Brew Views: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Get ’em high.

Brew Views Cameron Crowe was 22 years old when he persuaded the principal at San Diego’s Clairemont High School to let him pose as a student for a year. Crowe had felt caged in by the moral rigidity of his ... More

Sep 11, 2013 12:01 am by EMILY JENSEN

Brew Views: Frances Ha

Quarter-life crisis.

Brew Views People have been trying to figure out 20-somethings at least since Dustin Hoffman unzipped Anne Bancroft’s dress. In 2010, The New York Times Magazine ran a late-to-the-game article about a “new ... More

Sep 4, 2013 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Brew Views: Back to School

Do your homework.

Brew Views It’s hard to imagine—especially after two consecutive summers headlining the biggest film in the world—that until his first turn as Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr.’s biggest hit was Rodney ... More

Aug 28, 2013 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Brew Views: 20 Feet From Stardom

Backup plan.

Brew Views Life is unfair, and the music industry is worse. If there were a rubric to figure out what makes one performer a household name and another just one more name in the liner notes, the history of po ... More

Aug 21, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: Kon-Tiki

Rock the boat.

Brew Views Whether you see it because it’s about a guy named Thor braving Mother Nature, or because you can watch ripped Norwegian dudes sailing the Pacific in their tighty-whities, or because you want to ... More

Aug 14, 2013 12:01 am by EMILY JENSEN

Brew Views: The Music Films of Les Blank

Music that moves.

Brew Views In 1964’s Dizzie Gillespie, filmmaker Les Blank’s first music-based documentary, the titular giant of jazz trumpet speaks into the camera, attempting to describe his playing style. He has a ha ... More

Aug 7, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: Dancing Outlaw

Mountain man.

Brew Views Jesco White, a self-proclaimed hillbilly from Boone County, W.Va., is a man of many personalities. There’s the sweet, gentle man who loves his wife, Norma Jean, and only uses his 12-gauge shotgu ... More

Jul 31, 2013 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Brew Views: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Twinkle, twinkle.

Brew Views Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a little power-pop group from Memphis was once as famous as the Beatles. Children by the millions sang odes to the lead singer, and teenagers of the 1970s bl ... More

Jul 24, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: Deliverance

Hee-Haw with shotguns.

Brew Views You might’ve thought the last thing the American South would embrace in 1972 was a movie that depicts its people as a pack of corrupt backwoods hill folk and inbred, troglodytic rapists obsessed ... More

Jul 17, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Brew Views: UHF

Before Honey Boo Boo.

Brew Views In a world where people watch game shows based on musical chairs and “reimaginings” of antiquated pop-culture characters, perhaps “Weird Al” Yankovic’s UHF—in the glorious Technicolor ... More

Jul 10, 2013 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Pillars of Portlandia

How a proto-Portlandia based on a WW column turned into the biggest debacle in local TV history.

DVD & TV On Dec. 14, 1983, Portland was poised for TV greatness: America’s first regional soap opera. Portland station KOIN pre-empted regular CBS programming for a locally produced original movie, Pillars ... More

Jan 16, 2015 02:30 pm by JAY HORTON

Portlandia At Cartlandia

Fred and Carrie go to 82nd Avenue.

DVD & TV Only the most devious real-estate agent would classify the tract of land occupied by Cartlandia as “prime Portland.” Splayed across a parking lot on Southeast 82nd Avenue, just a few hundred f ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Last Season, On The Real World

The deadliest sins of seven strangers who stopped being polite long, long ago.

DVD & TV Portland, The Real World is over. On Wednesday, June 12, MTV will air the final hour of the Stumptown season, as well as the customary reunion. As you may have seen over the past 11 weeks—thou ... More

Jun 12, 2013 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Ghosts in the Darkness

A Portland paranormal detective searches for gold on SyFy’s Ghost Mine.

DVD & TV We believe what we want to believe, especially in the world of the paranormal. Some will argue that something that goes bump in the night is a restless spirit. Others, like your carpenter, insist ... More

Jan 16, 2013 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Red Riding Hoodie

Grimm goes into the woods to catch a predator.

DVD & TV What can you divine about a television series from its pilot? Probably about as much as you can learn by looking at footprints in a muddy crime scene and determining the killer wore Timberlands. But ... More

Oct 26, 2011 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Down The Tube

They say it’s the Golden Age of TV. It will be if you stop watching crap.

DVD & TV I’ve got a confession to make: I don’t watch nearly as much TV as I should. I say “should” because when someone is being paid to write about television, there’s an expect ... More

Nov 19, 2008 12:00 am by Daniel Carlson

The 2008 Olympics

The Chinese have certainly learned marketing.

