Recent Posts

Sunspring, by Harper Hull

Game over, writers. The robots are are here and writing scripts.

– Harper Hull

Dog Comprehends Lion King Sadness

This part-pug puppy watches The Lion King and experiences all of the tender sadness:

Sweet Charity – #Dance Scenes (The Aloof, The Heavyweight, The Big Finish), by John Ambrosavage

Wow this is super weird – I have no idea what to say about it! Bob Fosse was great! Super great! Super weird great!

– John Ambrosavage

The Revenant: Gripping, Poetic, Beautiful, by Daniel Housman

The Revenant!!!

Yes, there’s a lot of anguish and pain on screen, and I had questions about how they might have enriched the story more, but as filmmaking, it’s fantastic. Gripping, poetic, beautiful and utterly transporting… You will see things you haven’t seen before.

Winter is coming, upper Missouri River 1823 (Montana, the Dakotas) . . . → Read More: The Revenant: Gripping, Poetic, Beautiful, by Daniel Housman

Creative Severity Yields Major Dividends! by Tom Kipp

Occasionally, as I think back on various experiences of trying to CREATE in Havre or Missoula, Montana during the 1980s (and subsequently, as well, in Northern Virginia or Seattle)–whether that involved establishing a “beach head” and persona for radio, learning to write/combine criticism and history (and humor), attempting to make music of widely varying . . . → Read More: Creative Severity Yields Major Dividends! by Tom Kipp

The Best Anti-Colonial Movies of All Time

Below is a list of worthy anti-colonial (#anticolo) movies—perhaps the best ever made. A cursory Google search has not uncovered a single list of the best anticolo flicks of all time. The aggregated minds of East Portland Blog have come together to generate a list and potentially be the first website to broach this . . . → Read More: The Best Anti-Colonial Movies of All Time

Miss Tarantula Ghoul, by Art Chantry

in the 1950’s, portland, oregon, had their very own horror movie hostess – Miss Tarantula Ghoul!!! sure, she was a lame ass rip off of Vampira (the woman who actually BEGAN and invented the whole ‘TV horror host’ schtick in the early 50’s). but, TG had a lot of style on her own. she . . . → Read More: Miss Tarantula Ghoul, by Art Chantry

The End of the Tour, by Daniel Housman

I was very moved by the film “The End of the Tour,” which offers a profound glimpse of DAVID FOSTER WALLACE, one of the more talented and compelling writers of our time, as he struggles with the process of being followed and interviewed for a Rolling Stone profile — his aversion to it . . . → Read More: The End of the Tour, by Daniel Housman

Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss, by Randy Rendfeld

This is the same family from A Christmas Story, you know, the kid who wants a Red Ryder BB gun. Here they’re taking a summer vacation. It’s written by Hoosier storyteller Jean Shepherd. This is one of Shep’s best films — after A Christmas Story, of course. 7.7 on IMDB.

I’ve also . . . → Read More: Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss, by Randy Rendfeld

Scorchy – Downtown Seattle Dune Buggy Chase 1976

This is for all of you longtime Seattleites. It’s a six minute dune buggy chase through downtown Seattle where Connie Stevens relentlessly pursues a vicious criminal at high speed through every gray nook and cranny of the Emerald City. How did they schedule so many sunny mornings to film it? The 1976 film from . . . → Read More: Scorchy – Downtown Seattle Dune Buggy Chase 1976

Jaan Pehchan Ho – Mohammed Rafi, Gumnaam Dance Song

Here’s a deathless dance number from the 1965 Indian suspense thriller, Gumnaam. Imdb describes the plot thusly, “Eight people are trapped on an island when their plane abandons them. They find a large mansion whose butler is expecting them. Then one by one, they die…” But not before having a blast on the dance . . . → Read More: Jaan Pehchan Ho – Mohammed Rafi, Gumnaam Dance Song

Johnny Depp Rocks Up To Children’s Hospital Dressed As Jack Sparrow And Makes Their Day

Lambert & Stamp Who Documentary, by Pat Thomas

No thanks to Mojo, all classic rock bands have been covered to death. So the most interesting action is now the ‘sidebar’ stories. The Beatles Good Ol’ Freda movie was better than covering Sgt. Pepper for the 1000th time! With that in mind, this NEW movie is a gift for WHO fans. for anyone . . . → Read More: Lambert & Stamp Who Documentary, by Pat Thomas

Graig Markel Composes Soundtrack to Run Free Documentary

The soundtrack of Run Free, a documentary based on the true story of Caballo Blanco, is now available. The beautiful collection consists of thirteen original tracks from accomplished Seattle producer, Graig Markel.

Markel is a songwriter, producer and sound designer credited with creating the genre ‘Broken Soul,’ a mixture of downtempo rock, and R&B . . . → Read More: Graig Markel Composes Soundtrack to Run Free Documentary

The Pallid Pilgrim Recommends: FOUR FAB FILMS FROM THE 1980’s GOLDEN ERA OF BASEBALL MOVIES, by Rich Horton

The start of baseball season is still several weeks away. But in the meantime, your own Spring Training should include watching four particular fabulous baseball films from the 1980’s.

Frankly, it’s hard to go wrong with a baseball film; every decade has had great ones. But for some reason, the ’80s were a particularly . . . → Read More: The Pallid Pilgrim Recommends: FOUR FAB FILMS FROM THE 1980’s GOLDEN ERA OF BASEBALL MOVIES, by Rich Horton

Rik Swartzwelder – Back and Still “Old Fashioned”

In 2002, Rik Swartzwelder released an incredible short film called The Least of These which was based on Tony Campolo’s Agnes story. It was amazing, a powerful little movie bulging with classic lines like, “The kind of church which throws birthday parties for whores at 2 o’clock in the morning,” “Someone has to cut . . . → Read More: Rik Swartzwelder – Back and Still “Old Fashioned”

Records Collecting Dust Movie Coming to Portland Feb. 11, by Pat Thomas

Was interesting to hear in both the movie and the panel discussion afterwards last night in LA, how many “punk legends” got inspired by “prog-rock” in the early 70’s. Great discussion by Jello Biafra about Hawkwind and Keith Morris praising Yes, King Crimson, etc. He wasn’t mentioned but John Lydon also went down that . . . → Read More: Records Collecting Dust Movie Coming to Portland Feb. 11, by Pat Thomas

The Imitation Game: It’s Not Always Good to Be Ahead of Your Time, by Chuck Strom

Last Friday I saw The Imitation Game, the recent movie about British mathematician Alan Turing and the breaking of the German Enigma codes during World War II. It has been out for a while, but it was released only recently in my part of the world. It was panned a bit in The New . . . → Read More: The Imitation Game: It’s Not Always Good to Be Ahead of Your Time, by Chuck Strom

‘Life Itself’ shows Roger Ebert ravaged by cancer, but engaged till the end, By RANDY RENDFELD

The documentary “Life Itself” shows film critic Roger Ebert in a less than flattering light. In a society that celebrates youth and vitality, some might find it shocking that we see Ebert’s face ravaged by cancer. We see shots of his final days when he’s unable to walk or talk. Yet he was able . . . → Read More: ‘Life Itself’ shows Roger Ebert ravaged by cancer, but engaged till the end, By RANDY RENDFELD

Downhill Racer, by Pat Thomas

I’ve always liked this movie, Redford’s character as an incredibly driven loner from a small town, who is drawn to the spotlight and Europe is a good role for him – the cinematography of the skiing and small towns is incredible (filmed on location providing a great snapshot of small European towns circa 1969). . . . → Read More: Downhill Racer, by Pat Thomas