Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1480-1-.html Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 <i>Ex Machina</i>: Movie Review - Artificial intelligence includes sex ed in Alex Garland’s latest movie. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24410-ex_machina_movie_review_artificial_intelligence_includes_sex_ed_in_alex_garlands_latest_movie.html 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]]> <i>Wish I Was Here</i> - Zach Braff returns from <i>Garden State</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22811-wish_i_was_here_zach_braff_returns_from_garden_state.html 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 ]]> <i>The Comedy</i> - The shocks and horrors of hipsterdom. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20181-the_comedy_the_shocks_and_horrors_of_hipsterdom.html Nearly everything that happens in Rick Alverson’s The Comedy is uncomfortable, off-putting and morally reprehensible. But the events also amount to a hilarious and needed screed against the ennu]]> <i>Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter</i> - “This is a true story.” http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24341-kumiko_the_treasure_hunter_%E2%80%9Cthis_is_a_true_story%E2%80%9D.html 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]]> Mr. Cronenberg Goes to Hollywood - The <i>Videodrome</i> director turns his eye to toxic celebrity culture in <i>Maps to the Stars</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24142-mr_cronenberg_goes_to_hollywood_the_videodrome_director_turns_his_eye_to_toxic_celebrity_culture_in_.html 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]]> <i>The Nightmare</i>: Movie Review - Sleep paralysis looks haunting in this new documentary. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24872-the_nightmare_movie_review_sleep_paralysis_looks_haunting_in_this_new_documentary.html Conveying the surreal power of dreams is nearly impossible, whether onscreen or in conversation. They have their own logic, of course, plus inexplicable time and hazy details that are difficul]]> Tangerine: Movie Review - Hollywood filmed by iPhone has a lot of heart. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-25097-tangerine_movie_review_hollywood_filmed_by_iphone_has_a_lot_of_heart.html At first glance, Tangerine resembles a debut film. Shot on an iPhone and featuring two first-timers in the leading roles, Sean Baker’s fifth feature is full of creative decisions that would appear t]]> Brew Views: <i>Spring Breakers</i> - Disney gone wild. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20641-brew_views_spring_breakers_disney_gone_wild.html The words “spring break” are repeated so often in Spring Breakers that the phrase takes on a mantralike quality. Still best known for writing Kids and directing Gummo, backwater auteur Harmony K]]> <i>Inside Llewyn Davis</i> - The Coen brothers hum a bittersweet tune. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21665-inside_llewyn_davis_the_coen_brothers_hum_a_bittersweet_tune.html Lovable losers abound in the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Even the most ardent admirer of Raising Arizona’s H.I. McDunnough or The Big Lebowski’s the Dude would be hard-pressed to call either m]]> <i>Coherence</i> - Comet and get it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22783-coherence_comet_and_get_it.html 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]]> <i>The Homesman</i>: Movie Review - Wigging out in the Wild West. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23627-the_homesman_movie_review_wigging_out_in_the_wild_west.html Mary Bee Cuddy is an eligible bachelorette, and not just for the 1850s. She owns land in the Nebraska Territory, has a fine singing voice and can fry up a delicious chicken dinner. But, as cru]]> <i>The Past</i> - A melodrama that knocks the wind out of you. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21826-the_past_a_melodrama_that_knocks_the_wind_out_of_you.html At one point late in The Past, a man walks into the hospital room of his comatose wife and asks her to squeeze his hand if she can hear him. It’s a wrenching scene, one that lasts all of two m]]> <i>The Guest</i>: Movie Review - From <i>Downton</i> to darkness http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23197-the_guest_movie_review_from_downton_to_darkness.html The thriller The Guest is what might happen if John Carpenter made a Halloween movie in which Michael Myers takes off his mask and turns out to be a pretty cool guy. Still mourning the loss of t]]> <i>Mr. Turner</i>: Movie Review - Brilliant scenery, with extra spittle. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23895-mr_turner_movie_review_brilliant_scenery_with_extra_spittle.html 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]]> <i>Magic in the Moonlight</i> - Woody Allen enters the spirit world. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22899-magic_in_the_moonlight_woody_allen_enters_the_spirit_world.html 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]]> <i>Edge of Tomorrow</i> - <i>Groundhog Day</i> goes to war with aliens. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22645-edge_of_tomorrow_groundhog_day_goes_to_war_with_aliens.html Watching a Tom Cruise movie comes with the implicit understanding that the three-time Oscar nominee is most likely to play the hero and, should his character perish, he’ll receive a glorious s]]> <i>Citizenfour</i> - With every move he makes, another chance he takes. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23482-citizenfour_with_every_move_he_makes_another_chance_he_takes.html History happens in real time in Citizenfour, a behind-closed-doors account of Edward Snowden’s decision to reveal the dizzying extent of government surveillance programs. Much of Laura Poitr]]> Movie Review: The Drop - Dirty work. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23071-movie_review_the_drop_dirty_work.html In the voice-over narration that opens The Drop, Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) sounds puerile and winsome, yet strangely precocious. He explains the “drop” process, in which a different New Yor]]> <i>Goodbye to Language</i> - Farthouse cinema. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23588-goodbye_to_language_farthouse_cinema.html Jean-Luc Godard could make a movie about a potato and produce something engrossing. Goodbye to Language is a new 3-D essay film by this luminary of the French New Wave, which is another way of s]]> <i>The Two Faces of January </i>: Movie Review - Slick shtick. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23171-the_two_faces_of_january_movie_review_slick_shtick.html The throwback thriller The Two Faces of January begins with a man conning a married couple. It’s about the only time in Hossein Amini’s sleek, subdued adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s no]]> <i>Men, Women & Children</i>: Movie Review - OMG teh internetz. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23354-men_women_children_movie_review_omg_teh_internetz.html Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children is Crash for the age of texting, tumbling and tweeting. It’s also Reitman’s second consecutive film—after last year’s treacly Labor Day—to be less]]> <i>The Equalizer</i> - With a vengeance. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23143-the_equalizer_with_a_vengeance.html

Antoine Fuqua’s revenge thriller The Equalizer could easily have been downright awful. Instead, it’s merely mediocre, which is testament to the immutable charisma of Denzel Washington

<i>The Theory of Everything</i> - Relatively speaking. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23556-the_theory_of_everything_relatively_speaking.html A brief history of Stephen Hawking’s 30-year marriage to Jane Wilde, The Theory of Everything fits a tad too snugly into the biopic tradition. Anyone who’s seen Errol Morris’ expressionist]]>