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C2 - THE JOURNAL, Thursday, January 7, 2010 Entertainment PICKS OF THE WEEK This week features the release of three great films that either didn't make it to your local multiplex or, if they did, didn't stay there very long. "Big Fan" -- Patton Oswalt is best known for his outrageously funny stand-up comedy and as the 00:00"0000iliiiiiiiiiiiiiii ii ii1 ii!ii i: ::iiii i!!!!iii: ::i'i=,i iiiii:ilii i ii ii:iiiiii=ii Here it is a week into the New Year; have you kept your resolutions? If you haven't don't be discour- aged, some of us don't even make them anymore! I learned long ago that for me, New Year resolutions only supplied me with more ammunition to prove myself a failure. I sat as a voice of Remy the Rat in ....... PattonOswalt-0oars in-:q3i9 Fan" ........... harsh judge of my progress "Ratatouille." In "Big Fan," Oswalt proves that he is capable of doing complex, dramatic character work -- and his performance in this movie is brilliant. Oswalt plays a dude named Paul, who works as a ticket-taker in a parking garage, is 35 years old and still lives at home with his mother. But most of all, Paul is an obsessive New York Giants fan. When a chance meeting with the team's star player leads to Paul getting viscously beaten by the player, Paul's world crumbles and he must make a choice: Does he allow the police to pros- ecute the man (meaning a losing season for Paul's beloved team?) or does he come up with a deluded plan that Just Might Work? Watch and find out. "Moon" -- I thought "District 9" was the best science-fiction movie of 2009; but coming in a close second is "Moon," directed by David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones. "Moon" stars Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell, a poor schlub pulling a three-year stint on the moon maintaining an automated mining station. The three years without compulsory nowadays for films like this, she manages to keep the emotional ten- sion at such a high level, there are moments when human contact is beginning you actually feel like you're to wear him down, and he with the guys on a mission. misses his wife and little The acting is outstanding, daughter terribly. One day while on a rou- tine inspection of one of the harvesters, Sam makes a disturbing and dangerous discovery that leads him to question his sanity -- and a lot more. "The Hurt Locker" - - Jeremy Renner stars as Staff Sergeant James, the leader of a bomb disposal unit stationed in Iraq. James is an adrenaline junkie, and his gung-ho, reckless attitude toward the job has the members of his team so worried about whether he's going to get them killed, they actually consider fragging him. Director Kathryn Bigelow does a masterful job of directing this film. Despite the shaky-cam cinematog- raphy that seems almost and most of all, this isn't one of those preachy movies about the war (pro or con). It's just a gripping story about men doing a dangerous job -- and how that mission affects them. "The Hurt Locker" is one of the best films of 2009. Check it out. TV SERIES "Top Gear" The Complete Season 11 "Top Gear" The Complete Season 12 "Jon and Kate Plus Ei8ht: Season 5 -- Big Changes" "The Simpsons" The Com- plete Twentieth Season "ER" The Complete Twelfth Season "Robin Hood" Season Three "Becker" The Third Season (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. through life. When I real- ized we are instructed to "examine" ourselves rather than judge ourselves a yoke was lifted from my spirit. Lynn Harold Hough said, "The tragedy of the world is that men have given first class loyalty to second class causes and these causes have betrayed them." This I found to be true in many areas of my life. Not always were my causes second class, sometimes I just needed to find a different way in. Political and environmen- tal activism left me disillu- sioned as to my power to generate change. Years History Center to present Reeves' story The Oklahoma His- tory Center presents the incredible story of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves, one of the most feared and respected U.S. Marshals in Indian Terri- tory. The program will be held on Tuesday January 12, 2010 and features Art Burton, author of Black Gun Silver Star; Vaunda Nelson, children's book author of Bad News for Outlaws; and Baridi Nkokheli, Bass Reeves re-enactor. There will be a lecture from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. followed by a book signing 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The public is welcome and the program is free. The Oklahoma History Center is located on NE 23rd Street just east of the State Capitol. Bass was credited with fourteen notches on his gun as he served as a Deputy U.S. Marshall for Judge Isaac Parker's U.S. Court in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Bass was a terror to outlaws and desperados. The fact that Reeves was an African American who had spent his early life as a slave in Arkansas and Texas makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable. He was described as honest and fearless, a master of disguises, and was fluent in native lan- guages. This special program is funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings conclusions or recom- mendations expressed in this program do not nec- essarily represent those of OHC or NEH. For more information, contact Bruce Fisher at (405) 522-5049 and by email at brucefisher@o khistory.org )EADLINES il Advertising: p.m, Monday News / Stories: 5 p.m. Monday Perkins 547-2411 Stillwater 372-5707 mali YOur orcoreal new Find What You're Looking For Online Anytime In The Classifieds TheJournal0K.com In print Online Anytime 24/7 Hattie's Main Place l 307 h N. Main St., Perkins r  )i .Custom Sewing & Alterations Dry Cleaning/Laundry Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 10a.m.-I p.m. . (405) 547-5429 ..._. MSasser & Company M D[ Antiques Gifts [q H Collectibles H 147 S. Main [:i Perkins 11 547-5298 [1 [[ Layaway Gift Registry F! I Gift Certificates of protests, citizen watch groups, even deliberate disobedience resulting in arrest seemed a massive circle that each year brought me (us) back to square one. Nothing changed. I came to realize I could only influence those with whom I interacted and still, change was entirely up to them. this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving." In what direction are you moving? A clearly persuasive yet anonymous voice penned the following; I find it a good yardstick of the direction in which I am moving. "You will never be sorry-- For thinking before acting, For hearing before judg- ing, For forgiving your ene- mies, Ibeganto acceptmyposi=--For being vandid and tion. My eyes opened to the concept of exponential change by influencing one person to behave differ- ently. My spiritual impact may never measure up to Billy or Ruth Graham's, but I could bring a little piece of God into many lives with a simple smile, helping hand or unexpected blessing. I could not stop people from using Malathion, but I could show them safer alternatives that are equally effective. I urge you, for the remainder of 2010, leave your resolutions behind and consider Oliver Wen- dell Holmes' wisdom; "I find the great thing in frank, For helping a fallen brother, For being honest in busi- ness, For thinking before speak- ing, For being loyal to your church, For standing by your prin- ciples, For stopping your ears to gossip, For bridling a slanderous tongue, For harboring only pure thoughts, For sympathizing with the afflicted, For being courteous and kind to all." Hootenanny at Hideaway this Friday The Farm Couple will be performing at The Hide- away Pizza Place this Friday evening from 7- 8:30pm. Monica Taylor & Patrick Williams have been play- ing and singing their own self-penned tunes and the wonderful old country and bluegrass, and mountain songs they grew up on for 10 years together. Having traveled throughout the southern states and those states around Oklahoma, they now have their own music careers but still get together once a month here in Stillwater for their "Hootenanny at The Hide- away !" It's always a wonderful time for families and folks to gather and visit, eat the best pizza in Oklahoma, and listen to The Farm Couple 'render' a few tunes while you eat supper! This show is held in The Daily Grind Coffehouse part of this famous Oklahoma eating establishment. There is always a jam session held after the concert for anyone who'd like to join in... so bring your instruments and a hearty appetite for food and music this Friday, Jan. 8th at 7pm. Get Your News Online Anytime TheJournal0K.com In print Online ' Anytime 24/7