Iris

Grey Gardens’ documentarian profiles a 93-year-old fashion eccentric.

Movie Reviews & Stories In Grey Gardens, Onassis relative Little Edie obsessively wraps and rewraps her head scarf to make it perfect, in a bedroom with holes in the walls and cat litter strewn around her feet. In Ir ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Slow West

The Old West, with a Scotsman’s twist.

Movie Reviews & Stories Slow West feels like propaganda made to discourage anyone from time-traveling back to the Old West. At one point, a man gets shot in the chest. As he falls, a stray bullet hits a salt jar on a ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

Elephant

Movie Reviews & Stories Why it’s Portlandy: The 2003 film’s notoriously long shots wind through Portland’s former Whitaker Middle School at Northeast 39th Avenue and Killingsworth Street, a soul-sucking labyrinth ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by WW MOVIE STAFF

AP Film Studies: Déjà View

Hitchcock and the art of the remake.

Movie Reviews & Stories Our Facebook and Twitter feeds tell us a lot about the world. If we vaccinate our children, they will grow tentacles. Obama once ate a kitten. And Hollywood is perhaps the most prolific sexual p ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA
 
 

Iris

Grey Gardens’ documentarian profiles a 93-year-old fashion eccentric.

Movie Reviews & Stories In Grey Gardens, Onassis relative Little Edie obsessively wraps and rewraps her head scarf to make it perfect, in a bedroom with holes in the walls and cat litter strewn around her feet. In Ir ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Slow West

The Old West, with a Scotsman’s twist.

Movie Reviews & Stories Slow West feels like propaganda made to discourage anyone from time-traveling back to the Old West. At one point, a man gets shot in the chest. As he falls, a stray bullet hits a salt jar on a ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

Elephant

Movie Reviews & Stories Why it’s Portlandy: The 2003 film’s notoriously long shots wind through Portland’s former Whitaker Middle School at Northeast 39th Avenue and Killingsworth Street, a soul-sucking labyrinth ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by WW MOVIE STAFF

AP Film Studies: Déjà View

Hitchcock and the art of the remake.

Movie Reviews & Stories Our Facebook and Twitter feeds tell us a lot about the world. If we vaccinate our children, they will grow tentacles. Obama once ate a kitten. And Hollywood is perhaps the most prolific sexual p ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Mad Max: Fury Road, Movie Review

Fury Road is a nonsensical explodey fuckpile. We love it.

Movie Reviews & Stories I left the theater feeling like I should take a shower. That’s how immersively Mad Max: Fury Road renders its batshit, dirt-punk world; I was sure I felt pieces of grit between my fingers as I ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

AP Film Studies: Split Personalities

Movie Reviews & Stories Editor’s note: Substitute teacher Alex Falcone will graciously educate us while Professor AP Kryza takes maternity leave.  Unsurprisingly, adaptations of the 1886 novella Strange Case of Dr. ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE , AP KRYZA

QDoc Film Festival

What documentaries to watch at the ninth annual LGBTQ fest.

Movie Reviews & Stories The first openly gay player in the NBA, Jason Collins, retired last year amid a deluge of media coverage following his announcement about his sexuality in Sports Illustrated. Collins’ less-pub ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Gerry

The Gus Vant Sant retrospective continues

Movie Reviews & Stories Why it’s Portlandy: It’s a fiercely artistic love letter from Portland’s most iconic filmmaker to Oregon’s most iconic author. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest writer Ken Kesey died in Plea ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

The D Train

Jack Black and James Marsden hook up for their high-school reunion.

Movie Reviews & Stories High-school reunions are a golden opportunity to meet old friends, wax nostalgic and show the popular kids that you’re totally not a loser anymore. This is by no means a new trope. The D Train s ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Heaven Adores You

Elliott Smith’s story told by his Portland compatriots.

Movie Reviews & Stories The title is wrong. It sounds like a soft-focus TV movie about an angel who dreams of being a runway model. But Heaven Adores You is the most complete, least icky attempt to date at telling the stor ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

AP Film Studies: Meanwhile, in Portland

Kung fu legends, tv cult classics and even more Arnold.

