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Freeze Frame: “Roma” (R), “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (PG), “The Favourite” (R), “Mortal Engines” (PG-13) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 14, 2018 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón can go ahead and make space on his mantle for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar he’ll receive for “Roma,” a fond recollection of his childhood in Mexico City. Newcomer Yalitza Aparicio leads the film as Cuarón’s beloved nanny, Cleo, an indigenous woman with more than her share of problems. There isn’t much of a plot to speak of, but it’s a heartfelt and beautifully photographed black-and-white cinematic memoir.
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is a wildly imaginative, energetic animated Marvel epic that finally captures Spider-Man's cheeky humor. This is as close to a comic book come to life as you're likely to ever see on the big screen. Involving and fun, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the best animated film of 2018.
Olivia Coleman's splendid performance as Queen Anne is the best thing about “The Favourite,” an over-directed period piece that plays like an 18th century version of "All About Eve." Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are also fine as two ladies of the court who employ Machiavellian means as they vie for the queen’s favor. It’s a nasty battle of wits and wills.
“Mortal Engines” is an oddball cinematic spectacular based on Philp Reeve’s sci-fi novel. In a steampunk post-apocalyptic future, a movie gets swallowed whole by its own gargantuan production design. There isn’t a moment in this spectacle that is the least bit interesting. “Mortal Engines” is the first novel of a quartet. Let’s hope they leave this overwrought opus a solo.
Also opening this week, “The Mule” is the latest drama from filmmaker Clint Eastwood. He stars in the true story of a 90-year-old man who becomes an unwitting drug runner. “Once Upon a Deadpool” is a PG-13 re-edited version of this year’s earlier R-rated Marvel hit, “Deadpool 2.”
Take Two: “Maria By Callas” (PG) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 14, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Celebrated operatic diva Maria Callas tells her own story in the documentary "Maria By Callas." Footage from home movies, interviews and film and television appearances are edited together to allow the tempestuous star to profile herself. Her letters are read by another celebrated soprano, Kansas City's own Joyce DiDonato.
Freeze Frame: “At Eternity’s Gate” (R), “Maria by Callas” (PG), “Asher” (R) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 7, 2018 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
A strong performance by Wilem Defoe is the main attraction of the eccentric biopic "At Eternity's Gate," the story of the last days in the life of Vincent Van Gogh. Filmmaker Julian Schnabel is also a renowned artist, so this ambitious arthouse entry may have special appeal to aesthetes.
While lofty pretentions aren’t a bad thing, Schnabel’s instance on herky-jerky camera work and glacial pace gets a little tiring. Individual scenes work beautifully, particularly a conversation Van Gogh has with a priest, played by Mads Mikkelsen, who must decide whether or not to release the troubled artist from an asylum.
But “At Eternity’s Gate” may be a bit too affected for its own good.
The most acclaimed operatic diva of her time is the subject of the documentary "Maria By Callas." Footage from TV interviews and home movies allows Callas to tell her own story. Callas' letters are read by famed soprano and KC native Joyce DiDonato. The film covers her insulated youth, her rise to fame, the heat of the spotlight and her on-and-off romance with Aristotle Onassis. “Maria by Callas” is intriguing even for non-opera fans.
Ron Perlman plays an aging hit man in "Asher," a violent thriller that also stars Famke Janssen as a woman he falls for. While it's competent, there are more than a few moments that stretch credibility and the whole affair seems a bit too familiar. "Asher" just misses the target.
Also opening this week, “Never-ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki” is a documentary about Japan’s most famous and acclaimed anime director. “The Mercy” is a drama that tells the true story of an amateur sailor’s disastrous attempt to win a solo around-the-world yacht race in 1968 in a desperate attempt to save his failing business with the cash prize. Oscar winners Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz star.
Take Two: “Widows” (R) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 7, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and screenwriter Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl") join forces for a gritty, realistic heist film, "Widows." Viola Davis plays a woman whose husband (Liam Neeson) leads a successful crime ring. Things get complicated when one of their robberies goes wrong and the wives are blackmailed by a ruthless gangster. The cast also includes Robert Duvall, Danile Kaluuya, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, Brian Tyree Henry, Cynthia Erivo and Elizabeth Debicki.
Nonviolence Now! ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 13, 2018 | 5:00 am
We’re joined by Kit Miller, Executive Director of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, who catches our listeners up to speed on the Nonviolence Now! Campain. Then, a quick look at emergency preparedness and nonviolence before we turn to an in-depth look at nonviolence in the news.
COP 24 ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 13, 2018 | 8:00 am
Democracy Now! broadcasts all week from the climate talks in Poland.
COP24 ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 12, 2018 | 8:00 am
Democracy Now! broadcasts all week from the climate talks in Poland.
Dave Lindorff on Pentagon Fraud ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 11, 2018 | 6:30pm
It’s not just hard, but impossible, to find out how much the Pentagon spends and on what. Elite media reception of new research in that arena suggests they’d just as soon keep the whole thing under wraps—while reserving their right to entertain complaints about food stamps, however.
COP 24 ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 11, 2018 | 8:00 am
Democracy Now! broadcasts live from the climate talks in Poland.
ARTSPEAK RADIO with Osvaldo Navarro, Writers Place, InterUrbanArtHouse, & Jones Gallery ORIGINAL BROADCAST: December 12, 2018 | 12:00 pm
Wednesday December 12, 2018 NOON - 1PM CST
Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Kansas City Kansas Police Officer Osvaldo Navarro, Jan Rog, Chell Navarro, Joy Baker, Wolfe Brack, and David Jones.