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AP Film Studies: Taylor-Made

Liz Taylor’s Portland granddaughter keeps her legacy alive.


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Elizabeth Taylor was many things during her life, which was spent mostly under the spotlight and in the public eye. She was perhaps the most famous star of Hollywood’s golden age, netting two    More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 AP KRYZA

If You Really Love PIFF...

Portland’s three weeks of dark and dreary foreign films flies off into the sunset.


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The Portland International Film Festival comes to an end this week. There are only 10 new films—and some shorts from Spain—showing this week, but this is more of a time to reflect on what    More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 WW MOVIE STAFF

The First Annual PIFF Awards

Willamette Week plays judge, jury and award-giver-outer.


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The Portland International Film Festival comes to a close this week. Normally, this is the time when a jury of expert film critics hands out awards to deeply deserving films. There are some awar   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 WW Staff

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: Movie Review

Love and other things in Bad City.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is an eclectic cinematic mishmash: an Iranian noir-spaghetti Western-love story…with vampires. And yet, somehow, it all wo   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: And The Oscar Goes To…

A rundown of the Best Picture nominees still playing in Portland theaters.


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This Sunday, Hollywood returns once again for its annual worship of middlebrow cinema, and no matter how much you hate to admit it, you’re watching the Oscars. How else will you know which sto   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 AP KRYZA

Dealing With the Fallout

While the first week of PIFF focused on choices, week two finds itself mired in the aftermath of those difficult decisions.


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Perhaps you’re watching Viggo Mortensen wander through the unforgiving, hallucinogenic wastes of Patagonia in search of his lost daughter. Or you’re listening to testimonials from survivors    More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 WW Staff

Fifty Shades of Gus

The missing tampon scene from the director that could have been.


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The much-anticipated film adaptation of the mega-successful erotic fanfic novel Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters this week. Fifty Shades, which entered this world as Twilight fan fiction, has so   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Mommy

Clinging to hope in a hard-living Canada.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Xavier Dolan’s Québécois, Cannes Jury Prize-winning opus, Mommy, opens with a weathered but well-manicured hand reaching for a red apple, while what looks to be a child’s undergarments blo   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 KAT MERCK

AP Film Studies: Rules of Attraction

Casablanca and the science of love.


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It’s easy to look at a seemingly mismatched couple and scoff, wondering what the hell such a good-looking person would see in a person of less-desirable genetic stock. Throughout the history   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 AP KRYZA

Oh, The Choices You’ll Make

You’re on your own, you know what we know, and you are the one to decide where to go for PIFF 2015.


Movie Reviews & Stories
What do you do when you open an ill-gotten briefcase to find 50 million kronor (just under $6.1 million in real money) inside? Or when a group of Turkish soldiers hold your fellow villagers as r   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 WW Staff
 

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