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Brew Views: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Love, deconstructed.


Brew Views
Like a lovesick diary entry, Terence Nance’s feature debut, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, loops from confession to self-doubt to blind infatuation. The film is a blend of documentary and    More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

"The Closer You Look, The Less You See": Now You See Me Reviewed

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Now You See Me screened after WW press deadlines, presumably to make us think it had a trick up its sleeve. But nope—there's nothing there.
Critic's Grade: C
In an early scene in the magic-heist movie Now You See Me, Jesse Eisenberg’s character gives an audience a piece of advice. “The more you think you see,” he says, “the easier it wil...   More
 
Friday, May 31, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Beaux Arts Club (Imago Theatre)

Art imitates life imitating art.


Performance
Beaux Arts Club opens with a strange sort of duet. Actress Anne Sorce, clad in a mod minidress and a fluffy brown wig, shimmies and swivels around an unnamed man who’s been gagged and handcuff   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Live Review: Mike Daisey, Journalism

A love letter to journalism? More like a slapdash list of thin and mostly uninteresting ramblings.

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Last week, I wrote that Mike Daisey was sucking up to an industry—journalism—that has pilloried him.
Tuesday night, in a monologue presented by PICA, Daisey didn’t really suck up to journalists. Rather, the monologuist—who weathered controversy aft...   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Frances Ha

Girls, directed by Woody Allen and François Truffaut.


Movie Reviews & Stories
People have been trying to figure out twentysomethings 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 “   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Hotseat: Mike Daisey

The controversy-courting monologuist professes love for an industry that has savaged him.


Q & A
Mike Daisey is sucking up to the industry that pilloried him. After it emerged that he’d lied in an episode of This American Life about Apple’s factories in China, journalists raked Daisey over th   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Puttering Around: Tualatin Island Greens

Day 2 of WW's quest to find Portland's best miniature golf course

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Fore! With spring in the air—and with every other fun activity from a Normal American ChildhoodTM having been already co-opted for ironic enjoyment then played out—over the next week WW brings you reviews of Portland-area putt-putt courses. We're also pretty excited about    More
 
Thursday, May 9, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

The People’s Republic of Portland (Portland Center Stage)

Maybe she should have put a bird on it.


Performance
It would be easy to carp about Lauren Weedman’s mispronunciation and misnaming of this newspaper (on opening night, she referred to it as “Will-uh-met Weekly”). But that would be too simpl   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Left Hand of Darkness (Hand2Mouth Theatre/Portland Playhouse)

Androgynous aliens in a world of blue AstroTurf.


Performance
When Portland author Ursula K. Le Guin wrote The Left Hand of Darkness in 1969, she imagined it as a thought experiment. What would a world be like, she asked, where humans spent most of their liv   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Brew Views: The Long Goodbye

Marlowe for the Me generation.


Brew Views
For its second tribute to film noir, Return to Noirville, Cinema 21 celebrates the genre’s apex with eight classics, but it also hops a few decades forward with a trio of neo-noirs. Top among th   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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