Brew Views: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Get ’em high.

Brew Views Cameron Crowe was 22 years old when he persuaded the principal at San Diego’s Clairemont High School to let him pose as a student for a year. Crowe had felt caged in by the moral rigidity of his ... More

Sep 11, 2013 12:01 am by EMILY JENSEN

Brew Views: Frances Ha

Quarter-life crisis.

Brew Views People have been trying to figure out 20-somethings at least since Dustin Hoffman unzipped Anne Bancroft’s dress. In 2010, The New York Times Magazine ran a late-to-the-game article about a “new ... More

Sep 4, 2013 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Brew Views: Back to School

Do your homework.

Brew Views It’s hard to imagine—especially after two consecutive summers headlining the biggest film in the world—that until his first turn as Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr.’s biggest hit was Rodney ... More

Aug 28, 2013 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Brew Views: 20 Feet From Stardom

Backup plan.

Brew Views Life is unfair, and the music industry is worse. If there were a rubric to figure out what makes one performer a household name and another just one more name in the liner notes, the history of po ... More

Aug 21, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: Kon-Tiki

Rock the boat.

Brew Views Whether you see it because it’s about a guy named Thor braving Mother Nature, or because you can watch ripped Norwegian dudes sailing the Pacific in their tighty-whities, or because you want to ... More

Aug 14, 2013 12:01 am by EMILY JENSEN

Brew Views: The Music Films of Les Blank

Music that moves.

Brew Views In 1964’s Dizzie Gillespie, filmmaker Les Blank’s first music-based documentary, the titular giant of jazz trumpet speaks into the camera, attempting to describe his playing style. He has a ha ... More

Aug 7, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: Dancing Outlaw

Mountain man.

Brew Views Jesco White, a self-proclaimed hillbilly from Boone County, W.Va., is a man of many personalities. There’s the sweet, gentle man who loves his wife, Norma Jean, and only uses his 12-gauge shotgu ... More

Jul 31, 2013 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Brew Views: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Twinkle, twinkle.

Brew Views Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a little power-pop group from Memphis was once as famous as the Beatles. Children by the millions sang odes to the lead singer, and teenagers of the 1970s bl ... More

Jul 24, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: Deliverance

Hee-Haw with shotguns.

Brew Views You might’ve thought the last thing the American South would embrace in 1972 was a movie that depicts its people as a pack of corrupt backwoods hill folk and inbred, troglodytic rapists obsessed ... More

Jul 17, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Brew Views: UHF

Before Honey Boo Boo.

Brew Views In a world where people watch game shows based on musical chairs and “reimaginings” of antiquated pop-culture characters, perhaps “Weird Al” Yankovic’s UHF—in the glorious Technicolor ... More

Jul 10, 2013 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Portlandia At Cartlandia

Fred and Carrie go to 82nd Avenue.

DVD & TV Only the most devious real-estate agent would classify the tract of land occupied by Cartlandia as “prime Portland.” Splayed across a parking lot on Southeast 82nd Avenue, just a few hundred f ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Last Season, On The Real World

The deadliest sins of seven strangers who stopped being polite long, long ago.

DVD & TV Portland, The Real World is over. On Wednesday, June 12, MTV will air the final hour of the Stumptown season, as well as the customary reunion. As you may have seen over the past 11 weeks—thou ... More

Jun 12, 2013 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Ghosts in the Darkness

A Portland paranormal detective searches for gold on SyFy’s Ghost Mine.

DVD & TV We believe what we want to believe, especially in the world of the paranormal. Some will argue that something that goes bump in the night is a restless spirit. Others, like your carpenter, insist ... More

Jan 16, 2013 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Red Riding Hoodie

Grimm goes into the woods to catch a predator.

DVD & TV What can you divine about a television series from its pilot? Probably about as much as you can learn by looking at footprints in a muddy crime scene and determining the killer wore Timberlands. But ... More

Oct 26, 2011 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Down The Tube

They say it’s the Golden Age of TV. It will be if you stop watching crap.

