Radio 02.27.09


            This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” and here’s my commentary on films opening today at The Majestic Theater in Greenville :


            You’re in for a treat this week.  The Academy Award winner for Best Picture has come to town!  “Slumdog Millionaire” is not your typical Hollywood offering, probably because it was filmed in Mumbai (formerly Bombay ), India , by a British director.  The story line is unique:  a teenage boy from the slums mysteriously excels in India ’s version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”  We see him somehow guess the answer to very obscure trivia questions, and then we watch a flashback about what has happened to him growing up that causes him to know this.  If the purpose of going to a movie is to transport you, for a while, to a different place and time, then “Slumdog Millionaire” is certain to satisfy.  As the Oscar awards demonstrated, a stunning technical achievement, as well, with sound, directing, music, editing, and adapted screenplay, but really, it’s just a great story, with just a little hint of romance.

            “Frost/Nixon” is also opening this week, and you’re probably thinking, “Why would I want to see a re-enactment of an old interview with a dead politician?”  Well, this one got five Oscar nominations, including for Best Actor.  Frank Langella just nails the part of Richard Nixon, ex-President, somehow regretful but not remorseful, confessing fault without admitting guilt.  An entire nation was waiting for the apology which never quite happened, since Nixon, the only President ever to resign, was pardoned by his successor to pre-empt any possible impeachment proceedings.  Director Ron Howard does a great job building suspense to an event that happened 30 years ago.  You don’t have to be political to enjoy the drama.  But if you lived through that era, it will bring back all the angst of a Presidency gone bad, all because he wanted to win an election at any cost, which turned out to be a landslide in his favor, anyway.

            So, we have an ironic success and an ironic tragedy, both expertly presented.

These are films to consider seeing, even for people who don’t often go to movies.  Enjoy, enjoy.


This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” for 93-5 KICK-FM