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Posted April 28, 2012 by D. K. Holm


What American film reviewers seem uneasy about admitting each time another Luc Besson action film comes along is that his Hollywoodized thrillers are in fact better than their U. S. inspirations. Besson is viewed as mostly inactive as a director, but in fact he comes out with a new movie every two years or so, […]

Dance World, U. S. A.

Posted by D. K. Holm


For a film reviewer or a fan, Whit Stillman is a hard sell, which is probably why he has only made four films in 22 years. A regular Terence Malick, he works mostly outside the mainstream Hollywood avenues of film production, and takes his time with projects. But more important, Mr. Stillman makes the kinds […]

A Head for Crime

Posted by D. K. Holm


Fashions in detective fiction seem to go in waves. There was the long Agatha Christie polite mystery, followed by the overlapping hardboiled school. In recent years there has been the “novelty” detective (dwarf, blind, Russian cop), followed by the grim realism of James Ellroy and Don Winslow, among others, which is the current standard. In […]

Webcast #10 – 2012

Posted April 21, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

We discuss selected films from the 20th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival (hosted by Northwest Film Center), plus 1962’sKing Kong vs. Godzilla and 1972’s The Getaway.

Webcast #9 – 2012

Posted April 13, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

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.

Franck and Vince and Teri and Rachel

Posted April 10, 2012 by D. K. Holm


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 […]

Janus Faiths

Posted by D. K. Holm


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 […]

A Flood of Feelings

Posted by D. K. Holm


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 […]

At Least Her Son Is a Lawyer

Posted by D. K. Holm


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 […]

Webcast #8 – 2012

Posted April 6, 2012 by Ed Goldberg

We review: American Reunion, Mirror Mirror, Footnote and Boy, as well as touch briefly on Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Given its upcoming DVD release, we nod to The Iron Lady.