From the circular ground bass patterns of Baroque music, to the Guggenheim Museum’s sloping, spiraling floors, Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick explains how Henry Purcell transformed pain into pleasure – and into some of the most satisfying music ever composed.
Film Review: 127 Hours
Listen to the Story
Starring: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn
Director: Danny Boyle
Rating: R for for language and some disturbing violent content/bloody images
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Rico: 127 Hours is only 1 hour and 33 minutes long, but it seems to last a lifetime. Not than it’s long or drags; it isn’t and it doesn’t.
Joyce: This is a biopic about a catastrophe, unanticipated by the experienced, featured rock-climber.
Rico: 127 hours is the length of time Aaron Ralston (James Franco) is trapped in a remote canyon before he desperately cuts his arm off, as the only way to find release.
Joyce: One should keep in mind, as you suffer along with Aron that in spite of his expertise as a rock-climber and survivalist, he made almost fatal mistakes. No.1: he’s alone. No.2: he didn’t tell anyone where he was going.
Rico: James Franco pulls off the one-note plot throughout the film. He is a good enough actor to make it work. Danny Boyle, the genius behind Slumdog Millionaire, is the director, and he brings enough camera magic and pacing to make this an exciting experience.
Joyce: Franco has proved to be a very strong actor and he carries off this role successfully. And Danny Boyle knows how to keep a largely one-set location interesting.
Rico: The scene of his release is graphic and a number of people who have seen it have become quite ill. If you prepare yourself or have a strong constitution, you’ll be fine. It’s an excellent film about the desire to survive in a really bad situation. ***1/2
Joyce: I was geared up for the worst but I found that the graphic scenes were so well done, they weren’t nearly as hard to watch or bloody as I expected. I thought it was terrific. ****