Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1372-1-.html Tue, 16 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 PIFF Gets Spiffy - All aboard the new and improved Portland International Film Festival. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16929-piff_gets_spiffy_all_aboard_the_new_and_improved_portland_international_film_festival.html 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]]> Not Dark Yet - But PIFF’s Getting There. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16994-not_dark_yet_but_piffs_getting_there.html 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 ]]> Half-Baked Alaska - Movies that can see Russia from their house. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18761-half_baked_alaska_movies_that_can_see_russia_from_their_house.html Big Miracle58 About 15 minutes into the new inspirational family film Big Miracle, an insufferable Drew Barrymore exclaims, “But this is different—whales are in danger!” I rolled my eyes so ha]]> Beer Bash - Seriously, who picked the flicks for the 2012 Beer and Movie lineup? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18759-beer_bash_seriously_who_picked_the_flicks_for_the_2012_beer_and_movie_lineup.html 1000101011101010101. That’s the opening pixel of Conan the Barbarian as it will appear to future audiences. Good ol’-fashioned film is dying, fast, as cheaper, digital projectors now control a]]> Gus: Co-Directors - Local filmmakers Gus Van Sant and Todd Haynes talk fracking, MTV and old Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20060-gus_co_directors_local_filmmakers_gus_van_sant_and_todd_haynes_talk_fracking_mtv_and_old_portland.html Todd Haynes, the Portland-based Academy Award-nominated director of Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven and the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There agreed...]]> PIFF Rolls East - Ghost monkeys, a killer tire and other Portland International Film Festival treats. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16970-piff_rolls_east_ghost_monkeys_a_killer_tire_and_other_portland_international_film_festival_treats.html 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]]> 38th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival - New name, same game: Discovering local talent. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18190-38th_northwest_filmmakers_festival_new_name_same_game_discovering_local_talent.html Instead of the usual mid-life displays of sports car and trophy companion, the NW Film Center’s regional festival is celebrating its 38th year
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<i>Certified Copy/Soul Surfer</i> - These movies have nothing in common! http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17322-certified_copy_soul_surfer_these_movies_have_nothing_in_common_.html Certified Copy 77 Juliette Binoche’s filmography already reads like a Bazin-quoting video store geek’s wet dream—Godard, Haneke, Kieslowski, Assayas and Hou have all harnessed her radiance—a]]> PIFF Improvement - Helping the Portland International Film Festival get better, one movie at a time. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18781-piff_improvement_helping_the_portland_international_film_festival_get_better_one_movie_at_a_time.html We live in a difficult world. If you were not aware of how difficult it is, the Portland International Film Festival is here to remind you.
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Gus Among Us: Viva Las Vegas - We asked four Portlanders for their perspectives on Gus Van Sant. Here’s what they said. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20064-gus_among_us_viva_las_vegas_we_asked_four_portlanders_for_their_perspectives_on_gus_van_sant_heres_w.html VIVA LAS VEGAS, Author and stripper Once upon a time (this is a fairy tale), late on a Tuesday night at Mary’s Club, a posse of handsome, well-dressed men entered the bar and quietly took seats]]> Licking PIFF - Don’t Let the Portland International Film festival get you down. <i>WW</i>'s guide to week two. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18818-licking_piff_dont_let_the_portland_international_film_festival_get_you_down_wws_guide_to_week_two.html After a certain point—we’re going to say it’s this Saturday, Feb. 18—the trickiest part of navigating the Portland International Film Festival is summoning the will to get out of bed. ]]> Road To Nowhere - PIFF ends with horrors and prostitutes. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18853-road_to_nowhere_piff_ends_with_horrors_and_prostitutes.html   WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22 EternityCritic’s Score: 67[THAILAND] Though it is at some level a ghost story, Eternity is much more about absence than presence: The spirit in question is a lone rid]]> 38th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival - It’s week two, and we gotta get back in time. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18218-38th_northwest_filmmakers_festival_its_week_two_and_we_gotta_get_back_in_time.html How the Fire Fell 72 Joe Haege (31Knots frontman, part-time Menomena member) stars as charismatic preacher Edmund Creffield...
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Gus Among Us: James Westby - We asked four Portlanders for their perspectives on Gus Van Sant. Here’s what they said. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20063-gus_among_us_james_westby_we_asked_four_portlanders_for_their_perspectives_on_gus_van_sant_heres_wha.html JAMES WESTBY, Filmmaker In Last Days, famous and troubled musician Blake (Michael Pitt) gets a visit from a Yellow Pages salesman. Blake is wearing a dress with combat boots and can barely speak.]]> Jesus Built My Unicycle - Of God and Reedies. Also: snakes! http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19060-jesus_built_my_unicycle_of_god_and_reedies_also_snakes_.html Blue Like Jazz Blue Like Jazz is an odd beast: a pro-Christian movie condemned by multiple evangelical groups, an earnest and often affecting Igby Goes Down for the puppeteering-for-Christ set. The]]> It’s Raining Men - Hallelujah, it’s a cinematic sausage party. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21686-its_raining_men_hallelujah_its_a_cinematic_sausage_party.html Apparently, the holidays this year are all about the men. That’s what you’d gather, at least, after browsing the list of holiday film releases. The Wolf of Wall Street might have some women,]]> The Rock ’N’ Wrestling Connection - <em>Fake It So Real</em> and <em>It Came From Detroit</em> http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19125-the_rock_n_wrestling_connection_fake_it_so_real_and_it_came_from_detroit.html Fake It So Real  At a time when it’s become perfectly acceptable for an adult to get a tattoo of a Stormtrooper, the last true outcast culture left in America just might be professional ]]> Jewish Film Festival - Oy vey, enough with the kvetching. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20810-jewish_film_festival_oy_vey_enough_with_the_kvetching.html Because there just aren’t enough Jews making movies, the NW Film Center’s annual celebration of Yids in cinema returns for its 21st year. As the festival enters its second week, here’s wha]]> Portland Jewish Film Festival - Off to the cinema, you schmuck. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22711-portland_jewish_film_festival_off_to_the_cinema_you_schmuck.html Ach, the Portland Jewish Film Festival. We’ve called it the least necessary of the film festivals, but like gefilte fish at Passover or that nosy aunt who won’t stop asking when you’re going]]>