Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1480-1-.html Wed, 17 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 <i>The Comedy</i> - The shocks and horrors of hipsterdom. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20181-the_comedy_the_shocks_and_horrors_of_hipsterdom.html Nearly everything that happens in Rick Alverson’s The Comedy is uncomfortable, off-putting and morally reprehensible. But the events also amount to a hilarious and needed screed against the ennu]]> <i>Wish I Was Here</i> - Zach Braff returns from <i>Garden State</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22811-wish_i_was_here_zach_braff_returns_from_garden_state.html As Zach Braff’s directorial follow-up to the aggressively feel-good Garden State, Wish I Was Here has been bogged down by twee expectations since it was announced. And indeed, the film is every ]]> <i>Inside Llewyn Davis</i> - The Coen brothers hum a bittersweet tune. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21665-inside_llewyn_davis_the_coen_brothers_hum_a_bittersweet_tune.html Lovable losers abound in the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Even the most ardent admirer of Raising Arizona’s H.I. McDunnough or The Big Lebowski’s the Dude would be hard-pressed to call either m]]> Brew Views: <i>Spring Breakers</i> - Disney gone wild. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20641-brew_views_spring_breakers_disney_gone_wild.html The words “spring break” are repeated so often in Spring Breakers that the phrase takes on a mantralike quality. Still best known for writing Kids and directing Gummo, backwater auteur Harmony K]]> <i>The Past</i> - A melodrama that knocks the wind out of you. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21826-the_past_a_melodrama_that_knocks_the_wind_out_of_you.html At one point late in The Past, a man walks into the hospital room of his comatose wife and asks her to squeeze his hand if she can hear him. It’s a wrenching scene, one that lasts all of two m]]> <i>Coherence</i> - Comet and get it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22783-coherence_comet_and_get_it.html Nothing that happens in Coherence should be allowed to happen. The film begins with a comet that may or may not be infused with reality-altering powers screaming across the sky during a dinner]]> <i>Edge of Tomorrow</i> - <i>Groundhog Day</i> goes to war with aliens. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22645-edge_of_tomorrow_groundhog_day_goes_to_war_with_aliens.html Watching a Tom Cruise movie comes with the implicit understanding that the three-time Oscar nominee is most likely to play the hero and, should his character perish, he’ll receive a glorious s]]> <i>Magic in the Moonlight</i> - Woody Allen enters the spirit world. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22899-magic_in_the_moonlight_woody_allen_enters_the_spirit_world.html As with many Woody Allen movies, Magic in the Moonlight pits a cerebral man against a flighty younger woman and asks them to fall in love. This incarnation finds Stanley (Colin Firth), a yellowf]]> Movie Review: The Drop - Dirty work. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23071-movie_review_the_drop_dirty_work.html In the voice-over narration that opens The Drop, Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) sounds puerile and winsome, yet strangely precocious. He explains the “drop” process, in which a different New Yor]]>