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Salute Her Shorts

Three decades on, Joanna Priestley’s animation is as inventive as ever.


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Joanna Priestley knows abstract animation can be intimidating. That’s why the independent animator chuckles as she sits before a sluggish Mac in her Northwest Portland studio and hits “play”   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Gideon’s Army

Pledging allegiance.


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Brandy Alexander’s newest client has been charged with raping his 12-year-old daughter. Alexander, a public defender in rural Georgia, expects him to tell her why the accusation is wrong, why    More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 GRACE STAINBACK

AP Film Studies: Comedy’s Greatest Glue

Harold Ramis will live forever in our zingers.


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Harold Ramis was always the straight man. He was the voice of reason, the man who offered brief bits of levity in insane situations. But Ramis, who died late last month, was much more than the q   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 AP KRYZA

Deep End Of The Pool

Predicting Oscar’s obscurities.


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Oscar betting pools are won and lost on the more esoteric categories. How do you really judge a film’s editing? What’s the difference between sound mixing and sound editing? What the hell goes   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 SAVANNAH WASSERMAN

The Wind Rises

I’ll fly away.


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Early in Hayao Miyazaki’s latest—and probably final—film, an earthquake strikes Tokyo. The earth buckles and writhes, rippling like a belly dancer’s abdomen. It’s a remarkably moving s   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: The Wild-Eyed Piper

Carrie’s Piper Laurie emerges from your nightmares.


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There were a thousand things wrong with the 2013 remake of Carrie. It took Stephen King’s story of a bullied teen pushed into a killing spree and reimagined it as what director Kimberly Peirce c   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 AP KRYZA

PIFF By The Numbers*

A graphical breakdown of this year’s Portland International Film Festival.


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* To the best of our hazy, hung-over recollection. 2 In Ernest & Celestine (France), a mouse and a bear become lifelong friends. 3 In It’s All So Quiet (The Netherlands), this involves lots of   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 WW Staff

PIFF 2014: No Whimpering

The Portland International Film Festival ends with stage blood, suicide bombings and sled dogs.


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It’s the home stretch of the Portland International Film Festival, and judging by the final crop of movies, it’s going to be a cruel push to the finish line. That’s not to say there’s noth   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 WW Staff

World of Wes

An ace critic talks Wes Anderson.


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Matt Zoller Seitz never saved Latin. But he has seemingly managed to gather all other relics from the movies of Wes Anderson.  The TV reviewer for New York magazine and a pioneer of the video   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AARON MESH

AP Film Studies: Way Back To the Future

The enduring legacy of Alphaville.


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When Harrison Ford donned a trench coat and grumbled in voice-over as he chased replicants through the rainy alleys of a futuristic dystopia, audiences heralded   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AP KRYZA
 

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