Review of "Whiteout" opening wide today (9/11/09)


Director: Dominic Sena
With: Kate Beckinsale, Tom Skerrit, Gabriel Macht, Alex O’Loughlin, Columbus Short

I am an acquaintance of Greg Rucka, a Portland writer whom I have interviewed a few times for KBOO on his fine work as a thriller writer.  He is also well-known for his graphic novels, from which this bad movie is adapted.  I hope he got paid a lot for this, because they ruined it.
Okay, I never read the books from which this came, but I can’t imagine Greg writing anything this bad.

Movie Talk: Links of Interest – a book review of THE BOOK OF GENESIS ILLUSTRATED BY R. CRUMB

 Here is a link to my review of the new R. Crumb comic book, his adaptation of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. The review appears here in the Vancouver Voice. Or, if you want to read a review with italics and illustrations, it is also to be found at my blog

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)
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