rob edelman http://wamc.org en Rob Edelman: Coming to Terms http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-coming-terms <p>How does one reconcile the past when that past is crammed with the worst kind of memories? One way would be to write a memoir. Another would be to make a film. Both approaches apply to THE RAILWAY MAN, a newly-released film that is a screen adaptation of a book by Eric Lomax.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:50:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 88149 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: Cesar Chavez http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-cesar-chavez <p>Cesar Chavez is one of American history's legendary union organizers and workers' rights activists. Back in the 1960s, he was at the forefront of the effort to unionize California farmworkers. CESAR CHAVEZ also is the name of a new biopic: a simple, sincere chronicle of a decade in the life of Chavez (who is played by Michael Peña).</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:50:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 87604 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: Jared Leto, Pre-Oscar http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-jared-leto-pre-oscar <p>Jared Leto was, for sure, the hands-down pick to win the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his memorable presence in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. But what is intriguing is the state of his screen career prior to DALLAS BUYERS CLUB.&nbsp;Before copping his Oscar, Leto had not made a film in five years and, furthermore, his previous effort was no small affair. It was an ambitious mega-budgeted sci-fi fantasy that, thematically-speaking, is reminiscent of such films as THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON and CLOUD ATLAS.&nbsp;Its title is MR. NOBODY and its director is Jaco Van Dormael, the esteemed Belgian filmmaker.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:50:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 87069 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: Endless Love? http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-endless-love <p>Countless films have featured couples who, upon first meeting, are like water and oil. In other words, for one reason or another, they simply do not like each other. But as the story develops, they bond and, at the finale, wedding bells are ringing. This is the storyline found in celluloid romances from decades ago, and this remains the formula today.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 86545 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: Angela Lansbury http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-angela-lansbury <p>This seems as good a time as any to pay tribute to an actress who has had quite a career in so many different entertainment industry venues. I am referring to Angela Lansbury.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 86001 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: Money Talks http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-money-talks <p>A constant refrain that I’ve been hearing from movie lovers for years is: How come Hollywood does not produce more high-quality films-- films that are script and character-driven, and that are not overloaded with generally mindless content? This is a fair question. And it is one with a simple answer. That answer is a one-word answer. That one word is: money. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 85483 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: Jean-Marc Vallée http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-jean-marc-vall-e <p>Occasionally, a film that earns across-the-board acclaim is the handiwork of a filmmaker who is not really a known commodity within the mainstream.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 85002 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: "The Monuments Men" http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-monuments-men <p>During World War II, Hitler and the Nazis looted and eventually destroyed countless works of art in an attempt to obliterate a cultural heritage that did not conform to the tenets of National Socialism. And the key issue that is explored in <em>The Monuments Men</em>, the new film directed by and starring George Clooney, is: Was it worth risking one human life to salvage this heritage? In other words, what is of more value: The survival of one painting by Pablo Picasso or the life of one otherwise obscure human being? Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:50:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 84494 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: Philip Seymour Hoffman http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-philip-seymour-hoffman <p>Like so many of us, I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. To be felled by a drug overdose and to pass away at such a young age certainly is tragic. Granted,&nbsp;we frequently are hit with headlines regarding the demises of famous and often beloved movie folk. But this one somehow seemed different.</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:50:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 83916 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: Two Documentaries http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-two-documentaries-0 <p>These days, when it comes to the Academy Awards, documentaries too often are shoved aside. The media spotlight is on the celebrities, the high-profile feature films, which films or actors were nominated and which were overlooked, and who likely will walk off with Oscar.</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:50:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 83544 at http://wamc.org