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Sex and Lies, Videotaped

Steven Soderbergh releases his creative juice with a low-budget quickie.

Movie Reviews & Stories
In 1989, the unanticipated popularity of Steven Soderbergh's sex, lies, and videotape helped put the Sundance Film Festival on the map and announced the new era of independent film while catapulti ...   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 Brian Libby

Something Up Their Sleeve

An unheralded moviemaking trio gives Portland film a dose of magic.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Jerry Andrus, the 85-year-old magician profiled in A Thing of Wonder, says every field needs inexperienced people to bring new, fresh ideas. As described in the film, he once duped a convention of ...   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 Brian Libby


Portland's favorite kiddie show host is dead, but not forgotten.

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For kids growing up in the Portland area during the past 35 years, the Ramblin' Rod Show on KPTV was as much a part of the morning as footed pajamas and Sugar Pops. As host of the cartoon show, wh ...   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2002 Brian Libby


Michael Haneke's epic Code Unknown wants us to all just get along, but the filmmaker knows we probably won't.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The subtitle to Michael Haneke's 2000 film Code Unknown, finally debuting in Portland this week, is "Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys." It's an ambitious ensemble epic in the vein of Robert Al ...   More
Wednesday, May 1, 2002 Brian Libby

Silent Minority

Veit Helmer's Tuvaluspeaks louder than words.

Movie Reviews & Stories
At first glance, the German film Tuvalu looks to be a direct descendant of Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children, as well as Jeunet's recent solo smash Amel ...   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2002 Brian Libby

Postcards from the Fringe

Bill Brown documents the back roads with a drifter's eye.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Lubbock, Texas-based filmmaker Bill Brown claims to have racked up more than 10,000 miles traveling throughout North America by Greyhound. Once you see his films, it'll come as no surprise.Like a ...   More
Wednesday, April 3, 2002 Brian Libby

Family Tsais

Tsai Ming-Liang's exquisite What Time Is It There? gives family films a good name.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The term "family film" can scare the hell out of many an art-house regular. Fleeing the stale suburban mindset of studio movies and prime-time TV programs that pander to a lowest common denomina ...   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2002 Brian Libby

Gehry Gone?

News Stories
This week, Portlanders have one last chance not only to emerge from the dark shadow of Michael Graves' Portland Building, but also to embrace the kind of architectural opportunity that comes here ...   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2002 Brian Libby

Duke! Diz! Satchmo! Trane!

A long-lost ballroom attracted jazz royalty--and scandalized Portland's bigots.

Music Stories
A cruel joke of history: Today's cultural treasures were often yesterday's taboos, vaporized before we awakened to their value. For three decades, McElroy's Spanish Ballroom was the pounding heart ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2001 Brian Libby

The Art of Artifice

Is Jean-Luc Godard's 1964 Band of Outsiders a clever reinvention of the gangster movie or a pretentious farce?

Movie Reviews & Stories
Jean-Luc Godard is both cinema's class clown and its teacher's pet. In his early films of the 1960s, be it the landmark Breathless or the newly restored Band of Outsiders, Godard was clever and mi ...   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2001 Brian Libby
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