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The Florida Project

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The Florida Project

| November 7, 2017

If I’m to be completely honest, I don’t like kids. They’re really just romanticized versions of your blackout drunk friends that you don’t talk to anymore because they mooch off of your stuff and won’t shut up. I guess people’s need to project nostalgia onto others is even more powerful than I thought. Sean Baker […]

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Blade Runner 2049

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Blade Runner 2049

| November 7, 2017

The advent of mainstream science fiction in recent year seems to have largely run parallel to dug-up sequels. If the former is a human, the latter is a replicant, and in that way, Blade Runner 2049 operates a plane a bit more unique than similar films of recent memory. While that provides for some incredible […]

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Brad’s Status

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Brad’s Status

| November 7, 2017

I often times get flack for coming off as unjustifiably cynical when I’m not really trying to be; it’s just within my nature. I would say that it’s arguable that it’s within everyone’s nature, but that argument isn’t really one worth bothering to have. What may be egoism and egotism to one person is just […]

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mother!

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mother!

| November 7, 2017

Going into mother!, I was curious as to how accessible it would be. After Black Swan raised Darren Aronofsky’s clout to its peak, his work finally penetrated the zeitgeist. It was with Noah in 2014 that he went into mainstream filmmaking, to which his success he achieved and gratitude he received was admittedly underwhelming. Three and a half years later, his […]

American Made

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American Made

| November 7, 2017

I was having a conversation the other day about whether or not satire works less when it’s tailored towards and made more accessible for mainstream audiences. In my eyes, nearly any sociopolitical topic when discussed with a wide-release film is going to softened to work for a larger audience, and American Made is a great […]

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Battle of the Sexes

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Battle of the Sexes

| November 7, 2017

It’s a shame that filmmakers feel the need to soften the most fascinating stories in order to reach the widest audience possible. Battle of the Sexes is a film where despite my caring for its themes and subject matter, I couldn’t care for the film itself. It’s your typical Oscar-bait, largely well acted and with […]

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

| November 7, 2017

I wouldn’t have expected to love Kingsman: The Secret Service as much as I did. Upon its release two and a half years ago, its edge, subversiveness, energy, and careful balance of absurdity and mean-spirited humor made it an instant cut above comparable fare, and I, just as surprised as anyone else, saw it six times over […]

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It

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It

| November 6, 2017

I don’t know how I managed to go over five weeks without seeing a movie that proved itself to a cultural phenomenon, but alas, it happened. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to see it since I truly did, but hey, I finally saw it, and I can’t say that I see what everyone fell […]

Never Steady, Never Still

Never Steady, Never Still

| October 31, 2017

I wasn’t familiar with actress Shirley Henderson until I saw her in Urban Myth, but I know that she has appeared in dozens of films, including in the Harry Potter franchise. At that point, I was hooked. I very much loved her in the film Never Steady, Never Still, in her portrayal of a mom, […]

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2017 Portland Film Festival

2017 Portland Film Festival

| October 26, 2017

The 2017 Portland Film Festival, presented by Comcast, will  screen 152 narrative and documentary films October 30th through November 5th, 2017, at Portland’s iconic Laurelhurst Theater.  The festival will include special opening and closing night screenings and parties, a Pittock Mansion Gala, educational panels, workshops, special presentations, and daily networking events and opportunities throughout the festival. This year’s fifth edition will […]

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