Cinema 21 Program Notes January 2010 Calendar

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Program Notes January 2010 Calendar


One Week: January 1 - 7

Twilight: New Moon

Premiere (2009, 130 min.)
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner   Directed by Chris Weitz
 Horror

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Held over Through February 4th

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Premiere (2009, 122 min.)
Starring Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer   Directed by Terry Gilliam
 Adventure/Fantasy

Terry Gilliam's latest film turned out to be Heath Ledger's last. In fact, the late actor died before completing his role. In a moving act of solidarity, other actors stepped in to fill out the part and help Gilliam complete the film, which tells the tale of a mysterious band of traveling players. Among those actors were Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell. In addition, Tom Waits, Christopher Plummer, and supermodel Lily Cole also star. Todd McCarty writes that �many Ledger fans will turn out just to see his final performance. But it is genuinely interesting to see how under duress, Gilliam contrived to work the other actors into the role�his three successors play versions of the character in the CGI sequence set in fantastical other dimensions. It all comes off well�lively action and excellent visual effects. Barbara Goslawski of Boxoffice calls it " Terry Gilliam�s masterpiece�every favorite Gilliam device and trope is employed here to breathtaking effect. The film deserves to be seen on the big screen." Ray Bennett of the Hollywood Reporter notes that the tale "allows Gilliam to employ his remarkable gift for imagery." In Allan Hunter's view at Screen International, fans will "welcome it as a return to what Gilliam does best." James Christopher of the Times of London writes that THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS "is a film with a huge heart and a dazzling eye."

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Late Saturdays Jan 16 - Feb 13

Grindhouse Film Festival

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Starting February 5

North Face

Premiere (2008, 126 min.)
Directed by Philipp Stölzl
 Adventure/Drama   Language: In German, French, and Italian with subtitles in English

Philipp Stölzl's account of the attempt by two German climbers to scale the north face of the Eiger in 1936 revives the tradition of the German Mountain Movie made famous by Arnold Fanck and Louis Trenker in the 1920s and '30s, and alluded to in Inglourious Basterds. In this true account, two Bavarians climbers Toni Kurz (Benno Fürmann) and Andi Hinterstoisser (Florian Lukas) attempt to be the first to reach the top and win a top prize, while a newspaper editor Henry Arau (Ulrich Tukur) and his reporter Luise Fellner (Johanna Wokalek) follow the story from the sidelines. Lumiere Reader's Caleb Starrenburg calls it "an edge-of-your-seat and nerve-shattering mountaineering film.” Anthony Quinn of UK’s The Independent asks "A mountaineering adventure more tense, more edge-of-the-seat suspenseful, than Touching the Void? Almost incredibly, this German drama, based on a true story, is that film."

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Starting Friday February 12

The Third Man

Revival (1949, 93 min.)
Starring Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard   Directed by Carol Reed
 Classic Mystery/Thriller

A film on most critics' all-time 10-best lists, THE THIRD MAN, is indeed one of the greatest films ever made: intriguing story, a great cast (Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard), memorable dialogue (" … the cuckoo clock"), and the catchy zither music that helped catapult Carol Reed and Graham Greene's post-war noir into international fame. Sean Axmaker of TCM, argues that THE THIRD MAN "remains one of the most beloved of movies of all time, a crisp, clever, witty, yet serious international thriller, with a dramatic ambiguity and a satirical edge." Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times praises the film's "a reckless, unforgettable visual style." Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times calls it "indisputably one of the greatest films of its era."

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Six Days: February 19 - 24

BAM: Beer and Movie Fest

Various Premieres and Revivals

BAM (Beer And Movie Fest). Our first year, 2010, is full of great art and supertrash. BAM is a tango of old surprises and new classics, where 1930's "pre-code" iniquities starring Gable, Harlow, Laughton, Lombard (RED DUST and WHITE WOMAN) play doctor with extremities from the 1980's like Michael Mann's MANHUNTER and "the other EVIL DEAD:" a grindhouse deliciousness called THE DEADLY SPAWN (both on very hard-to-find 35mm prints). BAM launches the Portland premiering of Vice Magazine's mustang-kickin' WHITE LIGHTNIN', a film best described as "Jarmusch's DEADMAN consumed by Tarantino." We're also showing HOUSE, a Japanese find from 1977 just being released for the first time, that wowed the NY Times: "Delirious, deranged, gonzo or just gone, baby, gone — no single adjective or even a pileup does justice to “HOUSE.” Purist cineastes will rejoice over BAM's Sam Peckinpah/Warren Oates double-bill of THE WILD BUNCH and BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA (sponsored by Mike Clark's Movie Madness). Indeed, the subtle anarchy of the BAM curation is truly revealed by the fact of screening on the same night--Sat. Feb. 20--Humphrey Bogart's L.A. gothic, reaming IN A LONELY PLACE with the very latest in unforgiveable, fanboy-stroking "torture porn," THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE. For new wave connoisseurs and political animals, BAM has two rockin' docs: the David Bowie "Thin White Duke" portrait CRACKED ACTOR, and Stefan Forbes' "cajun bull" BOOGIE MAN: THE LEE ATWATER STORY. BAM is curated by Jacques Boyreau and Aaron Mesh. With big thanks to starring sponsors Ninkasi Brewery and New Belgium and main partner Beer Northwest magazine.

