Here's a fun fact: the Mercury editorial team is leaving work early today so we can all go see Star Trek into Darkness. (We did the same thing for Skyfall, because we have PRIORITIES.) Wheee!
Aside from my delight about the fact that I work at a place where I get to leave the office and go see the new Star Trek movie with a bunch of my friends/coworkers, I'm looking forward to seeing it again: Like anyone who's watched waaay too much Star Trek, I've got a few issues with it, but the fact remains: Like J.J. Abrams' first 2009 Star Trek, It's one of the best Star Trek movies that's been made. Take that as you will—YMMV—but it's funny and fun and exciting, and that perhaps justifies why we have not one but two reviews of the goddamn thing:
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS—Former Mercury newsman Matt Davis saw it. He did not care for it.
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS—Current Mercury newsman Denis C. Theriault saw it. (He and I traded many an elbow jab during the screening. "Did you see the NX-01?" "Did they just mention Section 31?" "Eeeeee!") He did care for it. Quite a bit.
CITY BABY—Alison Hallett saw the local film that puts Portland in the spotlight, warts and all—and does so a far more entertaining manner than a certain TV show we could mention.
EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL PORTLAND—This thing doesn't really kick off for a little while, but since there are some pre-festival events, I figured it was best to get Matt Stangel's take on it sooner rather than later. He didn't disappoint, giving you all his best picks for the fest.
QDOC: PORTLAND'S QUEER DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL—Vince Mancini talked to Buck Angel, the star of Mr. Angel, and it's a must-read interview:
"When I get asked to do appearances or be on shows like Tyra, I'm not that worried about being sensationalized," Angel tells me. "I am gonna be sensationalized, or an oddity. I am. But for myself, I know I'm going to go on there and flip it. Because I'm really good at doing that. I know who I am, I know what I'm doing, and that changes the way people think about me. Because what does that mean, to be an oddity? They don't even know what that means anymore."