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No Land of Milk and Honey

Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land wears its heart on its well-tailored sleeve.


Movie Reviews & Stories
There are shots in Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land that could be mistaken for shots in 1991’s My Own Private Idaho: beautiful pastoral scenes, rolling country roads   More
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Gus

Portland’s greatest filmmaker and his controversial new movie.


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What would Portland look like without Gus Van Sant? The elk statue on Southwest Main Street would still be there, but would you see it the same way if Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix hadn’t hud   More
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Jim Carrey May Star in Film Set in Portland

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Let’s call it Eternal Raindrop of the Looper Mind: Jim Carrey has been attached to star in a quirky romance set in Portland. The annual Black List of promising unproduced scripts includes The Portland Condition, penned by former Entourage writers Dan Cohn and Jeremy Miller.
“Set against the ...   More
 
Thursday, December 20, 2012 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

Norman Rockwell, by way of Alfred Hitchcock.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The photographer Gregory Crewdson has been described as “Norman Rockwell meets Norman Bates.” Like Rockwell, Crewdson captures small and ordinary    More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Arms and the Man (Northwest Classical Theatre Company)

A satire with a sweet tooth.


Performance
The playwright George Bernard Shaw did not craft subtle plots. That’s clear from the first minutes of his anti-militarism comedy Arms and the Man, in which Bluntschli, a Swiss mercenary, crash   More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

From House Seat to Director’s Chair

David Edwards masterminds his own mythology.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Legislator-turned-filmmaker David Edwards wants to make one thing very clear: Nightscape, his debut feature, is not political commentary. It’s a fair disclaimer. The supernatural horror film, wh   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

King Hedley II (Portland Playhouse)

Blasting a bomb to kingdom come.


Performance
When the title character in King Hedley II talks about the man he murdered—a crime for which he just served seven years in prison—he summons a sharp allusion. “I got the atomic bomb as far a   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Portlandia Stars Travel to Springfield

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This weekend, Homer Simpson will eat his first Voodoo Doughnut. And the deliveryman? Fred Armisen.
Perhaps it was only a matter of time—after all, The Simpsons’ creator, Matt Groening, is a Portland native. Sunday’s episode, “The Day the Earth Stood Cool,” features the voices of Portlandia’s Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, as well as comedian Patton Oswalt.    More
 
Friday, December 7, 2012 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Live Review: Camille A. Brown & Dancers

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Mr. TOL E RAncE, a new piece of dance-theater from choreographer Camille A. Brown, clocks in at only 45 minutes. But with its frenzied pace, repetitive movements and sometimes cluttered staging, the work feels much longer. Receiving its West Coast debut as part of White Bird’s Uncaged series, Mr. TOL E RAncE means terribly well....   More
 
Friday, December 7, 2012 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Remember the Alameda

Revisiting blaxploitation classics at a former Alberta street institution.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In the early 1970s, during the heyday of blaxploitation, there was only one place in Portland you could consistently see pictures like Shaft and Superfly: the Alameda Cinema.  “There wasn   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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