New Blade Runner Still Misses Philip K. Dick’s Radical Vision
a review of
“Blade Runner 2049.” Director: Denis Villeneuve 146 min. (2017)
“Blade Runner 2049” slightly recalibrates the social dimensions of Ridley Scott’s 1982 android rebellion tale, “Blade Runner”—based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?—tailoring it for a new generation.
Apr 17, 2018
...But Portland’s DIY Church of Film Shows What Others Don’t
Church of Film is a small volunteer film collective in Portland, Ore., whose mission is to provide accessible and free cinema, especially to communities where access to movies is limited. The program was founded in 2013 at the North Star Ballroom in North Portland.
There are no theaters of any kind in the area, and neighborhoods were hurting from a rapidly encroaching influx of development and gentrification. Since that time, the collective has expanded to other venues and parts of the city, most notably the Clinton Street Theater in Southeast Portland, and has shown one or more screenings weekly. Screenings have always been free and donations based.
Apr 20, 2018
Breakthrough or More Hollywood Marketing?
a review of
Black Panther; Director: Ryan Coogler 134 min.
On the list of watershed films of 2018 will be Black Panther, Marvel Studios’ astronomically budgeted blockbuster, which raked in critical plaudits as well as ticket sales on an unprecedented scale. The film has struck a chord with both black and white audiences.
Sep 10, 2018