DVD & TV I’ve got a confession to make: I don’t watch nearly as much TV as I should. I say “should” because when someone is being paid to write about television, there’s an expect ... More

Nov 19, 2008 12:00 am by Daniel Carlson

The 2008 Olympics

The Chinese have certainly learned marketing.

DVD & TV An entertainment-industry trade paper recently ran a story with maybe the most depressing lead you could hope to find: “Sure, Michael Phelps has racked up more medals than any other Olympian in ... More

Aug 20, 2008 12:00 am by Daniel Carlson

Shooting The Messenger

The Marines of Generation Kill don’t need no stinking sermons.

DVD & TV Generation Kill only makes sense if you’ve seen The Wire, but not quite for the reasons you’d expect. The Wire has now joined that short list of television shows whose titles are shorthand ... More

Jul 30, 2008 12:00 am by Daniel Carlson

Turning Japanese

Game show imports are a study in orientalism.

DVD & TV The premise for ABC’s Wipeout is pretty simple: Hearty Americans of slightly above-average looks and strength compete in an escalatingly dumb series of physical competitions designed to make the ... More

Jul 9, 2008 12:00 am by Daniel Carlson

Band Of Fathers

Why is John Adams next in the hearts of his countrymen? He’s on TV.

DVD & TV John Adams, which stars Paul Giamatti as a very grumpy Founding Father, is the kind of miniseries HBO excels at making, a sweeping historical epic that boasts an all-star cast, solid credentials on th ... More

Apr 2, 2008 12:00 am by Daniel Carlson

Drawn and Quartered

The predictable failure of Quarterlife.

DVD & TV NBC’s Quarterlife, a sitcom about those crazy kids and their blogs, has been booted from the network after just one episode and relegated to sister network Bravo. The explanation is a pretty sim ... More

Mar 5, 2008 12:00 am by Dan Carlson

The Raid 2

Another master class in Indonesian martial arts.

Movie Reviews & Stories Poor Rama. The last time we saw the baby-faced Indonesian rookie cop in 2011’s excellent The Raid: Redemption, he had just fought his way up a 15-floor apartment building filled with violent c ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by RUTH BROWN

Under the Skin

ScarJo spins a web for lonely Glaswegians.

Movie Reviews & Stories Hell hath no fury like a woman with unlimited access to dingy lairs in Glasgow, Scotland. That’s one lesson to be gleaned from Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, a sci-fi/horror hybrid starri ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by DEBORAH KENNEDY

AP Film Studies: The Zombie Emocalypse

Dead Alive offers a blood-soaked cure to the undead blues.

Movie Reviews & Stories Author’s Note: For the past three weeks, I have embarked on a vision quest that had nothing to do with the film Vision Quest. After eating the blue cactus, I was led by a well-coiffed puppy into a ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The Great Flood

A mesmerizing, wordless trip along the Mississippi.

Movie Reviews & Stories There’s a moment in The Great Flood, a documentary about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, when a woman being evacuated wades through knee-deep water. Her hair mussed and her clothes soaked ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Stars and tropes forever.

Movie Reviews & Stories Of all the four-color icons, Captain America should be the least open to interpretation. Ol’ Winghead seemed a charming anachronism from the time Stan Lee assembled the uncanny freaks and amaz ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Interview With A Vampire

The co-creator of the iconic game Myst turns to the big screen with a new mockumentary set in Portland.

Movie Reviews & Stories In 1993, brothers Robyn and Rand Miller released a project that would change the face of computer gaming. The project, two years in the making, was Myst, a game that took players to the mysterio ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by KATHRYN PEIFER

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1

Still life with genitalia.

Movie Reviews & Stories Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac contains nothing less than the future of movies: Celebrities and fashion models are digitally grafted onto the thrusting, interpenetrating genitalia of unknown porn ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Enemy

Jake Gyllenhaal times two, plus some tarantulas.