Movie Reviews & Stories Editor’s note: AP Kryza has once again disappeared, leaving behind only a cryptic Google search history. We’re still trying to ascertain his whereabouts from phrases such as “Swayze etymol ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

My Own Private Idaho

Movie Reviews & Stories Why it’s Portlandy: What’s not Portlandy about a collective fever dream of eating Chinese noodles at Lamthong on Broadway (RIP) with a narcoleptic prostitute and Pre-Raphaelite Keanu Reeves? ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Stop-Motion On A Roll

Northwest Animation Fest celebrates its fifth year with more than 250 films at the Hollywood Theatre.

Movie Reviews & Stories The Northwest Animation Festival is bringing an anthropomorphic mammoth longing for cryogenic sleep, Medusa as a stay-at-home mom, and a competitive Iranian lifeguard to the Hollywood Theatre. ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Adult Beginners

Kroll’s failed entrepreneur needs a kickstart.

Movie Reviews & Stories Nick Kroll has the kind of face that used to be called punchable: calcified smirk, dazed glare, sallow cheeks—his upcoming roles, Douche and Professor Poopypants, define the type. Given his ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

AP Film Studies: When Animals Attack

Katy Perry’s got nothing on the ferocity of Roar.

Movie Reviews & Stories It was a beautiful dream: Exorcist executive producer Noel Marshall and his wife, Tippi Hedren (The Birds), wanted to create the ultimate family adventure film, set at their home on the Shambala ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Drugstore Cowboy

Movie Reviews & Stories Why it’s Portlandy: Beyond the obvious—Bob Hughes (Matt Dillon) robs Good Samaritan Hospital on Northwest 23rd Avenue, lives in a brick house on Northeast Webster Street, and loiters outside iconic  Seaton Pharmacy (now closed) at Southeast 60th Avenue and Belmont Street— ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Big Plympton

Bill Plympton’s new animated feature is a far cry from Home.

Movie Reviews & Stories Bill Plympton has a bone to pick with the Happiest Place on Earth. You’d expect nothing less from the man finalizing Hitler’s Folly, a mockumentary about Hitler’s secret life as the premier an ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by CURTIS COOK

Gus Van Sant, Patron Sant of Portland

NW Film Center pays homage to the Rose City icon.

Movie Reviews & Stories Between his “Portland trilogy” and mainstream fame from films like Milk, Gus Van Sant helped put this city on the map. With the director debuting a new film at Cannes this year, the Northwes ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: Cthulhu & You

CthulhuCon spreads the Lovecraft.

Movie Reviews & Stories You like H.P. Lovecraft. Odds are, you just don’t know it.  ILLUSTRATION: Allison KerekHe is the father of cosmic horror is and one of the most influential artists in science fiction. H ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Hotseat: Greil Marcus

How Rock ’n’ Roll was born.

Movie Reviews & Stories Rock critic Greil Marcus is famous for placing rock ’n’ roll amid the pantheon of myth and greatness with Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces. He did the same for Sleater-Kinney, naming it the g ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

AP Film Studies: It’s Not a Trumer!

Your guide to Schwarzeneggerian beer pairings.

Movie Reviews & Stories We’ve reached a magnificent time when film houses with beer outnumber those without. Naturally, the art of curating perfect beer and movie pairings follows.  ILLUSTRATION: Allison Kerek ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Ex Machina: Movie Review

Artificial intelligence includes sex ed in Alex Garland’s latest movie.

Movie Reviews & Stories Frankenstein’s monster is easy on the eyes in Ex Machina, a sexualized science-fiction movie that comes right out and addresses what many of its forebears merely danced around: that robots wil ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

The Day After Earth Day

As the Portland EcoFilm Fest opens, WW looks back at the least environmentally conscious films ever green-lit.

Movie Reviews & Stories Filmmaking doesn’t have a particularly proud record of harmony with nature. Disney’s White Wilderness shoved lemmings off
... More

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

While We’re Young

Stiller and Baumbach get better with age.

