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Is Hell Other People?

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Mon, 11/09/2009

Jean-Paul Sartre's play "No Exit" is playing at Imago Theater, across the street  from KBOO, through November 15.  Here are Clayton Morgareidge's thoughts about what we can learn from it and it's famous line, "Hell is other people."  You can read the text of this  commentary here.  

8:54 minutes (5.1 MB)

Stage and Studio on 11/10/09

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Stage and Studio
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Tue, 11/10/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

 Dmae Roberts talks with longtime friend of the theatre scene...Sharon Whitney. She's joined by Janet Bradley of Tears of Joy Theatre to talk about the play Sharon's written "Rumplestiltskin."  And in the second half, Kimberly Brodkin tells us about the Multicultural Symposium at Lewis & Clark College.

Antichrist & Wild Things

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Mon, 11/09/2009

 Our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken give their psychoanalytic take on two current  films dealing with the  theme of mothers and sons: Antichrist, by the Danish director Lars von Trier; and Where the Wild Things  Are, directed by Spike Jonze.  Find out here which one they think you should see!

13:34 minutes (7.77 MB)

Is Hell Other People?

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Review of "The Men Who Stare at Goats," now playing

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The Men Who Stare at Goats
Director: Grant Heslov
With: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Lang

George Clooney has made a career of doing films both funny and serious about social issues and politics.  Goats is one of those funny ones, just not one of the best.
Bob Wilton (McGregor) is a journalist trying to get his life together after personal and professional reverses.  In an interview with a whistle-blower, he learns about Lyn Cassady, who was part of an experimental Army program to create a force that wins wars with psychic power.

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.

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