WYPR Arts http://wypr.org en 'A Most Wanted Man': A Parable Grounded In The Real World http://wypr.org/post/most-wanted-man-parable-grounded-real-world Fittingly, one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final performances is in a movie about role-playing. The masterly actor mutters and growls his way through <em>A Most Wanted Man</em> as a spy who's simultaneously fighting two losing wars: against the West's enemies as well as his own putative allies.<p>Further deepening the movie's ambiguity, the American actor plays a German in a story whose payoff is pungently anti-American.<p>Although set in Hamburg rather than London, this is familiar turf for John le Carre, whose 2008 novel is the movie's source. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Mark Jenkins 502677 at http://wypr.org 'A Most Wanted Man': A Parable Grounded In The Real World The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging http://wypr.org/post/weird-underappreciated-world-plastic-packaging Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.<p>While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.<p>And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.<p>The plastic revolution in food packaging began in the 1960s, says Aaron Brody, a food packaging consultant and an adjunct pro Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:30:00 +0000 editor 502674 at http://wypr.org The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging Revisiting An 'Endless Summer' http://wypr.org/post/revisiting-endless-summer "This is Bruce Brown, thank you for watching, I hope you enjoyed my film."<p>That line, sounding a little like a proud 8th grader closing out a book report he felt was particularly insightful, is the last piece of narration in the landmark 1964 surfing film <em>Endless Summer </em>(which didn't receive its nationwide theatrical release until 1966). It's a little amateurish, eye-rollingly hokey, and yet irresistibly endearing in its aw-shucks wholesome sincerity. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Ian Buckwalter 502675 at http://wypr.org Revisiting An 'Endless Summer' Maturity And Improvisation In 'Happy Christmas' http://wypr.org/post/maturity-and-improvisation-happy-christmas Reckless immaturity in young people is generally diagnosed across generations, most often by parents worried about their supposedly underachieving kids. That makes the premise of Joe Swanberg's <em>Happy Christmas</em> relatively refreshing, even as it covers well-known ground.<p>The film opens with Jeff (Swanberg) and Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) preparing for the arrival of Jeff's sister, Jenny (Anna Kendrick), who is moving into their basement after breaking up with her boyfriend. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Tomas Hachard 502676 at http://wypr.org Maturity And Improvisation In 'Happy Christmas' When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? http://wypr.org/post/when-it-comes-creativity-are-two-heads-better-one Joshua Wolf Shenk doesn't believe in the myth of the lone genius. "What has one person ever done alone?" he asks NPR's Robert Siegel. "We think of Martin Luther King and Sigmund Freud and Warren Buffett and Steve Jobs as these great solo creators, but in fact, if you look into the details of their life, they are enmeshed in relationships all the way through."<p>Take Steve Jobs: "Jobs created Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak," says Shenk. "Flash-forward to the end of his life, a lot of the great work at the height of Apple was done with this design guru, Jonathan Ive. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 editor 502662 at http://wypr.org When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One? 5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour http://wypr.org/post/5-things-i-learned-about-tvs-future-critics-press-tour The voice came from over my shoulder, a shouted greeting in a room crowded with journalists, publicists, network executives, producers and stars.<p>I tuned to see David Boreanaz, star of the Fox TV show <em>Bones</em>, calling out to me like a long-lost friend. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 502663 at http://wypr.org 5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour 'Tigerman' Will Get Its Claws Into You http://wypr.org/post/tigerman-will-get-its-claws-you How do you know when a book has hooked you? When it really gets you in the guts and won't let go?<p>When you can't stop telling people about it. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 502664 at http://wypr.org 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story http://wypr.org/post/panic-suitcase-puts-fresh-spin-coming-america-story There's a wonderful 1982 memoir called <em>An Orphan in History</em> by the late <em>Village Voice</em> writer Paul Cowan. It's about Cowan's search for his European Jewish roots, and in it he says something about the sacrifices of older generations of immigrants that's always stayed with me. Cowan says: "Millions of immigrant families . . . Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 502654 at http://wypr.org 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story How To Name Your Sequel II: Not Just Roman Numerals Anymore http://wypr.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 16:45:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 502650 at http://wypr.org How To Name Your Sequel II: Not Just Roman Numerals Anymore Andy Serkis: God Save The Queen's English http://wypr.org/post/andy-serkis-god-save-queens-english In his <em>Ask Me Another Challenge</em>, Andy Serkis (<em>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</em>, <em>The Lord of the Rings</em>) helps expand your vocabulary to include a spot of British slang. Any idea what the "collywobbles" are, or what happens when you throw on a "boob tube" before leaving the house? You'll be speaking like a Brit in no time.<p>Plus, Serkis explains the origin of Gollum's voice (which he later left on the answering machine of our grand prize winner), and offers a quick tease of his as-yet-unannounced role in J.J. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:36:00 +0000 editor 502641 at http://wypr.org Andy Serkis: God Save The Queen's English