Movie Reviews & Stories Ben Stiller spent years and millions on his Walter Mitty remake, a statement movie no one wanted to see. Director Noah Baumbach could’ve saved him the trouble—a dozen times over. While We’re Y ... More

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by BRIAN MILLER

AP Film Studies: The Empirical Strikes Back

OMSI goes really, really big, with a Sci-Fi Film Fest.

Movie Reviews & Stories With science-fiction films, bigger is always better. Whether in the tight corridors of Alien or the cityscapes of Dark City, increasing your viewing radius even a couple of inches can transform an a ... More

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

These Films Shouldn’t Exist

Clinton Street Theater showcases faux films and mockumentaries.

Movie Reviews & Stories We’ve all seen bad movies. Movies that make you cringe at tone-deaf jokes. Movies that make you shake your head at nonsensical plots. Movies that inspire you to spoof them. Riffing on films is ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

“This is a true story.”

Movie Reviews & Stories Countless films are influenced by the Coen Brothers, but few announce it outright like this one from another pair of filmmaking brothers, David and Nathan Zellner, whose Kumiko, the Treasure Hun ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

Woman in Gold

Helen Mirren goes after pilfering Nazis.

Movie Reviews & Stories The story behind Woman in Gold is a conversation starter in the art world. The question: Who owns art? The film’s response? Justice. Or, more accurately, judges. Holocaust escapee Maria Al ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by KELLY MCCRILLIS

AP Film Studies: Time Warped Again

Rocky Horror struts its landmark 37th year at Clinton Street Theater.

Movie Reviews & Stories On Saturdays, the Clinton Street Theater mutates into an entirely different world. Rice and toast rain from the skies. Sweet transvestites strut their stuff as coy “virgins” contort themselv ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The Walking Dread: Terror lurks in the background in It Follows.

Terror lurks in the background in It Follows.

Movie Reviews & Stories Horror fans can’t help being numb to the barrage of jump scares, fake-outs and in-your-face gore that dominates the genre. Hell, it’s been the bane of horror for decades, with slashers cedin ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Merchants of Doubt

Spin masters warp “boring” science to make bank.

Movie Reviews & Stories A month ago, OregonLive.com posted an op-ed about a potential vape ban in bars. “This isn’t about protecting people,” it said, “it’s about controlling them” and “empirical research ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: This Is Your Theater

The Hollywood wants you to pick a movie—stop being lazy.

Movie Reviews & Stories To film geeks, the Hollywood Theatre is this city’s living room. When the Hollywood began its This Is Your Theater program last year, it solidified that status by letting patrons pick movies t ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Know Your Dystopia

Young adult worlds beyond The Hunger Games.

Movie Reviews & Stories The second film in the Divergent series hits theaters this week. Insurgent, adapted from the wildly popular series of young adult novels, centers on a gutsy heroine uniting disparate factions in ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Killing people for being different is not good.

Movie Reviews & Stories The Divergent Series: Insurgent is essentially a dumb action movie, except with the traditional gender roles reversed. The hero is a woman. The villain is a woman. The ever-supportive eye cand ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: Fear of Music

Swedish artist Erik Bünger sees film music as a virus.

Movie Reviews & Stories Since he was a child, Erik Bünger has been followed by the sinister shadow of Harry Lime.  ILLUSTRATION: Allison KerekMore specifically, he’s been haunted by the jaunty, ethereal zither me ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Girls In Film

POWgirls offers girls a seat in the director’s chair.

Movie Reviews & Stories The statistics for women filmmakers are dismal: In 2013, only 6 percent of the 250 top-grossing domestic films had female directors. Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival took aim at that di ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by RIHANNA WEISS

Wild Tales: Movie Review

Revenge served piping hot.

Movie Reviews & Stories A model walks onto a plane. A music critic seated across the aisle starts talking to her. It turns out he wrote a scathing review of music written by her ex-boyfriend. It turns out her ex-boyf ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: Perfect Murder

Strangers on a Train may be Hitchcock’s most prescient work.

