San Francisco International Film Festival 2011 : 04/28 – 04/30 Round-Up

If you are looking for films from today, Wednesday, the 27th, you can see them here. Below are choice picks for the remainder of this week! Full festival details and movie listings here. — Asleep In The Sun This Argentine film evokes the tag words: “metaphysical mystery,” “canine-crazed,” “soul-deep,” “Kafkaesque world,” “psuedo scientists,” “self-possessed,” and “’50s decor.” It certainly targets a very specific audience, but that audience will love it. Directed by Alejandro Chomski – ARGENTINA SHOWTIMES Thu, Apr 28 @ 3:30 (Kabuki) sat, Apr 30 @ 6:15 (New People) At Ellen’s Age Like Eat, Pray, Love, this film documents what happens when the comforts of the middle-class life are disrupted. Unlike Eat, Pray, Love, this film is less “mall

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Ocean State (2010) Film Review

Ocean State is Ted Ryan’s newest film, following New Yorker, Tim, as he attempts to conquer his phobia of the ocean. To better his chances of following through with his plan, Tim travels to Rhode Island, a place surrounded by the ocean. There, he begins to write an application for grad school, detailing his adventure, tries to deal with his split from his ex-girlfriend, and make friends with the locals. With so much going on right from the beginning, I thought the film was going to be immersive, deep, and intriguing. Unfortunately, the movie never delivers to its potential, leaving the audience wanting more in the end. Visually, Ocean State is quite bland. Action is sparse. Instead, dialogue and interaction

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San Francisco International Film Festival 2011: 04/24 – 04/27 Round-Up

This week’s San Francisco International Film Festival round-up is quite beefy, so we’re splitting it into two parts! For now, what you can see from Sunday through Wednesday. — Asleep In The Sun This Argentine film evokes the tag words: “metaphysical mystery,” “canine-crazed,” “soul-deep,” “Kafkaesque world,” “psuedo scientists,” “self-possessed,” and “’50s decor.” It certainly targets a very specific audience, but that audience will love it. Directed by Alejandro Chomski – ARGENTINA SHOWTIMES Sun, Apr 24 @ 8:45 (Kabuki) Thu, Apr 28 @ 3:30 (Kabuki) sat, Apr 30 @ 6:15 (New People) At Ellen’s Age Like Eat, Pray, Love, this film documents what happens when the comforts of the middle-class life are disrupted. Unlike Eat, Pray, Love, this film is less

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Contest: Win A Prize Pack For Hanna!

REDEFINE is pleased to announce we are giving away this prize pack for Hanna, which opened nationally in theatres earlier this month. “Adapt or die!!!” reads the tagline for the film, and one can’t accuse Hollywood of not being dramatic enough in this action thriller involving a young girl raised to be the perfect assassin. With an underrated cast featuring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, this is an unusual coming-of-age tale directed by Joseph Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice). One (1) Winner will receive the following prize pack: – Unisex T-shirt – Grey Hooded Sweatshirt – Skullcandy Earbuds – Micro Fiber Cloth – Bumper Sticker – Dropcard to download the full album (by The Chemical Brothers; details below) TO

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San Francisco International Film Festival 2011: 04/21 – 04/23 – Opening Week Round-Up

The San Francisco International Film Festival opens on the evening of Thursday, April 21st. Here are our recommended picks for the opening days, April 21st through April 23rd! Full festival details and movie listings here. — the colors of the mountain Soccer is a way of life in Latin America. What happens when soccer-playing youth come too close in contact with contended territories? The Colors Of The Mountain explores that idea. Directed by Carlos Cesar Arbelaez – COLOMBIA SHOWTIMES Sat, Apr 23 @ 1:00 (Kabuki) Sun, Apr 24 @ 6:30 (Kabuki) hot coffee Do you remember when a foolish (or is it brilliant?) consumer spilled hot coffee and turned around to sue McDonald’s for millions? Director Susan Saladoff does, and

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Evan Meaney Installation + Talk @ Place Gallery

Tonight, at PLACE in Pioneer Place Mall in Portland, an exciting talk and installation hosted by Grand Detour, with well-known glitch artist, Evan Meaney. Grand Detour is going back to the mall to present the multi-channel, glitch-happy, science-tastic videos of Evan Meaney, including an installation of his most recent project, the ceibas cycle, at PLACE Gallery in the Settlement at Pioneer Place. The exhibition will run from April 16-30. Meaney will give an artist talk around the issues of his work on Saturday April 23, and follow with a screening of both his own past projects and inspiration from his self-appointed “spirit animal”, Hollis Frampton. the ceibas cycle is a ten-part, multimedia exploration of ghosts, glitches and the aesthetics of

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The Good Soldier (2009) Film Review

The Good Soldier follows the plight of Sean Roberts, a civilian in the UK who seeks something different in his life. Through a series of events, he finds himself fulfilling his desires by becoming part of a militia — something he’s been musing about since the beginning of the film. Although he is warned about the dangers of joining by his elder friend, he ignores it, to instead fulfill his assumptions of what patriotism and glory are. This all sounds well and good, but unfortunately, this simple synopsis describes more about the film than watching it actually reveals. There are reasons why there is a formula in filmmaking, and The Good Soldier is a perfect example of what happens when

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Portland International Film Festival 2011: 02/20-02/26 Closing Week Round-Up

How To Die In Oregon This film does not beat around the bush. Beginning with a terminally-ill cancer patient who dies on camera, How To Die In Oregon explores the sensitive issue of physician-assisted suicide. Directed by Peter D. Richardson – UNITED STATES SHOWTIMES Sun, Feb 20 @ 9:30am (B1) Mon, Feb 21 @ 7:30 (B1) 7 Days In Slow Motion Explore the humor and drama of growing up in middle-class Indian household, where education is valued to an extreme, but children will be children. Directed by Umakanth Thumrugoti – INDIA SHOWTIMES Sun, Feb 20 @ 12:15pm (B1) Sun, Feb 20 @ 3:45pm (B2) Budrus Nicholas D. Kristof described this documentary as, “This year’s must-see documentary.” Budrus captures a family

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You’re Doing It Wrong — TRON: Legacy Film Review

Make no bones about it, TRON: Legacy is not a good film. It’s not even that entertaining of a movie. But it’s hard to pinpoint just exactly why there’s such disappointment with this franchise cash-in. There have been worse, less intelligent attempts at nostalgia milking. But what sets TRON: Legacy apart from the rest of the “sequels-we-never-asked-for” set? Why have our expectations fallen from such a great height? You can point to the acting, the set-design, the anachronistic visual style, the flimsy and nonsensical plot devices (You cannot point to the score; the music is about the only thing that works). However, these things had precedent in the original, and are generally accepted and swallowed willingly by most nerd fan

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We Who Are Young Are Old (2010) Short Film Review

We Who Are Young Are Old is based off of a poem by Dylan Thomas, of the same name. Set against a backdrop of industrial decay, not unlike scenes from Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, it has an immediately alluring aesthetic. Dramatic use of sound effects elicit skin-crawling responses, and when paired with stop-motion reinterpretations of blood, guts, and gore, one is not quite sure whether to feel disgusted or enthralled. The final product, though, is undeniably captivating. Director: Matt Lambert Cinematography: Michael Ragen Styling: Mark Holmes @ SEE Management Art Direction: Carline Celis Edit: Peter O’Donovan @ Final Cut, LA Online and VFX: Gavin Camp @ The Mill, LA Original Score and Sound Design: Terressa Tate @ Final Cut, NYC Featuring

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The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector (2009) Film Review

The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector Directed by Vikram Jayanti Starring: Phil Spector, Lana Clarkson Last year, legendary producer Phil Spector was (spoiler alert!) sent to jail for 19 years to life for the murder of Lana Clarkson. The circumstances were suspect, the scene of the crime grisly; Lana Clarkson had been shot point blank in the mouth inside of Spector’s home, and immediately after the incident Spector called 911, stating that he thought he “killed someone.” Now, someone who knows nothing of the circumstances would probably react with a response akin to “What a horrible crime! Phil Spector must be a horrible, insane individual.” But what this new, BBC produced documentary posits is a slightly askew version of

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MMMicrofestival: Call For Video Art! Aural/Visual Synthesis To Soundlers By Hoop Dreams

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Open Call For Video Art : An Installation Of Aural/Visual Synthesis At MMMicrofestival : An Evening Of Music, Movement & Multimedia On December 8th, 2010, REDEFINE magazine and InterArts will be curating MMMicroFestival – An Evening of Music, Movement, and Multimedia – at Holocene in Portland, Oregon. The inventive evening will feature cross-disciplinary projects and performances, including four musical acts, three performance pieces, and one video installation. (Complete event details here.) A community-rooted project of aural and visual synthesis, the side room installation will feature an open call for video art. Portland/Seattle-based musical trio Hoop Dreams will be offering forth “Spirit Momentum,” a track from their forthcoming debut album. Artists of all disciplines and persuasions are invited

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