Culture/Arts

Review of (Untitled), now showing at the Fox Tower

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(Untitled)
Director: Jonathan Parker
With: Adam Goldberg, Marley Shelton, Eion Bailey, Lucy Punch, Zak Orth, Vinnie Jones

Every few years someone takes on the burden of satirizing avant-garde art and the fawning scene that supports it.  I guess each generation has to rediscover certain issues and deal with them.  The problem is that it is a big, fat easy target, and has been hit so many times before that there is precious little new to say about it.

Review of "A Christmas Carol," in area theaters 11/6

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A Christmas Carol (Computer Animation)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Voices of: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Robin Wright Penn, Bob Hoskins, etc.

First, let me save you some money.  You do not have to see this movie in IMAX or 3-D.  I saw it in regular old 2-D, and its main virtue is Charles Dickens’ wonderful story.  It’s called Disney’s A Christmas Carol, but it ain’t.  Dickens was a bleeding-heart liberal who put the birth of Christ into service as a vehicle for social change and compassion.  Seldom has religion been better used.

Review of "The Box," opening 11/6 at area theaters

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The Box
Director: Richard Kelly
With: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Sam Oz Stone

The set-up for this film is intriguing.  It wants to be a moral dilemma wrapped in a creepy thriller.  It almost makes it, before it crashes and burns.
A Virginia couple who have experienced some economic reverses (Diaz and Marsden) receive a box that has a red button on top.  A mysterious man named Steward (Langella), tells them that if they push the button, someone somewhere in the world, and unknown to them, will die.  The will receive one million dollars.

Review of "An Education," opening 11/6 at the Fox Tower

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An Education (England)
Director: Lone Scherfig
With: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Cara Seymour, Olivia Williams, Dominic Cooper, Matthew Beard

England felt the effects of World War II long after the war ended, in rationing, social conservatism and a lack of spirit.  Still, the country produced great talent in the 50s and 60s, and the beginning of the England of the Beatles and Stones was about when this movie is set, say 1961.

Review of "Selfless," opening today (11/6) at Cinema 21

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Selfless (2008)
Director: Jacob Pander
With: Josh Rengert, Mo Gallini, Jennifer Hong, October Moore

The Panders are Portland-based artists and film-makers, and they create graphic novels, music videos and films.  The Operation was an experimental short porn film, that was remarkable for its imagery.
Selfless is their first try at a full-length plotted film, an identity-theft thriller, complete with murder and a drug-smuggling subplot.  The movie looks beautiful, and Portland is lovingly rendered in gorgeous images.  The acting is never less than competent, and never more.

Black Book Talk on 11/05/09

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Black Book Talk
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Thu, 11/05/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

The hosts focus on "Vancouver Avenue: Yesterday, Today and Forever," a pictorial history of Portland's Vancouver Baptist Church and the community it serves.

Common Sense: Basic Rights Oregon and the Immigrant Community

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Wed, 11/04/2009

 Common Sense Talk Radio

 Hosted by Kayse JamaGrassia Melendez, and Lucilene Lira
 From the Center for Intercultural Organizing

56:16 minutes (25.76 MB)

Appalshop Celebrates their 40th Anniversary!

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Wed, 11/04/2009

Appalshop, a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and education center, located in Whitesburg Kentucky, has just celebrated it’s 40th year of existence in the heart of Appalachia.
Appalshop is dedicated to the proposition that the world is immeasurably enriched when local cultures garner the resources, including new technologies, to tell their own stories and to listen to the unique stories of others.
Tonight on Circle A Radio, we talk to Art Menius , The Director of Appalshop. We will also listen to excerpts from their documentary film work, their record releases, the programs on their community radio station WMMT, and more.

57:51 minutes (23.17 MB)

Between the Covers on 11/05/09

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Between the Covers
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Thu, 11/05/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

Host Ed Goldberg interviews Portland writer and journalist Chelsea Cain, author of Evil at Heart, the third in a series of thrillers about a female serial killer.

The Other Team focuses on books, music & school

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Tue, 11/03/2009

Tonight, The Other Team focuses on books, music and schools.

Carla interviews Zena, from the Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition, about what's happening in Oregon Schools, including networking with Gay Straight Alliances and being a resource for school staff and students.

Next, we talk with Erin Malus and Twig Deluje from Bare Bones Press & Productions about their favorite picks from Young Adult literature that LGBTQ youth might be interested in.

55:09 minutes (25.25 MB)
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