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At Cinema 21 Feb 25 - 28 (Festival runs Feb 11 - 28 at all venues)

33rd Portland International Film Festival

The Festival opens Thursday, February 11, at the Newmark Theater in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA) with the Italian film I Am Love, directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton. Following the screening is an opening night party in the lobby of the Newmark Theater. In addition to the Newmark Theater, this year PIFF films will be shown at the Regal Broadway Metroplex, Cinema 21 and at the Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum. A Festival Pass, or year-round Silver Screen Club membership, can be your passport to discovery. For information on passes, tickets, schedules, parties and more, visit www.nwfilm.org, pick up a schedule at the Film Center, or call the Festival ticket line: 503-276-4310.

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Five Days: February 28 - March 4

In a Lonely Place

New Restored Print! (1950, 94 min.)
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame   Directed by Nicholas Ray
 Film Noir

Nicholas Ray's film noir offers one of the most romantic lines in all of cinema and two of the best noir performances, by Humphrey Bogart as ill-tempered Hollywood screenwriter Dixon Steele, and Gloria Graham as "stand up guy" girlfriend Laurel Gray, to whom Dixon tries on a stray piece of dialogue: "I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me." When Steele is suspected of killing a waitress, Ray is able to explore his dyspeptic view of the movie business. For Roger Ebert, IN A LONELY PLACE is "a superb example of the mature Hollywood studio system at the top of its form. Photographed with masterful economy it understands space and uses the apartments across the courtyard to visualize the emotional relationship between Dixon and Laurel." Kim Morgan of Sunset Gun says simply "this movie wants to break your heart."

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One Night Only: Feb 28

To Pay My Way with Stories

Directed by Brian Lindstrom ("Finding Normal")

Documentarian Brian Lindstrom (Finding Normal) returns to another fascinating aspect of Portland's landscape with this film about the non-profit corporate Write Around Portland. Write Around Portland is a Portland-based non-profit that reaches out to under-served populations and provides them with the opportunity to enroll in a free, rigorous, identity-specific, 10-week creative writing workshop culminating in a public reading and a published anthology. Lindstrom's TO PAY MY WAY WITH STORIES closely follows participants and explores how they transcend their difficulties - including cancer, HIV/AIDS, methadone, Down’s syndrome and poverty—as they find their voices. With short film OLD TOWN DIARY with Art Alexakis. Brian Lindstrom will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

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Starting March 5

Fish Tank

Premiere (2009, 123 min.)
Starring Katie Jarvis   Directed by Andrea Arnold
 Drama

Coming off the success of Red Road, her unusual kitchen sink look at the new Great Britain with its closed circuit television cameras which still fail to capture the heartbreak of modern life, director Andrea Arnold turns to a coming of age tale with a film that won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Avi Offer of NYC Movie Guru calls FISH TANK an "emotionally devastating, well-shot and captivating coming-of-age drama boasting a brave and raw performance by the radiant Katie Jarvis." Spirituality and Practice calls it an "intense film about the messy coming-of-age misadventures of an angry and unhappy English working-class teenager." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone especially like Jarvis, who "hits you like a shot in the heart with her sensational breakout performance," while A.O. Scott of the New York Times opines that the "contradictions of adolescence have rarely been conveyed with such authenticity and force."

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Held Thru March 25

The Art of the Steal

Premiere (2009, 101 min.)
Directed by Don Argott
 Documentary

A fabulous collection of art and the last will and testament of the collector, Albert C. Barnes. One of the greatest Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early modern art collections on the planet lives not in a museum, but on the grounds of the Barnes Foundation in suburban Merion, four miles from downtown Philadelphia. THE ART OF THE STEAL chronicles what happened to that collection after its steward died. In effect, it was stolen in the light of day with the help of the court system and the governor of Pennsylvania by some very well-connected folks! Maria Garcia of Film Journal International calls the film a "well-researched story about the most recent art-world fleecing, this documentary will appeal to those interested in what the cultural elite do to amuse themselves." Pam Grady of Boxoffice calls the film "a fascinating look at a legacy perverted."

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Held through March 31

House (Hausu)

Premiere (1977, 87 min.)
Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi
 Horror/Comedy   Language: In Japanese in subtitles in Engish

Manohla Dargis of the New York Times: "Delirious, deranged, gonzo or just gone, baby, gone — no single adjective or even a pileup does justice to 'House,' a 1977 Japanese haunted-house freakout. Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi [it is an] energetic exemplar of pulp surrealism… it is receiving its first, must-see-now domestic theatrical run. A midnight movie in lysergic spirit and vibe, this was a film made for late-night screening and screaming." Chuck Bowen of Slant sees deep themes in the film: "It's a dark cartoon of unfettered play, an attempt to directly channel budding teens' stream of consciousness with its neediness, triumph, exhilaration, confusion." Ms. Dargis adds that the typical viewer response "will be of surprise and delight, not terror."

