The Portland 48 Hour Film Project: A Diary

With only 48 hours, an all-woman team assembles a thriller about an ambitious actress who starts to have some unnerving experiences before a big audition.

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Movies & Television
For 11 years, the 48 Hour Film Project has taken to cities around the world. In each location, teams receive a genre selected at random, along with a prop, quote and character at 7 pm Friday, and they race to complete a short film by 7:30 pm Sunday. Winners go on to compete at a national level, with finalists screened at Cannes. For aspiring filmmakers, winning the 48HFP is like finding Willy ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Adrienne So

Bad Fairy

Maleficent through the ages.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Hell hath no fury like a woman denied an invite. That, arguably, is the moral of the Sleeping Beauty story. As the tale goes, the sprite that didn’t make the guest list still appears at the eponymou   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 SAUNDRA SORENSON

AP Film Studies: High and Mighty

The incredibly stupid Heavy Metal is essential 4/20 viewing.


Movie Reviews & Stories
When the hell did stoner movies get so damn complicated? The best of the recent crop of “let’s get high” films, the Seth Rogen-James Franco opuses Pineapple Express and This Is the End, ar   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Also Showing 3/26/14

Castles, clowns and Jean-Claude Van Damme: This week at Portland’s indie theaters.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Editor’s Note: Last week, columnist AP Kryza disappeared, leaving only a garbled voicemail. His whereabouts remain unknown. We did, however, receive a cryptic note—delivered by a bowtie-weari   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Folk(lore) Buddies: Early Efforts From The Men Who Would Make Grimm

The first five films of Grimm's David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf

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Movies & Television
To help loyal Grimm viewers wait out the interminable mid-season delay caused by some network spectacle dubbed the Winter Olympics, fantasy correspondent Jay Horton dug back through the first tales told by Grimm show-runners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf when they were screenwriters struggling through the cursed kingdom of 1980s Hollywood.Twenty years before partnering on NBC's signature ...   More
 
Friday, February 21, 2014 JAY HORTON

AP Film Studies: Shared Nightmares

Here there be dragons—and Nosferatu.


Movie Reviews & Stories
At a party long ago, a bleary-eyed co-worker began talking about dragons. He was drunkenly regurgitating a theory that all humans were evolved from aquatic apes whose main predators were big cat   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 AP KRYZA

A PIFF Ahead

Already mourning the end of the Portland International Film Festival? Whet your appetite with early entries for PIFF 2014.


Movie Reviews & Stories
PIFF is an intense but fleeting thing.  It enters our lives for a few   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 WW Staff

Gus

Portland’s greatest filmmaker and his controversial new movie.


Cover Story
What would Portland look like without Gus Van Sant? The elk statue on Southwest Main Street would still be there, but would you see it the same way if Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix hadn’t hud   More
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Making Old Tricks Feel New

With Skyfall, the Bond franchise marks its 50th birthday.


Movie Reviews & Stories
James Bond should be forgiven a little creakiness. Ian Fleming’s super-spy has spent 22 films and 50 years getting punched and shot. His jet lag has to be excruciating. Let’s not even think of   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 AP KRYZA

Smashed

Beer me! Wait, maybe don’t.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Though there’s no dearth of films about alcoholism and recovery, Smashed reeled me back not to Barfly or Days of Wine and Roses, but to Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry’s 1947 modernist novel. L   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

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