Culture/Arts

Two movies I missed when they were new.

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Paranormal Activity
Director: Oren Peli
With: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Frederichs

First, if you are subject to motion sickness, this film has a lot of hand-held camera movement, so you should avoid it.  Otherwise, it’s a nice, tight little horror film.
Paranormal was made for less than $20,000, and relies on character and the creation of suspense and terror.  There are no special effects that you couldn’t do at home.  Very clever.
But, it never rises above clever.  The Blair Witch Project, the most obvious analog, was more psychologically ambitious and involving.  Paranormal goes for a simpler but still effective story.

Between the Covers on 11/19/09

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Between the Covers
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Thu, 11/19/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with former Portlander Linda Gordon, Professor of History at New York University, about her new book, "Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits," a biography of the great photographer and a cultural history of America from San Francisco's Bohemia of the 1920s to the Great Depression through WWII.

November 16 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Mon, 11/16/2009

 This show is hosted by Tom Becker (pictured here), and covers this variety of topics:  What has to happen to include jobs in the economic recovery (it's not happening now); a new film about Hip Hop culture spanning the distance between Portland and Sierra Leone;  how stories about PTSD and psychiatry are being used to protect the planners of war from the guilt and trauma of war; and Elizabeth Strout's pulitzer prize book of fiction Olive Kitteridge.

56:15 minutes (32.19 MB)

Book Mole: "Olive Kitteridge"

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Mon, 11/16/2009

 Elizabeth Strout's book Olive Kitteridge is a set of short stories revolving around a central character, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2009.  Our reviewer Larry Bowlden tells us what's great about it.  You can find more of Larry's reviews here.  

7:57 minutes (4.55 MB)

Moving to the Beat: Hip Hop from PDX to Sierra Leone

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Mon, 11/16/2009

Bridging the gap between the US and Africa with Hip Hop youth culture -- that's one of the aims of the new film Moving 2 the Beat, produced here in Portland and in Sierra Leone.  Abdul Fofanah, co-director of the film and a Sierra Leonean -American, talks about the film here with Tom Becker.   

9:45 minutes (5.58 MB)

KBOO COMMUNITY CALENDAR TUESDAY November 17th 2009

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Tue, 11/17/2009

KBOO COMMUNITY CALENDAR TUESDAY November 17th 2009

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Tonight at 6:30 pm will be Tales of Wonder and Wisdom: An Evening with Rafe Martin at the Hillsdale Library, located at 1525 S.W.

2:04 minutes (1.89 MB)

Author Jamie Ford of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet"

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 11/17/2009

  Dmae Roberts talked with Jamie Ford, author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" at the recent Wordstock Festival. This NY Times bestselling novel traces Seattle's Internment history during World Wart II through the friendship of a Chinese-American boy and a Japanese-American girl. 

Also featured is music by Portland's David Ornette Cherry.

28:58 minutes (26.53 MB)

Stage and Studio on 11/17/09

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 11/17/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

 Dmae Roberts talked with Jamie Ford, author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" at the recent Wordstock Festival. This NY Times bestselling novel traces Seattle's Internment history during World Wart II through the friendship of a Chinese-American boy and a Japanese-American girl.

Review of "2012," destroying a theater near you.

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2012
Director: Roland Emmerich
With: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Woody Harrelson, etc.

A few years ago, I warned our listeners to avoid Independence Day, a big, loud and awful movie directed by Emmerich.  But, did people listen to me?  Hell, no!  It became the biggest movie of the year.  And, it still stinks.
So does 2012.  Based on the wildly misinterpreted legends of the end of the Mayan calendar, the Mayans believe that time just rolls over like a speedometer, this bomb destroys the world in big, expensive and stupid ways.  The plot is ridiculous, the characters cardboard, the situations silly and the acting (overacting?) amateurish.

Review of "Fantastic Mr. Fox," open now (Nov. 13)

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Fantastic Mr. Fox (Animation)
Director: Wes Anderson
Voices of: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Wallace Wolodarsky, Eric Chase Anderson

There are those who will tell us that this film of Roald Dahl’s book subverts his original idea, and that the characters are depicted as far too cuddly.  And they are mostly right, except that the film is fun on its own terms.  This will mean little to those who haven’t read the book.
The script follows the conventions of the modern screenplay: the main characters see the error of their ways, or become better as a result of the action.  Dahl was dark where this story is far more friendly, but the book is still available (and will be a surprise to any who seek it out).

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