Documentary Rod Lott
Originally aired on PBS’ long-running “American Experience” series, the
hour-long “Houdini” documentary is a crash course on escape artist Harry
Houdini, arguably pop culture’s “greatest showman.”
What’s up, doc? You didn’t put me in the Halloween mood.
Documentary Rod Lott
There's a great documentary to tell the true story of Bram Stoker and
his enduring creation, but “Dracula: The Vampire and the Voivode” isn't
it. What’s a “voivode”? You’ll find out, but that should be one
indication as to this film’s lacking level of accessibility.
Documentary Phil Bacharach
Last year’s debacle over “The Tonight Show” didn’t quite reach
Shakespearean proportions, but you sure couldn’t tell it at the time.
When Jay Leno left the hallowed television franchise for a stab at prime
time, NBC gave the coveted late-night slot to Conan O’Brien, who had
been patiently waiting in the late-late-night wings.
When the next installment of PBS’ Emmy-nommed documentary series “Craft in America” premieres Oct. 17, it’ll feature an Oklahoma connection.
Guthrie’s own Lisa Sorrell will be among the four families featured on the “Family” episode, which aims to answer the question of whether talent is passed down from generation to generation. Sorrell is a bootmaker who opened her own business, Sorrell Custom Boots, customboots.net more than 15 years ago.
For a polar-opposite experience, Oklahoma City’s Lekeytha Dukes will appear on the Oct. 6 episode of “Judge Joe Brown.” She’s suing her brother, Randell Dukes, for $650. According to a CBS press release, the money was “for a loan the defendant used to promote a concert. Lekeytha says the defendant promised to repay her within a few days, but never did. Randell says he lost money on the concert and doesn’t feel he owes the plaintiff because he baby sits her kids for free all the time.” —Rod Lott
More yoga, Butterfingers, hairy bikers, Mick Jagger and walruses than your peepers can handle.
Lotsa local film and TV happenings are on the immediate horizon, so let’s run through them on the record so I can say, “I told you so!”
• Yo’ go see “Yogawoman,” a documentary on — wait for it — yoga and its influence on the modern woman. Narrated by three-time Oscar loser Annette Bening, the film screens Oct. 20 at Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, 706 W. Sheridan. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; drinks, appetizers and live music will be provided before the 8 p.m. showing. A recommended donation of $10 at the door will benefit the YWCA, and the screening is hosted by Yoga Room OKC. For more info, call Laura Lester at 823-7838. Check out the trailer or skip to the next item, about candy bars and serial killers.
• Fathom Events Presents “Fathom Thriller Thursdays” on Oct. 13 and Oct. 27. This is a fancy-sounding name for a double feature, one of which is a commercial directed by Rob Lowe, and the other like something my dad would watch on History Channel. At 7:30 p.m. both nights, see the horror-comedy featurette “Butterfinger the 13th,” followed by the documentary “Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Story.” You can see them at Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 6001 N. Martin Luther King, and Hollywood Spotlight 14, 1100 N. Interstate Drive in Norman. It’s not quite “The Exorcist,” but hey, it’s more Halloween-y than Fathom’s opera lineup.
• Speaking of History Channel, it debuts the reality show “Hairy Bikers” on Oct. 14, in which two guys on motorcycles (spoiler alert: the “Hairy Bikers” of the title) trek around the U.S., fueled by their passion for good food. On Friday’s very first episode, they visit Okahoma — specifically, Meers Restaurant, the Choc Beer Company and the Stroh Family Wheat Farm — all while you’re on your couch, eating a Hungry-Man Dinner. Again. (I should note that the bikers are British, but they do like hot chocolate.
• Speaking of Fathom Events, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 brings “The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas” to the aforementioned Hollywood Spotlight 14. The concert film was shot in Fort Worth on July 18, 1978, but has been digitally remastered in HD and features a new, 20-minute interview with Mick Jagger.
• For those who like their music less with less swagger, check out Lang Lang with the Philadelphia Orchestra for “Lang Lang Live on Franz Liszt’s 200th Birthday,” showing live at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 (with a replay Oct. 24), at Cinemark Tinseltown USA, 6001 N. Martin Luther King, and AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, 2501 W. Memorial. At 200 years old, don’t you think Liszt is starting to look a lot like Jagger? We shall see. ‘
• Finally, local filmmaker par excellence Mickey Reece debuts his latest way-out effort, “Walrus,” Oct. 22 at City Arts Center, with a live music performance by Samantha Crain. It’s about underground arm wrestling, and Reece promises his “most alienating movie” yet, so take that as a gotta-attend! Your trailer awaits below, and look for my review in the Oct. 19 issue of Oklahoma Gazette. —Rod Lott
What movie love lurks in the heart of man? ‘Shadows’ knows.
Documentary Rod Lott
At the start of the documentary “These Amazing Shadows,” various film
lovers talk about the magic of going to the movies, using phrases like
“window to the world” and “religious experience.” But the way things go
at the multiplexes these days — texters, talkers, popcorn-munchers —
when’s the last time you felt that sense of awe?
Beautiful, alien music gets a beautiful, alien concert film.
Documentary Matt Carney
If you missed last night’s chance at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, but
like music, watch “Inni.” If you like film, watch “Inni.” Even if you
liked Sigur Rós’ other concert documentary, “Heima,” go see “Inni.” I
personally guarantee that it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.