In Living Memory

Portlander Vu Pham puts his bizarre family experiences on film.

Movie Reviews & Stories When Vu Pham was a senior at Grant High School, he got a call from the office: His father was there to see him. Pham had not seen this man in more than a decade. The last time the two had locked ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Movie Review: Frank

The head and the heart.

Movie Reviews & Stories At first glance, Frank seems like twee hipster bait. It’s about a struggling songwriter. Tweets flash onscreen like in a millennial episode of Pop-Up Video. It treats Austin—and specifically S ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Movie Review: The Trip to Italy

On the road again.

Movie Reviews & Stories The phrase “it is what it is” is a plague on the English language. But in the case of The Trip to Italy, a sequel to 2010’s The Trip, the intrinsic nature of the film—established by its pr ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

AP Film Studies: Vice Squad

Miami Vice gets a 30th birthday bash, complete with wine coolers.

Movie Reviews & Stories The year was 1984. Dr. Cliff Huxtable took up residency on the televisions of America. A Canadian astronaut finally made it to space. And, most importantly, two Miami cops rendered socks complet ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA
 
 

In Living Memory

Portlander Vu Pham puts his bizarre family experiences on film.

Movie Reviews & Stories When Vu Pham was a senior at Grant High School, he got a call from the office: His father was there to see him. Pham had not seen this man in more than a decade. The last time the two had locked ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Vice Squad

Miami Vice gets a 30th birthday bash, complete with wine coolers.

Movie Reviews & Stories The year was 1984. Dr. Cliff Huxtable took up residency on the televisions of America. A Canadian astronaut finally made it to space. And, most importantly, two Miami cops rendered socks complet ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Movie Review: The Trip to Italy

On the road again.

Movie Reviews & Stories The phrase “it is what it is” is a plague on the English language. But in the case of The Trip to Italy, a sequel to 2010’s The Trip, the intrinsic nature of the film—established by its pr ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Movie Review: Frank

The head and the heart.

Movie Reviews & Stories At first glance, Frank seems like twee hipster bait. It’s about a struggling songwriter. Tweets flash onscreen like in a millennial episode of Pop-Up Video. It treats Austin—and specifically S ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Portland Film Festival

What’s so Portland about this fledgling fest?

Movie Reviews & Stories You might expect the Portland Film Festival to be some kind of bonanza for locavore cinephiles. You’d be wrong. Festival director Josh Leake hopes his event, now in its second year, becomes ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The One I Love

Hit the reset button.

Movie Reviews & Stories The One I Love is the sort of film that prompts critics to fill their reviews with warnings of spoilers and hammy pronouncements that “to reveal more would spoil the fun.” That overstates ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Divine Conception

Drag legend Divine screws herself into villainy in Female Trouble.

Movie Reviews & Stories In modern comic-book films, villains are born of strange circumstances. Maybe a crook falls into a vat of acid and emerges a super-criminal. Maybe a mad scientist is blasted with gamma rays, o ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Portland Director Aaron Katz's Land Ho!

Land Ho! spots a new brand of comedy on Aaron Katz’s horizon.

Movie Reviews & Stories Aaron Katz has come a long way since his last film, 2010’s cutesy mystery Cold Weather. For Land Ho!, the Portland-born Katz and co-director Martha Stephens travel to Iceland, where two geezers ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Movie Review: Calvary

Truth will out.

Movie Reviews & Stories John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary is not a film that shies away from big questions: about life and death, faith and doubt, virtue and sin. It also doesn’t shy away from eccentric personaliti ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Movie Review: What If

When Harry met Chantry.

Movie Reviews & Stories Love makes heavy demands of young Torontonians. First, Michael Cera had to battle his girlfriend’s evil exes in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Now in What If, Daniel Radcliffe faces a potentially ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

AP Film Studies: Reel Junk

Bad Movie Nite is your childhood sleepover all grown up.

Movie Reviews & Stories Film nerd Scott Hammond spent his early years bathing in the glow of late-night TV. Watered-down sex, violence and schlock bombarded his young brain while Mom, sleeping nearby, remained oblivi ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Magic in the Moonlight

Woody Allen enters the spirit world.