Movie Reviews & Stories Of all the classics in Alfred Hitchcock’s repertoire, 1951’s Strangers on a Train (Academy Theater; March 13-19) might be the most enduring.  ILLUSTRATION: Allison KerekWhen you look at ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Make Your Own Vince Vaughnedy

Coming to a theater near you within the next decade.

Movie Reviews & Stories Unfinished Business hits theaters across the country this week. It stars a schlubby, gruff and yet still charming Vince Vaughn, who leads a ragtag crew to an important business thing with ever ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

What We Do in the Shadows

The Real World of vampires.

Movie Reviews & Stories The last thing pop culture needs is another vampire flick. The second-to-last is more reality TV. Leave it to a pack of Kiwis—including Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords fame—to giv ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: Animal Style

Richard Stanley returns to the disastrous Island of Dr. Moreau.

Movie Reviews & Stories Director Richard Stanley has spent years in the French Pyrenees among the bizarre. His new film, The Otherworld, focuses on a land where folks believe in fairies and aliens, commune with the spi ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Italian Style

Movie Reviews & Stories Postwar Italy was a land of sun-drenched, surrealist beauty where anything could happen. Its cinema followed suit: A princess and journalist fall in love in Roman Holiday, and lonely Katharine H ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Mr. Cronenberg Goes to Hollywood

The Videodrome director turns his eye to toxic celebrity culture in Maps to the Stars.

Movie Reviews & Stories David Cronenberg has always been fixated on bodies. He fused them to television screens in Videodrome, crafted the finest head-explosion scenes of all time in Scanners, and charted every gruesome st ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

Salad Days

A nostalgia trip through D.C. punk.

Movie Reviews & Stories The Washington, D.C., punk scene documented in Scott Crawford’s Salad Days was a hydra of privileged brattiness, tough-guy posturing, earnest disaffection and lofty purpose. It was, as youth m ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by CHRIS STAMM

1971: Movie Review

Investigating the FBI.

Movie Reviews & Stories On March 8, 1971, the night that Joe Frazier fought Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century, a group of activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pa. They found documents proving the FBI a ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: Taylor-Made

Liz Taylor’s Portland granddaughter keeps her legacy alive.

Movie Reviews & Stories Elizabeth Taylor was many things during her life, which was spent mostly under the spotlight and in the public eye. She was perhaps the most famous star of Hollywood’s golden age, netting two ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: And The Oscar Goes To…

A rundown of the Best Picture nominees still playing in Portland theaters.

Movie Reviews & Stories This Sunday, Hollywood returns once again for its annual worship of middlebrow cinema, and no matter how much you hate to admit it, you’re watching the Oscars. How else will you know which sto ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: Movie Review

Love and other things in Bad City.

Movie Reviews & Stories Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is an eclectic cinematic mishmash: an Iranian noir-spaghetti Western-love story…with vampires. And yet, somehow, it all wo ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Fifty Shades of Gus

The missing tampon scene from the director that could have been.

Movie Reviews & Stories The much-anticipated film adaptation of the mega-successful erotic fanfic novel Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters this week. Fifty Shades, which entered this world as Twilight fan fiction, has so ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Mommy

Clinging to hope in a hard-living Canada.

Movie Reviews & Stories Xavier Dolan’s Québécois, Cannes Jury Prize-winning opus, Mommy, opens with a weathered but well-manicured hand reaching for a red apple, while what looks to be a child’s undergarments blo ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by KAT MERCK

AP Film Studies: Rules of Attraction

Casablanca and the science of love.

Movie Reviews & Stories It’s easy to look at a seemingly mismatched couple and scoff, wondering what the hell such a good-looking person would see in a person of less-desirable genetic stock. Throughout the history ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Black Thought

Women dominate the Portland Black Film Fest.

Movie Reviews & Stories It’s no secret that cinema is whitewashed. Just look at the lineup of the Portland International Film Fest, which features a whopping two movies from the African continent in a sea of middle ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Beyond the sea.

Movie Reviews & Stories SpongeBob SquarePants is an absurdist red herring of a children’s television show. Sure, it has the requisite fart and poop jokes and the warm, treacly center common to the format, but it al ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI
 

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