Movie Reviews & Stories Enemy, the latest film from Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve, begins with a koanlike epigraph: “Chaos is order yet undeciphered.” As self-serious as that line may be, Villeneuve quickly r ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Lunchbox

Hungry for love.

Movie Reviews & Stories Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox is set in Mumbai, where a fraternity of 5,000 men, the dabbawallas, have been delivering hot lunches from the city’s housewives to their businessman husbands for ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by DEBORAH KENNEDY

AP Film Studies: Also Showing 3/26/14

Castles, clowns and Jean-Claude Van Damme: This week at Portland’s indie theaters.

Movie Reviews & Stories Editor’s Note: Last week, columnist AP Kryza disappeared, leaving only a garbled voicemail. His whereabouts remain unknown. We did, however, receive a cryptic note—delivered by a bowtie-weari ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by DEBORAH KENNEDY

Not Dark Yet

But PIFF’s Getting There.

Screen This is the way the world cinema showcase ends: not with a whimper, but with mutilated clowns and schoolgirls with robotic claws. The Portland International Film Festival doesn’t let its foot off ... More

Feb 23, 2011 06:37 pm by WW MOVIE STAFF

PIFF Rolls East

Ghost monkeys, a killer tire and other Portland International Film Festival treats.

Screen Gephyrophobia: the fear of crossing bridges. This malady has longed plagued the eastside cinephile during the Portland International Film Festival. But not this year. In its second week, PIFF jumps ... More

Feb 16, 2011 05:44 pm by WW MOVIE STAFF

Follow That BAM

Beer and Movie is for real.

Screen My first favorite movie was Follow That Bird. It starred my favorite actors at the time—a 6-foot, yellow-feathered puppet named Big Bird and his cohorts Oscar the Grouch and Mr. Snuffleupagus—p ... More

Feb 16, 2011 06:50 pm by AARON MESH

PIFF Gets Spiffy

All aboard the new and improved Portland International Film Festival.

Screen There’s no mistaking it: Like any good regional importer looking to tap into economic recovery, the 34th annual Portland International Film Festival is diversifying. For the first time, PIFF is exp ... More

Feb 8, 2011 06:05 pm by WW MOVIE STAFF

The Eagle

Exterminate the Brits.

Screen Rome’s lost Legio IX Hispana, maybe massacred in Britain around 117 A.D., is suddenly a hot commodity: The Eagle is the second movie in six months about the legion’s shrouded fate, following Neil Marshall’s viscera-spattered Centurion ... More

Feb 8, 2011 06:20 pm by AARON MESH

Meet Me In Senegal

The Cascade Festival of African Films expands our cinematic horizons.

Screen Africa is not a continent terrifically well known for its cinema: The money isn’t really there, and many of its countries are constantly in violent flux. But that very instability and unfamiliarit ... More

Feb 1, 2011 06:18 pm by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Rage vs. Lance Bangs

Portland filmmaking may induce vomiting.

Screen Rage 45 [ONE NIGHT ONLY] With eye-popping cinematography and a searing score, Rage ranks among the most richly produced local films in recent memory, but also among the most disappointing. Early on, ... More

Feb 1, 2011 06:23 pm by WW Film Staff

My Dog Tulip

Teeny little super cartoon.

Screen A burst of jazz announces the place as 1950s London, where elderly author J.R. Ackerley begins typing a memoir. From his cozy apartment, ... More

Jan 19, 2011 12:00 am by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Crispin Glover

His body of work is a Wonderland.

Screen Crispin Glover may be popularly known for playing inarticulate (or completely silent) characters, but he has a lot to say. He returns to Portland this week with his two movies, What Is It? (which star ... More

Jan 19, 2011 12:00 am by AARON MESH

Hail, Hail, Portlandia!

Fellow assholes: Let’s talk about that Carrie Brownstein show, shall we?

Screen After months of breathlessly anticipating the chance to watch Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s comedy series Portlandia, it is suddenly difficult to find a place where people ... More

Jan 19, 2011 12:00 am by WW Culture Staff
 

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