Oddsac, With Members Of Animal Collective!

Tonight! At the Egyptian in Seattle. Be there or be square. With special guests director Danny Perez and members of Animal Collective. $15. 7pm & 9pm. Tickets available at the door, cash only. Walk up ticket sales and will-call pickup starts at 6pm at the theater. Many more cities announced soon, DVD/iTunes release in June. Ω

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Northwest Film Forum’s Visual Music Series

The relationship between visuals and music are starting to be explored ad nauseum by musicians of all calibers and stages in their careers, but it’s important to take a look back on the forces and individuals who have brought our musical-visual synthesis to its current popularity. Northwest Film Forum’s upcoming Visual Music series will help to do just that. Taking place between April 9th and April 14th, 2010, it will showcase experimental films that pioneered concepts and techniques that are being used today. Says series curator Peter Lucas, “The history of visual music is a fascinating intersection of artists and disciplines. Many people don’t realize that visual art and design expanded into the realm of moving image as early as

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Portland International Film Festival 2010 : 02/25-02/27 Weekend Round-Up

This weekend (plus Thursday)’s recommended picks! This is the last weekend of the Portland International Film Festival, so if you haven’t seen a movie yet, get out there. Forever Enthralled Chen Kaige tells the story of Chinese opera singer, Mei Langfang, who experienced world-wide fame, only to have his career threatened when he refused to sing under the Japanese occupation. SHOWTIMES Tue, Feb. 23 @ 8:15pm (B1) Thu, Feb. 25 @ 7:00pm (C21) The Inheritors The Inheritors takes you behind-the-scenes of the daily lives of hard-working people in Northern Mexico. Often working long hours under rough conditions, entire families partake in labor in order to survive. SHOWTIMES Thu, Feb. 25 @ 6:00pm (B3) Sat, Feb. 27 @ 2:45pm (WH) The

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Portland International Film Festival 2010 : 02/19-02/21 Weekend Round-Up

This weekend’s recommended picks! Go to the website for the Portland International Film Festival for more details. A Town Called Panic An insane surreal stop-motion animated fantasy film featuring toy figurines doing all sorts of things in all sorts of settings. SHOWTIMES Sat, Feb. 20 @ 3:45pm (B3) Sun, Feb. 21 @ 7:45pm (B1) Chameleon This Hungarian film follows a Gábor, an office cleaner who thoroughly analyzes the garbage of those he works for. Using garbage as a guide, he carefully targets vulnerable women to take advantage of, but has a conflict when he finally falls in love with one of them. SHOWTIMES Sun, Feb. 21 @ 6:45pm (B4) Tue, Feb. 23 @ 6:15pm (B3) Wed, Feb. 24 @ 7:15p

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The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008) Film Review

From its opening train hijacking sequence to its creative opening credits, The Good, The Bad, The Weird seemed like a film that would be right up my alley. The first few minutes were so enjoyable that I was quite sure that the goofy, highly stylized film would be one of my new favorites. Well, that was shooting a little too high. While it was in fact very close to being a perfect over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek masterpiece, it fell slightly short — an unfortunate situation, considering the film is very obviously the collaboration of people who know what they’re doing. First and foremost, the film succeeds in a fundamental way with fantastic character development. Familiar Korean actors fill in the roles impressively,

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Terribly Happy (Frygtelig Lykkelig) (2008) Film Review

Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz Terribly Happy opens with an outrageous narrative the film claims is based off of true events. In a small town, farmers discover that their cows are sinking into the grass fields, because the fields are really part bog. One cow gets stuck in the boggy field and is eventually dug out. Once it is, though, it gives birth to a calf that is half-human and half-bovine, and all of the women in the town become greatly distressed. The cow has to once again be sunk into the bog for the mental sanity of the people in town. Ridiculous! Through the years, I’ve taken quite a liking to the black comedies exported by Scandinavian countries. Not

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Portland International Film Festival 2010 : 02/12-02/14 Weekend Round-Up

This weekend is a big weekend for movie-going consumers in Portland. It’s the first weekend of the Portland International Film Festival, and it’s Valentine’s Day. Here are a few of our recommended picks! About Elly An Iranian drama that explores what happens when a group on a weekend getaway realize that one of their travelers has gone missing. The most powerful moments in this film lie in the clash between traditional values and modernity, and the film provides a detailed look at gender roles and husband-wife relations in Iran. SHOWTIMES Sat, Feb. 13 @ 3:15pm (B3) Sun, Feb. 14 @ 1:45pm (B4) Sun, Feb. 14 @ 7:00pm (B4) Cooking History Czech filmmaker Péter Kerekes takes sneak peeks into the lives

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Portland International Film Festival 2010: Opening Night – I Am Love

Tomorrow night is the kick-off party and film for the Portland International Film Festival. For just $25 (or $20 if you’re a PAM member or Silver Screen Friend), you can socialize with Portland’s film elite and see Tilda Swinton star in the film, I Am Love (Io sono l’amore in Italian). The film follows a wealthy industrial family, the Recchis, as they celebrate the birthday of the grandfather of the household. Set against beautiful backdrops glowing with opulence and affulence, Italian director Luca Guadagnino explores a wide range of emotion — and what it is to listen to one’s heart against odds. Head on over to the PIFF website to pick up your passes for the event now. It’s tomorrow.

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Launderette Short Film Review (2010)

Launderette is a short film that takes place in a laundromat — a place that can feel stale and depressing, yet always seems to capture a strange charm when viewed through a lens. UK director Bertie Telezynski‘s short film, with cinematography by Alex Nevill, is a personal look at the lives of those who visit the laundromat. By asking laundromat patrons personal questions that skip past inane “small talk” and delve directly into the innermost thoughts of strangers, Launderette manages to capture opinions about beautiful things and memorable childhoods. Many of these questions are fraught with discomfort due to their personal nature, and it’s remarkable that the strangers generally complied with answering. One can’t help but respect the filmmakers for

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Skhizein (2008) Animated Short Film

Just wanted to share with you this really amazing animated short about a man who is struck by a meteorite and then forced to live “91 centimeters away from himself.” Before I watched it, I had no idea what that tagline could possibly mean, but now it makes sense, and it’s one of the best animated pieces of work I’ve seen in a while… because of both the animation and the concept. The DVD also just came out in October 2009, so head on over to http://www.muiye.com/skhizein/SKHIZEIN.html to see how you can attain a copy!

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Life Of Charlie (2008) Film Review

The result of of ten film students from Ontario, Canada, Life Of Charlie is a strangely charming low-budget flick. Perhaps what is most appealing about the film is how much it captures the spirit of young adults in this day and age, when it seems like many 20-somethings are discontent, wondering where they are headed in life and how they are getting there. Life Of Charlie starts off detailing moments in small town life where everyone seems to know everyone else. From horse races to ramshackle house parties, the filmmakers truly give the audience a taste of a lifestyle where no one seems to have any real aspirations beyond surviving the day-to-day and having fun. The main character, Charlie, is

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People Who Do Noise (2009) Documentary Film Review

Noise: a genre that is difficult for the average person to appreciate. However, when one sees its creation firsthand or creates it oneself, noise becomes a type of musical art that takes on its own appeal and meaning. In People Who Do Noise, noise becomes associated with faces, through interviews with dozens of Portland noise musicians. The documentary gives viewers who might be unfamiliar with the controversial genre a deeper look. At its basest, noise is a genre that comes about through the manipulation of various instruments — often homemade — with sounds that range from dirty squeals and ambient drones to robotic pulses, and everything in-between. It can be carefully controlled, or it can be a form that takes

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