rob edelman http://wamc.org en Rob Edelman: Biopics And Facts http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-biopics-and-facts <p>One new film that I have been long-anticipating is GET ON UP, a biopic which chronicles the life and times of James Brown, one of the seminal figures on the American musical scene during the infancy of rock, roll, and soul.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 95323 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: Eli Wallach: A Class Act http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-eli-wallach-class-act <p>When a celebrity passes away, it is customary to applaud his or her career, to cite all of his or her professional accomplishments.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 94788 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: Lost Children http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-lost-children <p>The number of children who for one reason or another go missing not just in the United States but across the globe is staggering, maddening, and heartbreaking. The saga of one such occurrence is told in SIDDHARTH, a heartfelt, quietly shattering new film.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:46:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 94250 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: New Iranian Cinema, Part 2 http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-new-iranian-cinema-part-2 <p>CLOSED CURTAIN, a pointed, highly political allegory scripted and co-directed by Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, is momentarily set for theatrical release here in the U.S. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 93762 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: New Iranian Cinema, Part 1 http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-new-iranian-cinema-part-1 <p>I recently attended the Festival Cinema Invisible, now in its third year, which features an array of new Iranian films, all of varying length. What struck me was the generally high quality of many-- but not all-- of the films, not to mention the universality of their subjects.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:44:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 93217 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: A Holocaust Film Set In The 1960s http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-holocaust-film-set-1960s <p>World War II may have ended in the mid-1940s. The concentration camps were liberated and those who survived the horrors of the era were supposed to get on with their lives. But for many, the war never really concluded. The brutality of the time and the decisions made by individuals of all backgrounds reverberated through their souls, in many cases for the rest of their lives.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:50:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 92698 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: International Baseball http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-international-baseball <p>These days, more than ever before, baseball-- otherwise known as America's Pastime-- is a truly international sport. According to the Associated Press, 28.1 per cent of current major leaguers were born outside the United States. They hail from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Japan, South Korea, Australia...&nbsp;And the potential for finding big league talent outside the U.S. is examined in MILLION DOLLAR ARM, the story of a sports agent, played by Jon Hamm, who heads off to India in search of players who just might become the next fireballing big league hurlers.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 92181 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: Women's Rights http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-womens-rights <p>Two current films, both of which are dramatically flawed, still are well-worth seeing for two reasons: They feature superb performances by their leading players; and they offer insightful depictions of the plights of women during earlier ages. These women&nbsp;may have completely different backgrounds, but their gender-- and how they are perceived within the world they inhabit-- are central to their stories.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:24:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 91760 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: Godzilla, New And Old http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-godzilla-new-and-old <p>With the release of GODZILLA, the latest of countless mega-budgeted, special effects-laden blockbusters that seem to be dominating movie theaters these days, the original screen version of the story is well-worth recalling. This&nbsp;GODZILLA, of course, was wildly successful in its day. It was produced in Japan and released in 1954, and baby boomers may recall that the U.S. edition included added footage featuring a pre-PERRY MASON Raymond Burr. The full title of this version is GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, and the monster in question is a giant, apparently unstoppable fire-breathing lizard who, like so many 1950s sci-fi movie creatures, was the byproduct of nuclear weapons testing run amok.</p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 16:50:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 91154 at http://wamc.org Rob Edelman: Raunch And The Box Office http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-raunch-and-box-office <p>As of the second week in May, the top four moneymaking films released theatrically in the U.S. in 2014 were THE LEGO MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER,&nbsp;THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and DIVERGENT. All are big-budget extravaganzas that are fashioned to attract a desired demographic: young people, from grade schoolers to twenty-and-thirtysomethings. Mon, 19 May 2014 16:50:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 90758 at http://wamc.org