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• friday • feb. 19 • 2010
also inside: ‘King’ is a royally good movie • Appleseed Cast heads to Norman • NMF3 announces open call • Texas Sapphires sparkle • Pierced Arrows are flying • Jack Splash talks big
friday, feb. 19, 2010
A royally good movie By Mary Anne Hempe
Mary Anne Hempe
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pop is published each Friday by The Norman Transcript, P.O. Box 1058, Norman, OK 73070. To advertise in this section, COVER ART: Filmmaker Brent Green is pictured in Colombia filming a short narrative, “En Tus Manos” or “In Your Hands.” Green along with Jeff Goldberg opened Toy Gun Films in January 2009.
I love the Oscars but they drive me nuts, too — especially when it comes to snubs. I’m still bummed Malcolm McDowell was ignored for his hilarious and horrifying portrayal of Alex in “A Clockwork Orange.” I can’t believe that “Star Trek,” one of the most exhilarating movies of 2009, didn’t make the cut for Best Picture. And how could the Academy not nominate Rupert Everett for his stellar portrayal of England’s doomed King Charles I in “To Kill a King” (2003)? Our story takes place in 1645, at the end of a long and bloody civil war. The common people have finally won a decisive victory over their hated monarch, Charles I (Everett), a lousy king who had been taxing them to death for years. Now the commoners want what they’ve been fighting for all along — a constitution, where the people have a say in their government, instead of following the whims of an arrogant fool. No one is more anxious to fulfill that promise than the popular Gen. Thomas Fairfax (a dashing Dougray
Forgotten Video Scott). Thomas led commoner troops to many victories during the long war and they all love him; those same loyal soldiers are now depending on Thomas to follow through. With Charles “imprisoned” (in his lavish castle, servants following his every whim), it’s time to start working on the new rules of order. Thomas has no doubt they’ll all be able to handle the transition to a new government in a civilized way. This is still England, after all. Unfortunately, negotiations go south from the start, thanks to cranky Oliver Cromwell (Tim Roth). Cromwell, who served as Thomas’s second-in-command during the war, despises the king. He feels no loyalty to Charles and treats him with no respect. Thomas wants to approach the king with diplomacy and tact, but Cromwell ignores him and barrels in like a mad dog, demanding that Charles sign over his power. Charles might appear to be a simpering sissy on the outside, but
Films playing at Warren Theatre NEW RELEASES: • Shutter Island: A U.S. marshal (Mark Ruffalo) and his partner (Leonardo DiCaprio) travel to a Massachusetts island to investigate the disappearance of a criminally insane patient. R. NOW SHOWING: Avatar 2D and 3D: A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet’s indigenous population. PG-13. • Crazy Heart: Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a traveling country musician with a rough past. He meets Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a writer, who helps him to understand who he is under all his baggage. R. • Dear John: When on leave, soldier John Tyree falls for college
student Savannah Curtis, who is on her spring break.The two carry on their relationship through letters as John faces seven years of deployment. PG-13. • Edge of Darkness: Detective Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is on a mission to investigate the death of his daughter, an activitst. In his search, he uncovers a corporate and government cover up. R. • From Paris With Love: James Reece sets aside his cushy CIA day job to pair up with Charlie Wax (John Travolta) in a scheme to stop a terrorist bombing plot. R. • Percy Jackson and the Olympians:The Lightning Thief: Accident-prone teenager Percy is in for a shock — he is the son of Poseidon. He sets out on a quest
when he learns that Zeus’s lightning has been stolen to prevent a war between the gods. PG. • The Book of Eli: Denzel Washington stars in this futuristic movie that fights to bring America back from the wasteland it has become. R. • The Tooth Fairy: Six-year-old Tess is highly disappointed when Derek tells her the tooth fairy isn’t real. PG. • The Wolfman: A man returns to his family estate to look for his missing brother.There, he discovers a curse that turns men into beasts. R. • Valentine’s Day:This movie, chocked full of several A-listers, connects 10 people and their Valentine’s Day experience. PG-13.
underneath all that satin and lace is a cunning politician who refuses to budge. The throne is his by divine right and he will never give it up. Thomas is horrified when a furious Cromwell demands that Charles be put on trial, and executed if necessary. Although Thomas supports Cromwell’s ideas for a new government, he cannot condone regicide. Besides, Thomas’s noble-born wife, the luscious Lady Anne (Olivia Williams), is close to Charles, and her snooty family would never forgive him if he didn’t at least try to stop this madness. When Thomas tells Cromwell his plan stinks, Cromwell flies into a rage and demands that Thomas be arrested for treason. None of the guards will carry out the order. No matter. Cromwell has more important matters to tend to than the traitorous Thomas. Cromwell has a king to kill. Roth is great, as always, but it’s the divine Mr. Everett who steals the show as Charles. Funny, flamboyant, tough and pathetic, Everett makes sure we don’t forget that Charles I is the real star of “To Kill a King.” You can find “To Kill a King” (not rated) at Hastings. Check it out.
