The Eugene Film Society Announces 72 Hour Music Video Competition


The Eugene Film Society website has launched and is now accepting registration for this summer’s EFS 72 Hour Music Video Competition. On the website, you’ll also find a calendar of film events, to which you can contribute information about your film event, screening, series or festival.

For those of you unfamiliar with the music video competition, more information can be found here. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, July 8th.

You are all invited to join filmmakers, musicians and bands from the music video competition at the Hop Valley Brewing Company Tasting Room on July 15th for the EFS Meet-&-Greet. At the meet-and-greet, selected filmmakers and finalists from the Eugene Weekly’s “Next Big Thing” contest will swap concept ideas for music videos before they are paired for production. I hope those of you not entering the contest will come support and network with the official participants and enjoy a fine selection of beers from Hop Valley while basking in the evening sun on their enticing outdoor patio.

Additionally, I hope you’ll join us July 24th at the Bijou Art Cinemas for the competition screening of the EFS 72 Hour Music Video Competition submissions and for subsequent screenings of the “Best of the Fest” at LevelUp Arcade, Territorial Vineyards and Cowfish.

If you have any questions about the music video competition or the Eugene Film Society contact :

Joshua Purvis
Director of Operations
Eugene Film Society
[email protected]

Manager of Events and Promotions
Bijou Art Cinemas/Bijou Metro

Film Fanatic


Jim Carrey Releases First Image from ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

It’s been nearly 20 years since Dumb and Dumber came out.  Think about that for a second?  A sequel to the comedy classic has been in development-hell for what seems like the same amount of time.

Directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly have been wanting to direct a sequel for a while, but a number of obstacles prevented them from making it.  First Warner Bros., the studio that made the original, dropped the project after sitting on it for almost a year.  Then there was the issue of convincing Jim Carrey to do it.  First he said yes, then he said no after progress hadn’t been made on making the sequel, then he finally came around after Universal decided to release it.

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Jim Carrey’s Tooth | (TheWrap)

Well now filming has finally begun on the comedy, hilariously titled Dumb and Dumber To, and Carrey has personally released the first photo.  But instead of showing both Carrey and Jeff Daniels or perhaps something from the set, Carrey decided to take a selfie of his famous chipped tooth.

This is a great first photo for the highly-anticipated film because not only is it funny, but it also sets up the idea that Lloyd and Harry haven’t changed one bit in 20 years.  While appearing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in July, Daniels said, “I’ve seen the script.  It’s hysterical.  We’re middle-aged.  We’re not pretending we aren’t.  We’re middle-aged and we’re still that stupid.”

The sequel follows the pair as they search for one of their long-lost children in hopes of acquiring a new kidney.  In an era where smartly written comedies and improvisation have become the norm, it will be refreshing to see a good old-fashioned slap stick with dumb characters doing dumb things.

Luc Besson Might Be Interested in Making Fifth Element Sequel

It seems like we (And by we I mean Americans), haven’t heard from French director Luc Besson in a long time.  While he’s definitely stayed busy, mostly from producing and writing Transporter and Taken movies, Besson hasn’t directed and released a major American film since The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc 14 years ago and it’s been nearly 20 years since he released The Professional and The Fifth Element.

That changes today with the release of The Family, a dark comedy starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer.  But while speaking with The Playlist, the filmmaker hinted at the possibility of returning to the sci-fi genre and he has even thought about making a sequel to The Fifth Element, his most popular American film.

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“I was a little bit frustrated because I made the film right before all the new effects arrived.  So when I did the film it was all blue screen, six hours, dots on the wall, takes forever to do one shot.  Now, basically, you put the camera on your shoulder and then you run and then you add a couple of dinosaurs and spaceships.  And I was so frustrated because it was not so easy at the time.  So I always think to myself that I would avenge one day and use all the new tools to do a sci-fi film for sure,” said Besson.

Besson added, “I don’t know if it would be directly connected [to The Fifth Element] but it would be the same area and the same genre.  So for me it would be connected even if the stories had nothing to do with each other.”

