Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1504-1-.html Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 <i>The To Do List</i> - More like <i>The To Don’t List</i>. Zing! http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20945-the_to_do_list_more_like_the_to_dont_list_zing_.html It’s safe to say that an attractive teenage girl looking to expand her sexual repertoire hasn’t necessarily taken on the Labors of Hercules. So it would seem necessary for writer-director Magg]]> <i>The Reluctant Fundamentalist</i> - Serving up a fiery tale but packing little heat. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20617-the_reluctant_fundamentalist_serving_up_a_fiery_tale_but_packing_little_heat.html Heading into The Reluctant Fundamentalist, you can’t help but admire director Mira Nair’s nerve. After suffering a setback like 2009’s Amelia—a dull biopic about Earhart—many filmmakers ]]> <i>The Heat</i> - A buddy-cop flick without any burn. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20835-the_heat_a_buddy_cop_flick_without_any_burn.html The Heat may be the most tragic blunder since Pryzbylewski gunned down that plainclothes cop in Season 3 of The Wire. Despite the combined talents of Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, Parks and Recreati]]> <i>2 Guns</i> - With even fewer brains than guns. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20967-2_guns_with_even_fewer_brains_than_guns.html Mark Wahlberg seems to be losing his criminal edge. As a reluctant smuggler in last year’s Contraband, he excelled at sneaking illegal goods into the Port of New Orleans right under the authorit]]> <i>The Bling Ring</i> - Trapped in the closets of the rich and famous. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20809-the_bling_ring_trapped_in_the_closets_of_the_rich_and_famous.html Sofia Coppola has spent much of her career enticing viewers to shed a tear for the poor little rich boys and girls of the world. With her fifth feature, she turns her attention to the sidelines,]]> <i>Only Lovers Left Alive</i> - Undead ahead. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22482-only_lovers_left_alive_undead_ahead.html Given that languid cool is the lifeblood of Jim Jarmusch’s oeuvre, it makes sense that he’s finally gravitated to the vampire genre. In Only Lovers Left Alive, the iconoclastic director brin]]> <i>The Motel Life</i> - Brotherly love. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21489-the_motel_life_brotherly_love.html While it might be true that even losers get lucky sometimes, such good fortune tends to be fleeting. That’s certainly the case with brothers ]]> Movie Review: <i>What If</i> - When Harry met Chantry. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22938-movie_review_what_if_when_harry_met_chantry.html 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 ]]> Movie Review: Mood Indigo - Eels and all. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22873-movie_review_mood_indigo_eels_and_all.html 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]]> <i>Oldboy</i> - Spike Lee’s botched, uninspired remake. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21584-oldboy_spike_lees_botched_uninspired_remake.html There’s something immediately dispiriting about the very thought of Spike Lee—once one of American cinema’s most original voices]]> <i>The Double</i> - Jesse Eisenberg does double duty. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22571-the_double_jesse_eisenberg_does_double_duty.html It’s only right that a film about doppelgängers should feel eerily familiar. That’s certainly the case with writer-director Richard Ayoade’s sophomore feature, The Double. While loosely a]]> <i>The Armstrong Lie</i> - Lie strong. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21641-the_armstrong_lie_lie_strong.html Even now, knowing all that we do about his deception, Lance Armstrong can be remarkably convincing. As he denies doping allegations in the documentary The Armstrong Lie, you’re still halfway i]]>