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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[...]

Horror movies offer safe adrenalin rush

Horror movies are one of the fastest growing trends in the world. A very large proportion of the world population loves these movies. And some of the top horror-themed flicks are now earning just as much as the top blockbusters in all other genres. The World Gone Crazy The thrills offered by horror [...]

Looking Back: The Top Movies of 2017

— by CRAIG SMITH — Last year was not a bad one in terms of movies, but like every industry, there were highs and lows in 2017. There were a number of excellent mainstream offerings – including “Baby Driver,” “Dunkirk” and “Thor: Ragnarok” – that managed to make an impress[...]

January is a prime time for ghost movies

— by CRAIG SMITH — “Insidious 5” was released on Jan. 5 to several thousand theatres across North America. Mainstream horror fans – made up of the audiences who flock to almost all of the horror movies that enjoy wide releases and then boo when they end – should be used to this. [...]

Excitement mounting for Black Panther

— by CRAIG SMITH — “Black Panther” is breaking records already, and looks sure to keep on. This film is also hopefully going to lead to an all-important shift in Hollywood. It looks like “Black Panther” may be Marvel’s biggest blockbuster yet. The studio’s eagerly-anticip[...]

A look at Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

“Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” debuted at No. 1 in the US, making $22 million in its first week. The movie was released on Oct. 20 and Tyler Perry’s fans couldn’t wait to watch yet another movie directed by the well-known director, actor and writer, who is as versatile as pokies online, and agai[...]