The Fifth Element was one of those strange but great ’90s genre films that featured the perfect amount of action and humor.  While the film could be considered dated, I personally enjoyed the use of puppets and practical effects despite the fact that Besson mentioned there being a lot of blue screen work.

It’s a fun film to revisit, so if Besson ever decides to make a sequel, I would be a little disappointed if he decided to rely more heavily on CGI.  Would it be easier to make, sure, but to me there’s just something about using real, practical environments and getting as much as you can in camera that’s more appealing.

UO Cultural Forum Presents Free Advance Screening of Don Jon

One of the more acclaimed films to come out of the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year was Don Jon, the directorial debut of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  The actor also stars in the film as Jon Martello, a man’s man who basically objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, car, family, church and women.

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He’s mastered the art of sleeping with a different woman every weekend, but he still struggles to find true intimacy and love and he tries to fill the void with an addiction to watching porn.

But when he meets two very different women, an old-fashoined romantic (Scarlett Johansson) and an older, more mature woman (Julianne Moore), his view on love and relationships begins to change and he realizes he doesn’t really know anything.

The film and Gordon-Levitt’s direction have earned high praise for balancing the somewhat raunchy material with a funny, energetic and sweet story.  Don Jon will be released theatrically on September 27.  But if you want to see it early and for free, be sure to stop by the Bijou on Tuesday, September 17.  The free showing starts at 7:30 and seating is first come, first served so be ready to get to the theater early and stand in line.

Local Theater Watch


— Ryan Beltram, EDN

Fans of local cinema and theater rejoice because there’s plenty of options to entertain you. In local cinema, four new films debut and they range from sex addiction and anime to dirty politics.

Local Cinema


An Ecology of Mind: 2010 – Documentary – 60 Min – Not Rated. Opens on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm w/ Director Q&A in-person.

An Ecology of Mind is an autobiographical documentary film about Gregory Bateson who was an anthropologist, biologist and psychotherapist. Written and directed by Bateson’s daughter Nora Bateson, the film tackles Bateson’s theory that, ‘The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between the way nature works and the way people think.’

Told through the relationship between father and daughter, the documentary explores ways to put the world back together again through the idea of ‘systems thinking and looking at what holds systems (the relationships we have with other people for example) together.

Director Nora Bateson will appear in person to present and discuss her film.

Shame: 2011 – Drama – 101 Min – Rated NC-17. Opens on Friday, Nov. 20 at 4:50, 7:10 and 9:40 pm. Due to the rating, ID may be required.

One of the most talked about films of last year, Shame follows Brandon (Michael Fassbender), a 30-something man living in New York. Despite being single, Brandon enjoys the company of many women to feed his addiction to sex. But when his younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment, Brandon’s issues and desires begin to spiral out of control.

Directed by Steve McQueen who directed Fassbender in Hunger, another film tackling heavy and difficult subject matters, Shame has been talked about for two reasons, Fassbender’s performance and the NC-17 rating the film was given upon release. Filmmakers these days avoid that dreaded rating whenever they can to avoid theater boycotts and loss of possible revenue.

But McQueen has seemed to embrace the rating considering the premise of the film. Fassbender is a rising star and his unflinching performance in Hunger makes me very interested in seeing his latest collaboration with McQueen.

FullMetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos: 2011 – Anime – 110 Min – Not Rated. Showing for two nights on Jan. 20-21 at 9:30 pm.

A fugitive alchemist (medieval chemist) with mysterious abilities leads the Elric brothers to a distant valley of slums inhabited by the Milos, a group of people struggling against bureaucratic exploitation. The brothers quickly find themselves in the middle of a rebellion, as the exiled Milos lash out against their oppressors.

In the middle of this conflict is Julia, a young alchemist who will do anything to restore the Milos to their former glory.

Still Playing at the Bijou:

Carnage: Playing at 5,7 and 9 pm Wednesday and Thursday. Showing at 7:45 pm Friday-Sunday.

