Filmweek: ‘The Martian,’ ‘The Walk,’ ‘He Named Me Malala’ and more

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics review this week’s new releases including “The Martian,” “The Walk,” “He Named Me Malala” and more. TGI-Filmweek!
"He Named Me Malala" New York Premiere

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FilmWeek for September 4, 2009

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein of Variety and Henry Sheehan of, discuss this week’s film releases including All About Steve, Extract, Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-Itchy-Footed Mutha, Amreeka, Still Walking and The Headless Woman. And, guest film critic from Russia, Anjelika Artyukh will join the discussion and also talk about Russian film and the Russian government’s regulation of film. And, Larry Mantle talks about the new film Art & Copy. The film depicts some of the most influential advertising visionaries and campaigns that have had a major impact on American culture. The film opens next week, September 11th.

FilmWeek for August 28, 2009

Guest host David Lazarus and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig of USA Today, and Andy Klein of Brand X discuss the week’s new film releases including Taking Woodstock, Five Minutes of Heaven, World’s Greatest Dad, Play The Game, This Beautiful City, Orgies and the Meaning of Life, The Baader-Meinof Complex, and Cloud 9. Plus, Bobcat Goldthwait is a regular on Comedy Central, known for his rabid stage personality and goofy but dark sense of humor (think exploding poodles). He’s also the director of the new film, World’s Greatest Dad, starring Robin Williams. Guest host David Lazarus talks with Bobcat about his sometimes unsettling humor, his latest movie, and life in The Biz.

FilmWeek for August 21, 2009

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Wade Major of and Jean Oppenheimer of Village Voice Media review the week’s new releases including Inglourious Basterds, Shorts, My One and Only, X-Games 3D:The Movie, Post Grad, Beeswax, Earth Days, and Gotta Dance. Plus, the films and career of director Quentin Tarantino. From Reservoir Dogs to Pulp Fiction to Kill Bill and beyond, what do you think of the films of Quentin Tarantino? What do you like best or least? Violence? Dialogue? Characters?

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FilmWeek for August 14, 2009

On Filmweek, Larry Mantle and critics Henry Sheehan of, Lael Loewenstein of Variety and Charles Solomon of 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?”

FilmWeek for August 7, 2009

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.

FilmWeek for July 31, 2009

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.