Stories for September 29, 2009
The chaste, passionate romance of 19th century poet John Keats and his neighbor the practical Fanny Brawne is the subject of Jane Campion’s latest film, “Bright Star” (opened September 25 at Landmark’s La Jolla Village Theaters). You can listen to our discussion of the film of the September edition of Film Club of the Air.
Last summer I was saddened by the closing of UK based Tartan Films and Tartan Video (which put out my beloved Tartan Asia Extreme). But happily Tartan didn’t vanish entirely. The U.S. company Palisades has acquired the Tartan library and looks to be seeking out a similar brand of films that push the envelope, like their latest Palisades Tartan DVD release of “Princess,” which comes out today.
A tsunami advisory was issued for the California coast today after a powerful earthquake struck in the South Pacific near American Samoa.
The number of San Diegans living in poverty is at a 50 year high. New census data released Tuesday shows San Diego County’s poverty rate is rising faster than anywhere else in the state.
Consumer advocates say Governor Schwarzenegger can help reform California's health care system by signing two bills on his desk. One measure would prohibit insurers from charging women more for policies. The other would require all health plans to cover maternity care.
On this edition of Film Club of the Air, we'll talk about the latest developments in the case against Roman Polanski, and we'll review new films about fashion icon Coco Chanel, poet John Keats, and see if newbie director Drew Barrymore's roller derby movie offers some laughs. We'll also get the scoop on a San Diego filmmaker's much buzzed about new film called Paranormal Activity.
Federal experts say a magnitude-7.9 quake in the South Pacific is not expected to produce a tsunami along the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia or Alaska.
We look at how the California Innocence Project has been working to overturn convictions of the wrongly accused for 10 years.
Many people choose to drink bottled water over tap water because it is supposed to be cleaner and safer. But recent reports show that bottled water often contains contaminants and is less regulated than tap water. We speak with two experts about the many issues surrounding bottled water versus tap water.
California Republicans are starting to announce their candidacies. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.
Since Roman Polanski just made the news again in regards to a thirty-year-old case involving allegations of rape and since we discussed the case on Film Club today, I thought I would highlight the documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired." (Originally reviewed August 15, 2008.) You can listen to our Film Club discussion.
The American Cinematheque in LA just screened a double bill of old Japanese horror films: "Hausu (House)" and "Goke: Body Snatcher from Hell." Here are a pair of clips they posted for "Hausu" that so delighted me that I had to share them. Technically these aren't trailers but they are such amazing teases for the film that I think they're appropriate to highlight here.