NW FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
The 35th annual NW Film & Video Festival runs through November 15 at the Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium. For more info, see nwfilm.org.
POLITICS OF SAND
The fight to save Oregon's public beaches was "the hot dog issue" of the early '60s, according to one of the many baggily jowled interviewees in Politics of Sand, the Cannon Beach Historical Society's documentary. Sadly, the film is short on drama and long on aging lawyers recollecting the intricacies of land law. Though the documentary showcases some crazy old-timey photos (beach drag races in bikinis!), it's mostly as dry as a grandpa's slideshow. I love history. I love beaches. This movie was so boring it made me hate both. SARAH MIRK
PIG ROAST & TANK OF FISH
A detailed account of the history of Portland's Chinatown—once the second largest in the nation, it has long been in decline.
SHORTS PROGRAM II
Short films. For a complete listing of the shorts in the individual program, see nwfilm.org.
WENDY AND LUCY
Wendy and Lucy wasn't screened for critics—it's still a ways off from its official release in Portland—but seeing as how director Kelly Reichardt's last film, 2006's Old Joy, was one of the best films in recent memory, it's hard not to get pretty stoked about this one. Wendy and Lucy follows Wendy (Michelle Williams) through a stretch of tough times; like Old Joy, it was co-written by Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond.
Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen are convincingly badass as a couple of hired guns who come to the aid of a small town in New Mexico territory that's threatened by a corrupt, murderous rancher. Jeremy Irons oozes menace as the bad guy, and the hatchet-faced Renée Zellweger isn't completely awful as the default love interest, the only woman in this tiny shit-town who isn't a whore. (...Or is she?) Adapted from one of Robert B. Parker's eleventy-thousand novels, Appaloosa contains enough guns, horses, and billowing clouds of dust to populate every Western for the next 10 years. You've seen this movie before, but it's a really good one. NED LANNAMANN City Center 12, Hilltop 9, Hollywood Theatre, St. Johns Twin Cinema and Pub, Wilsonville Town Center 9.
Army of Darkness
"Don't touch that, please. Your primitive intellect wouldn't understand alloys and... compositions... and things with... molecular structures." Broadway Metroplex.
Ashes of Time Redux
Wong Kar-wai is an easy director to love, but understanding him can prove more difficult. The Hong Kong auteur is best known for films like Chunking Express, Happy Together, and In the Mood for Love—all unconventional films that eschew straightforward narratives. The apotheosis of his artistic inscrutability, though, has to be 1994's Ashes of Time, Wong's martial arts epic about, roughly, a desert-dwelling man who earns his living arranging assassinations. Ashes pushes the limits of patience and comprehension far beyond any of Wong's other films, which seem downright obvious by comparison, and the just-released Ashes of Time Redux is a restored, reedited version of the film that boasts cleaned-up subtitles and a slightly shorter runtime. Despite these changes, upon first watching it's still virtually impossible to figure out what, exactly, is going on here. ALISON HALLETT Hollywood Theatre.
Being John Malkovich
A free screening of Being John Malkovich? It's the best possible way to soothe your disappointment over Synecdoche, New York! The Press Club.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Beverly Hills Chihuahua is not as terrible or as racist as I thought it would be. I laughed out loud more than a few times. But then again, I also laugh at YouTube videos of cats falling into toilets. SAHAR BAHARLOO Various Theaters.
Body of Lies
Body of Lies stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, and it's set among the terror threats and deeds of radical Muslims. But while Lies feels more authentic and nuanced than most big-budget action flicks—it points out, for example, that fighting terrorism is probably necessary, and in the same breath adds that it's an undoubtedly futile fight—at the film's core, it still doesn't do much more than use the tumultuous Middle East as a backdrop for the sort of hammy spy thriller that Tom Clancy might write on a good day. By the final third of the film—when a terrorist pulverizes a captured American's fingers with a hammer and says, "This is Guantánamo!"—the film's more or less a lost cause, though I guess it deserves some brownie points for trying. ERIK HENRIKSEN Evergreen Parkway 13, Pioneer Place Stadium 6, Tigard 11 Cinemas.
The latest CG kids' flick from Disney—starring the voice of John Travolta!!! See next week's Mercury for our review. Century 16 Cedar Hills Crossing, Century Clackamas Town Center, Lloyd Center 10 Cinema.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
See review. Fox Tower 10.