DVD & TV An entertainment-industry trade paper recently ran a story with maybe the most depressing lead you could hope to find: “Sure, Michael Phelps has racked up more medals than any other Olympian in ... More

Aug 20, 2008 12:00 am by Daniel Carlson

Shooting The Messenger

The Marines of Generation Kill don’t need no stinking sermons.

DVD & TV Generation Kill only makes sense if you’ve seen The Wire, but not quite for the reasons you’d expect. The Wire has now joined that short list of television shows whose titles are shorthand ... More

Jul 30, 2008 12:00 am by Daniel Carlson

Turning Japanese

Game show imports are a study in orientalism.

DVD & TV The premise for ABC’s Wipeout is pretty simple: Hearty Americans of slightly above-average looks and strength compete in an escalatingly dumb series of physical competitions designed to make the ... More

Jul 9, 2008 12:00 am by Daniel Carlson

Band Of Fathers

Why is John Adams next in the hearts of his countrymen? He’s on TV.

DVD & TV John Adams, which stars Paul Giamatti as a very grumpy Founding Father, is the kind of miniseries HBO excels at making, a sweeping historical epic that boasts an all-star cast, solid credentials on th ... More

Apr 2, 2008 12:00 am by Daniel Carlson

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

If You Really Love PIFF...

Portland’s three weeks of dark and dreary foreign films flies off into the sunset.

Movie Reviews & Stories The Portland International Film Festival comes to an end this week. There are only 10 new films—and some shorts from Spain—showing this week, but this is more of a time to reflect on what ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW MOVIE STAFF

The First Annual PIFF Awards

Willamette Week plays judge, jury and award-giver-outer.

Movie Reviews & Stories The Portland International Film Festival comes to a close this week. Normally, this is the time when a jury of expert film critics hands out awards to deeply deserving films. There are some awar ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

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

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

Dealing With the Fallout

While the first week of PIFF focused on choices, week two finds itself mired in the aftermath of those difficult decisions.

Movie Reviews & Stories Perhaps you’re watching Viggo Mortensen wander through the unforgiving, hallucinogenic wastes of Patagonia in search of his lost daughter. Or you’re listening to testimonials from survivors ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

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

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

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

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

Not Dark Yet

But PIFF’s Getting There.

Screen This is the way the world cinema showcase ends: not with a whimper, but with mutilated clowns and schoolgirls with robotic claws. The Portland International Film Festival doesn’t let its foot off ... More

Feb 23, 2011 06:37 pm by WW MOVIE STAFF

PIFF Rolls East

Ghost monkeys, a killer tire and other Portland International Film Festival treats.

Screen Gephyrophobia: the fear of crossing bridges. This malady has longed plagued the eastside cinephile during the Portland International Film Festival. But not this year. In its second week, PIFF jumps ... More

Feb 16, 2011 05:44 pm by WW MOVIE STAFF

Follow That BAM

Beer and Movie is for real.

Screen My first favorite movie was Follow That Bird. It starred my favorite actors at the time—a 6-foot, yellow-feathered puppet named Big Bird and his cohorts Oscar the Grouch and Mr. Snuffleupagus—p ... More

Feb 16, 2011 06:50 pm by AARON MESH

PIFF Gets Spiffy

All aboard the new and improved Portland International Film Festival.

Screen There’s no mistaking it: Like any good regional importer looking to tap into economic recovery, the 34th annual Portland International Film Festival is diversifying. For the first time, PIFF is exp ... More

Feb 8, 2011 06:05 pm by WW MOVIE STAFF

The Eagle

Exterminate the Brits.

Screen Rome’s lost Legio IX Hispana, maybe massacred in Britain around 117 A.D., is suddenly a hot commodity: The Eagle is the second movie in six months about the legion’s shrouded fate, following Neil Marshall’s viscera-spattered Centurion ... More

Feb 8, 2011 06:20 pm by AARON MESH

Meet Me In Senegal

The Cascade Festival of African Films expands our cinematic horizons.

Screen Africa is not a continent terrifically well known for its cinema: The money isn’t really there, and many of its countries are constantly in violent flux. But that very instability and unfamiliarit ... More

Feb 1, 2011 06:18 pm by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Rage vs. Lance Bangs

Portland filmmaking may induce vomiting.

Screen Rage 45 [ONE NIGHT ONLY] With eye-popping cinematography and a searing score, Rage ranks among the most richly produced local films in recent memory, but also among the most disappointing. Early on, ... More

Feb 1, 2011 06:23 pm by WW Film Staff
 

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