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

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

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
 
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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

Russian Soul

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s epic Leviathan has a heavy heart and light hand.

Movie Reviews & Stories In 2004, Marvin Heemeyer drove an armor-plated bulldozer through 13 buildings, including a newspaper office and the town hall, in his small Colorado town. Heemeyer, a welder, had snapped after ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

A Most Violent Year: Movie Review

Down and out in New York City.

Movie Reviews & Stories Calling A Most Violent Year a period piece is like calling a ruby a rock. Yes, the film takes place in 1981 New York, one of the most crime-ridden years in the city’s history. And yes, directo ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: The Passion Of The Spliced

Church of Film worships at the altar of obscure cinema.

Movie Reviews & Stories In 2013, Matthew Lucas and Leslie Napoles quietly started a film club for a few friends to gather, geek out over lesser-known cinema and sip a little wine. Soon, it became a church that worships ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Mr. Turner: Movie Review

Brilliant scenery, with extra spittle.

Movie Reviews & Stories Known as “the painter of light,” J.M.W. Turner created some of the world’s most awe-inspiring artwork. His landscapes are by turns frightful and beautiful, and the same goes for Mr. Turner ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

Movie Review: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry pays tribute to second-wave feminists.

Movie Reviews & Stories Think back to Beyoncé’s performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards—her rock-solid command of the stage, her spangly leotard, those heart-melting cuts to Blue Ivy on Jay Z’s lap. Recal ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Woo Woo

How John Woo nearly ruined action films.

Movie Reviews & Stories With 1989’s The Killer and 1992’s Hard Boiled, John Woo made two of cinema’s best-ever action films. In both movies (screening as a double feature at 7:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Hol ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA
 

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