Burn After Reading
Like a Jason Bourne flick filtered through Dr. Strangelove, the Coen Brothers' great Burn After Reading more or less serves as an excuse for the Coens to play around with the clichés and charms of the espionage genre, while also having fun with the same sort of sad, aimless, and fantastically funny characters that usually populate their films. Also, the plot involves a self-powered dildo machine. ERIK HENRIKSEN Fox Tower 10, Lloyd Center 10 Cinema, Tigard 11 Cinemas, Vancouver Plaza 10.
Changeling is a true story. Not "based on a true story," but a true one—a claim that writer J. Michael Straczynski reportedly had to work closely with the studio's legal team to make, citing and authenticating every scene in this lengthy, Clint Eastwood-directed, Depression-era period piece. And while the true story is, in fact, remarkable, the other side of the coin is that Changeling's faithfulness causes most of its flaws: It drags at points, and its austere and formal tone sucks much of the blood out of the drama. MARJORIE SKINNER Various Theaters.
Chris & Don: A Love Story
Is there anything gayer than the musical Cabaret? Well yes, as it turns out, there is, and that something (or someone) is British author Christopher Isherwood—whose semi-autobiographical book The Berlin Stories served as the inspiration for the play I Am a Camera, which was subsequently made into Cabaret, the gayest musical ever. Despite its saccharine title, Chris & Don: A Love Story is a fascinating documentary chronicling Isherwood's relationship with a man almost 30 years younger than himself. KIALA KAZEBEE Living Room Theaters.
The City of Lost Children
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's creepy, beautiful fantasy film is one of the best films of the '90s. Jace Gace.
Classic Concerts: Punk Rock
Performances from the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. Clinton Street Theater.
Cleo from 5 to 7
Agnes Varda's film from 1962 is a "take on the New Wave's girl-in-Paris scenario." Fifth Avenue Cinema.
The Dark Knight
The fact that Heath Ledger's final completed role is that of the Joker in The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan's eagerly anticipated sequel to Batman Begins, is, to say the least, disconcerting. But all the same—three years after Begins, and seven months after Ledger's body was found—The Dark Knight is all the things audiences are hoping it will be. It is bold, bombastic, and badass. There are sublimely orchestrated action sequences, stunningly gorgeous cityscapes, and elegantly conceived bank heists and abductions and interrogations. But perhaps the most notable thing about The Dark Knight is that it's so relentlessly and unapologetically... well, dark. The Dark Knight is fun, but there's also a stark, twisting anger to it, a sinister, cynical, nihilistic edge that can't be denied. Part of this is by design—the tense, simmering script, by Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan, focuses less on Batman and more on his foes—but the darkness is also inseparable from Ledger, whose death has colored the film in ways that are impossible to shake. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
Days and Clouds
An Italian drama in which a woman "must adapt to an entirely new way of life as the carpet is pulled out from under her comfortable middle-class existence." Not screened for critics. Living Room Theaters.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
See review. Hollywood Theatre.
Deep Cult Video Theater:
David Bowie's 1980 Floorshow
A rarely seen concert/cabaret/extravaganza created and performed by Bowie in 1973. Floating World Comics.
In the hype surrounding The Duchess, much has been made of the parallels between the film's subject, Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, and her real-life direct descendant, Princess Diana. But Georgiana (played by period piece habitué Keira Knightley) does not need the Diana hook, and her story is very much her own. Advantageously married at 17 to the Duke of Devonshire (a cold, complicated Ralph Fiennes), Georgiana became famous for her style and charisma. Though there's no shortage of drama at play here, there are long stretches that move very slowly—fortunately, it's a handsome film (and at times impressively racy). Besides, it pays off, gradually becoming a surprisingly substantial and anguished damning of the gilded cages in which women of Georgiana's ilk were kept—used as baby machines, manipulated with threats of separation from their children, and forced to endure humiliation. MARJORIE SKINNER Hollywood Theatre, Tigard 11 Cinemas.
Eagle Eye takes your deepest fears and turns them into a horrifying (and largely ridiculous) morality tale of overbearing governmental control. In a nutshell, Shia LaBeouf and that chick from Made of Honor find themselves forced to follow the whims of a mysterious woman's voice, who not only has control over their cell phones, but anything digital: flashing roadside signs, GPS systems, video monitors at McDonald's. The technological cat 'n' mouse premise may start out as unbelievable, but by the final reel Eagle Eye reaches an astounding level of implausibility that is both eye-rollingly bad and—luckily for the audience—unintentionally hilarious. WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY Century Clackamas Town Center, Evergreen Parkway 13, Hilltop 9, Wilsonville Town Center 9.
