Owen King’s new novel, Double Feature, is about a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his first film.

Owen King joins us to talk about his novel, writing in the shadow of his father, Stephen King and the knack of being moving AND funny.

The 9th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival will spotlight 75 features, documentaries and short films, as well as parties, filmmaker Q&As, workshops and awards, from May 29th to June 1st in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, Mass.

    Jamie Ford's first novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was a surprise New York Times bestseller. His second book, Songs of Willow Frost is the story of a Chinese-American orphan in Seattle during The Great Depression.

The Williamstown Film Festival's 15th season will run October 30th through November 3rd. On the schedule: 30 films (many of them premieres) more than a half-dozen parties, and events at MASS MoCA, Williams College, the Clark Art Institute, and Images Cinema.

To tell us more we welcome Steve Lawson - the executive director of the Williamstown Festival and Joe Finnegan, President of the WFF Board and Sandra Thomas of Images Cinema.

Rob Edelman: No “Fun” Here

Jun 17, 2013

I have in my hands a DVD of FUN SIZE, a PG-13-rated comedy aimed at the younger demographic that is presented by Nickelodeon Movies, an offshoot of the Nickelodeon cable television network, which produces programming for a teen and pre-teen audience.

Rob Edelman: Great Novels, Not-So-Great Movies

May 20, 2013

Sometimes, novels that are American classics have been transformed into motion pictures that are American classics. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, and FIELD OF DREAMS (based on Ray Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe) are a few that come to mind. Some-- ALL THE KING’S MEN, for example-- have been the source for films that deserve all the acclaim they earn and remakes that are, in a word, execrable.

Tonight marks the local premiere of the film The Place Beyond The Pines, starring Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta and Ryan Gosling, which was filmed in several Capital Region locales and takes place in Schenectady.

WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with Don Rittner, head of the Schenectady Film Commission, who helped bring the film to town and who has a bit part in the movie.

Rob Edelman: Then and Now

Mar 11, 2013

Back in the late 1960s and early 70s, a host of films-- which now are acknowledged classics-- literally changed the tenor of American filmmaking. And in retrospect, they serve as mirrors of their time. Films like THE GRADUATE and FIVE EASY PIECES, which helped establish Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson as major stars and which are as fresh and invigorating today as when first released, spotlight characters who are alone, confused, and alienated, and are drifting aimlessly through life.

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    Nobody knows movies like Thelma Adams. So, we wanted to talk with her about last night Academy Awards and find out her thoughts on the winners and losers from film’s biggest night.

She is currently a Yahoo! Contributing Editor and her column “Thelma Adams on Reel Women” runs on AMC She was the film critic at Us Weekly for eleven years from 2000 to 2011, following six years at the New York Post. She has twice chaired the New York Film Critics Circle.

She is also author of the terrific novel, Playdate, now out in paperback. 

Any Questions? #75

Feb 1, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about the silver screen.