Arts

5:01pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Movie Reviews

A Visceral, Inventive Blockbuster Roars To Life In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:05 pm

Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Jasin Boland Warner Bros.

What's the half-life of a post-apocalyptic action film franchise? Potential ticket-buyers born the day the most recent Mad Max movie was released — summer 1985, one weekend after Back to the Future -- could be on their second marriages by now. The original Mad Max, from 1979, cost less than $1 million in 2015 money. Though an international hit, today it plays more like a scrappy curiosity than a great action picture, notable for introducing the world to 23-year-old Mel Gibson, whose personal dystopian hellscape was still decades off.

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5:01pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Movie Reviews

Why 'Forbidden Films' Remain Officially Locked Away

A scene from the 1941 Nazi propaganda film Homecoming by Gustav Ucicky. As seen in Felix Moeller's Forbidden Films.
Zeitgeist Films

At the beginning of Forbidden Films, documentarian Felix Moeller's camera warily contemplates a fortified bunker. The contents are, a curator warns, "literally explosive" — Nazi propaganda films on highly flammable nitrocelluloid stock.

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5:01pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Movie Reviews

Staying In Tune Isn't So Easy In 'Pitch Perfect 2'

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 2:06 pm

Chloe (Brittany Snow), Flo (Chrissie Fit), Lilly (Hana Mae Lee), Beca (Anna Kendrick), Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) and Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) are the Barden Bellas in Pitch Perfect 2.
Richard Cartwright Universal Studios

Something's different about these Bellas. Three years ago, the Anna Kendrick-led all-female a cappella group won the hearts of music nerds everywhere in the college comedy Pitch Perfect. Now they're flashing the president at the Kennedy Center.

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4:56pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Movie Interviews

Blythe Danner Lands First Leading Film Role In 'I'll See You In My Dreams'

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 9:35 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It's a rare thing in movies for a romantic comedy to focus on a woman who's in her 70s.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS")

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2:56pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Movie Reviews

A Film Critic Gets Meta (As Does Ours) In 'The Film Critic (El Crítico)'

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 2:21 pm

The romance between Victor (Rafael Spregelburd) and Sophia (Dolores Fonzi) is a checklist of cliches that the titular character would hate.
Courtesy of Music Box Films

A film critic doesn't often have to review movies about film critics — probably a good thing — but sometimes, as with Hernán Guerschuny's postmodern rom-com The Film Critic (El crítico), there's nothing to be done. That's also a good thing, as it turns out.

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1:03pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Book Reviews

'Black Snow' Is A Lyrical Landscape Of Hope And Menace

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:31 pm

Courtesy of Hachette Book Group

Former Dublin newsman Paul Lynch made his debut as a novelist a few years ago with a book called Red Sky in Morning, set in mid-19th century County Donegal, where a rage-driven farmer has committed a murder with devastating results. The Black Snow, Lynch's second novel, returns us to Donegal, though at a later date, and he's working at an even higher level of accomplishment than before.

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12:46pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Ask Me Another

Come Sail Away

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:32 pm

Inspired by the waters off the coast of Santa Barbara, we rewrote the lyrics to the song "Sloop John B" so that the verses describe real or fictional sailing vessels.

Heard in A Mad Men Endgame

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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12:46pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Ask Me Another

Game Show Or No Game Show?

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:32 pm

In this game, we read some real, and some made up game show descriptions from around the world. You have to yell "Game Show" if you think it's real, and "No Game Show!" if you think it's fake.

Heard in A Mad Men Endgame

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12:46pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Ask Me Another

The Ox Car Goes To

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 10:34 pm

The answers in this game are Oscar winners for Best Picture, except that we've changed one letter in each title. What iconic Woody Allen movie tells the story of the woman who invented the suburban shopping center? That'd be "Annie Mall."

Heard in A Mad Men Endgame

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12:46pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Ask Me Another

You Call That An Ending?

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 2:13 pm

In honor of the final episode of Mad Men, we consider some TV series that ended in very bizarre ways. For instance, which family matriarch sits with her typewriter in the basement, as a voiceover tells us that she never won the lottery?

Answer:

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