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Bonus Trailer of the Week: Lost Boys 2

In the wake of other direct-to-video classics like The Skulls 2, The Skulls 3, Starship Troopers 2, Starship Troopers 3, and Hollow Man 2 comes the epic continuation of the Lost Boys saga. IMDB has this listed under "Comedy," "Horror," and "Thriller," but I don't see anything funny about your sister becomi...   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Encounters at the End of the World

There are few voices as warm and comforting as the Teutonic baritone of filmmaker Werner Herzog, so it seems only appropriate that he narrate his latest documentary shot in the frigid climes of Antarctica. The monastic soundtrack hints at Herr Herzog's richly philosophical cinema - he has treated a scientific research station like a place of religious devotion.
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Saturday, July 5, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Picnic Flicks, Minus Tix: A Guide to Portland's Outdoor Movies

With our handy guide to free outdoor movies, drag the kids to five showings of Bee Movie. If they still like it, pray they get stung. Who needs fireworks when you can relive the drive-in days with nary a penny spent?

Big Screen on the Green at various Portland parks
Saturday, July 5, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Baghead

From the creators of The Puffy Chair—that slacker dramedy Portlanders loved so well— comes more post-collegiate angst in the mumblecore mold, though this time there's a rather charming twist to the proceedings.
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Saturday, June 28, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

BONUS Trailer of the Week: Choke

Hollywood smiles once again on local author Chuck Palahniuk. In the wake of David Fincher's bombastic Fight Club adaptation, writer-director Clark Gregg seems to have delivered a low-key, faithful treatment of the author's 2001 novel Choke. Accusations of indie ...   More
Saturday, June 21, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week 2: Return to Trailer of the Week

Isn't anyone sick of comic book movies yet? After Robert Downey Jr.'s definitive performance as America's greatest asshole, we should all be able to just stay home and ignore the cavalcade of childish nonsense epitomized by ...   More
Saturday, June 21, 2008 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Poe Ballantine, 501 Minutes to Christ

Deep-dish people-watching with Mr. Gloom.

“I don’t recommend the writing life,” declares Poe Ballantine. “At least, not the one where you move around a lot, live alone and work odd jobs.” That life is the subject ...   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF


Hannibal Lecter visits Sauvie Island, dressed in drag.

So, you’ve just moved to Portland, and you’re looking for the one book that can really show you what our fair city is all about. You could play tourist and pick up a Fodor’s , or may ...   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Review: The Invasion

“of the Body Snatchers,” to complete the title. Yes, this is the fourth legal adaptation of Jack Finney's horrific sci-fi novel, about an epidemic from outer space that makes people go to sleep, get gooey, and wake up acting like Mitt Romney. The central concept of nocturnal dehumanization retains its chilling modernist tension and dread (“Don't go to sleep!”), and here is ...   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Day: Halloween

Questions: With John Carpenter already collecting checks from remakes of his films Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, and Escape from New York (the latter currently in the works), will his entire catalog be poorly photocopied before he finally directs something himself again? And where's my Halloween 9 (yes, there have been eight Halloween movies until now), with middle-a...   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF
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