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Final Weekend Sat-Sun April 10-11

Sing-a-Long Mary Poppins

Back by Popular Demand! (1964, 140 min.)

For those who loved dressing up and singing along with The Sound of Music at the Cinema 21 a last spring, here is another chance to bond with Julie Andrews. Come as your favorite ragamuffin or chimney sweep to Sing-a-Long Mary Poppins, and enjoy the magical, musical nanny who brings a breath of fresh air into the stuffy Banks household in turn-of-the-century England, as you sing along to "Chim Chim Cher-ee”, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!", etc. This presentation begins with our host exercising the audience's vocal cords, explaining the proper procedure for using each person's fun-pack props to interact with the movie, and judging the Best Silly Laugh and Costume Contests. After that, the film rolls and the singing-a-longing is unrestrained! Don't miss this all-ages, classic movie big fun event! For advance tickets and group rate information check our website. And get this: you'll have several chances to revisit the film when it plays on multiple weekends.

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One Night Only: March 24

The Human Canvas Project Movie

Media Blitz Productions � Presents: A unique visual feast that will titillate and excite the senses and open the mind. Color texture and patterns wrapped around the female form in motion. The Human Canvas Project Movie, produced by Vortex and Nevyn Nowhere, is an all HD video captured of the live performance of the sold out show at the FEZ ballroom. It will be presented from the HD Blu ray master and features 17 nude women as the backdrop for video and slides set to the original electronic music of Sad Music For Happy Humans. DVD and Blu ray videos will be given away as prizes as well as will be for sale at the show.

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Starting March 26

The Neil Young Trunk Show

Premiere (2009, 82 min.)
Directed by Jonathan Demme
 Documentary

The words Trunk Show conjure visions of unique and precious goods, displayed from old chunky leather-strapped luggage. The images recall a time of purposeful travel, when people moved across the country with deliberate speed. Neil Young's Trunk show uses the traveling exhibit concept to bring to life his collection of rare song gems ("Mexico," "Kansas" and the "The Sultan"), crowd favorites ("Cinammon Girl," "Cowgirl in the Sand" and "Like a Hurricane") and more recent material ("No Hidden Path" and "The Believer"). It is a collection for the ages. The spontaneous and raw film was shot during two shows at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania during the Chrome Dreams II tour. Director Jonathan Demme described it as "a reaction to 'Heart of Gold,'" his previous film featuring. Neil Young Trunk Show is caught on the fly: the viewer is taken into the live experience from all angles. The result is a lingering and emotional gaze at the interior character of Young, unpacked piece by piece from a lifetime of carefully-crafted music.

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Two shows - April 1 and April 4

Blood Into Wine

Premiere (2010, 100 min.)
Directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke
 Documentary

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Starting April 2

The Most Dangerous Man in America

Premiere (2009, 92 min.)
Directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
 Documentary

Daniel Ellsberg in person opening night! In 1971, during the Nixon years, a Rand Corporation think tank member named Daniel Ellsberg leaked a secret Pentagon assessment of the Vietnam war to the New York Times, contributing to the cessation of that conflict, and landing himself a place on Nixon's enemies list. Nixon's secret investigation of Ellsberg was the real start of the Watergate affair. Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith's documentary recounts this history, primarily from the source, Ellsberg himself, now 78. David Edelstein of New York hales the film as an important document in itself. "So many people risked their livelihoods to put the 7,000-page Pentagon Papers out there – although its most tangible result was the creation of Nixon's plumbers unit. We have not celebrated Daniel Ellsberg enough. Let's begin." Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times notes that Ellsberg "lends the film gravitas as both its persuasive narrator and primary talking head." Mike Hale of the New York Times calls THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN a "detailed, clearly told and persuasive film."

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Starts April 9

Ran

Restored Print/25th Anniversary (1985, 162 min.)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
  Language: In Japanese with subtitles in English

Akira Kurosawa had an intimate relationship with European literature, adapting Russian tales and Shakespeare plays. In RAN, Kurosawa's interest in the west reaches it pinnacle in an adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear. Amy Taubin of the Village Voice advises that, for "aficionados of the war movie, the western, and the period action epic, RAN is necessary viewing." Internet reviewer Emanuel Levy notes that, for his "visually sumptuous epic, Kurosawa chose the civil wars of sixteenth-century Japan as a setting so that he could criticize technological progress and wars of the present." Richard Schickel of Time Magazine says that RAN is "a film that already belongs to the ages."

