November 29, 2002 From comedy to adventure to romance, NPR film critic Bob Mondello delivers a primer on the holiday movie season. Many of the year's biggest blockbusters and Oscar nominees will hit the theaters between now and New Year's Day. (8:00)
November 28, 2002 Guests: Bob Mondello *Movie Critic, NPR's All Things Considered Carrie Rickey *Film Critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer John Tibbets *Associate Professor of Theater and Film, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas *Co-author, The Encyclopedia of Great Filmmakers (Facts on File, 2002) and co-editor, The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film (Facts on File, 1998) A neurotic mob boss, an intergalactic pirate, a hardworking rapper, an even harder working hobbit, a modern day cinderella ...and a talk show host. On Talk of the Nation, join Neal Conan for a look at this year's holiday movies and holiday classics.
November 22, 2002 Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is revered as a director of women, but Bob Mondello says it's the men who scale the emotional peaks in his latest movie, Talk To Her, which opens today.
November 15, 2002 People who go to the cineplex for escapism are finding that an increasing number of films deal with the very issues they're trying to escape. But NPR's Bob Mondello says the approaches to those issues this fall are as varied as they are inventive.
November 8, 2002 The new Todd Haynes film Far from Heaven stars Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, and Dennis Haysbert. It recreates the look and feel of a 1950s Hollywood melodrama. But NPR Film Critic Bob Mondello says that although the director was paying direct homage to films such as Imitation of Life and All That Heaven Allows he's added enough to the mix to make it feel startlingly original.
October 31, 2002 Let your ears perk up and your hair stand on end. NPR's Bob Mondello and four Talk of the Nation guests try to send chills up your spine with their favorite spooky stories.
October 25, 2002 Mike Leigh's new film All or Nothing is a working-class drama with an ensemble cast. Bob Mondello says that although it's set in contemporary London, it feels almost Dickensian.
October 24, 2002 Lyricist Adolph Green has died. He helped create "On the Town" and "Wonderful Town," as well as the classic movie musical Singin' in the Rain. Green was 87. NPR's Bob Mondello has a remembrance.
October 12, 2002 Michael Moore's new film, Bowling for Columbine, is a quirky look at America's gun culture. Critic Bob Mondello says the film makes a serious discussion of a serious issue undeniably entertaining.
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October 11, 2002 Two best-selling novels have been converted into movies that debut today: Janet Fitch's White Oleander, and Bret Easton Ellis' The Rules of Attraction. NPR's Bob Mondello says both have survived their page-to-screen transitions largely intact.
September 26, 2000 A note on the life of Lee Erwin, a silent film organist who composed music for Charlie Chaplin, and classic films like "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Erwin died last week at the age of 92.
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