Fear(s) of the Dark
This film, made up of six stories animated by six very different but abundantly talented graphic artists, doesn't really induce that familiar "ball of fear in the pit of your stomach" feeling, though there are some moments to make you jump. Still, both horror fans and those who prefer their movies a bit more tame will love it just the same. The characters are all frightening or frightened, the French is pretty, the stories are captivating, and the visuals are, well, frighteningly good. LOGAN SACHON Hollywood Theatre.
Filmusik: The Superman Orchestra
Classic Superman cartoons from the '40s—accompanied by live voice acting, and new musical scores from seven composers, performed live by a 12-piece orchestra. Hollywood Theatre.
See review. Fox Tower 10.
A documentary about Portland's Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls—a musical finishing school that's less about keeping your ankles crossed and more about telling the world to suck it. Camp counselors like Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein and the Gossip's Beth Ditto teach the girls to scream, sweat, and, possibly, make wicked hash brownies. (Okay, calm down. Not really on the hash brownies.) By deconstructing the now-clichéd "girl power" idea—which has become wholly embarrassing over the years—and building it back up into something meaningful, Girls Rock! succeeds as both a documentary and entertainment. KIALA KAZEBEE Laurelhu'.st Theater.
Poppy is the kind of irrepressibly chipper person who attempts to start conversations with random strangers; when they act standoffish, she says things like, "I won't bite!" When her bicycle is stolen, she merely laments she didn't have a chance to say good-bye to it. In short, she's the kind of person who is so goddamn cheerful you'd like to smack her in the face. But something happens over the course of Happy-Go-Lucky: Poppy wins you over. Poppy's happiness is something of a mystery; both her sisters are miserable, and her flatmate is snide and sarcastic. But Sally Hawkins' remarkable performance doesn't hit one false note. British director Mike Leigh improvises extensively with his actors before writing a script, and the film, as with all his work, feels spontaneous and true. NED LANNAMANN City Center 12, Fox Tower 10.
The Haunting of Molly Hartley
Wha? A crappy looking horror flick that wasn't screened for critics? Why, I never.... Century Eastport 16, Cornelius Stadium Cinemas, Sandy Cinema.
High School Musical 3:
The Disney Channel tween cash-cow hits the big screen. Anticipation for the film is running high among High School Musical fans like "scooterboy07," who posted on IMDB.com that "this movie is AWESOmE!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THEM ALL!!!!" Various Theaters.
Wha? A crappy sounding horror flick that wasn't screened for critics? Why, I never.... Century Eastport 16, Division Street, Tigard 11 Cinemas.
Remember when Steve Martin was funny? Yeah, I know, it's been a long time—before most of us were alive, I'm thinkin'. But when he was on, the guy was unstoppable. In 1979's The Jerk, Mr. Bringing Down the House plays Navin R. Johnson, a huge moron that was "born a poor black child." Only he's white—incredibly so. It's dead-on hilarious slapstick, social commentary, and—most of all—shows Steve Martin's comic skills chopping like a damn Ginzu knife. Just lava-hot funny. Insert cliche about the mighty falling here. ADAM GNADE Pix Patisserie (North).
Let the Right One In
A Swedish horror/drama about vampires that's supposed to be really, really good. Hit portlandmercury.com on Friday, November 14 for our review. Cinema 21.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Apparently, there was a first Madagascar, this is the sequel 2 it. Take the kids B4 it is 2 L8 and... aw, fuck it. Various Theaters.
It doesn't get any cornier. When ABBA and musical theater joined forces in the form of Mamma Mia!, it tested the outer limits of the universe's capacity for cheese. Of course, like ABBA, it was a wild success. Likewise, and particularly with baby boomers as the current ruling class, the film adaptation starring the virtually unimpeachable Meryl Streep is going to be a slam dunk at the box office. And while the extreme dorkiness of it all can be difficult to get into (do not even attempt if you are not predisposed), the cast's palpable joy produces some truly great moments. Typically, these theater dorks are having too much fun for the cynics' scorn to wield any power. MARJORIE SKINNER Academy Theater, Edgefield, Vancouver Plaza 10.
