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Rob Edelman: A “Boy” Meets A “Girl”

15 hours ago

BOY MEETS GIRL sounds as if it is the title of a vintage Hollywood love story about, well, a boy and a girl who meet and deal with whatever issues that separate them while in the process of falling in love. Back in the 1930s, this film might have been produced by Warner Bros., and would have paired Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler. Or it might have been made by RKO, and been the name of a Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical. Or it could have been an MGM musical starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.

 In so many Hollywood combat films about World War II that were made during World War II, all Americans were portrayed as being united against a common enemy: the dastardly Nazis and heinous Japanese. These Americans even included individuals who otherwise would be the villains of the story. They were gangsters and other blatant lawbreakers who placed patriotism over greed, and who fought side-by-side with their fellow Americans.

Rob Edelman: Hot Docs

May 18, 2015

These days, I scan the titles and subjects of newly-released films and either shrug my shoulders out of disinterest or shake my head in frustration. Too many of the films I’ve been seeing are, well, disappointing-- and these are the better ones. Way too often, they are mind-numbingly awful. In some cases, they are intellectually vapid. More often than not, however, they simply are not at all entertaining.

Rob Edelman: An Iranian Vampire Movie

May 11, 2015

 Usually, vampire films-- good ones, bad ones, or indifferent ones-- are not my kind of entertainment. That’s just a matter of taste. But when I noticed that A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, a provocatively-titled new film that has just come out on DVD, is being sold as “the first Iranian vampire film” as well as an “Iranian vampire spaghetti Western,” well, that was an attention-grabber.

Rob Edelman: A Sinner Treks To Mecca

May 4, 2015

Here in the United States, individuals from all backgrounds support gay rights and, most recently, gay marriage, which these days is in the news literally every day. With this in mind, an eye-opening, deeply personal new documentary, titled A SINNER IN MECCA, takes on extra-special meaning. Its director is Parvez Sharma, an Indian-born Muslim who is openly gay: a fact of life that puts his very life at risk.

Rob Edelman: Adam In The Driver’s Seat

Apr 27, 2015

Occasionally but not always, actors who earn acclaim on television series transition to film and become film stars. James Garner, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, and Bruce Willis are four that come to mind. Even though they earned their initial fame on the small screen, they proved themselves movie star material in the tradition of such pre-TV film legends as Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, James Stewart, and so many others. Women will be attracted to a James Garner, a Tom Hanks, a George Clooney, or a Bruce Willis, while men will want to emulate them.

Rob Edelman: A French Classic

Apr 20, 2015

One of the all-time great films about war and its impact on those who are irrevocably caught up in a world that is coming apart around them will be screening at Film Forum in Manhattan from April 24 through May 7. It is a new restoration of a French classic. Its title is FORBIDDEN GAMES; it dates from 1952; its director is René Clément, one of the top post-war European filmmakers; and it also is available on DVD.

Rob Edelman: Manhattan Provincialism

Apr 13, 2015

LOVE IS STRANGE is a film worth pondering, not for its performances or direction or overall quality. This drama offers a message that is skewed, and that message directly relates to what one might call the provincialism of those who reside in New York City, and the borough of Manhattan in particular.

Rob Edelman: The Rebirth Of Kevin Costner

Apr 6, 2015

Once upon a time, Kevin Costner was a movie star. Was he ever a great actor? Well, no. But he did exude a screen star presence, and his career had legs. He was Eliot Ness in THE UNTOUCHABLES and Jim Garrison in JFK. He played Wyatt Earp and Robin Hood, and was Whitney Houston’s love interest in THE BODYGUARD. He was toplined in BULL DURHAM and FIELD OF DREAMS, two of the best of the modern-era baseball films. He even won an Academy Award, not for his acting but for directing DANCES WITH WOLVES.

Rob Edelman: Alain Resnais’ Swan Song

Mar 30, 2015

For the past six-plus decades, countless films have examined the Holocaust. Some are documentaries. Others are features, some fact-based and others fictional. But for me, the most poignant and gut-wrenching of all Holocaust films dates from 1955. It is 32 minutes long and it combines vivid imagery with a narration that asks such still-timely questions as: How could this have happened? Who is to blame and, most tellingly, who will accept responsibility?