Mozart’s Sister: Showing at 4:45 pm Wednesday and Thursday. Showing at 5:10 pm Friday-Sunday.

Melancholia: Showing at 7:45 pm Wednesday. Final two showings at 2 pm Saturday and Sunday.

David Minor

The Ides of March: 2011 – Drama – 101 Min – Rated R. Opening on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7:05 pm.

Featuring an impressive cast, The Ides of March follows Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), a cocky and ambitious young campaign press secretary whose job is to get Mike Morris (George Clooney) elected president. But as the campaign reaches a crucial turning point, Meyers’ idealistic and somewhat earnest view of politics turns dirty as certain individuals will do whatever is necessary to get their man elected.

The film has a cynical view of the world of politics and Clooney’s character embodies some of the same views and characteristics shared by our current president. The film works as a serious drama and as a political thriller and the final shot is both ambiguous and chilling. The all-star cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Marisa Tomei.


Still Playing at David Minor:

Moneyball: Showing at 5:15 pm on Wednesday. Showing at 9 pm Jan. 19-25.

Our Idiot Brother: Final showing on Wednesday at 5:15 pm.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Showing at 7:30 pm on Wednesday. Showing at 9 pm Jan. 19-25.

The Guard: Showing at 7:30 pm on Wednesday. Showing at 5:20 pm Jan. 19-25.

Contagion: Showing at 9:20 pm on Wednesday. Showing at 7:05 pm Jan. 19-25.

Midnight in Paris: Showing at 9:20 pm on Wednesday. Showing at 5:20 pm Jan. 19-25.

Local Theater: Student

One new play starts this week in student theater as South Eugene High School will debut Stanton’s Garage. Originally written by Joan Ackermann, Stanton’s Garage is set in a small-town service station in northern Missouri, where Lee, a Chicago surgeon, is stranded when she and her teenage future stepdaughter Frannie have car trouble on their way to a wedding where Lee is to meet her fiance–Frannie’s dad.

While at Stanton’s, Lee meets Ron, a wine merchant who happens to be going, uninvited, to the same wedding. In the midst of being stranded there, none of the staffers can figure out what’s wrong with Lee’s car and they’re all too distracted by their own problems. In the 24 hours that she and Frannie are marooned there, Lee becomes more worrisome about her impending marriage and where her overall life is headed.

Stanton’s Garage begins on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 pm and continues on the 21 and 26-28. For more information on the play, call South Eugene Theater at 541-790-8070.

Professional Theater

Nothing new this week in professional theater, but there are a number of plays that began last week and are still going on.


The Very Little Theatre is presenting The Underpants. A satirical farce written by Steve Martin about Louise and Theo Markes, a couple whose conservative existence is compromised when Louise’s underwear fall down in public. Theo doesn’t want to lose his job so he keeps his wife locked up in their house. But two men who witnessed Louise’s unfortunate event have become infatuated by her and want to rent the spare room they have available.

The play resumes on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 8 pm and runs through Sunday, Jan. 22 and again Jan. 26-28. Tickets are $10 on Thursdays, $15 all other days and $10 for seniors. All shows are at 8 pm except Sundays which are at 2 pm.

On Friday and Saturday, you can also catch The Great American Trailer Park Musical playing at the Actors Cabaret.

This two-act spectacle follows Lin, Pickles and Betty, three women living carefree lives at Armadillo Acres. But when Pippi the stripper moves in, things get a little more interesting. By the end of the show, there’s been erotic dancing, disco, TV show confessionals and flan.

Following the Friday and Saturday shows, the musical will resume Friday, Jan. 27 and 28. The show starts at 8 pm and tickets range from $16 to $27 without food included.

The Lord Leebrick Theatre debuted The Real Thing last week and it continues Thursday, Jan. 19-21 at 8 pm. A Sunday matinée will be shown on Jan. 22 at 2 pm.