Man on Wire
In August of 1974, Frenchman Philippe Petit—not content with having walked a tightrope between the twin towers of both Notre Dame and the Sydney Harbour Bridge—decided to try his luck rigging a tightrope between the big daddies of all the world's twin towers, the World Trade Center. James Marsh's documentary brings Petit's feat to life—an accomplishment that is either breathtakingly stupid or brave. And while I'm usually skeptical of documentaries that switch between B-roll and interview footage, the B-roll in this case is so outrageously implausible that it's more than enough to keep any viewer gripped. If you suffer from vertigo, for example, this movie will make you feel sick. Hell, I don't, and it still did. MATT DAVIS Laurelhurst Theater, Living Room Theaters.
The fact that Max Payne is an awful movie shouldn't be surprising to anyone who's sat through any cinematic adaptation of any videogame ever, from Street Fighter to Doom to Resident Evil to Double Dragon to Hitman to Tomb Raider. What is kind of surprising, though, is just how little Hollywood has learned in its quest to lure Xbox fanboys into movie theaters. While the videogame industry has learned an incredible amount from feature films (at this point, the narratives in the best videogames frequently eclipse those offered by mainstream Hollywood), that pollination apparently only goes one way. Fifteen years after Hollywood started adapting videogames to the screen, the stupid, dreary Max Payne is as stylistically and narratively inept as 1993's film version of Super Mario Bros. ERIK HENRIKSEN Century 16 Cedar Hills Crossing, Century Clackamas Town Center, Century Eastport 16, Sandy Cinema.
See . Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
PDX Filmmakers Showcase
A collection of shorts from local filmmakers. Kelly's Olympian.
A hilarious throwback to goofy, low-budget '80s comedies and action flicks, plus everything Cheech and Chong have ever done. It also boasts a jaw-droppingly great performance by James Franco, and this is a sentence I never thought I'd type. ERIK HENRIKSEN Bagdad Theater, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst Theater.
Quantum of Solace
See review. Various Theaters.
Rachel Getting Married
Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt) is indeed getting married, but it's her sister, Kym (Anne Hathaway)—an ex-model, lifelong drug addict, and alcoholic who's been in and out of institutions since causing a family tragedy as a young teenager—who demands to be the center of attention. Jonathan Demme's latest is a difficult, sometimes tiresome film, but it's also emotionally ambitious, and it offers a modern portrait of family life that depends very little on convention. MARJORIE SKINNER Century Eastport 16, City Center 12, Evergreen Parkway 13, Fox Tower 10, Lloyd Center 10 Cinema.
For atheists accustomed to the one-way street of religious acceptance (on which I will respect your right to believe what you want to believe, and you will attempt to limit my access to birth control), there is something refreshing about Bill Maher's Religulous, in which the unflappably egomaniacal Maher travels the country interviewing people about their faith, in order to: (A) point out the errors of logic, fact, and history inherent to their worldview, and (B) make fun of them. Alas, the film suffers from two things: a lack of focus, and an abundance of Maher. ALISON HALLETT Fox Tower 10, Vancouver Plaza 10.
On the plus side, RocknRolla isn't as bad as Guy Ritchie's previous movie. But then, 2005's Revolver was completely incoherent Kabbalah-quoting nonsense, whereas RocknRolla returns to Ritchie's safer formula: A well-dressed, big gangster (Tom Wilkinson) threatens a well-dressed group of lovable loser gangsters against a backdrop of contemporary "London," with everybody talking in gruff voices and occasionally, shooting at each other. MATT DAVIS Century 16 Cedar Hills Crossing, Century Clackamas Town Center, City Center 12.
Role Models is not a terrible movie. If you want to have two hours of your life gone—not necessarily wasted, but not necessarily cherished, either—then this is a fine way to spend them. Good comedies are about the experience in the theater, for sure, but they're also the experience after—the number of jokes that stay with you, that you want to repeat, that you smile just thinking of. I laughed a bit during Role Models, and as soon as it was over, I shrugged. LOGAN SACHON Various Theaters.
A whole bunch of classic cartoons. The Waypost.
