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FREEZE FRAME: “Graduation” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 28, 2017 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
Ten years ago, the harrowing Romanian abortion drama “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” marked the arrival of a major new talent, filmmaker Christian Mungiu (Chris-tee-ann Mon-JEEW). His latest effort, “Graduation,” won him the Best Director Award at the most recent Cannes Film Festival. Starkly realistic and involving, “Graduation” examines what occurs when good people compromise their principles when faced with a moral dilemma.
Adrian Titieni plays Romeo, a middle-aged doctor who wants only the best for his bright and ambitious daughter, hoping he can get her out of repressed Romania and into a prestigious British university. She can get a scholarship if she aces her high school exit exams. Just before exams day, however, she’s sexually assaulted and the emotionally drained girl underperforms on her tests. Her frustrated dad decides to pull some strings that could help her cheat on her follow-up tests.
Mungiu’s naturalistic story is complex and compelling as it fills us in on the details of Romeo’s life. The tension mounts as we come to understand his motives and put ourselves in his shoes. Would we act differently? What are the compromises we might make to ensure the success and safety of our children? “Graduation” is an intelligent drama that will stick with you.
Also opening this week, “The Circle” is a thriller starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks about shady goings on at a powerful social media company. Surprisingly, critics were not allowed to see it in advance…usually a bad sign. “How to Be a Latin Lover” is a broad comedy that features Salma Hayek and Raquel Welch. “After the Storm” is an art house Japanese entry about an author turned private detective who tries to reconnect with his estranged family. “The Transfiguration” is a low budget thriller about a troubled teen with a fixation on vampires.
TAKE TWO: “The Promise” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 28, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
It’s no accident that “The Promise” is the second war drama to open in the last few weeks that’s set in Turkey during the run up to WWI. The earlier film, “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” gives the Turkish point of view, minimizing the cost of the conflict to the Armenian people. “The Promise” supports the view of an Armenian genocide. “The Promise” is a romantic triangle about an Armenian medical student, played by Oscar Isaac, who falls for an Armenian nanny, played by Charlotte Le Bon. Problem is, the nanny’s boyfriend is an American journalist, played by Christian Bale, and the Turks are about to wipe them all out.
Why Boycott Driscolls & An Economy Without Immigrants ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 27, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Why Boycott Driscolls & An Economy Without Immigrants. It’s strawberry season, but before you bake that pie, look for the Driscoll label and don’t. There’s a boycott by workers in Mexico who are paid $6-12 a day. Find out more on The Heartland Labor Forum. Then, May Day is being forecast as a Day without immigrants. We’ll look at how important immigrants are to our local economy.
Transcending Politics;: Voices from the March/Community of Reason ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 25, 2017 | 06:00 pm
This episode of RadioActive Magazine asks the question: should science inform your politics...or is your mind already made up?
Kock Industries For Criminal Justice and Prison Reform? and Missouri Felony Stealing Statute Ruled Invalid ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 24, 2017 | 9:00 am
Mark Holden, general counsel at Koch Industries will discuss their initiatives for sentencing and prison reform in the criminal justice system. Tommy Simmons on what needs to be done to rectify convictions and pending prosecutions under invalidated MO felony stealing statutes.
“Homeland $ecurities: Policing for Profit” with Jon Adams ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 26, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Former federal law enforcement agent, Jon Adams (MBA), discusses his experience and philosophy on the state and history of U.S. incarceration. From his unique experience as an Immigration Agent and Deputy U.S. Marshal to his time working with offenders as an undercover inmate, Jon provides insight to the current state of law enforcement and to the dangers of proposed government policies.
FFREEZE FRAME: “The Promise,” “The Lost City of Z” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 21, 2017 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
It’s no accident that “The Promise” is the second war drama to open in the last few weeks that’s set in Turkey during the run up to WWI. The earlier film, “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” gives the Turkish point of view, minimizing the cost of the conflict to the Armenian people. “The Promise” supports the view of an Armenian genocide. “The Promise” is a romantic triangle about an Armenian medical student, played by Oscar Isaac, who falls for an Armenian nanny, played by Charlotte Le Bon. Problem is, the nanny’s boyfriend is an American journalist, played by Christian Bale, and the Turks are about to wipe them all out. Beautifully acted and produced, this respectable historical epic is far better than “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” but still never quite catches fire, romantically or politically.
“The Lost City of Z” is based on the true story of a British explorer who may have been the inspiration for Indiana Jones. Charlie Hunnam plays Percy Fawcett, the man who risked life and limb to repeatedly explore the Amazon rainforest in the early 1900s in order to prove his theory that an advanced civilization once thrived there. A slowly paced epic that clocks in at two hours and twenty minutes, “The Lost City of Z” focuses on intellect and mystery instead of thrills and adventure.
Also opening this week, “Free Fire” is a violent throwback action flick set in the 1970s. “Unforgettable” is a drama about a wacko ex-wife who goes after her ex-husband’s fiancee. Disney returns with another nature documentary about wildlife in the Far East. It’s called “Born in China.” “Phoenix Forgotten” is a sci-fi flick involving UFOs in 1997. “Their Finest” is a WWII drama about the production of British war movies. “Cezanne et Moi” involves the impressionist Paul Cezanne and his pal Emile Zola. “David Lynch, The Art Life” is a behind the scenes documentary about the cult classic, “Eraserhead.”
TAKE TWO: “Going in Style” ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 21, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ check out the new comedy from director Zach Braff. "Going in Style" is a loose remake of the 1979 comic drama that starred George Burns. This new version is much lighter, starring Oscar winners Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin as three retirees who, faced with financial difficulties, decide to rob a bank. The film also features Ann-Margaret in a supporting role.
Climate March Update ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 24, 2017 | 6:00 pm
The first guest will be Lori Lawrence, talking about the KC participation in the national march in DC. John Kurmann and Manny Abarca will be on to talk about the local march. Also, Kansas environmentalist, Joe Spease spoke at a town hall forum held in Kansas Representative Kevin Yoder's district on April 19th. We'll hear what he had to say.
New Works Festival + The Ghosts of Rhodes Manor ORIGINAL BROADCAST: April 24, 2017 | 12:00 pm
12-12:30 PM The Kansas City Repertory Theatre will be with us to talk about their upcoming "New Works Festival".
12:30-1:00 PM Julie McKinley will discuss Storybook Theatre and their upcoming show, "The Ghost Of Rhodes Manor".