Henry is a playwright struggling to write about love. It doesn’t help that he’s having an affair with Annie, who’s married to Max. The play deals with different relationships and the struggles these individuals face including honesty, integrity and fidelity. Stoppard’s story uses the “play within a play” tactic to keep viewers on their toes. This concept is one of many levels on which the author teases the audience into not knowing if they’re seeing reality or an act.




Local Cinema Watch


by Ryan Beltram, Eugene Daily News

Hello local cinephiles. With Christmas coming on Sunday it’s a predictably light week for new movies. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing new opening this week. The Bijou has one new film debuting and it’s about the end of the world. Kind of depressing for the holidays but if that doesn’t interest you, they’re also holding a special two-night screening of It’s a Wonderful Life. Now that’s more like it.

David Minor has two films debuting on Thursday, one is about two brothers forced to fight one another in mixed-martial arts and another about a bored screenwriter who decides to take a late night walk in Paris.

At the Bijou this week:

Melancholia: Drama – 2011 – 136 Min – Rated R. Starts on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 5:30 and 8:25 pm.

Usually when you see a film about the destruction of earth, there’s shots of national monuments being blown up and people narrowly escaping collapsing streets. In Melancholia, director Lars Von Trier decides to balance the impending demise of earth with the emotional demise of the main character Justine (Kirsten Dunst).

On the night of her wedding, Justine is struggling with depression. Despite a lavish wedding paid for by her sister and brother-in-law, Justine is a damaged soul who only sees things as they actually are and is unaffected by human assimilation or persuasion.

Besides having to deal with her own demons, Justine like everyone else in the world is aware of Melancholia, a blue planet hurtling towards earth. Whether the planet is actually headed for earth or if it is just a giant metaphor for Justine’s personal issues is up for interpretation. Von Trier tells stories that are bleak and the women are often put through the ringer. But Melancholia looks to juxtapose bleakness and beauty and leave viewers with something they won’t forget.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Drama – 1946 – 130 Min – Not Rated. Special screening Dec. 24 and 25 at 2:20 pm.

When people think of holiday films, the one that probably comes to mind the most often is It’s a Wonderful Life. Written and directed by the great Frank Capra, the film tells the story of George Bailey, a businessman who looks out for the people of Bedford Falls and attempts to prevent the rich and powerful Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town.

But when George’s Uncle Billy loses all of the local business’s $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank, George realizes that he will be accused of stealing it and as result will not only lose his business, but see Potter take control of the town.

George contemplates suicide but the prayers from his loved ones result in an angel named Clarence coming down to rescue George and show him what life would be like without him.

The Bijou will be projecting the film from an extremely rare archival 35mm film print. In this day and age when movies are presented digitally and in some cases in 3D and IMAX, it’s exciting to see a film presented in a way it was originally intended.

Still playing at the Bijou:

Margin Call: Showing at 5 pm Wednesday and Thursday. Showing at 7:40 pm Dec. 23-25.

The Way: Showing at 7:30 pm Wednesday and Thursday. Showing at 5 pm Dec. 23-25.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale: Showing at 10:10 pm Dec. 21-25.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: Showing at 10 pm Dec. 23-25.

Two new films open this week at David Minor:

Warrior: Drama – 2011 – 140 Min – Rated PG-13. Starts on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7:20 pm.

Despite strong reviews, Warrior performed poorly at the box office went it was released in September. Now is your chance to see this modern-day Rocky story on the big screen.

Starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, two actors unknown to most American audiences, Warrior follows the two actors as brothers struggling with life. Tommy (Hardy) is the younger brother and son of an alcoholic former boxer (Nick Nolte). When Tommy returns home from serving in the military, he’s trained by his father to compete in a mixed martial arts tournament.

His older brother Brendan (Edgerton) is struggling to provide for his family as a teacher so he decides to resume fighting as well. As both brothers ascend through the ranks of MMA fighting, they will eventually have to meet in the ring and fight one another. But which brother needs to win more; the ex-Marine with a tragic past or a man forced back in the ring in a desperate bid to save his family from financial ruin.

