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


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


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


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

Black Book Talk
Air date: 
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

program date: 
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!

program date: 
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

Between the Covers
Air date: 
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

program date: 
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)

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human; an interview with Richard Wrangham

program date: 
Mon, 11/02/2009

 Hosted by Dr. David Naimon

Today, Dr. Naimon interviews Richard Wrangham, author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, and professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University, discusses how our shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution.

26:59 minutes (24.71 MB)

Shawn Rogers & Theatre in the Grove

Stage and Studio
program date: 
Tue, 11/03/2009
 Dmae Roberts talks with Veteran Actor and Singer Shawn Rogers tells us about the upcoming 40th anniversary of Theatre in the Grove. 
8:09 minutes (7.46 MB)
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