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Movie Review: “Sound of Noise”

Posted March 28, 2012 by Becky Ohlsen

Directed by Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjärne Nilsson; starring Bengt Nilsson, Sanna Persson Rated R Now showing at Living Room Theaters I haven’t seen any local reviews of this movie, but I can’t say I’m entirely surprised. It’s a Swedish art comedy (already a troubling prospect) about a frumpy policeman named Amadeus Warnebring (Bengt Nilsson, essentially the […]

Going Out For Italian

Posted March 26, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

I was remiss in not posting about two Italian films playing at the Northwest Film Center, Rocco and His Brothers, already over, and The Red Desert, starting this Thursday, the 29th of March. Of the two films, both considered classics, I would prefer The Red Desert. Rocco was directed by Luchino Visconti, considered one of the neo-realist directors of […]

Webcast #6 – 2012

Posted March 23, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

We review: The Hunger Games, Being Flynn, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and We Need to Talk About Kevin. We also discuss “Noir Ville” at Portland’s own Cinema 21, a summary of the Criterion DVD box set of “David Lean Directs Noel Coward,” plus the commercial DVD release of A Dangerous Method.

Push and Pull

Posted March 17, 2012 by D. K. Holm

Click play or the download link to hear the audio essay. With Drive, the Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn received renewed international attention. Now the NW Film Center is offering a retrospective of most of his films (while weirdly leaving out the Miss Marple adaptation he did for Britsh television [?!]). In this (admittedly amateurish) audio essay, […]

Webcast #5 – 2012

Posted March 16, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

We review: 21 Jump Street, Jeff, Who Lives at Home,documentary Better Than Something, plus a look at recent DVD releases.

Lorax Kills John Carter

Posted March 13, 2012 by D. K. Holm


If the Lorax went to Mars, John Carter still couldn’t even have killed him. Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax opened on March 2nd, and was No. 1 with a shocking $70 million dollar intake for Universal. At that time, it left Warner’s Project X in the dust. To read further, click here!

Swift Boating

Posted March 10, 2012 by D. K. Holm


Publicized as a “recruiting film” for the Navy SEALs,Act of Valor shows the men ribbing each other mercilessly, leaving their wives at the doorstep to head secretly to hot spots, where they drop into bug-infested waters and witness human violence at its most degrading. This sounds so appealing. You endure bullying, spend half your time scared and wet […]

Webcast #4 – 2012

Posted March 9, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

We review: Project X, The Contest, John Carter, Friends With Kids, Kill List andTyrannosaur, plus a quick look at recent DVD releases

Crichton Meets King

Posted by D. K. Holm


Business and thrillers make uneasy bedfellows. If the story is filled with too much technical detail, the “average reader” is dismayed. If the book isn’t technical enough, the professional will laugh it off or lose interest. In his new fictionalized account of theFlash Crash on 6 May, 2010, of Robert Harris toes the technical line but surprisingly loses the […]

Better Than Something

Posted March 7, 2012 by Becky Ohlsen


If you have even the faintest glimmer of interest in music, or in the daily struggles of an underground artist, you need to go and have your heart broken by this movie. Better Than Something is a documentary about the Memphis garage rocker Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr — better known by his stage name, Jay Reatard – […]