Filmweek: 'Get Hard,' Dreamworks' 'Home' and more

Jessica Yellin and KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon review this week’s releases, including “Get Hard,” Dreamworks' “Home”and more.
Premiere Of Twentieth Century Fox And Dreamworks Animation's "HOME" - Red Carpet

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FilmWeek for August 14, 2009

On Filmweek, Larry Mantle and critics Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com, Lael Loewenstein of Variety and Charles Solomon of amazon.com discuss the week’s new releases including District 9, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, Ponyo, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Spread, Bandslam, It Might Get Loud, Flame&Citron, and Grace, among others. They also discuss which films should NOT be re-made. Steven Spielberg announced he will be re-making the classic Jimmy Stewart film, “Harvey.” WHAT? WHY? Larry asks our KPCC film critics and listeners, “What films are fine just the way they are and should NEVER be re-made?”

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Larry Mantle and film critics Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor and Andy Klein of Brand X discuss the week’s new film releases including G.I. Joe, Rise of the Cobra, Julie & Julia, Cold Souls, Paper Heart, Fragments, and A Woman in Berlin, among others. Then, Larry Mantle and critics Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor and Andy Klein of Brand X discuss the deaths of screenwriter Bud Schulberg and writer/director John Hughes, and take calls from listeners.

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Larry Mantle and critics Claudia Puig of USA Today and Lael Loewenstein of Variety discuss the week’s new film releases, including Adam, Funny People, Thirst, The Cove, Local Color, and The English Surgeon, among others. Also, visionary filmmaker Werner Herzog kept a diary during the making of his epic film "Fitzcarraldo." The lavish 1982 film told the story of a would-be-rubber baron who pulls a steamship over a hill in order to access rich rubber territory. The film won the Outstanding Director Prize at 1982's Cannes Film Festival. Shot in the Amazon, Herzog later spoke of the difficulties in producing the film. "Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo" (Ecco, 2009) is Herzog's diary that he kept during the film. From weather conditions, language barriers to casting troubles Werner Herzog joins Larry to talk about one of his greatest achievements.

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FilmWeek for July 24, 2009

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FilmWeek for July 10, 2009

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