Midnight in Paris: Comedy – 2011 – 94 Min – Rated PG-13. Debuts on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 5:30 pm.

Director Woody Allen’s most successful film financially and one of his best-reviewed films in years, Midnight in Paris has enjoyed a long run locally at the Bijou. But now you can see at David Minor.

Starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, the film follows the couple as they travel to Paris for a vacation. Gil (WIlson) is a successful screenwriter struggling with his first novel. Seeking inspiration, he decides to walk the streets of Paris at night.

But what begins as a one-time stroll through the city turns into nightly walks as Gil begins to fall in love with the city and the characters from the past he encounters. His romantic and nostalgic view of the city inspires him, but this sudden jolt of excitement may also push him further from the woman he’s about to marry.

Still playing at David Minor:

Cowboys and Aliens: Showing at 5:15 pm on Wednesday. Showing at 7:20 pm Dec. 22 and 23.

Crazy, Stupid, Love: Showing at 5:15 pm on Wednesday. Showing at 9:45 pm Dec. 22 and 23.

Friends with Benefits: Final screening on Wednesday at 7:25 pm.

Rise of The Planet of the Apes: Showing at 7:25 pm on Wednesday. Showing at 9:45 pm on Dec. 22 and 23.

Our Idiot Brother: Showing at 9:20 pm on Wednesday. Showing at 5:30 pm on Dec. 22 and 23.

Super 8: Final screening on Wednesday at 9:20 pm.

David Minor will be closed on Saturday and Sunday for the holidays.

Local Cinema Watch


— Ryan Beltram, EDN

It’s a light week in local cinema. One new drama about family (both on and offscreen) debuts at the Bijou this week, and two new films open at David Minor: a stoner comedy involving pizza, explosives and drug dealers, and another film about a well-intentioned idiot.

At the Bijou this week

The Way: Drama/Adventure – 2010 – 121 Min. – Rated PG-13. Starts Friday, Dec. 2 at 5 and 7:45 pm.

The Way

Emilio Estevez directs this spiritual drama about a father, (played by Estevez’s real father Martin Sheen) Tom, who arrives in St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his son (Estevez) who was killed in a storm in the Pyrenees mountains while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James.

Rather than returning home to California to mourn his loss, Tom decides to embark on his son’s journey to honor him. But instead of enjoying a solitary adventure, Tom befriends other pilgrims from around the world, each of them with their own set of issues and looking for greater meaning in their lives.

Still Playing at the Bijou

Take Shelter: Showing at 7:45 pm, Wednesday and Thursday. Showing at 10:15 pm, Friday-Sunday.

Midnight in Paris: Showing at 5:30 pm, Wednesday and Thursday. Showing at 4:45 pm, Friday-Sunday.

The Hedgehog: Showing at 4:45 and 7 pm, Wednesday and Thursday. Showing at 7 pm, Friday-Sunday. Additional screening at 2:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday.

The Skin I Live In: Showing at 9:15 pm, Wednesday and Thursday. Showing at 9:30 pm, Friday-Sunday.

At David Minor this week, two new films debut.

30 Minutes or Less: Comedy – 2011 – 83 Min. – Rated R. Debuts on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 9:45 pm.

Jesse Eisenberg plays Nick, a small town pizza delivery guy bored with life. But one day he gets an unwanted level of excitement when two wannabe criminals strap a bomb to his chest and force him to rob a bank for them. With only his best friend to turn to, Nick must deal with a ticking clock, police, assassins and their own rocky relationship.

30 Minutes or Less is director Ruben Fleischer’s follow up to Zombieland. That film was fun and funny and despite the usual zombie plot, felt creative and original. 30 Minutes or Less lacks many of the same qualities. There are hilarious moments, usually involving Michael Pena as a hired hitman doing his best Scarface impression, but otherwise the film is instantly forgettable. Despite the comedic talents of Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson, the film tried too hard to be racy and violent.

