Bob Mondello http://kccu.org en How To Name Your Sequel II: Not Just Roman Numerals Anymore http://kccu.org/post/how-name-your-sequel-ii-not-just-roman-numerals-anymore Remember when movie companies just put Roman numerals at the end of titles when they made sequels? <em>Rocky II</em>, <em>Rocky III</em>, <em>Rocky IV</em>. Well, not anymore.<p>This summer, we've had <em>X-Men: Days of Future Past</em>, with no mention that it's either the sixth or seventh X-Men movie, depending on how you're counting. Also <em>22 Jump Street</em>, the across-the-street follow-up to <em>21 Jump Street</em>. And <em>Begin Again</em> (which ought to be a sequel, but isn't).<p>Do you suppose they stopped numbering sequels so we wouldn't do the math? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 60381 at http://kccu.org How To Name Your Sequel II: Not Just Roman Numerals Anymore By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You http://kccu.org/post/trolley-train-show-boat-or-surrey-these-musicals-will-move-you <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO3Gb5mkwTc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_jjHAQoJU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0odXnKhKBxQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvXvBPw6Uqc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izSCwP_4YGU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ9U4Cbb4wg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss1CXo8QMi8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK63eUyk-iM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VvpDE87b7E</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8GnU8UAoEc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYoRwQWgA5c</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 60186 at http://kccu.org By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You Oh, 'Boyhood!' Linklater's Cinematic Stunt Pays Off http://kccu.org/post/oh-boyhood-linklaters-cinematic-stunt-pays Filmmaker Richard Linklater breezed through plenty of genres in his career, establishing that he's comfortable making loose comedies like <em>Slacker,</em> animated sci-fi thrillers like <em>A Scanner Darkly,</em> and even messing with longer-form studies in time with his <em>Before</em> trilogy, <em>Before Sunset</em>, <em>Before Sunrise</em> and <em>Before Midnight</em>.<p>Still, it's safe to say that he's never done anything even remotely like <em>Boyhood,</em> his latest film, because neither has anyone else.<p>It sounds like the most ordinary of stories: just a boy growing up. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:54:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 59615 at http://kccu.org Oh, 'Boyhood!' Linklater's Cinematic Stunt Pays Off Sci-Fi Kid Flick 'Earth To Echo' Broadens The 'E.T.' Formula http://kccu.org/post/sci-fi-kid-flick-earth-echo-broadens-et-formula Movie theaters were swarming with <em>Transformers</em> this past weekend, and that'll also be true over the July 4 weekend. So this may not seem to be the best moment to bring out a sci-fi flick made on a budget that wouldn't cover catering for Optimus Prime. But "small" has its virtues sometimes, and the kid flick <em>Earth to Echo</em> is one of those times.<p>It opens with eighth-grader Tuck about to lose his two best buds. Their families are moving from Nevada, and it's their last night together, so they're doing what kids do — taping goodbyes for YouTube. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 59070 at http://kccu.org Sci-Fi Kid Flick 'Earth To Echo' Broadens The 'E.T.' Formula A Leap Too Far? 'Venus' And 'Jersey Boys' Bounce From Stage To Screen http://kccu.org/post/leap-too-far-venus-and-jersey-boys-bounce-stage-screen An intellectual play about sadomasochism, a musical about a '60s pop group, and a pair of famously cinematic directors. There's always going to be a bit of a leap when a play moves from stage to screen — but Roman Polanski's <em>Venus in Fur</em> and Clint Eastwood's <em>Jersey Boys</em> leap a little further than usual.<p>A director is casting a new play at the start of <em>Venus in Fur,</em> and auditions have been ghastly. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 58351 at http://kccu.org A Leap Too Far? 'Venus' And 'Jersey Boys' Bounce From Stage To Screen