Films playing at Robinson Crossing 6 • Shutter Island- A U.S. marshal (Mark Ruffalo) and his partner (Leonardo DiCaprio) travel to a Massachusetts island to investigate the disappearance of a criminally insane patient. R. • Dear John- When on leave, soldier John Tyree falls for college student Savannah Curtis, who is on her spring break.The two carry on their relationship through letters as John faces seven years of deployment. PG-13. • An Education: Jenny is a 16-year old with the world ahead of her. When David, an older, more worldly suitor, sweeps her off her feet, her successful plans seem to go out the window. PG-13. • Avatar in 3D: A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet’s indigenous population. PG-13. • Crazy Heart- Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a traveling country musician with a rough past. He meets Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a writer, who helps him to understand who he is under all his baggage. R.
Films playing at Hollywood Spotlight 14 NEW RELEASES • Shutter Island: A U.S. marshal (Mark Ruffalo) and his partner (Leonardo DiCaprio) travel to a Massachusetts island to investigate the disappearance of a criminally insane patient. R. NOW PLAYING • Dear John: When on leave, soldier John Tyree falls for college student Savannah Curtis, who is on her spring break.The two carry on their relationship through letters as John faces seven years of deployment. PG-13. • An Education: Jenny is a 16year old with the world ahead of her. When David, an older, more worldly suitor, sweeps her off her feet, her plans seem to go out the window. PG-13.
• Avatar in 3D: A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet’s indigenous population. PG-13. • Crazy Heart: Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a traveling country musician with a rough past. He meets Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a writer, who helps him to understand who he is under all his baggage. R. • Edge of Darkness: Detective Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is on a mission to investigate the death of his daughter, an activist. In his search, he uncovers a corporate and government cover up. R. • Extraordinary Measures: John Crowley (Brendan Fraser) is living the life. Climbing higher up the corporate ladder at work and
building a home with his wife and three children. His priorities begin to change, however, when his two youngest children are diagnosed with fatal Pompe disease. Crowley turns to Dr. Robert Stonehill to help him find a cure. PG. • From Paris With Love: James Reece sets aside his cushy CIA day job to pair up with Charlie Wax (John Travolta) in a scheme to stop a terrorist bombing plot. R. • It’s Complicated: After a decade long divorce, Jane and Jake have rediscovered sparks. R. • Leap Year: After receiving earrings instead of an engagement ring, Anna (Amy Adams) decides to take things into her own hands by traveling to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend. PG.
Pierced Arrows are flying By Doug Hill pop reviewer
Pierced Arrows Descending Shadows Vice Music Fred Cole (vocals/guitar) will be 62 this year. He’s old enough to know that Pierce Arrow was a fine American motorcar back in the day. Something his 20something publicist for this album was unaware of. Cole has played in a half dozen combos since 1964 and he’s brought that experience to bear in this fine American rock LP.
Along with spouse Toody (bass/vocals) and percussionist Kelly Halliburton they’ve made an uncompromising set of songs that are beautiful for their raw and often brutal
integrity. Beautiful isn’t always pretty and that’s what you’ll hear in tracks “Let it Rain” and “Paranoia.” Cole’s guitar jangles maniacally and vocals
are rarely harmonized but the emotion and passion can’t be denied. “Buried Alive” sends an arrow right to the heart of our youth’s current propensity for making music on an Apple. “It’s a techno generation watching what can fail/ They can bend your mind with sound waves, put you into hell.” Track 3 “On Our Way” is a defiant and ultimately happy anthem of remaining true to their roots. It’s common for female singer-songwriters to include their lyrics in the liner notes but Cole did it here, too, leaving no doubt just how dark his shadows can be.