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Ends May 20

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Premiere (2009, 152 Min.)
Starring Noomi Rapace   Directed by Niels Arden Oplev
 Crime/Thriller   Language: In Swedish with subtitles in English

An international bestseller and the first of a series, Stieg Larsson's novel now comes to the screen directed by Niels Arden Oplev and starring as the world wearing detective and Noomi Rapace as the antisocial computer nerd title girl. Internet reviewer Peter Ericson reveals that the film is an "engaging, suspenseful, well-acted, atmospheric, and technically well-made Swedish thriller." Anton Bitel of Little White Lies writes "it slyly inverts all manner of gender conventions by having its narrative orientation gradually shift from a rather anodyne hero to an altogether more dynamic and self-reliant heroine. As it races along from one sensational clue to the next [it] builds thematic unity from the different cycles of abuse that it depicts…this might just become a runaway hit, whether in spite, or because of, its undeniable potboiler status."

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Eleven Days: May 21 - May 31

The Red Shoes

Restored Print (1948, 133 min.)
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

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ENDS June 3

The Square

Premiere (2008, 105 min.)
Directed by Nash Edgerton and Joel Edgerton (producer)
 Thriller

A man's life begins to unravel when his mistress brings him a bag of cash in this thriller by Australian director Nash Edgerton and his brother Joel. Writes Andrew L. Urban of Urban Cinefile, "For all intents and purposes a film noir of classic proportions, THE SQUARE has such a good story it deserves to be seen without knowing too many details about the plot." Josh Bell of the Las Vegas Weekly adds that THE SQUARE is a "remarkable piece of thriller craftsmanship." According to William Goss of Cinematical the Edgerton Brothers "pull the strings with tremendously adept precision and a marvelous mean streak."

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Late Show Sat May 22

The Human Centipede

Premiere (2010, 90 Min.)
Starring Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura, Andreas Leupold, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie   Directed by Tom Six
 Horror   Language: In Dutch with subtitles in English

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Starts May 28

Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Premiere (2010, 120 min.)
Starring Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, and Ralph Reed   Directed by Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room")
 Documentary

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Starts June 4

The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

Premiere (2010, 120 min.)
Directed by Kim Ji-woon
 South Korean Western   Language: In Korean, Mandarin, and Japanese with subtitles in English

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Three Days: June 10 - 12

Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

Premiere (2010, 106 min.)
Starring Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart   Directed by Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn
 Documentary, Music

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Late Shows Fri-Sat July 9-10

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation

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One Night: June 12

Frank Zappa's 200 Motels

Revival (1971, 98 min.)
Starring The Mothers of Invention, Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel, and Keith Moon   Directed by Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer
 Musical

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Starts June 18

Stonewall Uprising

Premiere (2010, 80 min.)
Directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner
 Documentary

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Now Playing through July 8th!

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Premiere (2010, 84 min.)
Directed by Ricki Stern. Co-director: Anne Sundberg
 Documentary

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Starts July 9

The Complete Metropolis

Restored Print (1927, 147 Min.)
Directed by Fritz Lang

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Starts July 16

9500 Liberty

Premiere (2009, 81 min.)
Directed by Eric Byler and Annabel Park
 Documentary

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Saturday, July 17

The Windsurfing Movie II

(2010)
 Documentary

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Starts July 23

The Killer Inside Me

Premiere (2010, 109 min.)
Starring Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba   Directed by Michael Winterbottom
 Crime/Drama

Based on the novel by legendary pulp writer Jim Thompson, Michael Winterbottom's THE KILLER INSIDE ME tells the story of handsome, charming, unassuming small town sheriff's deputy Lou Ford. Lou has a bunch of problems. Woman problems. Law enforcement problems. An ever-growing pile of murder victims in his West Texas jurisdiction. And the fact he's a sadist, a psychopath, a killer. Suspicion begins to fall on Lou, and it's only a matter of time before he runs out of alibis. But in Thompson's savage, bleak, blacker than noir universe nothing is ever what it seems, and it turns out that the investigators pursuing him might have a secret of their own.

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Late Shows Fri & Sat Starting July 23

[Rec]2

Premiere (2010, 85 min.)
Directed by Jaume Balaguer� and Paco Plaza
  Language: In Spanish with subtitles in English

Horror aficionados will remember [rec], Jaume Balaguer�'s intriguing film from 2007 about a television reporter and others trapped in an apartment building infused with a deadly virus (it was remade in 2008 as Quarantine). The sequel picks up right where [rec] left off. Simon Reynolds of Digital Spy writes that [REC]2 is a "solid mix of tension and good old-fashioned gore and action, helped immensely by a first-person-shooter stylistic approach and inventive script." Rich Cline of Shadows on the Wall notes that "this sequel proves that the filmmakers have plenty more tricks up their sleeves as they push the story in entertaining directions. And there's barely a moment that doesn't freak us out," while Internet reviewer Brian Orndorf adds that the film is "an extraordinary, spine-tingling second round." Robbie Collin of News of the World finds that [REC] 2 is "about as good as they get."

