FilmWeek FilmWeek on AirTalk, hosted by Larry Mantle, is a one-hour weekly segment offering reviews of the week's new movies, interviews with filmmakers, and discussion.
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FilmWeek on AirTalk, hosted by Larry Mantle, is a one-hour weekly segment offering reviews of the week's new movies, interviews with filmmakers, and discussion.

Most Recent Episodes

FilmWeek Episode June 11, 2021

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Angie Han, Andy Klein, Tim Cogshell and Charles Solomon review this weekend's new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.

FilmWeek Flashback 'Circus Of Books' Explores The Legacy Of Iconic Los Angeles LGBTQ Bookstore

The documentary "Circus of Books" tells the story of two book stores, one in West Hollywood and the other in Silver Lake, operated by Karen and Barry Mason, who became accidental book sellers. They also became real pillars of the LGBTQ communties. Rachel Mason is the daughter of the masons and she's also the filmmaker. Larry talked with Rachel about "Circus of Books" when it was first released on Netflix. Today on FilmWeek, we excerpt a portion of that conversation. This conversation aired during FilmWeek's Saturday broadcast. Guest: Rachel Mason, director of the Netflix documentary 'Circus of Books' and daughter of Circus of Books owners Karen and Barry Mason; she tweets @RachelMasonArt

FilmWeek Flashback 'Circus Of Books' Explores The Legacy Of Iconic Los Angeles LGBTQ Bookstore

FilmWeek 'In The Heights,' 'Holler,' 'Wish Dragon' And More

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Angie Han, Andy Klein, Tim Cogshell and Charles Solomon review this weekend's new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms. "In the Heights," on wide release & HBO Max "Holler," at Laemmle's Monica Film Center (Santa Monica), Laemmle's Playhouse 7 (Pasadena); VOD (including FandangoNow, Google Play & VUDU) "A Perfect Enemy," in select theaters (check your local listings) "Wish Dragon," on Netflix "Sublet," at Laemmle theaters (Playhouse 7, Town Center 5, Royal); Laemmle's Virtual Cinema on June 18; VOD on July 9 "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard," on wide release June 16 (they also have select earlier showtimes June 11 & 12) "Censor," Laemmle's Glendale, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (DTLA) and Landmark Westwood; VOD (including iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube) on June 18 "La Dosis (The Dose)," on VOD/Digital (including iTunes & FandangoNow) "Revolution Rent," on HBO Max on June 15 "The Misfits," In select theaters (including Universal Cinema AMC and Cinemark 18 & XD); VOD/Digital (including Vudu, Google Play) on June 15 "Take Me Somewhere Nice," at Laemmle's Virtual Cinema "Queen Bees," at Laemmle's Virtual Cinema, Laemmle's Theaters (including Glendale, Playhouse 7, Monica Film Center, Newhall & Town Center 5); VOD (including Vudu, Amazon Prime Video & Apple TV) Our FilmWeek critics have been curating personal lists of their favorite TV shows and movies to binge-watch during self-quarantine. You can see recommendations from each of the critics and where you can watch them here. Guests: Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC, Alt-Film Guide and CineGods.com; he tweets @CinemaInMind Andy Klein, KPCC film critic Angie Han, film critic for KPCC and deputy entertainment editor at Mashable; she tweets @ajhan Charles Solomon, film critic for KPCC, Animation Scoop and Animation Magazine

FilmWeek Episode Friday June 4, 2021

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson, Wade Major and Charles Solomon review this weekend's new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.

Alamo Drafthouse Founder On The Return Of Cinema, Movie Going In A Streaming Era And More

Movie theaters are starting to reopen, and moviegoers are starting to return. All eight of the Laemmle's theaters are now reopened, its Glendale location the last to do so a couple weeks ago. Tickets are now on sale for the first time in a year at American Cinematheque theaters, which announced programs at all its theaters, including the Rialto in South Pasadena. Last weekend, "A Quiet Place: Part II" opened with very strong box office grosses. And one of the locations that sold a lot of tickets for the sequel was the Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Los Angeles. The Texas-based boutique chain filed for bankruptcy reorganization in early March. Unlike the Arclight and Pacfic theaters, Alamo was able to come back quickly with many of its theaters reopening in May. KPCC's John Horn called up Tim League, Alamo's founder and executive chairman, to talk about his circuit's return, the future of moviegoing in a streaming era, and whether or not Alamo might be a buyer of the closed Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. With contributions from John Horn Guest: Tim League, founder and executive chairman of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Alamo Drafthouse Founder On The Return Of Cinema, Movie Going In A Streaming Era And More

FilmWeek 'The Conjuring The Devil Made Me Do It,' 'Spirit Untamed,' 'Edge Of The World' And More

