Review of Big Fan, opening Sept. 11 at Cinema 21


Big Fan
Director: Robert Siegel
With: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Michael Rappaport

The best thing about this movie, among a lot of good things, is that a viewer can project her/his own prejudices on to the main characters.  No matter what you think about sports mania, you can find something to seize on.
Paul (Oswalt) is a stunted man-child from Staten Island with a crummy job who lives and dies with the fortunes of his favorite pro football team, the NY Giants.  He has no other life beyond his fealty to the team. 

Forbidden Lies - opens today


Forbidden Lies

Directed by Anna Broinowski

Shows: Sept 11-13 at the Hollywood Theatre


Heather Sharfeddin, Author of Windless Summer, a novel of a small town in the Columbia Gorge

Between the Covers
program date: 
Thu, 09/03/2009

 Ed Goldberg interviews Heather Sharfeddin, author of Windless Summer, a novel of a small town in the Columbia Gorge with a motel that might be a karma center.  Publisher's Weekly:  "Tom Jemmet is the widower owner of the rundown Jemmet Motel, and his relationship with his autistic 12-year-old daughter, Sienna, takes center stage in a plot packed with secrets."  The back drop to the story is that the town is dying, businesses are closing and the people are moving away.

28:09 minutes (19.33 MB)

Erika Moen & Lucy Knisley on Words & Pictures

Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 09/10/2009

Lucy Knisley, author of French Milk, and Erika Moen, creator of DAR: A Super-Girly Top-Secret Comic Diary, join Words & Pictures' S.W. Conser to discuss cartoon travelogues, online journaling, collaborative art-making, and the fine line between Renaissance iconography and porn.  Warning: explicit content.

31:58 minutes (12.81 MB)

Robert Olmstead on His Life as a Writer

Between the Covers
program date: 
Thu, 08/27/2009

 Jim Schumach talks with Robert Olmstead about his life and writing, including Stay Here with Me, a Memoir.  Olmstead's most recent book is Far Bright Star, and is the author of six previous books. Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Award, was a #1 Book Sense Pick, and was a Borders Original Voices pick. Olmstead is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and an NEA grant, and he is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.

22:40 minutes (15.57 MB)

Time-Based Arts Festival and Hispanic Heritage Month Festival on Community Grooves

program date: 
Fri, 09/04/2009


On September's Community Grooves program, Host Natalie Butto features the Time Based Art Festival and start of Hispanic Heritage month. Guests are Erin Boberg Doughton from PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art) and Antonio Sonera of the Miracle Theater (Centro Milagro).


28:34 minutes (26.16 MB)

Movie Talk: Links of Interest – a review of LORNA'S SILENCE

 Here is a link to my Vancouver Voice review of the Dardenne Brothers' new film Lora's Silence, opening at the Hollywood on Friday, September 11th, 2009

Ground Kontrol Celebrates 10 years

The Underground
program date: 
Wed, 08/26/2009

BreAna Loranger, former KBOO Youth Collective reporter interviews Art Santana and Anthony Ramos of Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade about their 10 years of business. Together Art and Anthony explain the history and evolution of this arcade and their plans for the future.

Whether you are an arcade buff or simply enjoy the ocassional video game Ground Kontrol has something you'll enjoy spending fifty cents on. This interview is an excerpt of a longer interview that will be posted shortly, and does a great job of showing how unique Portland is for providing a breeding ground for something like this arcade to thrive in.

6:56 minutes (6.35 MB)

Review of 9, opening today (9/9/09)


9 (Computer Animation)
Director: Shane Acker
Voices of: Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Connelly, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover

The reason that Pixar is the best at computer animated films is because they spend time and money on a script.  Others have come close (the Shrek films) but none has surpassed Pixar’s record of stories and characters we care about.  9 has neither.
A post-apocalyptic tale with hand-made cloth beings, each with a kind of mission, that come together to fight a kind of malignant intelligence which can create war machines as it needs to.  Naturally, the little critters manage to join to do battle with evil.  And that points to the purpose of the tale.

Dudu Intrudes

Ubu Hour
program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2009

DUDU INTRUDES is a homage to Alfred Jarry's Ubu plays, with Ma and Pa Dudu as the ugly Americans who are visiting a house in a foreign country after their car breaks down. It's rude and crass, and hopefully catches some of the spirit of the original Ubu./..

33:55 minutes (31.06 MB)
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