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Starts July 30

Countdown to Zero

Premiere (2010, 91 min.)
Directed by Lucy Walker
 Documentary

Conventional wisdom asserts that the prospect of nuclear war subsided with the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, but filmmaker Lucy Walker illustrates how the nuclear threat has only grown in unexpected ways and moved in new directions, with narration by Gary Oldman and music by Pearl Jam. There are 23,000 nuclear weapons in the world today, a number of which are unaccounted for (when the USSR split into a handful of separate states, some of their bombs went missing), and as the technology becomes simpler, several major radical terrorist groups and politically unstable nations are trying to obtain nuclear weapons. What would happen if the wrong people got their hands on the bomb - or if some of the "good" people were to detonate one through error or mistaken judgment? In COUNTDOWN TO ZERO, a number of leading politicians and political analysts - including Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, Valerie Plame Wilson, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Zbigniew Brzezinski - discuss the question of nuclear war in the 21st century and what can be done to eliminate the weapons once and for all. Internet reviewer Harvey Karten says that "this excellent documentary is about the destruction of the human race, or at least what could have happened several times in the past, and what might happen tomorrow." Kathy Fennessy asserts that COUNTDOWN TO ZERO "marks an essential addition to the ranks of atomic cinema." Variety reviewer John Anderson broods that the film makes "a convincing argument that the human race is on borrowed time."

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Starts August 6

Winnebago Man

Premiere (2009, 87 min.)
Starring Jack Rebney   Directed by Ben Steinbauer
 Documentary

Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of - after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video, Rebney's outrageously funny outtakes became an underground sensation and made him an internet YouTube superstar, with an estimated one and a-half million hits! Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer journeys to the top of a mountain to find the recluse who unwittingly became the "Winnebago Man." On line reviewer Eric D. Snider asserts that WINNEBAGO MAN is a " hilarious and surprisingly touching profile of a fascinating character… Suffice it to say that whatever preconceived notions you have, forget 'em. Jack Rebney proves to be a complex, larger-than-life person whose whole existence cannot, as it turns out, be encapsulated in one video shot on a very bad day 20 years ago. .. In the Internet age, when anyone can become a "celebrity" simply by doing something foolish while a camera is rolling, it's refreshing to be reminded of our shared humanity. "

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Held Over!

Breathless

New 50th Anniversary Print (1960, 90 min.)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Written by Fran�ois Truffaut.
  Language: In French with subtitles in English

One of the most famous and influential films ever made, Jean-Luc Godard's black and white homage to Monogram Pictures and crime cinema in general broke open the French New Wave and inspired filmmakers from Arthur Penn to Quentin Tarantino, and made stars of Jean-Paul Belmondo as the idle car thief, and Jean Seberg, the American woman he is in love with. "It would be hard to find a more audacious debut feature," observes Ken Hanke of the Mountain Xpress, while Armond White of the New York Press reminds us that, "though rarely discussed as either a love story or a political film, BREATHLESS maintains fascination because it is equally both." Internet reviewer Victoria Alexander calls it a "stunning classic."

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One Week: August 20 - 26

Valhalla Rising

Premiere (2010, 93 min.)
Starring Mads Mikkelsen   Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
 Action/Adventure

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Starts August 27

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Premiere (2010, 113 min.)
Directed by Jean-François Richet
 Crime/Drama/Thriller   Language: In French (and other languages) with subtitles in English

Born in 1936, Jacques Mesrine became one of the most notorious criminals of the '60s and '70s. This two- part film charts his career as a burglar, jewel and bank robber, kidnapper, and arms smuggler. He also killed as many as 39 people. He was even good at disguises, earning the moniker "The Man of a Hundred Faces." Jean-Fran�ois Richet's epic work created a sensation when it was released in France, and won many French Oscars. The emphasis was on Vincent Cassel in a stunning turn as Mesrine. Louise Keller of Urban Cinefile agrees that a "spectacular performance by Vincent Cassel guarantees to keep us on the edge of our seat," while Charlotte O'Sullivan of This is London maintains that Vincent Cassel is superb in the lead, craggily handsome, steely and volatile." Summing up the first film, Matt Quinn of ViewLondon says [it's an] "incredibly entertaining, utterly gripping gangster thriller with a superb script, impressive direction and a powerhouse central performance!" And Allan Hunter of Daily Express concludes that while "KILLER INSTINCT is an exceptional film, PUBLIC ENEMY is even better!"

