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The Son of Joseph: Official UK Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD —

Vincent (Victor Ezenfis), a teenage boy consumed with an identity crisis, learns who his father is. Then he has a key made to fit his bio-contributor’s office where he hides under a divan. In revulsion at the immorality he witnesses and in long-burning resentment for abandoning him, Vincent sets a sharp blade to Dad’s throat.

Rippling through this increasingly alarming story is the grand masterwork by Michelangelo, “The Sacrifice of Abraham,” which hangs in Vincent’s bedroom above his bed. At the moment of Vincent’s decision, he visualizes this religious icon and has the choice to heed the angel’s command or not. (CONTINUED)


The Distinguished Citizen: Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — Excelente! This Oscar nominee from Argentina for best foreign film is brimming with insight about the human condition. Daniel Mantovani (Oscar Martínez), an Argentinian ex-pat, is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. A bit like Bob Dylan, he thinks he won’t go. But in the end, he does because the […][...]


The Ornithologist: Teaser

— by BEV QUESTAD — This year’s Portland International Film Festival features an odd entry from Portugal’s Joao Pedro Rodrigues. “The Ornithologist” is as weird as its screeching music. Set in the scenic grandeur of mountainous Portugal, a bird watcher (Paul Hamy) gets frustratingly captivated by birds rather than taking care of himself. Soon he […][...]


A Quiet Passion: Festival Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — The biographical story of Emily Dickinson, “A Quiet Passion” is one of the 166 films being shown Feb. 9 to 25 as part of the 40th annual Portland International Film Festival. Cynthia Nixon excels as Dickinson and deserves tremendous credit for her performance in Terence Davies’ painstakingly careful study of […][...]


Review: The Draft and the Vietnam Generation

— by BEV QUESTAD — Here are a couple hypothetical questions for you. If this were 1968 and you were of draft age, would you volunteer to fight in Vietnam? If you were of conscription age today, would you volunteer to fight in Syria or any other country our President might send our army? Back […][...]


Review: Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison

— by RON WILKINSON — “Solitary” by filmmaker Kristi Jacobson (“A Place at the Table”) is one of the most eerie and troubling films you will ever see. The prison itself is a nether world of locked boxes with almost no visual access. Each pod is a cacophony of yells and banging combined with guards […][...]


Review: Road to the Well

— by RON WILKINSON — Frank (Laurence Fuller) is having a tough time finishing his PhD thesis. Things don’t get any better when he finds his boss screwing his girlfriend in the office break room. Nobody else in his workplace seems to think anything of it but Frank is bothered. He needs a change, even […][...]


Review: A Month of Sundays

— by BEV QUESTAD — “A Month of Sundays” is a slo-mo blossom unfurling its developing petals into an eventual multi-layered, delicately shaded glorious bloom of uncommon beauty. Writer-director Matthew Saville has delivered this fragrant corsage set in a cinematic environment shot by Mark Wareham that parallels the inexplicable slow reveal of Frank, played with […][...]


Review: Antarctica: Ice and Sky

— by RON WILKINSON — It is hard to imagine anyone not being thrilled to sit on an ice floe in the pristine Antarctic and have penguins file past you, casually diving into the ice-slushy water for an afternoon meal. Watching this movie, it is hard not to feel sad knowing that this kind of […][...]