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 Boxtrolls: Movie Review

Laika returns with more stop-motion wizardry—and a good deal less fun.

Movie Reviews & Stories Last summer, Portland animation house Laika turned heads with a trailer full of same-sex couples materializing and evaporating next to a rosy-cheeked toddler. “Sometimes, there’s a mother,�� ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Skeleton Twins

Two of a kind.

Movie Reviews & Stories Some twins can finish each other’s sentences, or guess what number the other is imagining with to-the-decimal-point accuracy. In The Skeleton Twins, Maggie and Milo’s sibling ESP manifests i ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The Equalizer

With a vengeance.

Movie Reviews & Stories Antoine Fuqua’s revenge thriller The Equalizer could easily have been downright awful. Instead, it’s merely mediocre, which is testament to the immutable charisma of Denzel Washington ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: Almost Factual

Excavating classic-rock history in Almost Famous.

Movie Reviews & Stories Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous is a love letter to rock music that blurs fact and fiction. Like most people in the film, Kate Hudson’s character, Penny Lane, is based on a real person: Port ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam screws with the origins of the universe.

Movie Reviews & Stories One of few modern auteurs who deserves to be called visionary, Terry Gilliam is at his best when creating sprawling, colorful worlds and then placing the people who populate those worlds into ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Wetlands

Not, despite its title, a nature documentary.

Movie Reviews & Stories Remember that bathroom in Trainspotting? The one with its floor flooded with standing water and a toilet seat smeared with decades of accumulated excrement? A lavatory in the opening scene of ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: To The Races

Do the Right Thing kicks off a new race talks series.

Movie Reviews & Stories If you didn’t know it came out in 1989, you might mistake Do the Right Thing for a present-day response to gentrification, racial tensions and police brutality. The film’s debates over a whi ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

All the lonely people.

Movie Reviews & Stories At first, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby was Her and Him—twin films about a young couple’s dissolution as surveyed from separate perspectives, which will be released together next month. ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Squeaky Wheel

Filmmaker Joe Biel on the rise and fall of Critical Mass in Portland.

Movie Reviews & Stories Like all great protests, the idea behind Critical Mass was simple. In September 1992, a group of San Franciscans gathered to ride bikes after work. And cyclists kept riding together, in cities aro ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by Adrienne So

Love Is Strange

More beautiful than bizarre.

Movie Reviews & Stories At one point in Love Is Strange, the film’s central couple, Ben and George, reunite after days of separation. George (Alfred Molina) collapses into his partner’s arms and sobs silently, wh ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by BLAIR STENVICK

AP Film Studies: Acid-dropping nuns, Prince and dirt bikes

Screen AP Film Studies’ summer break continues, but once again there is homework. Please study these films, and when we return there will be a discussion of the Spielbergian implications of twee ja ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

All creatures Groot and small.

Screen From the beginning, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was plagued by questions about a largely untested director and wholly unknown characters. It hardly helped that the initial trailer seemed ... More

Jul 29, 2014 07:09 pm by JAY HORTON

Movie Review: Mood Indigo

Eels and all.

Screen Luring us once again through the funhouse looking glass and into a handcrafted phantasmagoria, cinemagician Michel Gondry commences the carnivalesque proceedings of Mood Indigo in a retro-futuri ... More

Jul 29, 2014 07:30 pm by CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

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
 

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