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Pollution In Paradise

The moment Oregon began to go green.

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Oregon was born 50 years ago this week. Not the museum diorama of covered wagons and white missionaries, but the Oregon of modernity, a place that became a global model for protecting the enviro   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 BRENT WALTH

Siren Nation Film Festival

The personal is political is cinematic.

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As one of three women in the Willamette Week newsroom, I need no reminder of the embarrassing underrepresentation of women in the media. Documentaries like...   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Making Old Tricks Feel New

With Skyfall, the Bond franchise marks its 50th birthday.

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James Bond should be forgiven a little creakiness. Ian Fleming’s super-spy has spent 22 films and 50 years getting punched and shot. His jet lag has to be excruciating. Let’s not even think of   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 AP KRYZA


Beer me! Wait, maybe don’t.

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Though there’s no dearth of films about alcoholism and recovery, Smashed reeled me back not to Barfly or Days of Wine and Roses, but to Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry’s 1947 modernist novel. L   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

This Must Be the Place

Red lipstick, David Byrne and a Nazi manhunt.

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This Must Be the Place is not a movie so much as a feature-length opportunity to gaze deeply into the creases of Sean Penn’s face. Penn plays forlorn and aging glam rocker Cheyenne, whose heav   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 EMILY JENSEN

Getting Hitched

Cinema 21 celebrates the Master of Suspense.

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Like denim or Dr. Seuss, Alfred Hitchcock never goes out of style. But the director is particularly hot right now: Anthony...   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON, AP KRYZA


Fly the shit-faced skies.

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Flight is about as subtle as a plane crash. And the plane crash at the beginning of Flight ain’t too subtle, either. At 30,000 feet, a commercial airliner carrying more than 100 passengers desce   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

The Sessions

Out of the iron lung and into bed.

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Sex and disability are murky waters for film. How does a filmmaker depict sex involving disabled people without gawking or needlessly inflating the significance of the event? How to show it as b   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Cloud Atlas

Overcast, with a chance of getting really lost.

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When an author calls a book “unfilmable,” it takes some serious chutzpah to raise a challenge. Directors Lana and Andy Wachowski (of the Matrix franchise) and Tom Twyker (who directed Run Lola   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Fun Size

A long, disgusting search for Shorty.

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Nickelodeon Movies is a studio with a wide range of tastes—or else it’s in a constant state of identity crisis. It’s responsible for Harriet the Spy but also Nacho Libre; both Lemony Snicket   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 SAUNDRA SORENSON

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