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Starts September 3

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

Premiere (2010, 133 min.)
Directed by Jean-François Richet
 Crime/Drama/Thriller   Language: In French (and other languages) with subtitles in English

Born in 1936, Jacques Mesrine became one of the most notorious criminals of the '60s and '70s. This two- part film charts his career as a burglar, jewel and bank robber, kidnapper, and arms smuggler. He also killed as many as 39 people. He was even good at disguises, earning the moniker "The Man of a Hundred Faces." Jean-Fran�ois Richet's epic work created a sensation when it was released in France, and won many French Oscars. The emphasis was on Vincent Cassel in a stunning turn as Mesrine. Louise Keller of Urban Cinefile agrees that a "spectacular performance by Vincent Cassel guarantees to keep us on the edge of our seat," while Charlotte O'Sullivan of This is London maintains that Vincent Cassel is superb in the lead, craggily handsome, steely and volatile." Summing up the first film, Matt Quinn of ViewLondon says [it's an] "incredibly entertaining, utterly gripping gangster thriller with a superb script, impressive direction and a powerhouse central performance!" And Allan Hunter of Daily Express concludes that while "KILLER INSTINCT is an exceptional film, PUBLIC ENEMY is even better!"

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One Week Only: September 10 - 16

I'm Still Here

Premiere (2010, 108 min.)
Starring Joaquin Phoenix   Directed by Casey Affleck
 Documentary

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Starts September 17

Lebanon

Premiere (2010, 93 min.)
Directed by Samuel Maoz
 Drama   Language: Hebrew, Arabic, French with subtitles in English

Set during the First Lebanon War � June, 1982 � and confined to the interior of an Israeli tank, LEBANON is the autobiographical debut feature of Samuel Maoz. It focuses on the tensions among the four soldiers inside the tank and their response to what they hear and also to what they see, mostly through the lens of a periscopic gun sight. For Internet reviewer Tony Macklin, LEBANON is a "biting, clanking ride through Hell." Ron Wilkinson of Monsters and Critics finds it, "the most intense war film since Das Boot." "It is a grisly experience, and one of the greatest war films I have ever seen.," writes Tom Horgen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Rene Rodriguez of the Miami Herald notes that the "limited perspective of the world outside, combined with the claustrophobic, clammy interior of the rumbling tank, immediately generate a tremendous tension, and the film wastes no time in ratcheting up the stress. According to D. K. Holm of the Vancouver Voice, LEBANON is "a powerful, realistic, and suspenseful experience."

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Starts September 24

The Cremaster Cycle

Directed by Matthew Barney

Made between 1994 and 2002, the five films in Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle are a unique achievement in the history of American art and cinema. Cremaster 1 (1995, 40 minutes) is an arty musical revue; Cremaster 2 (1999, 79 minutes) is a gothic western that examines historical figures such as Gary Gillmore and Houdini, who is played by Norman Mailer; Cremaster 3 (2002, 182 minutes) charts the construction of the Chrysler Building; Cremaster 4 (1994, 42 minutes) is set amid the folklore world of the Isle of Man; Cremaster 5 (1997, 55 minutes) is a regal opera set in Budapest, and stars Ursula Andress. Jonathan Jones of the Guardian wrote that "THE CREMASTER CYCLE by Matthew Barney is the first truly great piece of cinema to be made in a fine art context since Dali and Bunuel filmed Un Chien Andalou in 1929. It is one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema." Jarry Saltz of the Village Voice singles out "the sprawling, majestic Cremaster 3 [as] my nomination for Best Picture by an Artist."

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Starts October 1

14th Annual Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

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Starts October 8

Howl

Premiere (2010, 90 min.)
Starring James Franco   Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is on trial. In HOWL, Rob Epstein (The Celluloid Closet, The Times of Harvey Milk) and Jeffrey Friedman recounts this dark moment in the history of censorship by using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg (James Franco) to find his true voice as an artist, society's reaction (the obscenity trial), and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment- the birth of a counterculture. With an all-star cast that includes Mad Men's Jon Hamm, Weed�s Mary-Louise Parker, and David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels, and Treat Williams, HOWL is a unique contribution to cinema and literary history. Neil Miller of Film School Rejects judges that HOWL is a "complex, multi-layered commentary on art and what it means to different people." Laremy Legel of Film.com finds that HOWL "is very, very, good. Worth seeing if you love writing, if you've ever written, if you're intrigued by the creative process as a whole." Kirk Honeycutt of the Hollywood Reporter finds that the filmmakers' "passion for Ginsberg's genius and their excitement over trying to deconstruction a literary master work is contagious." Internet reviewer Emanuel Levy lauds the "the endlessly talented James Franco" who is "astounding as Allen Ginsberg."

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One Night Only: October 14

Dust & Illusions: 30 Years of History of Burning Man

(2009, 90 min.)
Directed by Olivier Bonin
 Documentary

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Starts October 15

Freakonomics

Premeire (2010)
 Documentary

FREAKONOMICS is the highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner about incentives-based thinking written. Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years: Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack), Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) and Seth Gordon (The King of Kong). According to John Anderson of Variety, FREAKONOMICS "adds up to a revelatory trip into complex, innovative ideas and altered perspectives on how people think." For Ian Buckwalter of DCist it is "entertaining and thought-provoking enough to stand alone as a reflection of Levitt and Dubner's book." Fred Topel of Can Magazine notes that "it is the book."

