John Powers http://kccu.org en 'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy http://kccu.org/post/hard-days-night-pop-artifact-still-crackles-energy <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHas50cupCA</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:57:00 +0000 John Powers 60309 at http://kccu.org 'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy 'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like http://kccu.org/post/violette-evokes-exasperating-self-pity-trait-french Americans put a lot of stock in being likable. Pollsters take surveys of the president's likability. Test screenings check whether we like the characters in movies. And when a literary novelist like Claire Messud mocks the notion that fictional characters should be someone we'd like to be friends with, writers of popular fiction attack her for snootiness.<p>You rarely find such disputes in France, which finds our fetish of likability charmingly simple, rather like our shock at politicians committing adultery. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:44:00 +0000 John Powers 59392 at http://kccu.org 'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like Two Italys Take A Road Trip In 'Il Sorpasso' http://kccu.org/post/two-italys-take-road-trip-il-sorpasso If the road movie has a home, it's surely the United States. After all, the settling of America was itself a kind of humongous road picture — all those wagons rolling across the new continent's spectacular vastness. And with our ceaseless love of movement, we became the first people to be transported — in every sense — by the automobile. Thu, 08 May 2014 16:50:00 +0000 John Powers 55765 at http://kccu.org Two Italys Take A Road Trip In 'Il Sorpasso' Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures http://kccu.org/post/movie-monsters-monster-movies-and-why-godzilla-endures There have been hundreds of monster movies over the years, but only a handful of enduringly great movie <em>monsters</em>. Of those, only two were created for the screen: King Kong, the giant ape atop the Empire State Building, and his Japanese heir, Godzilla, the city-flattening sea monster who's a genuinely terrific pop icon. Fri, 02 May 2014 15:07:00 +0000 John Powers 55421 at http://kccu.org Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir http://kccu.org/post/exploring-lifes-incurable-soiledness-father-italian-noir Although there's no rigid dividing line, fans of the crime genre generally fall into two camps. There are those who prefer stories which, after titillating us with dark transgressions, end by restoring order — the show <em>Law & Order</em> is an aptly named example. And then there are those who prefer stories which, even after the mystery is solved, leave you swimming in the murk — think <em>Chinatown</em>. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:33:00 +0000 John Powers 54448 at http://kccu.org Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir