GRINDHOUSE FILM FESTIVAL
For more info, see Destination Fun on pg. 13 and www.grindhousefilmfest.com.
Bad guys who know karate come in and take over a town, murdering all the kung fu fighters. But one kung fu guy (Jimmy Wang Yu) fights back—wearing a surgical mask and white mittens to conceal his identity. Fun and bloody and cool. (Erik Henriksen) Hollywood Theatre
Continuing in the early feminist tradition of advocating for temperance, Pam Grier strives to improve the lot of women and children by eliminating her community's drug problem. She does this by dressing up as a prostitute and shooting drug dealers with a sawed-off shotgun. Yes, one woman can make a difference. (Alison Hallett) Hollywood Theatre
EXECUTIONERS FROM SHAOLIN
This movie should be awesome (you think it's going to be about a bunch of revolutionaries fighting villain Pai Mei), but instead it's boring (it inexplicably becomes an often-lighthearted film about a kung fu-lovin' family). Whenever Pai Mei's onscreen, shit gets rad—he has this amazing kung fu move he does with his crotch. As for the rest of the film, I'll rent fucking Ordinary People if I want familial drama. (Erik Henriksen) Hollywood Theatre
FIST OF THE WHITE LOTUS
Pai Mei (Lieh Lo) orders some killings—but Gordon Liu's not taking any of that bullshit. Hollywood Theatre
FIVE MASTERS OF DEATH
Five Shaolin students rebel against the guv'ment. Hollywood Theatre
FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE
Though not evident from his recent films, Clint Eastwood wasn't always a pussy. In this, he's borderline hot as a bounty hunter who teams up with another (Lee Van Cleef). (Will Gardner) Hollywood Theatre
An adorable toddler and his masterless samurai pop go out for vengeance against the corrupt shogunate. (Erik Henriksen) Hollywood Theatre
Lucio Fulci is a sick-minded visionary—his half-dubbed masterpieces boast impressive make-up effects, humor, and eroticism. A must-see for horror and music lovers for three reasons: the sharks vs. zombie scene; conquistador flesh eaters; and Fabio Frizzi's supreme synth soundtrack. (Jenna Roadman) Hollywood Theatre
NORTHWEST FILM AND VIDEO FEST
For more info, see www.nwfilm.org.
DRAWING OUT THE DEMONS
What happens when you combine an asshole addicted to crystal meth, a trust fund, enabling parents, and a stunted career in the art world? You get Drawing Out the Demons, a sloppily made portrait of washed-up Canadian "bad boy" artist Attila Richard Lukacs. Uh, if I wanted to invite self-aggrandizing, drug-addled, barely talented artists into my mental sphere, I'd spend a few hours at First Thursday. (Chas Bowie)
An examination of the Louie Sam tragedy, in which a 14-year-old Sto:lo Canadian boy was convicted of murder with almost no evidence, then lynched by whites.
Four short films: Rob Tyler's abstract Color and Modulation; Vladimir's Viewmaster-enabled Actaeon at Home; Dancing Rainbows, George Andrus' examination of... soap bubbles; and Mike Wilder's The Carnivorous Syndrome, a dry documentary about carnivorous plants that's filmed in that pseudo 3D-style of the '50s that'll give you a headache within five minutes. (Erik Henriksen)
24 Hours on CraigslistHow sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll intersect on the online bulletin board. (Alison Hallett) Clinton Street Theater
ChlorineA history of backyard pool skating. Bagdad Theater
DerailedSee review this issue. Regal Cinemas, etc.
Elevator to the GallowsSee review this issue. Cinema 21
Exorcising History: Three Videos by Soon-Mi YooUsing "archival footage and original material," Soon-Mi Yoo's videos deal with "peripheral histories of Korea." More info: cinemaproject.org. Cinema Project @ New American Art Union
Forks for FlicksA benefit for Cuban refugees—trade in clothing, blankets, and silverware at the theater, then watch Buena Vista Social Club and Before Night Falls. Fifth Avenue Cinemas
Get Rich or Die Tryin'See review this issue. Regal Cinemas, etc.
Guided by Voices: Electrifying ConclusionA DVD screening of Guided by Voices' final concert. Lola's Room
JarheadBased on Portlander Anthony Swofford's experience in Desert Storm v. 1.0, director Sam Mendes' Gulf War flick is a highly worthy, if flawed, addition to the war film genre. (Chas Bowie) Regal Cinemas, etc.
Kamikaze GirlsA hilarious tale of opposites uniting in friendship as only the Japanese could portray it: with decadent eye candy and wacky dark humor. (Christine S. Blystone) Clinton Street Theater
Kiss Kiss Bang BangSee review this issue. Cinetopia, Fox Tower 10
Margaret Mead: A Portrait by a FriendJean Rouch's half-hour-long look at anthropologist and filmmaker Margaret Mead. Followed by Rouch's feature Jaguar. Guild
MinamataA documentary about Japanese households suffering from mercury poisoning. As for Mercury poisoning, it'd appear that you're shit out of luck! First Unitarian Church
MirrormaskA fantasy can be a lot of things, but dull shouldn't be one of them. (Andrew Wright) Hollywood Theatre
Paradise NowSee review this issue. Fox Tower 10
Pride & PrejudiceSee review this issue. Regal Cinemas, etc.
SequinsNot much happens in Sequins—but in its own melancholy way, this French film—about a young pregnant girl and a grieving older woman—is a subtle, understated gem. (Alison Hallett) Hollywood Theatre
ShopgirlA sweet and tender love story that eschews irony and sarcasm as well as treacly Hollywood sentimentality. (Chas Bowie) Regal Cinemas, etc.
Side EffectsAn indie comedy about the pharmaceutical industry. Not screened for critics. Broadway Metroplex
The Squid and the WhaleAn insightful, affecting, and darkly funny film that's rooted in the human element, in the simple recounting, with no judgments and no clichés, of a family falling apart. (Erik Henriksen) Fox Tower 10
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low PriceSee News on pg. 9. First Unitarian Church
Winter SoldierSee review this issue. Cinema 21
ZathuraSee review this issue. Regal Cinemas, etc.