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Starts October 22

Vision: From The Life of Hildegard von Bingen

Premiere (2010, 110 min.)
Starring Barbara Sukowa   Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
 Drama   Language: In German with subtitles in English

Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. This famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecological activist. In VISION: FROM THE LIFE OF HILDEGARD VON BINGEN, New German Cinema auteur Margarethe von Trotta (The Lost Honor of Katherine Blum) reunites with recurrent star Barbara Sukowa (Berlin Alexanderplatz) to bring the story of this extraordinary woman to life. In a staggering performance, Sukowa portrays von Bingen's fierce determination to expand the responsibilities of women within the order, even as she fends off outrage from some in the Church over the visions she claims to receive from God. Lushly shot in the original medieval cloisters of the fairytale-like German countryside, VISION is a profoundly inspirational portrait of a woman who has emerged from the shadows of history as a forward-thinking and iconoclastic pioneer of faith, change and enlightenment. Internet reviewer Daniel Kasman finds that the "the real sympathy of von Trotta's VISION lies in its pure joy." And Todd McCarthy in Variety says: �The film exalts the diverse accomplishments of the Benedictine nun. Sukowa embodies the character�s imposition of will with complete conviction, just as she does Hildegard�s imposing intellect and bottomless devotion.�

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Held over, ends November 11

Enter the Void

Premiere (2010, 137 min.)
Starring Paz de la Huerta, Nathaniel Brown, Cyril Roy   Directed by Gaspar Noe
 Drama   Language: In English and Japanese with English subtitles

ENTER THE VOID is the psychedelic thriller by visionary French maverick Gaspar No� (Irreversable, I Stand Alone), a cinematic thrill ride that has riveted audiences at the Cannes, Toronto, Sundance and SXSW film festivals. Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta star in a visceral journey set against the thumping, neon club scene of Tokyo, which hurls the viewer into an astonishing trip through life, death, and the universally wonderful and horrible moments between. An immersive and just plain mind-bending experience, ENTER THE VOID is sure to be one of the most talked-about films of the year. Thomas Caldwell of Cinema Autopsy found ENTER THE VOID to be "an astonishing and hallucinogenic cinematic experience that mesmerized me for its entire running time." Internet reviewer Cole Smithey deemed it "such a virtuosic, if orgiastic, piece of experimental exploitation cinema that the audience is � mesmerized by the bold attack on the senses that Noe assaults the viewer with." Rich Cline of Shadows on the Wall writes that the film is "packed with moments of filmmaking genius." Mike Goodridge of Screen International says �ENTER THE VOID is a trip." And Manhola Dargis in The New York Times states: �This is the work of an artist who�s trying to show us something we haven�t seen before!�

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Starts November 5

Kuroneko (The Black Cat)

Revival (1968, 99 min.)
Directed by Kaneto Shindō
 Horror   Language: 1968: In: Japanese with subtitles in English

A band of hungry and disheveled feudal Japanese soldiers emerges from a dense forest. Soundlessly they advance upon the hut of Shige (Kiwako Taichi) and her mother-in-law, Yone (Nobuko Otowa). The soldiers take food and water and attack the women, torching the house when they are through. After the embers of the ruined homestead have gone cold, black cats approach the lifeless bodies and care for them, taking on the spirits of the two murdered women. Subsequently Shige and Yone may be seen in the bamboo grove as spooky apparitions, the younger woman luring samurai to her home, seducing them, and killing them. That is the premise of the haunting KURONEKO (also known as Yabu no naka no kuroneko), directed by Kaneto Shind� (Onibaba). Shaun Anderson of The Celluloid Highway finds that KURONEKO "is brought to atmospheric life by beautiful monochrome cinematography and a formal eloquence that marks it out as one of Shindo's most visually elegant productions." For Internet reviewer Gary W. Tooze, KURONEKO is "a standout," while Bastian Meiresonne notes that Shind�'s "staging and directing of actors is, as usual, stunning and rarely matched." Film Journey notes that "KURONEKO's shadowy compositions, elegant use of sound and silence, slow-motion, and stylized violent confrontations � all rendered with a clear eye for class struggle � is imaginative, suspenseful, and compelling."

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One Week: November 5 - 11

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector

Premiere (2010, 102 min.)
Directed by Vikram Jayanti
 Documentary

Phil Spector was a pioneer of American music, a legendary producer to John Lennon and Tina Turner, and, as of April 13th 2009, a convicted murderer. Yet the Spector who appears in Vikram Jayanti's documentary is not the severe, outlandishly coiffed defendant seen in sensationalistic accounts of his trial, but a charming, savvy music executive with a generous, but arguably accurate, estimation of his place in the history of popular music. "A feature-length portrait of a pop music genius as (pre-) convicted murderer, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF PHIL SPECTOR lives up to its grandiose title," writes J. Hoberman of the Village Voice. Scott Tobias of the AV Club notes that, "currently serving out a sentence that will likely consume the remainder of his life, Spector turns the interview into a trial on his own terms � one that�s gripping, revelatory, and a little self-incriminating." David Fear of Time Out New York writes that "this portrait of the eccentric artist provides ecstasy via singers performing his greatest hits, and agony as Spector glowers through his original 2007 (mis) trial."

