NOAH: Radio Film Review

Noah (2014)I take a few moments at the beginning of this week’s segment for WBAI 99.5FM’s Hour of the Wolf to address host Jim Freund’s calling me out for my pronunciation of the word “erudite” during last week’s review of DIVERGENT. Nothing contentious, mind, just a clarification.
Then, it’s time to let the flood commence. A literal flood, yes, since we’re talking about Darren Aronofsky’s new epic fantasy film, NOAH . But also a flood of praise, since this mix of visionary filmmaking and insightful drama, courtesy of Aronofsky’s iconoclastic instincts, takes mainstream film to places where most big-budget releases fear to tread. Click on the player to hear the review.

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Noah: Spotlight Podcast 5-13.1

The strengths of Darren Aronofsky's NOAH go beyond mere spectacle.
The strengths of Darren Aronofsky's NOAH go beyond mere spectacle.

Sooner or later, it had to happen. Three months into 2014, we finally move beyond the execrable and the mediocre, to something imaginative, exciting, and just flat-out worthy of praise. NOAH allows director Darren Arnofosky to apply his characteristically iconoclastic vision to the classic Bible tale, transforming the historic setting into a fantastic world where fallen angels walk the earth in the form of lumbering rock monsters, technology has advanced enough for bear traps and projectile weapons, and the humble, pious man charged with ferrying the world’s beasts and birds safely through the watery manifestation of the Lord’s wrath becomes, courtesy of Russell Crowe’s performance and Aranofsky’s incisive read of the material, a conflicted hero tasked with determining how much of God’s judgement the Creator expects him to fulfill by his own hand.
Theofantastique.com’s John W. Morehead joins Spotlight regulars Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French and Dan Persons as they discuss Aranofsky’s visionary approach to the story, explore what the film has to say about the nature and demands of faith, and look into the political controversies the film has stirred up. Click on the player to hear the show.

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Man of Steel featurette

This promotional featurette from the Warner Brothers Superman reboot includes interviews with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, producer Charles Roven, screenwriter David S. Goyer, and director Zack Snyder. It’s standard fare for this type of thing – an extended commercial posing as a documentary – but it does provide a glimpse into the approach that the filmmakers took to the enduring icon, attempting to ground the Man of Steel in something resembling a recognizable reality.

Man of Steel featurette

Man of Steel promotional artwork

MAN OF STEEL promo art of Superman flying

Man of Steel: Trailer #4

The fourth trailer from MAN OF STEEL. Warner Brothers releases the PG-13 science-fiction film on June 14. Producer: Christopher Nolan. Director: Zack Snyder. Writer: David S. Goyer. Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff, Christopher Meloni.

Man of Steel photo gallery

Man of Steel superman in actionThis week, Warner Brothers released enough photos from the upcoming MAN OF STEEL to fill the Fortress of Solitude and more. The studio is clearly hoping to erase any lingering memory of the disappointing (though not truly awful) SUPERMAN RETURNS in favor of reaching back to epic scope and grandeur that fans still associate with SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1978). Will the creative combo of producer Christopher Nolan, director Zack Snyder, and screenwriter David S. Goyer take the famous character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and reboot him for a new generation of film-goers? Here’s hoping!
MAN OF STEEL opens nationwide on June 14.
MAN OF STEEL producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder
MAN OF STEEL Russell Crow with Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van
MAN OF STEEL Antje Traue as Faora and Michael Shannon as Zod
MAN OF STEEL Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Ma and Pa Kent
MAN OF STEEL Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Amy Adams as Lois Lane
MAN OF STEEL
MAN OF STEEL Henry Cavil as a bearded Clark Kent
MAN OF STEEL Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, on the family farm
Man of Steel Superman with soldiers
MAN OF STEEL Henry Cavill, Zack Snyder, Kevin Costner
MAN OF STEEL Clark Kent in the Fortress of Solitutde
MAN OF STEEL Russell Crow, Henry Cavill
MAN OF STEEL Superman above Earth
MAN OF STEEL Superman at super speed
MAN OF STEEL Superman flying
Man of Steel Superman surrounded by helicopers
MAN OF STEEL Superman backed by the military
MAN OF STEEL Zod on the attack
MAN OF STEEL Zod almost seems to be Hulking out
MAN OF STEEL Zod commands
MAN OF STEEL Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Antje Traue
MAN OF STEEL Antje Traue as Faora
MAN OF STEEL Faora is not happy
MAN OF STEEL Michael Shannon as Zod
MAN OF STEEL Jor-El before the council
MAN OF STEEL Russell Crow as Jor-El
MAN OF STEEL Russell Crow as Jor-El watches the destruction of Krypton
MAN OF STEEL Amy Adams as Lois Lane
MAN OF STEEL Amy Adams steps into Perry White's office
MAN OF STEEL Amy Adams and Christopher Meloni
MAN OF STEEL Laurence Fishburne as Perry White
MAN OF STEEL Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Rebecca Buller as Jenny (!) Olsen
MAN OF STEEL a father-son talk beteen Jonathan Kent and Clark
MAN OF STEEL Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) reveals the spaceship that brought Kal-El (Dylan Sprayberry) to Earth
MAN OF STEEL the young Clark Kent (Dylan Sprayberry) rescues a bus
MAN OF STEEL Cooper Timberline as the even younger Clark Kent
MAN OF STEEL Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff
MAN OF STEEL Zack Snyder shows video playback to Henry Cavill
Here is some older, previously released artwork from MAN OF STEEL:
MAN OF STEEL Superman artwork
MAN OF STEEL promo art of Superman flying
MAN OF STEEL Superman in handcuffs
MAN OF STEEL promo art Michael Shannon as Zod
MAN OF STEEL promo art Russell Crowe as Jor-El