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Battle of the Spies: Who’s the True King?

When it comes to the best movie spies, we immediately think of the main three: James Bond, Ethan Hunt and Jason Bourne. These three have been on our screens for a long time with James Bond’s first debut, “Dr. No” in 1962, which stars Sean Connery. The British government agent has been the hear[...]

The best films set in casinos

When it comes to the best films set in a casino, some of the most intense, thought-driven scenes rarely depict them as being in a casino. For example, take “Rain Man,” a comedy-drama directed by Barry Levinson. Towards the middle of the film, we see Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) realise his recen[...]

Horror films are good for your health

When one thinks of horror movies, the first thing that might come to mind is that nothing good ever comes from the terrifying moments. The horrifying experience brings about feelings of anxiety, fear or intense. So, who would ever consider watching a horror movie for health benefits? Well, grab the [...]

What to expect from the 2019 Oscars

The most exciting film event of the year is fast approaching, with pundits and fans across the world making their predictions and calculating the odds for who will win. The 91st Academy Awards is set to take place on Feb. 24 in the historic home of the Oscars, the Dolby Theatre. With 2018 having bee[...]

Short Film: Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen

— by BEV QUESTAD — A chilling fact about global warming is that when the permafrost of the northern tundra regions melts it will unleash age-old germs and bacteria into the eco-system. Wildlife, vegetation and water will become contaminated with things like anthrax and deadly strains of [...]

Short Film: Sky Migrations

— by BEV QUESTAD — My very favorite film (free access at the end of this review) of all the gorgeously filmed shorts shown at the Willamette Riverkeepers’ 2018 Wild and Scenic Film Festival was “Sky Migrations.” It’s narrated by a young guy who is following the migration path of [...]

A look at Disney’s upcoming remakes

A tweet went out at the end of November 2018 stating Walt Disney had left in his will that all movies should be remade after every 10 years. This tweet stated that the reason for these remakes was so that each generation could have its chance of watching the movies. This was, however, proven to [&he[...]

Short Film: A Letter to Congress

— by BEV QUESTAD — Films on hiking with reticent kids, catching magnificent raptors, mountaineering with “badass” women in Nepal and crazy skiing in the ‘hood represent some of the short film subjects presented at the 2018 Willamette Riverkeeper Wild and Scenic Film Fest. Each year[...]

Inspired to Travel … by the Movies

Films have a lot to answer for – they well and truly influence many different aspects of our lives. But what about traveling? There are so many incredible places that have served as the backdrop to the movies we love that it’s no wonder that they’ve got us thinking and planning to book[...]

Why gambling movies are made

Gambling movies – or movies that have a central story based on gambling – are made with gamblers in mind. Such movies are made because the directors know for a fact that they are people who can relate and will understand the movie without fail. Examples of gambling movies and why they are made [...]

Five iconic movie moments you can recreate

— by ED MITCHELL — When we watch movies, there are always little things which stand out and make us think just how much we would love to experience something like what we see. Riding a rocket over the far side of the solar system might not be an experience we can recreate, but there [&he[...]

Get excited for Game of Thrones Season 8

— by TOM HARRISON — The decision to wait until 2019 for the final six-episode season of “Game of Thrones” may seem counter-intuitive to keeping fan momentum going to finally find out who will end up on The Iron Throne of Westeros, but it is in fact a very effective one. By limiting t[...]

41st Portland International Film Festival

— by BEV QUESTAD — Each February, Portland, Oregon, sparkles up with PIFF, the Portland International Film Festival. This year’s opening night gala – abounding with Pinot Noir, grilled vegetables, quinoa and baklava – was a maximum capacity event. The movie of the night was “The [...]

Previewing the 90th Academy Awards

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony is growing agonisingly close and the film industry is on tenterhooks to see who will seize glory. Jimmy Kimmel is returning to host Hollywood’s most celebrated event of the year at the Dolby Theatre in LA on March 4 and speculation is raging among fans over who wil[...]