Following a sex- and drug-fueled suicide attempt, Mark (Chad Allen) gets sent by his family to a Christian "gay conversion" ranch. Save Me explores such issues as the controversial "ex-gay" movement, addiction, guilt, and acceptance, while a cast of recognizable faces (including Judith Light!) give solid, believable performances. Save Me feels like it would be more at home in the made-for-TV realm, but the film's restraint from being either preachy or overly judgmental is rather refreshing (even if ultimately, it's all a bit too even-handed). Plus, I don't really need to mention what happens when you put a whole bunch of gay guys on a ranch, do I? BRAD BUCKNER Living Room Theaters.
A fifth serving of torture porn. Century 16 Cedar Hills Crossing, Century Clackamas Town Center, Century Eastport 16, Division Street, Forest Theatre, Sandy Cinema.
The Secret Life of Bees
Set in a generically sepia-toned 1964, The Secret Life of Bees uses the Civil Rights Act, the violent racism of the South, and the bravery of African Americans who sought to exercise their right to vote as hastily draped window dressing for the film's main concern: a little white girl with mommy issues. ALISON HALLETT Century 16 Cedar Hills Crossing, Century Clackamas Town Center, Century Eastport 16, City Center 12, Division Street.
Bernie Mac (R.I.P.), Isaac Hayes (R.I.P.), and Samuel L. Jackson (YOU'RE NEXT SAM) star in this comedy about soul singers. Not screened for critics. Various Theaters.
For a horror movie about a mysterious blood-eating parasite that turns its victims into thorny zombies, Splinter isn't half bad! Director and co-writer Toby Wilkins keeps this escapist little flick suspenseful, and the cast of stereotypes manage to maintain engaging relationships as they outrun strange noises, fumble frantically for keys, and occasionally die. SARAH MIRK Clinton Street Theater.
Supertrash: Nightmare on Elm Street
1984's pop horror classic, preceded by stand-up comedy, retro trailers, animation, and vintage rock performances. Bagdad Theater.
Synecdoche, New York
See review. Fox Tower 10.
Tell No One
Eight years after losing his wife in the woods to a mysterious serial killer (no, not Jason Vorhees), a still-grieving pediatrician begins to receive emails hinting that the tragedy might not be as random as originally thought. Adapting a novel by US airport bookstore staple Harlen Coben, writer/director Guillaume Canet's confident, almost irritatingly taut thriller wastes no time in cranking the paranoia up to 11. The sheer amount of red herrings can be difficult to wade through at times, but Canet's sense of style makes even the more head-scratching moments enjoyable. A gratifyingly nasty whodunit with a healthy sense of its own absurdities. ANDREW WRIGHT Fox Tower 10, Hollywood Theatre.
Dorky American tourist Roy (Woody Harrelson) drags along his wife, Jessie (Emily Mortimer), to China on a church-sponsored charity trip; afterward, the two hop onboard a train from Beijing to Moscow, and soon enough, shit hits the fan: Roy disappears, there's murder and drug smuggling and a snoopy Russian cop (Ben Kingsley), and all of Transsiberian's characters start behaving in ways that only people in sub-par thrillers behave (e.g., like total dumbasses). The end result is a Lifetime Channel "woman in peril" movie with a bigger budget and a better cast. ERIK HENRIKSEN Living Room Theaters.
The Triplets of Belleville
An animated French film that speaks nary an intelligible word throughout its entire 80-minute running time, The Triplets of Belleville's jaw-dropping artwork alone could have kept me riveted for hours. Physically exaggerated characterizations and dark, dank urban landscapes give the film a particularly strong noir sensibility, and in the void of spoken word, layered sound effects add to the ambience. JUSTIN WESCOAT SANDERS Laurelhurst Theater.