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson, Wade Major and Charles Solomon review this weekend's new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms. "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It," in wide release & HBO Max "Spirit Untamed," in wide release "Edge Of The World," on VOD (including Google Play & FandangoNow) "All Light, Everywhere," at The Landmark Theater; Laemmle's Playhouse 7 (Pasadena) on June 11 "City of Ali," Laemmle's Virtual Cinema; Laemmle's NoHo 7 on June 17 "Gully," In Select Theaters including Cinemark 18 and XD (Los Angeles), Cinemark 22 and IMAX (Lancaster); VOD (Youtube & Vudu) June 8 "On The Trail Of Bigfoot: The Journey," VOD (including iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu & FandangoNOW) June 8 "Undine," Laemmle Theaters (Playhouse 7, Newhall, Town Center 5, Royal, Claremont 5); VOD (including iTunes, Vudu, Google Play) "Grace And Grit," in select theaters & VOD (including FandangoNow, iTunes, Spectrum on Demand) "Super Frenchie," In select theaters & VOD (including Google Play, iTunes & FandangoNow) "Bad Tales," In select theaters; Laemmle Virtual Cinema & Monica Film Center; VOD "Flashback," VOD (including Vudu, FandangoNow & Spectrum on Demand) Our FilmWeek critics have been curating personal lists of their favorite TV shows and movies to binge-watch during self-quarantine. You can see recommendations from each of the critics and where you can watch them here. Guests: Amy Nicholson, film critic for KPCC, film writer for The New York Times and host of the podcast 'Unspooled' and the podcast miniseries "Zoom"; she tweets @TheAmyNicholson Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and CineGods.com Charles Solomon, film critic for KPCC, Animation Scoop and Animation Magazine

FilmWeek 'The Conjuring The Devil Made Me Do It,' 'Spirit Untamed,' 'Edge Of The World' And More

Tribute To Animator Marcell Jankovics, Plus Critics Share Their Streaming Recs

FilmWeek's animation authority, Charles Solomon, remembers the great Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics, who died on May 29. He died at the age of 79. Our critics also share some of the things they've been busy watching on various streaming platforms and why they recommend listeners check them out. Guests: Amy Nicholson, film critic for KPCC, film writer for The New York Times and host of the podcast 'Unspooled' and the podcast miniseries "Zoom"; she tweets @TheAmyNicholson Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and CineGods.com Charles Solomon, film critic for KPCC, Animation Scoop and Animation Magazine

Tribute To Animator Marcell Jankovics, Plus Critics Share Their Streaming Recs

FilmWeek Episode for Friday May 28, 2021

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein, Christy Lemire and Charles Solomon review this weekend's new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.

Asian and Pacific Islanders Remain Largely Invisible In Popular Film, Study Shows

When Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson debuted his Hollywood persona in World Wrestling Entertainment in 2003, he was two years removed from his first successful protagonist role in "The Scorpion King" and on the heels of more film success with roles in "The Rundown" and "Walking Tall." Little did anyone foresee that "Hollywood" Rock would buoy the overall representation for Asian and Pacific Islanders in popular film for the next 20 years. Last week, the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released a report documenting the prevalence of Asian and Pacific Islanders both on-and off-screen across the top-grossing films each year from 2007 to 2019. Of the 1,300 films examined, only 44 featured API actors playing lead roles, nearly a third of which were played by Johnson. The report offers more staggering statistics: In 2019, over a quarter of API characters in the top-grossing films died. Most died by drowning, explosions, stabbing or suicides Of the over 51,000 speaking characters in the 1,300 films examined, only 6% were Asian, Asian American or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders Only 50 of the 1,447 directors in the 1,300 films examined were of API heritage. In 2019, 67% of API characters played stereotyped roles The release of this report comes at a time of rising anti-Asian hate crimes nationally, and the authors of the report believe the portrayal of Asian and Pacific Islanders in mass media contributes to that. Today on FilmWeek, we delve into the study's findings and discuss the history of API filmmakers and actors in Hollywood. Guests: Nancy Wang Yuen, professor of sociology at Biola University in La Mirada; she is co-author of "The Prevalence and Portrayal of Asian and Pacific Islanders Across 1,300 Popular Films"; she tweets @nancywyeun Justin Chang, film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Fresh Air; he tweets @JustinCChang

Asian and Pacific Islanders Remain Largely Invisible In Popular Film, Study Shows

FilmWeek 'A Quiet Place Part II,' 'Cruella,' 'Moby Doc' And More

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein, Christy Lemire and Charles Solomon review this weekend's new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms. "A Quiet Place Part II," in wide release "Cruella," in wide release & Disney+ "Dog Gone Trouble," on Netflix "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie," on Netflix June 3 "Moby Doc," In Select Theaters (check your local listings); VOD (including FandangoNow, iTunes, Vudu); Laemmle's Virtual Cinema June 4 "Changing The Game," on Hulu June 1 "Port Authority," Cinelounge Sunset Hollywood; Laemmle's Virtual Cinema; Digital/VOD (including Vudu, Google Play, FandangoNow) June 1 "Plan B," on Hulu "Borat Supplemental Reportings," on Amazon Prime Video "Dead Pigs," on Laemmle's Virtual Cinema Our FilmWeek critics have been curating personal lists of their favorite TV shows and movies to binge-watch during self-quarantine. You can see recommendations from each of the critics and where you can watch them here. Guests: Christy Lemire, film critic for KPCC, RogerEbert.com and co-host of the 'Breakfast All Day' podcast; she tweets @christylemire Lael Loewenstein, film critic for KPCC and film columnist for the Santa Monica Daily Press; she tweets @LAELLO Charles Solomon, film critic for KPCC, Animation Scoop and Animation Magazine

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