Time again for a home-viewing recommendation from NPR movie critic Bob Mondello. Today, Bob suggests a tale of moral crisis — On the Waterfront, in a freshly restored Blu-ray version from Criterion.
Mugs and palookas, racketeers and dockworkers, mob boss Lee J. Cobb running the union with an iron fist, Marlon Brando tripping up its control when Eva Marie Saint urges him to go to the feds and rat out the rats.
Food doesn't matter much in novels. Years will pass in a person's life without a single description of a snack. Not a moment between adverbs for a taco. No wonder so many characters in contemporary fiction are glum: They're not hopeless; they're hungry.
Plenty of famous musicians own eateries: Jimmy Buffett's Cheeseburger in Paradise and Flavor Flav's House of Flavor, to name a few. But there are some artists whose names practically demand a dining establishment. In this game, puzzle guru Art Chung describes musical acts and restaurant chains that share a word. See you guys at Taco Bell Biv Devoe!
As Mark Twain once said, "I cannot believe it is not butter!" Wait, that wasn't him. Host Ophira Eisenberg runs a game to clear up all those quotes commonly (or not so commonly) misattributed to the Artist Formerly Known as Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
You say "I love Prince!" and I respond, "Yes, paisley is my favorite!" Confusing, until I realize you did not mean "p-r-i-n-t-s." In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg quizzes contestants on pairs of English homonyms that, when spoken out loud, can sound either singular or plural.
Quick: Who wrote "Summer of 69," Ryan Adams or Bryan Adams? Did you know it was Bryan, or did you flip a coin? In this week's Ask Me One More final round, puzzle guru Art Chung gives our finalists a range of trivia questions with two possible answers. Decisions, decisions.
Songwriter Randy Newman has written some of the most beloved and memorable movie theme songs, like "You've Got a Friend in Me." But what if he applied his folksy talents to the theme of "Goodfellas"? In this quiz, guest musical raconteurs Paul and Storm grant our fondest wish by subjecting various movies to the Randy Newman theme treatment.
These days politics and advertising go hand in hand. Mayors stage photo ops. The Bush administration compared the Iraq war to rolling out a new product. And just last year, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent nearly a billion dollars running for president. If you're an American, such wall-to-wall marketing has come to seem a natural phenomenon, like Hurricane Sandy or LeBron James.