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Piff 39: Five Films Criterion Collection Fans Should See at the Portland International Film Festival

19 hours ago

Tomorrow night, the Northwest Film Center kicks off their 39th annual Portland International Film Festival. They’ll be screening Klaus Härö’s The Fencer as the opening night film (unfortunately the screenings are sold out, but there will be an additional showing on Sunday the 14th).  Over the course of the next sixteen days there will be over 90 feature films shown around town at various theaters.

This is one of my favorite festivals that I’ve had the privilege of attending, and I cannot wait to see a some of the films that they have programmed.

As usual, we here at the site will be covering a number of the films throughout the festival, but I wanted to make sure that any local Criterion Collection fans were alerted to some of the treats that we have in store. While there are many films at the festival that will align with »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Joshua Reviews Tobias Lindholm’s A War [Theatrical Review]

10 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST

Despite it’s seemingly ambiguous or at very best broadly reaching title, Danish director Tobias Lindholm’s latest and arguably greatest picture, A War does not only the exact opposite, but completes a task that has been difficult for films looking at the never-ending wars currently raging in the Middle East. While the vast majority of films looking at these conflicts and the men and women who wage and lead these efforts try and build upon either the heroism of those in conflict or the villainy of those who began it, Lindholm’s film has the title of a pretentious picture that would seem to strip any specificity away in hopes of making a grand statement about war. However, A War is not only a distinct and singular narrative but one that gives us a quietly told insight into a specific aspect of war and the inability for modern law to govern it. »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Off The Shelf – Episode 77 – New DVD & Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday, February 10th 2016

10 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST

In this special episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, February 9th 2016.

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News Arrow Video: May releases (The Human Condition) Masters of Cinema: Three Days of the Condor, 1900, Man with the Movie Camera Shout! Scream: Submerged and Dementia Twilight Time: May / June releases No more re-issues Universal: Doris Day & Rock Hudson Comedy Collection Warner Bros. / Warner Archive: 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray titles Links Crimson Peak The Emigrants / The New Land Grandma Leftovers, The: Season 2 A Lizard In A Women’s Skin A Mighty Wind Paolo Gioli: The Complete Filmworks Paprika Passage, The Paulette Sheba, Baby The Southerner Spectre Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection Credits Ryan Gallagher (Twitter / Website / Wish List) Brian Saur (Twitter / Website / Instagram / Wish List)

Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project. »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Scott Reviews Michal Marczak’s All These Sleepless Nights [Sundance 2016]

9 February 2016 4:25 PM, PST

All These Sleepless Nights was presented in Sundance’s documentary section, but those going in hoping to learn something about insomnia will probably come away disappointed, at least in a sense. The film is far more concerned with watching twenty-somethings Kris (Krzysztof Baginski) and Michal (Michal Huszcza) as they move furniture (widescreen is for snakes, funerals, and couches dontcha know), chase girls, set up low-rent performance art pieces, try drugs, dance, and break into extravagant private property. The degree to which any of this is scripted seems continually up for grabs; all the performers are billed as themselves, and there are certain major life events (breakups, mostly) that happen off-camera, as though the actors told writer/director/cinematographer Michal Marczak to stop filming when their lives became too painful.

But there is, just as potently, the sensation that Marczak is prodding them along, suggesting actions and more often settings to »

- Scott Nye

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Episode 170 – The Flowers of St. Francis

8 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST

This time on the podcast, Scott is joined by David Blakeslee to discuss Roberto Rossellini’s The Flowers of St. Francis.

About the film:

In a series of simple and joyous vignettes, director Roberto Rossellini and co-writer Federico Fellini lovingly convey the universal teachings of the People’s Saint: humility, compassion, faith, and sacrifice. Gorgeously photographed to evoke the medieval paintings of Saint Francis’s time, and cast with monks from the Nocera Inferiore Monastery, The Flowers of St. Francis is a timeless and moving portrait of the search for spiritual enlightenment.

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The Flowers of St. Francis (1950) – The Criterion Collection The Flowers of St. Francis: God’s Jester – From the Current – The Criterion Collection The Flowers of St. Francis (1950) – IMDb The Flowers of St. Francis – Wikipedia, the »

- Scott Nye

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