Texas Sapphires sparkle on the music scene By Andrew W. Griffin pop writer
The Texas Sapphires “As He Wanders …” (Fluttering Uvula Music) Billy Brent Malkus, a former Maryland hog farmer-turned-punkerturned-country-crooner and Rebecca Lucille Cannon, a Kitty Wells-esque singer with a love of classic country and early rock n’ roll, recently came together and have chosen to make beautiful country music under the classy banner, The Texas Sapphires. Malkus and Cannon, along with guitar-slingin’ Bob “Slim Bawb” Pearce, may be the new kids on the rural route but they know how to get you wishin’ you could grab your best gal and hit the dancehall floor with their mighty fine debut album, “As He Wanders …”
The Sapphires kick things off with the steadyas-she-goes “Nashville Moon,” an Arty Hill song, followed by the pedalsteeled beauty “190.” They get it right, if you know what I mean. There’s a formal frivolity to “How Did I Get So Sloppy Drunk (When I Was Drinkin’ Neat)” and Cannon shines on the spare and lovely “Make Him Make Me.” The lyrically brilliant “Stunt Double,” an infectious Junior Brownstyled track, features Malkus on lead singing about getting a “tough fella to stand right in” and take what’s coming to him from his upset woman. You’ll go from laughing to crying when you hear Cannon take the lead on the mountaintop bluegrass song “Teardrops Or Rain” in the vein of Patty Loveless’s “Mountain Soul” material.
“Farmer’s Tan,” written by Pearce, is a barnburning bluegrass stomper while “Freiheit Rag” is a picker-and-a-grinner of an acoustic instrumental that fits well alongside the vocal-propelled tracks on “As He Wanders …” Overall, this album from The Texas Sapphires is enjoyable and appealing,
particularly for fans of rootsy Americana music with a Texas sensibility. The Texas Sapphires will make an appearance Feb. 27 at the Silver Dollar Saloon in the Route 66 Bowl at 3810 NW 39th St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and there is a $5 cover. For more information, call 946-2717. Or visit
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On the cover Local film company champions moral courage By Aaron Wright entertainment editor
Brent Green didn’t come out of the womb ready to make movies. In fact, it wasn’t until he was exiting his teen years the art began to capture his interest. “I was never into art or music or anything,” Green said. While attending classes at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Green really began to dive into the creative world. The next stop on his journey involved assisting his dad on location for the filming of “End of the Sphere,” which his father produced. Throughout his work, Green discovered his passion for films. “I learned on the job,” Green said of his skill development throughout the movie. His following stint was working for his dad’s newly formed documentary company. He started by assisting with the editing of the documentaries and ended his two years there as vice president of new media. Since then, it’s been a fast and furious ride that led this
26-year-old to create his own film company, Toy Gun Films. Toy Gun officially opened in January 2009, with an office in the Oklahoma City and an office in the Los Angeles area, where Green’s partner Jeff Goldberg works. The goal of the film company is to tell stories around the world that champion moral courage, Green said. Toy Gun is a (501 C3) not-for-profit enterprise. “We do short films, documentaries and, hopefully, a full-length feature one day,” Green said. “These can make a real difference and be used in school settings.” A few months after opening, Green found himself in Colombia, filming what would become the company’s first short narrative, “En Tus Manos” or “In Your Hands.” For this film, Green partnered with a production company in Columbia. He also hooked up with One Hope, a Colombian ministry. “They do a lot of valuebased ministries,” Green
said. One Hope provided Toy Gun Films with the storyline for “En Tus Manos.” The tale is about Carlos, a young Colombian teen. Raised in an abusive home in a violent neighborhood, Carlos decides to join a notorious gang. When he’s asked to murder a local pastor for his gang, Carlos begins to re-evaluate his life and what he’s doing with it. “It was a great story,” said Green. “En Tus Manos” was written by Oscar Torres, who also authored “Voces
Innocentes.” The lead actress was Paulina Gaitan, who has also appeared in the films “Trade” and “Sin Nombre.” The film was screened in Oklahoma City in January at Harkins Theater. Currently, it is making its rounds at film festivals as well as being screened to youth throughout Latin America. Green said he also knows of people who are screening the film to gang members in Oklahoma. Toy Gun also has produced a documentary
called “One Drop-Wishing Well,” a story about the water crisis in Rwanda. Green sees his next project taking place in Japan, highlighting materialism and “compensated dating.” He expects this to be on the same scale as “En Tus Manos,” a short film with potential to screen at
various venues. This will be Green’s directorial debut. Green also would like to start shooting music videos for local musicians. He has plans to make a video for singer Sherree Chamberlain. For more information on the company, visit toygunfilms.com.