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November 12 & 13

Portland Mercury's Hump

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One Week: November 12 - 18

The Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

Premiere (2010, 106 min.)
Directed by Michele Hozer & Peter Raymont
 Documentary

Directors Mich�le Hozer and Peter Raymont revisit the mysterious world of the influential Canadian pianist, who died in 1982 at the age of 50, in this fascinating documentary. As the New York Times noted, "Glenn Gould is one of those performers, like James Dean or Maria Callas, whose life and legend nearly overshadow their artistic achievements." "We wanted to break through that stereotype and find the real Glenn Gould," Raymont told the New York Times. "We wanted to find what he was really like. We wanted to try to see if we could get through to that inner life, that secret person that he and his friends hadn�t really been eager or even willing to share with the world." Jim Slotek of Jam! Movies writes that "Glenn Gould remains elusive, the self-invented parts jostling for time with the occasional peek behind the curtain. Still, they're all pieces of a puzzle, and GENIUS WITHIN arguably boasts more pieces than any other previous documented look at the man." Keith Uhlich of Time Out New York suggests that "Gould is as much of a mystery at the end as at the beginning. You get the feeling that's the way he'd have wanted it." Nick Pinkerton of the Village Voice predicts that "devotees will perhaps find something new in this deep pool of archival footage, and newcomers will get an appropriate introduction to the beguiling charisma of a most media-savvy isolationist." Internet reviewer Louis Proyect concludes that GENIUS WITHIN is a "compelling look at all aspects of the legendary pianist, from the well-known eccentricities to his love affair with a woman who would ultimately spurn him because of those eccentricities. The finest biography of a musician in long time."

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Starts November 19

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Premiere (2010, 148 min.)
Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin, Anders Ahlbom   Directed by Daniel Alfredson
 Crime/Drama/Thriller   Language: Swedish with English subtitles

The last time we saw Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) the brilliant computer hacker and loner was wounded and burned. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST picks up a few seconds after The Girl Who Played With Fire stops, essentially making the two films one enormous account of conspiracy in high places, a corrupt culture and government, and the fate of Lisbeth and her partner in exposing it all, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist). The third and last of Stieg Larsson's novels finds perfect adaptation at the hands of director Daniel Alfredson. Bj�rn Lahrmann of Das Manifest hails HORNET'S NEST as an "exemplary film that works brilliantly at mixing classical murder mystery with a diagnosis of a dark society." Movies Kick Ass notes that the film is "effective because of the larger context in which the events take place, particularly in its vision of Sweden." Reviewers were especially taken with Rapace's performance. Tommy S�derberg of Fantastisk Film asserts that "it's Naomi who is the big, brightly lit star in the movie." Internet reviewer Peter Ericson writes that "Noomi Rapace continues her tour-de-force performance as Lisbeth Salander." And Movies Kick Ass concludes that "Rapace, once more, is able to reveal new layers in Lisbeth's personality. Her ability to express so much without words is remarkable, in what might be one of the highlights of her performance she delivers the most delicious smile in the most wicked situation."

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Starting December 17

The Tempest

Premiere (2010, 110 Min.)
Starring Helen Mirren, Russell Brand   Directed by Julie Taymor

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Next Screening Coming Soon!

The Room

Directed by Tommy Wiseau

The cult film of the century, THE ROOM is the auteur labor of Tommy Wiseau, who wrote, directed, and stars in this tale of a Johnny, a successful banker who is perhaps too trusting of his bride to be, Lisa (Juliette Danielle). Complications ensue when Johnny's best friend, Lisa mother, and some newcomers get involved with the couple. The Dim Post says that THE ROOM "lived up to the hype," while Film Fiend found it "deliriously entertaining." Picture Show Pundits asserts that "to watch THE ROOM is truly a life-altering experience." Possibly the best worst movie ever made. Come join the interactive fun!

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Coming Soon!

Alien Boy

Premiere (2010)
Directed by Brian Lindstrom
 Documentary

Brian Lindstrom (Kicking, Finding Normal) returns to the streets of Portland to tell the story of James Chasse, a member of the punk music scene in the 1970s who was killed by police in September 2006. Though schizophrenic, Chasse was successful, a poet and a musician, a man who included among his friends and admirers Greg Sage of The Wipers. Apparently believing that Chasse was a drug dealer or homeless, the police stopped Chasse on a downtown Portland street corner and beat him, kicked him, broke his shoulder and 17 ribs, and used a Taser on him. He died on route to the hospital. The Chasse family has brought a civil suit against the police department and against officer Christopher Humphreys, who is named in yet another suit by a woman who claims mental health issues. ALIEN BOY is sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Portland.

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