Archives For Entertainment


1. NOAA Grants $400,000 for Penobscot River Habitat Restoration

Penobscot River salmon can soon come home to a restored habitat with help
from a $400,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

2. Sport-Hunting Moratorium on Brown Bears in Kenai National Wildlife

Refuge Declared

Wikimedia Commons
An Alaska brown bear in Hallo Bay, Katmai National Park. Brown-bear sport
hunting has been banned in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge because of their
declining numbers.

3. New York Times Profiles Tribal Preservation of Native Species

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Black-footed ferret, reintroduced by tribes, is one of the animals noted in a recent
story in The New York Times.

4. Team International Wins NB3 Challenge, But Native Youth True Winners

5. Paiute Tribe of Las Vegas Allegedly Approached by Dan Snyder’s OAF

Associated Press

6. Should the Redskins Change Their Name? Let’s Ask This Guy

You’re offending American Indians before you even open your mouth. Your
argument is invalid.

7. The Oklahoma State Incident: Reforming the Racism Cycle

8. Vanderbilt University to Host First Powwow

9. Teenagers Charged in ABQ Homeless Murders to Be Tried As Adults by Law

Courtesy Albuquerque Police Department
A grand jury in August indicted Alex Rios, 18; Nathaniel Carrillo, 16; and
Gilbert Tafoya,15; on first-degree murder charges, plus lesser charges including
tampering with evidence, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and robbery.
If convicted of murder, they could face life in prison.

10. Legalized Pot Is a Mess of Trouble for Tribes

11. Treaty Council’s 40th Conference Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Rights

The first indigenous delegation to go to the UN in Geneva demanding their treaty rights.

12. It’s Long Past Time When Tribal Leaders Should Help Govern the Country

Byron Mallott is the Alaska Democratic Party nominee for governor.

13. 2011 Native American Film + Video Festival

14. Native American Indian: Actors, Models & Entertainers


Midnight Express

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At the age of 15 I saw this movie in the Cleveland Circle Cinema in Brookline.  With a rating of (R) it certainly wasn’t something I should have watched at that age. This movie is about Billy Hayes story of his experience of being arrested while on a trip in Istanbul, Turkey. He is arrested for carrying drugs and tries to escape.  He ends up having to spend 30-years in a Turkish prison. Life is worse than you could ever imagine. American prisoners are treated horribly (starved and beaten). The movie did not depict Turkish people in their true light. In the end Brad Davis who plays Billy Hayes ends up killing a guard who tries to sexually assault him. In fighting to free himself from the assault, the guard falls backwards hitting his head on a coat hook and dies. Brad Davis takes his uniform and walks right out of the prison to freedom.  He gets to Greece and a few weeks later ends up back with his family.  If you are a sensitive to brutality, this movie is not for you. There where a lot of scenes that were a little hard to watch. But it was a good story. My only wish was to see the Turkish people the way they truly were and not shown in a way that may have made it better for the purposes of the film itself.  I give the movie 3 1/2 stars.  The soundtrack was amazing!  Felina Silver Robinson

Cast

Brad Davis as Billy Hayes

Irene Miracle as Susan

Bo Hopkins as “Tex”

Paolo Bonacelli as Rifki

Paul L. Smith as Hamidou

Randy Quaid as Jimmy Booth

Norbert Weisser as Erich

John Hurt as Max

Kevork Malikyan as the Prosecutor

Yashaw Adem as the Airport police chief

Mike Kellin as Mr. Hayes

Franco Diogene as Yesil

Michael Ensign as Stanley Daniels

Gigi Ballista as the Judge

Peter Jeffrey as Ahmet

Michael Yannatos as Court translator


The Other Sister (1999)

 

