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Freeze Frame: “The Lion King” (PG), “Supervized” (R), “Under the Silver Lake” (R) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 19, 2019 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
Disney’s stampede to create so-called ‘live-action’ remakes of its animated classics continues with “The Lion King.” The super-realistic computer-generated imagery that replaces the classic hand-drawn animation is nothing short of spectacular. But for some reason, the cinematic magic of the 1994 version doesn’t make the transition quite as smoothly. Much of the film is a shot-for-shot recreation, but many of the scenes are more drawn out, adding unnecessarily to the film’s length. While there’s still much to like in “The Lion King,” it won’t go down as the pride of the remakes.
The so-called comedy “Supervized” will be a bona fide contender for the worst film of 2019. A sad embarrassment to all involved, “Supervized” stars Tom Berenger, Beau Bridges and Louis Gossett, Jr. as foul-mouthed former superheroes living out their difficult elder years in an Irish retirement community. Nefarious foes try to sap the former caped crusaders of what’s left of their superpowers. “Supervized” represents the nadir of these actors’ storied careers.
Andrew Garfield stars in the wacky neo-noir mystery, “Under the Silver Lake.” Filmmaker David Robert Mitchell has a lot on his mind with this ambitious mind bender about a man whose beautiful neighbor goes missing. As the paranoid man attempts to solve the puzzle of her disappearance, things in LA keep getting weirder and weirder. Hitchcock and David Lynch are just two of the many Hollywood influences in this ambiguous project that has too many ideas for its own good.
Also opening this week, “She’s Just a Shadow” is an unrated English language Japanese action thriller featuring gangsters, a madam and a serial killer. We’re also offered two music documentaries. One is “Echo in the Canyon” about the pop music that came out of California’s Laurel Canyon in the 1960s. The other is called “Pick it Up: Ska in the 90s.”[social_share url="https://kkfi.org/program-episodes/freeze-frame-the-lion-king-pg-supervized-r-under-the-silver-lake-r/" title="Freeze Frame: “The Lion King” (PG), “Supervized” (R), “Under the Silver Lake” (R)"/]
Take Two: “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (R) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 19, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
The drama "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019, where it won awards for Best Directing and a Special Jury Prize for Creative Collaboration. It marks the debut of writer/director/producer Joel Talbot, based on the true story of his childhood friend, Jimmie Fails. Fails plays himself in this arthouse entry about a man who tries to save the Victorian house his grandfather built.[social_share url="https://kkfi.org/program-episodes/take-two-the-last-black-man-in-san-francisco-r/" title="Take Two: “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (R)"/]
KC Tenants Organize and The Moral Budget ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 11, 2019 | 6:00pm
Affordable housing was a major issue in the mayor’s race. That’s due in part to a new group in town – KC Tenants. We’ll hear from them this week. Also, some people think that Congress is morally bankrupt, but the Poor People’s Campaign wants them to pass a Moral Budget: you know, one that actually cares more for the needy rather than the needs of defense contractors.[social_share url="https://kkfi.org/program-episodes/heartland-labor-forum-july-11-2019/" title="KC Tenants Organize and The Moral Budget"/]
Freeze Frame” “Stuber” (R), “Shadow” (Not rated), “Firecrackers” (Not rated) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 12, 2019 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
The violent action farce “Stuber” plays a bit like a comic reworking of the Tom Cruise/Jamie Foxx action flick, “Collateral.” Kumail Nanjiani plays an Uber driver named Stu, hence the jokey title. Dave Bautista is an LA cop who commandeers the ride, forcing Stu to take him on a series of trips to capture a homicidal drug lord. Nanjiani and Bautista are an appealingly odd couple and their repartee earns some laughs, but we’ve seen all of this before. The best rating that I can give this Stuber ride is three stars.
China’s premier filmmaker Zhang Yimou returns with another sumptuously filmed wuxia entry. “Shadow.” In ancient China, an ailing military commander finds his doppelganger and trains him to fight in his place in order to fulfill an intricate plan to bring down the king. The story is a bit confusing and the acting melodramatic, but “Shadow” is still an involving and stylish action epic.
The Canadian coming-of-age drama “Firecrackers” is rude, foul-mouthed and irreverent. It’s also beautifully acted, painfully realistic and heartbreaking. Michaela Kurimsky and Karena Evans play two teenage friends who long to escape their poverty-stricken small town lives but are seemingly thwarted at every turn. There’s not a moment of Hollywood gloss or phoniness in “Firecrackers,” only the pop of raw emotions.
