Monthly Archives: March 2011

Trailer Tuesday

In honor of the passing of the great Elizabeth Taylor:
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Shown as a Grindhouse feature, now back for a week run:
Gone with the Pope (NSFW)

The Music Never Stopped

The Woodmans (NSFW)

And, Friday to Sunday, the Faux Film Festival.


Some Animate It! Fun

Animate It! is a stop-motion animation class for young people ages 7-11. Last Friday, was Film Action Oregon put on one of these classes in the Hollywood Theatre and I thought it would be fun to share the results with all of you.


Watching that, I felt a little inadequate that I wouldn’t have been able to come up with anything nearly as creative as most of those. Color me impressed!

And while we’re at it, here’s a KBOO report from that Animate It! session (and covers some other Film Action/Hollywood Theatre business).

Special guests for Hollywood Premiere of Some Days Are Better Than Others (Update)

Update: You can include James Mercer to the list of people attending the Friday screening!

Starting Friday, March 25th, the Hollywood will be showing the first feature length film of Portland-based Matt McCormick: Some Days Are Better Than Others. The film stars Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag, Portlandia) and James Mercer (The Shins, Broken Bells) and is a “sad valentine to the forgotten discards of a throwaway society, and a story about knowing when to hold on, and when to let go.”

McCormick and Brownstein will be in attendance on opening night (Friday). To further associate yourselves with the work of McCormick, I highly recommend you go here.

As always, tickets can be purchased here.

Trailer Tuesday

Some Days Are Better Than Others


Little Blue Pill — Sat, March 26 at 9:00

Metal Messiah: Born Again Sage — Wed, March 30 at 7:30

See I Saw the Devil!

I Saw the Devil is by no means an easy movie to watch. I think that some people may be turned off by the intense violence of the film, but it’s not violence without reason. Underneath the surface mayhem is a rumination on what revenge really accomplishes, if anything.

There’s a lot of incredible Korean cinema these days and Jee-woon Kim (A Tale of Two Sister, A Bittersweet Life, The Good, the Bad, and the Weird, all amazing movies) is just one of the amazing filmmakers. Joon-ho Bong (The Host, Memories of Murder, Mother) and Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Thirst) are also making captivating movies each effort. You definitely want to get on board with these filmmakers. They produce elegant, interesting, and great movies each time and frequently use the same actors (my favorite being Kang-ho Song).

To attempt to prove that I’m just not shilling for the theater, here’s a bunch of reviews you can read about I Saw the Devil:

From our very own Shawn Levy

New York Times



And while I’m on AVClub, a video they did about I Saw the Devil/Korean Cinema.

Finally, a paraphrasing of a volunteer’s review:

I liked it. I’ve never felt shock, disgust, laughter, tears, being disturbed, more laughter all at one time before.

For a cinematic experience unlikely to be replicated, go see I Saw the Devil!

Dolemite is going to take over the Hollywood

On Tuesday, March 22, Grindhouse Film Fest presents the blaxploitation classic Dolemite (not to be confused with dolomite). Comedian/actor/singer Rudy Ray Moore (title of one of his comedy albums: Eat Out More Often. Read that any way you desire) stars as the slightly doughy titular character.

Two credit notes:

  • Yes, cinematographer Nicholas Josef von Sternberg is the son of celebrated film director Josef von Sternberg.
  • As if starring, conceiving the story, and producing Dolemite wasn’t enough, Rudy Ray Moore also gets a set decoration credit.

Taken from the Grindhouse site:

Foul-mouthed nightclub entertainer Rudy Ray Moore stars as Dolemite, a mythical pimp/spoken word artist/street avenger who’s been doing time for a crime he didn’t commit. When he’s released from jail, he’s out to find Willie Green, the low down pimp who framed him and took over his nightclub. Between rappin on the street corner and breaking bones with his (awful) karate, Dolemite learns that Willie Green is involved with crooked city officials. Backed by an all-female karate assassin squad, Dolemite sets his sights on Willie Green and his no-good comrades, and pimp slaps every racist honky cop that tries to get in his way.

Dolemite starts at 7:30 and tickets can be purchased here.

NSFW Trailer:

At the end of the rainbow, there will be Leprechaun

This St. Patty’s Day (this Thursday the 17th for the uniformed) Jackpot Records will be presenting the perennial “classic” Leprechaun at the Hollywood Theatre. Come watch Warwick Davis terrorize pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston (something I think everyone would like to see). The fun starts at 7 PM and tickets can be bought here. Festively green beer will be served.

And because the two are synonymous in my mind, I leave you with: