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Misalliance

Chris Coleman and George Bernard Shaw: a marriage made in hell.


Performance
[MISREAD MASTERPIECE] It boggles the mind to think that Chris Coleman actually read a play as expertly crafted as George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance—let alone directed it—and managed to com ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 James Walling

Janet Gaynor: A centennial celebration

Northwest Film Center celebrates a silent angel.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The Northwest Film Center's ineffably gratifying celebration of films starring great silent-film-era starlet Janet Gaynor begins with the luminous Seventh Heaven (1927). Director Frank Borzage—w ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 James Walling

Tenacious D Vs. Diane Arbus

Two extremes of filmmaking, the inane and arcane, leave little room for the average viewer.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Jack Black's satirical rock opera and Steven Shainberg's (Secretary) fanciful homage to the late photographer Diane Arbus are so utterly divergent, so contrary in style and content, that they present ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 James Walling

The 50 Faces of Janus


DVD & TV
The Criterion Collection has achieved its crowning glory with the release of a new DVD box set containing 50 of the greatest foreign and art films in existence, taken from the vaults of Janus Films. G ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 James Walling

From Hobos To Homos

The 33rd NW Film & Video Festival tells a wide range of tales.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The Northwest Film Center kicks off its Film & Video Festival with a varied and somewhat disparate program. Which, really, isn't a bad thing. The selections highlight the increasing interest in docume ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 James Walling

A Hidden Life


DVD & TV
In May 2005, a scandal broke in the pages of The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. Popular conservative mayor Jim West was accused of trolling gay chat rooms on the Internet in search of young men. D ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 James Walling

Forest for the Trees


Movie Reviews & Stories
Oral history at its finest, Forest for the Trees documents the efforts of Dennis Cunningham to prosecute a lawsuit on behalf of Earth First! organizer Judi Bari. The film captures Cunningham—who ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 James Walling

Her Beleaguered Highness

Stephen Frears comes to The Queen's defense.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Dame Helen Mirren inhabits the intimidating persona of Queen Elizabeth II in this dramatization of the private lives of Britain's leaders in the days immediately following Princess Diana's 1997 death. ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 James Walling

Auteur Or Hack?

Director Chris Nolan's Prestige is in doubt.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Oh, how the mighty have fallen—celebrated filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Following, Memento, Insomnia) has failed to live up to his own hype with The Prestige, a moody thriller set in Victorian En ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 James Walling

A Celluloid Love-in

The U.S. vs. John Lennon amplifies an old war cry for new ears.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The U.S. vs. John Lennon is an unabashedly antiwar film presented at an extremely timely moment. It isn't a perfect film. As a portrait of the former Beatle, it is notably incomplete. But it has heart ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 James Walling
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