Ben Stiller plays Tugg Speedman, a depressed, lonely action star whose best years are well behind him. Meanwhile, Jack Black is Jeff Portnoy, a maniacal drug addict/actor who's best known for movies like The Fatties Fart 2, and Robert Downey Jr. dons blackface as Kirk Lazarus, an award-winning white method actor who, while playing a black man, can't break character. Ever. The three are on location in Vietnam, filming an adaptation of a memoir by war veteran Four Leaf Tayback (Nick Nolte, with hooks for hands, literally) that's being directed by some British guy (the ordinarily marvelous Steve Coogan, whose sole qualification for this job is an English accent). They're all watched over by an overweight, disgustingly hairy bulldog of a studio exec who's so foul that you can practically see stink lines wafting off the screen. Tom Cruise plays the studio exec. If you can't tell already, there's entirely too much going on here: Tropic Thunder wants to be a comedy and a slam-bang action ride, but the violence is too grisly to be funny, and the concepts keep folding in on each other. NED LANNAMANN Academy Theater, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst Theater.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Woody Allen's three previous movies took place in London, and it seems he's finally left Manhattan behind altogether. Vicky Cristina Barcelona functions well as a fluffy bit of tourism, but even more so than as a Spanish travelogue, the movie works—as with much of Allen's work—as escapism into the world of mysteriously wealthy people. As for the much-ballyhooed kiss between Scarlett Johansson and Penélope Cruz, it's pretty tame. The real fire comes from Cruz's performance; she's riveting and hilarious as a passionate, possibly insane firebrand, and whenever she shares the screen with Johansson, it's easy to forget that Johansson has all the charisma of a wet paper bag. NED LANNAMANN Academy Theater, Bagdad Theater, Laurelhurst Theater.
It's hard to say for sure how liberals, who are certainly director Oliver Stone's intended audience, will react to this light-hearted cinematic indictment of George W. Bush. A lot of them probably can't get enough of seeing Bush mocked and deconstructed, and will therefore love this. But a good number of them, one suspects, will be bored—they'll go in wanting a new, revelatory way of seeing the president and come out having had a few good chuckles amid one long, familiar flashback that they're very ready not to have happen again. ELI SANDERS Century 16 Cedar Hills Crossing, City Center 12, Lloyd Center 10 Cinema.
I could lay all of Wall-E out, plot point by plot point; I could describe each of the film's astonishing vistas; I could delve into its brilliantly conceived, densely packed imagery; I could attest to how emotionally and intellectually engaging it is, from its haunting, melancholic opening to its end credits. I could bring up how unconventional the film is (its stars are robots, and there's a good half hour before anything even vaguely resembling spoken dialogue appears), or I could point out that, of all the major Hollywood releases I've seen, I can think of few that trump Wall-E for sheer audacity. But all that's too broad, so I'll simplify: Pixar's latest is likely one of the best films of the year, and it'll also likely become known as one of the best science-fiction films ever made. ERIK HENRIKSEN Academy Theater, Avalon, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst Theater, Milwaukie Cinemas, Vancouver Plaza 10.
What Just Happened?
Art Linson has produced some truly great movies—Fight Club, Heat, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, to name just a few—and his gossipy memoir, What Just Happened?, is a factual account of his years in Tinseltown. Throughout What Just Happened?, one gets the feeling that everyone involved thinks the movie's hilarious—but it's packed with inscrutable inside jokes, and Barry Levinson's direction is cold and morose. Perhaps What Just Happened? is a biting, insightful look at the movie industry, but it's hard to imagine anyone outside of Hollywood giving a rat's ass. NED LANNAMANN Living Room Theaters.
The Who: Live at Kilburn, 1977
A concert film. With the Who. Who are playing at Kilburn. In 1977. Cinema 21.
Daniel Barrow watched a lot of TV as a kid in the '80s. A lot. And his favorite channel was Winnipeg's public access Channel 11, where anyone with a dream could roll into the TV station and become a star. Cable ended all this in the '90s, but recently, Barrow decided to revisit the golden days of public access in Winnipeg. The archives were long gone, so he contacted his old favorites like The Pollock and Pollock Gossip Show—a local gossip interspersed with on-air dance parties—and Survival, a faux reality show about paramilitaries. See clips of these and other home-grown TV personalities as Barrow presents Winnipeg Babysitter. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll go home and realize your video podcasts ain't got nothing on these guys. LOGAN SACHON Cinema Project Microcinema.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
In Kevin Smith's latest, the perpetually broke Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are roommates and lifelong best friends, with zero romantic tension. ("You don't fuck someone you met in the first grade," Zack wisely notes when he's asked why he and Miri have never hooked up.) After their water and power get shut off, Zack devises a plan to get their lives on track: Make a porno. "Porn has gone mainstream now!" he insists. "Like Coke or Pepsi. With dicks in it." So with a handheld camcorder, and some eager co-stars (Jason Mewes and Katie Morgan), Zack and Miri decide to have sex with each other on camera—taking careful steps to make sure things don't get weird between them. Things get weird. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.