Rob Edelman: Coming to Terms

Apr 14, 2014

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.

Rob Edelman: Cesar Chavez

Apr 7, 2014

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).

Rob Edelman: Jared Leto, Pre-Oscar

Mar 31, 2014

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. 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. Its title is MR. NOBODY and its director is Jaco Van Dormael, the esteemed Belgian filmmaker.

Rob Edelman: Endless Love?

Mar 24, 2014

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.

Audrey Kupferberg: Richard Curtis’ ABOUT TIME

Mar 21, 2014

The works of British producer, writer, director Richard Curtis express feelings about love and the human condition in a unique way.  Curtis is a topnotch student of life on our complicated planet.  At times his take is so bittersweet and yet so comedic that he seems to have Charlie Chaplin whispering in his ear.  But it’s not the Chaplin of the 1920s; Curtis knows modern life.

Rob Edelman: Angela Lansbury

Mar 17, 2014

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.

Rob Edelman: Money Talks

Mar 10, 2014

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.

Rob Edelman: Jean-Marc Vallée

Mar 3, 2014

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.

Rob Edelman: "The Monuments Men"

Feb 24, 2014

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 The Monuments Men, 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?

Audrey Kupferberg: Shirley Temple

Feb 21, 2014

Shirley Temple died recently at the age of 85.  Her film career began when she was about 4 years of age, and she starred in motion pictures with phenomenal success through the age of 21.  During the mid-late 1930s, her box office power outdid the power of such stars as Clark Gable and Joan Crawford.  At that time, when much of the population of the United States was struggling through the Great Depression, little Shirley Temple was dancing, singing, and genuinely charming her way into the hearts of a nation.