We review: The Three Stooges, The Cabin in the Woods and the highly-touted documentary Bully, as well as the French dramaFour Lovers. Nodding to next week’s DVD releases, we discussMission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and 1971’s Harold and Maude.
Many viewers have noted how for the most part sex has dried up on the American film screen. We can cut up a woman but we can’t cuddle with her; we can punch a man to death in a boxing ring but not inspire a petite mort. There are numerous boring reasons for this, not the […]
It happens from time to time that adults learn that they were raised in the “wrong” faith. It happened to the late Christopher Hitchens, and also in more dramatic terms to the polish priest Father Romuald Waszkinel, who learned as an adult that his real name was Jacob Waszkinel and that to save his life […]
Mabul, the lead off film for the20th Portland Jewish Film Festival, walks a fine line between soap opera and art house drama. Guy Nattiv’s film from 2011 is about a family in crisis and conflict. Yoni (Yoav Rotman) is bullied at school, sells homework to his peers, and is trying to grow faster and bigger […]
An early talkie with John Barrymore seems like an unlikely film to help kick off the 20th Portland Jewish Film Festival, but Counsellor at Law(1933) turns out to be immersed in Jewish culture. And also in Irish, Italian, and WASP cultures. Like many Hollywood films of its time, Counsellor at Lawuses ethnic stereotypes as a shorthand and for […]
“Sometimes when logging, you have to jump out of the way,” says a friend of mine who was a logger briefly at the coast in the ’70s. “Sometimes the tree doesn’t fall the way you want, and you have to run like hell to get out of its way. When that happened to me was […]
Intimidators are an unsanctioned but intractable part of hockey, as the “code red” policy in A Few Good Men is to the Marines. The league attempts to quell the violence, but a major part of the game’s attraction is the irrational explosions of fighting between contestants, which have their own official and unofficial protocols. Goon is a huge […]
If you are wondering what that strangely titled film playing at the Regal Lloyd Center 10 Cinema1happens to be, it’s easier to explain what it is not.People v. The State of Illusion is not a courtroom drama. It is not a political thriller. Nor is it a Michael Moore-esque documentary about the state of America. Don’t be […]