reflects On The '70s

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 5:23 pm

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1:44pm

Fri October 5, 2012
The Fresh Air Interview

Interview: MacArthur 'Genius' Junot Diaz

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 2:10 pm

His debut novel — The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao — won a Pulitzer Prize. He was recently named as one of the 2012 recipients of a MacArthur Fellowship. (Rebroadcast from December 2007)

10:30am

Fri October 5, 2012
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Time Travel And The Right Way To Be Pushy

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We all took ourselves to see Looper last weekend, and we've all got opinions. Was it confusing? Full of holes? Exciting? Moving? Too bloody? Not bloody enough? And what about Joseph Gordon-Levitt's prosthetic makeup and that thing that happened to Paul Dano?

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9:03am

Fri October 5, 2012
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of October 4, 2012

Blue Rider Press

Neil Young looks at his career against the backdrop of history. Waging Heavy Peace debuts at No. 3.

8:03am

Fri October 5, 2012
Monkey See

Two 'Genius Grants' For Women Experimenting With Documentary Film

A scene from El Velador.
El Velador (The Night Watchman)

Emma Miller is a digital arts intern at NPR.org and was also an intern in the summer of 2012 in the digital department of PBS' POV series, where she became familiar with two documentaries whose directors recently received "genius grants" from the MacArthur Foundation. She has these thoughts.

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5:33am

Fri October 5, 2012
Monkey See

Picking The Best Bond: Connery And Craig Rise To The Top

The Gold Standard: In NPR's survey, most readers chose Sean Connery (above, in Goldfinger), as the best James Bond. Daniel Craig placed second in our survey.
The Kobal Collection

It's official: Sean Connery IS James Bond, according to NPR readers who weighed the question this week. The final results show that Connery set the gold standard as 007, the spy known for his playfulness, his ruthlessness — and his ability to look good in a suit. Today marks the Bond film franchise's 50th anniversary.

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3:16am

Fri October 5, 2012
The Salt

Shake It Up, Baby: Are Martinis Made The Bond Way Better?

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 8:12 am

One martini; shaken, not stirred.
Karen Castillo Farfan NPR

In the movie Goldfinger, a minion of bad guy Auric Goldfinger asks 007: "Can I do something for you, Mr. Bond?"

"Just a drink," Sean Connery's Bond replies, deadpan. "A martini. Shaken, not stirred," he intones.

From Connery to Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, this preference is repeated again and again in 007 flicks. (Check out this video montage for the full Bond effect.)

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5:42pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Movie Reviews

No Contest: Everything Is Better With 'Butter'

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 6:20 pm

Iowans Laura (Jennifer Garner, front right) and Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell) fight to remain the first couple of state-fair butter sculpting.
Radius-TWC

Unless you've attended a Midwestern state fair — or perhaps a Renaissance-era banquet — you might be unfamiliar with the ephemeral but much beloved art of butter sculpture.

Yes, the creamy dairy spread, when chilled to between 32 and 60 degrees, achieves a consistency ripe for carving, and artisans working with hundreds of pounds of the stuff can fashion almost anything: cows, the Liberty Bell, cows being milked, Mount Rushmore, cows jumping over moons, Yoda, Newt Gingrich on a horse.

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