Movie Reviews & Stories As with many Woody Allen movies, Magic in the Moonlight pits a cerebral man against a flighty younger woman and asks them to fall in love. This incarnation finds Stanley (Colin Firth), a yellowf ... More

Aug 5, 2014 09:20 pm by MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: One Of Us

The real monsters of Freaks.

Movie Reviews & Stories The 1932 film Freaks (5th Avenue Cinema; 9 pm Friday, Aug. 8; free) is a certified classic. This landmark film assembled a cast of real circus workers—including dwarves, a bearded lady, a �� ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Siddharth

A father’s search.

Movie Reviews & Stories Low on action but high on intensity, Siddharth does a few things very right. For one, the title character doesn’t show his face. Siddharth, the 12-year old son of a poor Delhi zipper repairman ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Movie Review: Mood Indigo

Eels and all.

Screen Luring us once again through the funhouse looking glass and into a handcrafted phantasmagoria, cinemagician Michel Gondry commences the carnivalesque proceedings of Mood Indigo in a retro-futuri ... More

Jul 29, 2014 07:30 pm by CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

AP Film Studies: Acid-dropping nuns, Prince and dirt bikes

Screen AP Film Studies’ summer break continues, but once again there is homework. Please study these films, and when we return there will be a discussion of the Spielbergian implications of twee ja ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

A Most Wanted Man

The spy who bored me.

Movie Reviews & Stories Had it been released a year ago, nobody would have taken notice of A Most Wanted Man, a gratingly bland espionage thriller set in post-9/11 Hamburg. But director Anton Corbijn’s thriller happens ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

All creatures Groot and small.

Screen From the beginning, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was plagued by questions about a largely untested director and wholly unknown characters. It hardly helped that the initial trailer seemed ... More

Jul 29, 2014 07:09 pm by JAY HORTON

Wish I Was Here

Zach Braff returns from Garden State.

Movie Reviews & Stories As Zach Braff’s directorial follow-up to the aggressively feel-good Garden State, Wish I Was Here has been bogged down by twee expectations since it was announced. And indeed, the film is every ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

What Mason Knew

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood makes coming of age feel new again.

Movie Reviews & Stories Boyhood took 12 years, in film as in life. For 12 years, director Richard Linklater shot the movie for a few weeks each summer as both the main character, a boy named Mason, and the actor, Ellar ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

A Brony Tale

Pony up.

Movie Reviews & Stories Toy stores, with their pretty pinks and commanding blues, make clear what we expect of our girls and boys. So when adult men become fans of the cartoon TV series My Little Pony, it’s enough to p ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Hotseat: Chapman and Maclain Way

Movie Reviews & Stories When brothers Chapman, 27, and Maclain Way, 23, discovered an old baseball team photo at their late grandfather Bing Russell’s house, it sparked a multiyear effort of poring over microfilm a ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Coherence

Comet and get it.

Movie Reviews & Stories Nothing that happens in Coherence should be allowed to happen. The film begins with a comet that may or may not be infused with reality-altering powers screaming across the sky during a dinner ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

Brasslands

Balkan blowout.

Movie Reviews & Stories Like the beer-soaked jamboree it depicts, Brasslands is a loud and colorful experience. Produced by the communal filmmaking society Meerkat Media Collective, the documentary follows hundreds of ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

AP Film Studies: Stage To Screen

The resurrection of the band movie.

Movie Reviews & Stories When they were young and their hearts were open books, the besuited Beatles made the band movie to which all other band movies would forever be compared. That was A Hard Day’s Night (Kiggins The ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer is a brutal, thought-provoking ride.

Movie Reviews & Stories In the past 15 years, South Korea has experienced the most staggering cinematic renaissance since Easy Rider and Midnight Cowboy ushered in independent American filmmaking. The current wave riffs on ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Hotseat: Sebastian Junger

The filmmaker and bestselling author talks Afghanistan, building trust with soldiers and why he’s done covering war.

Movie Reviews & Stories In the early ’90s, Sebastian Junger was an aspiring fiction writer, living in Cape Cod and waiting tables to pay the bills. Then he decided to “actually do something real”: report on the war ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by ETHAN ROCKE

Movie Review: Life Itself

Ebert himself.

Movie Reviews & Stories Film critic Pauline Kael commanded admiration. David Thomson compels a distanced respect. But Roger Ebert was loved. Life Itself, the new Ebert documentary from Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Prefontaine), ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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