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And So But

Posted September 21, 2012 by D. K. Holm


As with James Dean, it is interesting to speculate what David Foster Wallace might have accomplished if if he had not committed suicide on Friday, September 11th, 2008. Wallace might have written an “ironic” and self-conscious group review of the two or three critical studies that were published while he was still alive. As a fan of […]

#26: “The Master,” Debated

Posted by Ed Goldberg

P.T. Anderson’s The Master – epic waste of time or multilayered portrait of America’s post-war quest for meaning? Also discussed: the disturbing but compelling Compliance, the lousy Eastwood finale Trouble with the Curve, Resident Evil: Retribution (directed by the other Paul Anderson), Arbitrage, the NW Film Center’s noir series, and just who was it who stole the American dream?

#25: Samurai, noir & Bachelorettes

Posted by Ed Goldberg

The NW Film Center’s noir series, “Dangerous Desires”; the best way to see The Seven Samurai in revival; The Bachelorette as a refreshing antidote to the wave of “women can be funny too” movies; the Yakuza classic Branded to Kill; the Shaw Brothers’Crippled Avengers at Portland’s Hollywood Theater; and another look at Sleepwalk with Me.

There Will Be Blood

Posted September 16, 2012 by D. K. Holm


What if Paul Thomas Anderson directed Resident Evil: Retribution? In that alternate universe, Alice (Mila Jovovich) would find herself in a new environment, one in which a powerful leader charismatically controlled some followers. Battle-scarred and tormented by the past, she would temporarily find solace under the guidance of the guru, until finally turning against him or […]

Wheeler Dealer

Posted September 15, 2012 by D. K. Holm


Elements of Arbitrage will seem familiar to many viewers. At the center of the story is a car accident involving a businessman and a mistress that will remind some people of the catalyst moment inBonfire of the Vanities. The tone and look of the film will remind them of other films in the New Sobriety found in […]

Webcast #24 – 2012

Posted September 7, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

DK Holm and Mona Bowen discuss Marina Abramovic and Robert Bresson at the Northwest Film Center; Turn Me On, Dammit, at the Clinton St Theater; the nesting-doll narrative of The Words, starring Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana; the action movie The Cold Light of Day, starring Henry Cavill and Bruce Willis; Hit and Run starring Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell; Iron Sky starring the […]

Webcast #23 – 2012

Posted August 30, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

Reviews and discussions of Lawless, Killer Joe, Sleepwalk with Me, Oslo, August 31st, and more with Ed Goldberg, DK Holm, Becky Ohlsen, Marc Mohan and Mona Bowen.

Webcast #22 – 2012

Posted August 24, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

We’re five on the aisle this week, as Ed, DK and Becky are joined by Mona Bowen and The Oregonian‘s Marc Mohan. We talk about Premium Rush, Searching for Sugar Man, 2 Days in New York, The Expendables 2, Celeste and Jesse Forever, and some local screenings.


Posted August 20, 2012 by Ed Goldberg


Director: Salim Akil With: Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick This is sort of a remake of a 1976 film, notable for Aretha Franklin singing on the soundtrack and for having an all-African American starring cast.  Originally set in the 1950s, this film is moved up to […]


Posted by Ed Goldberg


Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell Voices of: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff, Elaine Stritch This beautiful, stop-motion animated film was created here in Portland by Laika Studios, so you want to root for the home team. I really liked their previous film, Coraline, but this one is […]

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