friday, feb. 19, 2010
NMF3 announces open call for music videos pop staff The Norman Music Festival open call for music videos begins today. This year the Norman Music Festival will choose from original music videos by Oklahoma bands. Once all music videos are received and reviewed, many favorites will be selected and shown on screens in the Sooner Theatre and other areas during NMF3. Bands have more than one month to submit their
favorite song to NMF3. After March 25, judges will begin the process to find Oklahoma’s best original music videos. Entries must adhere to the following guidelines: • All music in videos must be original and written and performed by the Oklahoma band submitting the video. Due to copyright issues only original videos are qualified. • All genres will be considered, and most will be included in the festival to one extent or another. But the Norman Music Festival
is, generally speaking, an Indie music festival. • The Norman Music Festival is a family oriented event that is free and open to the public. No videos containing nudity, violence, and/or profanity will be accepted. • Ensure the video/audio is of high enough quality. Low quality video or audio may prohibit NMF3 from playing a video during the festival. To enter, include a copy of the music video on a DVD along with a Band Bio, 150
words or less, describing the band is and what they are about. Provide a band name and contact information, including a contact person, phone number and valid email address. Include the disclaimer, which can be uploaded from www.normanmusicfestival.com. Entries can be submitted to: Norman Arts Council, PO Box 85, Norman, OK 73070, ATTN: NMF Music Video. Every submission will receive a confirmation e-
Appleseed Cast kicks off tour at Opolis • Group to perform Feb. 24 By Aaron Wright entertainment editor
The Appleseed Cast, which hails from Lawrence, Kan., will kick off a new tour at Norman’s Opolis Feb. 24. On this tour the band will look to their past, playing songs from two albums, “Owl 1” and “Owl 2,” released in the early 2000s. “It’s sort of like the 10year anniversary,” said guitarist Aaron Pillar. The album has recently been rereleased on vinyl. The Flaming Lips has been one of the influences for the band over the years — a band that stayed true to their sound and didn’t change to fit into the fad music of the time. It took
The Appleseed Cast, which hails from Lawrence, Kan., will kick off a new tour at Norman’s Opolis Feb. 24. them time to get discovered for the talent they offered, but they continued making music, Pillar said. “You want to play music you like and music you hope other people like,” he said.
Pillar said the process of revisiting the band’s older work has reinvigorated the group for songwriting. Their last album, “Sagarmatha” was released in early 2009. Appleseed Cast is in the process of
recording another album. They expect it to hit stores fall 2010 or early 2011. Check out the band at their MySpace, www.myspace.com/theappleseedcast, or at 8 p.m. next Friday at Opolis.
mail within 72 hours of its reception. Many more details, as well as entry templates, are available at www.NormanMusicFestival.com. The third annual Norman Music Festival will be April 24 and April 25. The festival is free and open to the public and will take place on the 100, 200
and 300 blocks of historic Downtown East Main Street, east of the railroad tracks in the Arts District. For more information on the Norman Music Festival, open call and the official rules, call Holly Jones at email@example.com or visit www.normanmusicfestival.com.
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Jack Splash talks big By Doug Hill pop reviewer
Jack Splash Heir to the Throne Vol. I Mixtape J Records Jack Splash is better known for producing the music of Alicia Keys, John Legend and Shakira, rather than making his own records. He wants to change that and isn’t thinking small. In a press sheet Splash is quoted as saying, “I wanted to make my version of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ or ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ for this generation.” That’s some big talk, but if this compilation is indicative of what’s coming in a full-on LP later this year, there’s heft
backing the hype. “U Don’t Know What You’re Missin” highlights Splash’s reverence for classic funk, harmony and horn sections. The lyrics and guest appearance by T-Pain are 21st century but the arrangement and soul are 1965 Detroit. Three tracks take their titles from legends Little Richard, Sly Stone
and James Brown. “In the Future” and “Like a Ringtone” are strictly fluff and not the “forever music” he’s aiming for. But no matter, even the White Album has its “Rocky Raccoon” toss off. Splash may not be heir to John Lennon’s throne but Andre 3000’s is another matter entirely.