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The Other Sister is a movie I’ve watched 3 or four times. Categorized as a romantic comedy. It’s also full of drama and adventure. Character Carla Tate who is mildly mentally challenged young woman who returns home to her family after years in a boarding school from where she received a certificate. Her parents are quite different from one another. The father is quite supportive and open to all that his daughter hopes and wants to do, while her mother is overprotective as well as overbearing. Carla goes onto trade school and falls in love. She desires independance seeing that her boyfriend has his. Her mother continues her overprotective ways, but Carla does what she feels she needs to do and moves out. But she and David have a misunderstanding and she returns home to her family but soon realizes she needs and wants David back. They decide they want to get married. Of course her father is in total agreement, but the mother refuses to be a part of things. In the end the mother walks her down the aisle with her husband and they enjoy an amazingly beautiful ceremony. I would watch this movie a dozen times just to see the ending again. I absolutely adore this movie.  Everyone does such an amazing job playing their parts. This movie is rated PG-13. Felina Silver Robinson

Cast

Juliette Lewis as Carla Tate

Diane Keaton as Elizabeth Tate

Tom Skerritt as Dr. Radley Tate

Giovanni Ribisi as Daniel “Danny” McMann

Poppy Montgomery as Caroline Tate

Sarah Paulson as Heather Tate

Linda Thorson as Drew Evanson

Joe Flanigan as Jeff Reed

Juliet Mills as Winnie the Housekeeper

Tracy Reiner as Michelle

Hector Elizondo as Ernie


The Other Side of Heaven

This movie although not categorized as a comedy, felt much like one at least in the beginning. It starts off as a sad tale about a young man who leaves home to become a missionary in the South Pacific. He quickly taught himself the natives language to better aid him in his teachings. He becomes well respected and truly enjoys his work. So much so that his mission is extended. His love for his girlfriend back home is what drives him each day. It even helped him as he endured a brutal storm, which he survives and returns home to marry his true love. I hope you enjoy this amazing heart warming movie. I certainly did. Felina Silver Robinson

Cast

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Christopher Gorham as John H. Groberg

Anne Hathaway as Jean Sabin

Joe Folau as Feki

Nathaniel Lees as Kelepi

Miriama Smith as Lavania

Alvin Fitisemanu as Tomasi

Pua Magasiva as Finau


Hell’s Kitchen (U.S. season 12)

 


I had DVR’d episodes of “Monsters and Mysteries” on Destination America. This episode was called “The Wendigo“. I spent a great deal of time turning my head in the other direction so this is just a warning that if you scare easily, don’t bother clicking on any of the links. If you like scary things, then feel free to click away.

Being curious in nature, I decided to search the internet to see what I could find. If you are interested, here are a few things you may want to read.  Hope it doesn’t scare you too much.

1. Ghost of the Prairie. The Wendigo – The North Woods of Minnesota

2. The Wendigo Legend

3. The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Wendigo, by Algernon Blackwood

4. The Case of the Real Wendigo

5. Vintage Wendigo Family Tale


Lethal Vows (1999)

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Lethal Vows is based on a true story. This is one of those movies that you watch the first time and you don’t realize how utterly psychotic the main character (John Ritter) is. He lets everyone around him see how loving and caring he is when in reality he is slowly poisoning the woman in his life. His first wife was in the way of his new love. But he spares her life.  His second wife isn’t so lucky. John Ritter kills her because he’s jealous of her position in politics. So he sets his sights on another woman killing the second one.  His first wife can’t let it go and works with police to catch him. It was horrifying for the three children involved to watch all that they saw happen. In the end, they find out that their father is a heartless murderer. Will they ever be the same? The movie was a smooth, well acted depiction of events. You almost felt as if it was a story of someone you yourself actual knew and wanted to help, but couldn’t. Great Job  Paul Schneider.

Seeing John Ritter in this light was difficult.  Seeing him in a show like “Three’s Company” as a light, airy, funny man taking part in a continuous comedy of errors and then in “Stephen King‘s” – “It” as a social misfit/outcast. He was almost spineless in that movie, but pulled himself together to do what needed to be done.  Lethal Vows was definitely a different way of seeing the late John Ritter. I loved him in all that he did no matter how different the roles.