Also opening this week, “Crawl” is a horror entry about alligators attacking folks after a hurricane. “The Fall of the American Empire” is a French-Canadian thriller about a delivery man who stumbles upon millions in mob cash after a robbery gone wrong. “Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable” is a documentary about the famed surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack. Jesse Eisenberg stars in “The Art of Self-Defense,” a dark comedy about a timid bookkeeper who takes martial arts classes after being attacked by a motorcycle gang.[social_share url="https://kkfi.org/program-episodes/freeze-frame-stuber-r-shadow-not-rated-firecrackers-not-rated/" title="Freeze Frame” “Stuber” (R), “Shadow” (Not rated), “Firecrackers” (Not rated)"/]
Take Two: “Yesterday” (PG-13) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 12, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
In "Yesterday," Himesh Patel from the BBC TV series "Eastenders" plays an unsuccessful musician who, through a cosmic fluke, becomes the only living person to know the songs of The Beatles. This high-concept romantic fantasy also features Lily James ("Mama Mia: Here We Go Again"), and Kate McKinnon (TV's "Saturday Night Live"). The film was written by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually") directed by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire").[social_share url="https://kkfi.org/program-episodes/take-two-yesterday-pg-13/" title="Take Two: “Yesterday” (PG-13)"/]
WYCO Behavioural Health Court; and AROC And The Stop Urban Shield Coalition ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 8, 2019 | 9:00am
Host Craig Lubow talks with Judge Michael Russell of the Wyandotte County Behavioural about how the court works to help those convicted of a felony with a mental illness get treatment instead of putting them into a correctional system.
Host Margot Patterson talks with Sharif Zakout of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center in San Francisco, California, about their work to meet the needs of the Arab community in San Francisco and their work as part of the Stop Urban Shield Coalition challenging police and law enforcement militarization.[social_share url="https://kkfi.org/program-episodes/wyco-behavioural-health-court-and-aroc-and-the-stop-urban-shield-coalition/" title="WYCO Behavioural Health Court; and AROC And The Stop Urban Shield Coalition"/]
Special for July 4th: Who Counts in the US and What To do If ICE Comes ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 4, 2019 | 6:00pm
We’ll ask an ACLU attorney who worked on the Supreme Court census case, who should count in the U.S. Then, as outrage mounts against the child concentration camps and threats of mass deportation, we’ll ask immigration attorney Jessica Piedra what to do if ICE knocks on your door or your neighbor’s door.[social_share url="https://kkfi.org/program-episodes/heartland-labor-forum-july-4-2019/" title="Special for July 4th: Who Counts in the US and What To do If ICE Comes"/]
Freeze Frame: “Spiderman: Far From Home” (PG-13), “Midsommar” (R) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 5, 2019 | Noon on "Arts Magazine"
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man just wants to enjoy a quiet European vacation with his high school pals. Is that too much to ask? Of course, it is. Tom Holland returns as the socially artless Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” During his summer holiday on the continent, Peter is recruited by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury to don an advanced Spider-Man suit and join forces with new superhero Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. It seems that strange creatures have taken over the elemental forces of earth, water, air and fire and started destroying European cities. Whew.
The writing and directing team behind 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” reunite for a surprisingly successful action adventure laced with plenty of lighthearted and self-deprecating humor. Holland is appealingly awkward, and Gyllenhaal provides some needed gravitas. As usual, the special effects are spectacular even though the action scenes sometimes become a colorful blur.
The real appeal of “Spider-Man: Far From Home” comes from the comic coming-of-age elements. ‘Will Spider-Man get the girl?’ becomes more interesting than, ‘Will Spider-Man get the bad guy?’ Cheeky fun, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is yet another winner in the Marvel Universe.
Last year’s startling horror entry “Hereditary” proved to be an impressive debut for writer/director Ari Aster. His follow-up, “Midsommar,” is equally impressive and equally horrifying. Florence Pugh plays a young woman who clings to her boyfriend, played by Jack Reynor, after her family endures a violent tragedy. They decide to join some friends on a trip to a remote Swedish village for a pagan festival. What at first seems like a bucolic retreat devolves into a sun-drenched nightmare.
This arty creepfest plays like “Wicker Man” as imagined by a demon-possessed Ingmar Bergman. While it has flashes of brilliance, “Midsommar” is overlong and overindulgent.
Still, there’s no denying its macabre power.
Take Two: “Shaft” (R) ORIGINAL BROADCAST: July 5, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
That bad 'you-know-what' Shaft has returned to the big screen. Samuel L. Jackson ("Captain Marvel") is the titular private dick hero, John Shaft...or does the title also refer to his son JJ Shaft ("Jessie T. Usher from "Ride") and John Shaft, Sr. (Richard Roundtree from "Seven")? This action comedy was directed by Tim Story ("Barbershop").[social_share url="https://kkfi.org/program-episodes/take-two-shaft-r/" title="Take Two: “Shaft” (R)"/]
Sandra Moran Book Club-Burke-Prescott ORIGINAL BROADCAST: June 29, 2019 | 1:00pm
Compass Rose by Anna Burke and 2° by Bev Prescott are perhaps best categorized as climate fiction,or cli-fi. They are also suspenseful, thrilling, occasionally terrifying, and brilliantly written with memorable characters. Anna and Bev join Michelle Pond and host Elizabeth Andersen to discuss their books.[social_share url="https://kkfi.org/program-episodes/sandra-moran-book-club-burke-prescott/" title="Sandra Moran Book Club-Burke-Prescott"/]