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This Is Not PIFF

Portland Film Festival strives to make PDX the new Sundance.

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Portland needed a Sundance—an arthouse festival for cinephiles—according to Portland Film Festival creator Josh Leake. Because never mind the Portland International Film Festival, the Oregon Film    More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 ENID SPITZ

POV Idols

PDXFF standout Sympathy, Said the Shark has a unique perspective.

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With $80,000, 14 days and a single Northridge, Calif., location, Sympathy, Said the Shark was an ambitious exercise in microbudget filmmaking from the beginning. But the makers of the new feature, pre   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 JAY HORTON

Bat Country

Fear and Loathing’s double-edged impact is decadent and depraved.

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It was somewhere around the fall of 1998 when Hunter S. Thompson became a go-to Halloween costume.  The great gonzo journalist was no longer prolific, but his impact endured thanks to Fear and    More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 AP KRYZA

Keep Digging

Chris Messina skinny-dipping is the best part of Joe Swanberg’s improvised mumblecore.

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I’ll say two things for Digging for Fire: One, Jake Johnson is charming as fuck. Also: Chris Messina gets naked. Other than that, Digging for Fire is generic mumblecore garbage. Johnson stars as   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Movie Review: Mistress America

Third time isn’t a charm for Baumbach and Gerwig.

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Some movies get better the more you think about them. They have (if you’ll excuse my most exquisite pun ever) compound interest. Every time I think about The Prestige, for instance, I like it more.    More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 ALEX FALCONE

Criminal Arts

Local filmmakers rally for their bank-robbing brother.

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Experimental filmmaker Joe Gibbons has always been an iconoclast, a man whose filmic persona and real personality were often blurred. Even his friends had a hard time telling which parts of his life   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 AP KRYZA

Kaleidoscopic Vision

Virtual Reality Film Festival premieres in Portland.

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Portland cinephiles may be spoiled with beer taps in theaters and rare screenings of Vertigo in 70 mm, but the best movie experience includes motion-sensing earbuds and what look like Samsung ski gogg   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Assassin vs. Assassin

American Ultra and Agent 47 add more hit men to the summer’s stock.

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In late summer, once the glut of comic-book movies is in the rear-view mirror, Hollywood releases its more original ideas. We’ve got adaptations of a ’60s TV spy show, a popular video game franchi   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Cage Match

Face/Off is even weirder than you remember.

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In 1997, Hong Kong action auteur John Woo unleashed his third, and best, American offering, Face/Off (Laurelhurst Theater, Aug. 21-27). The blockbuster combined the director’s signature style—doub   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 AP KRYZA

Jeff Lipsky on His New Film Mad Women

No lip service for director’s Mad Women.

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Jeff Lipsky has known both the warm embrace of critical acclaim and the lash of critics’ scorn. His 2006 film, Flannel Pajamas, was a Sundance darling and lauded by The New York Times as “one of   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 ENID SPITZ

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