Monthly Archives: May 2014

Blue Ruin

  The man has isolated himself from the rest of society. He lives in his car, an ancient Pontiac Bonneville, a rusted blue ruin that seems to blend into the landscape. Sporting unkempt hair and a bushy beard, the man looks like a cross between Jesus and Charles Manson. He dumpster dives and breaks into […]

Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a terrific young actor. In the last 15 years, he has transformed into a performer of great versatility and depth. Look at his performances in films as disparate as Mysterious Skin, Brick, The Lookout, (500) Days of Summer and 50/50. When I first heard that he was writing and directing his feature […]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

There’s a scene in Amadeus where Emperor Joseph II, played by Jeffrey Jones, chastises Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) for writing a symphony with “too many notes.” Replace “too many notes” with “too many villains,” and Emperor Joseph II could have been talking about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (if, you know, superhero movies had existed in 18th century Vienna). […]

Zombies! Italian Style!

Are movies the great equalizer? That’s the question I asked myself a couple of weeks ago, as I sat myself in for a double feature of Italian zombie films at the Historic Hollywood Theatre. Although Portland, Oregon is a great place to watch a movie regardless, the Hollywood Theatre ranks high on the list of the […]