An indigenous snooze-fest

Ten Canoes, a filmed re-telling of an Australian Aboriginal folktale, takes a novel approach to exposing Westerners to the indigenous inhabitants of Australia.

The East in blood

Watch out for so-called “re-packagings” and “special editions.” They usually end up being a scam, with some last-minute crap thrown onto an extra disc to justify jacking up the price by 15 bucks.


Any mafia movie worth its salt has to have its share of bloodbaths and labyrinthine plotlines, right?

Unconventional Japan

This Friday marks the beginning of a run of films by Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi at the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. Mizoguchi, while perhaps less well known than a director such as Akira Kurosawa, has been widely hailed as one of Japan’s greatest directors.

Slasher with a cause

David Arquette’s new horror film, The Tripper, opened last Friday at the Clinton Street Theater. Wait! Before you throw the paper down in disgust, open yourself up to the possibility that the B-minus actor might just have pulled off his directorial debut with more success and style than one would expect.

Another man’s trash

Just how much useless crap can someone have? How much of one’s life can be dedicated to acquiring said crap? These questions and more are answered in The Treasures of Long Gone John.

Eloquent Nude

If you plan on seeing Eloquent Nude, the story of Modernist photographer Edward Weston and his greatest muse and collaborator, Charis Wilson, make sure to get to Cinema 21 early.

Beyond Regal Cinemas

There’s certainly no shortage of places to see movies in Portland. Anything from the biggest-name blockbuster to the most obscure independent release is available to anyone willing to look. So, one might ask, what could possibly be missing? Until I attended Living Room Theater this week, I would have answered that question with “nothing.

Throne of Blood

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 epic, Throne of Blood, and to celebrate, the Clinton Street Theater is showing the freshly restored 35mm print through this week. The film centers on samurai lord Washizu, and his twisted rise to dominance over Spider’s Web Castle.