Our Idiot Brother: Comedy – 2011 – 90 Min. – Rated R. Starts at 9:45 pm, Thursday, Dec. 1-7.

Our Idiot Brother

Ned (Paul Rudd) is the most gullible guy you’ll ever meet.  Despite constantly being manipulated and taken  advantage of, Ned remains an upbeat dude, relying on the  honesty of others to live a carefree life.

But when his girlfriend dumps him and kicks him off the  farm where he makes a living, Ned’s three sisters are  forced to come to his rescue as each take turns housing  Ned until he gets back on his feet. But his unsettling  honesty leads to conflict in each household. As each of  the three sisters’ lives begin to unravel, they come to the  realization that maybe, in believing and trusting the  people around him, Ned isn’t such an idiot after all.

Still Playing at David Minor:

Beginners: Showing at 7:35 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 30.  Showing at 5:30 pm, Dec. 1-7.

Horrible Bosses: Final showing, Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9:40 pm.

Crazy, Stupid, Love: Showing at 7:35 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 30, and at 5:30 pm, Dec. 1-7.

Water For Elephants: Showing at 5:25 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 30, and at 7:40 pm, Dec. 1-7.

Super 8: Showing at 5:25 and 9:40 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 30, and at 7:40 pm Dec. 1-3. The film will not screen on Sunday but will resume on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7:40 pm.

Local Cinema Watch


Ryan Beltram, EDN

It’s Thanksgiving week so not a whole lot of new stuff debuting at your local cinemas. The Bijou has a French drama opening, while David Minor debuts a summer blockbuster on Friday.

At the Bijou this week.

The Hedgehog: Drama – 2009 – 100 Min. – Not Rated. Starts Friday, Nov. 25 at 2:15, 2:45 and 7 pm through Sunday.

The Hedgehog

Paloma is a serious but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. She views everyone and everything around her with a pessimistic and hypocritical view and decides her future won’t get any better. Using her father’s old camcorder to chronicle her view on the world, Paloma begins to learn about the rest of life from the grumpy building concierge, Renee Michel, and discovers that maybe her trivial complaints about life are not as bad as she thought.

Still Playing at the Bijou:

Take Shelter: Showing at 7:30 pm Wednesday and Thursday. Shows at 2:45 and 7:45 pm Friday-Sunday.

Midnight in Paris: Showing at 5 pm Wednesday and Thursday. Friday – Sunday showing at 5:30 pm.

The Skin I Live In: Showing at 5:25 and 8 pm Wednesday and Thursday. Showing at 9:15 pm Friday – Sunday.

At David Minor this week, one new film debuts.

Super 8: Sci-Fi/Thriller – 2011 – 112 Min. – Rated PG-13. Debuts on Friday, Nov. 25 at 5:25 and 9:40 pm.

In Super 8, during the summer of 1979, a group of friends set out to make a zombie movie using a Super 8 camera. While filming at a train station, they witness the cause and aftermath of a train derailment. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and strange events begin to happen due to something that escaped from the train. The local deputy tries to uncover the truth while dealing with the government’s attempt to hide what’s really going on.

Super 8

Super 8 is a nostalgic trip back to early Steven Spielberg films including Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The director of E.T., J.J. Abrams, attempts to make an old-fashioned summer blockbuster focusing on characters over spectacle. While the film was better than most blockbusters this summer, it still felt disappointing. Abrams seemed to focus more on making the film remind us of an old Spielberg classic than making his own original movie.

The film features good performances by the child actors and a couple of spectacular action sequences. But the father-son relationship at the heart of the story could have been developed more, and the alien creature didn’t seem interesting or original.

Still Playing at David Minor:

Beginners: Showing at 5:30 pm Wednesday, and at 7:35 pm Friday, Nov. 25-30.

Horrible Bosses: Showing at 5:30 pm Wednesday, and at 9:40 pm Friday, Nov. 25-30.

Crazy, Stupid, Love: Showing at 9:30 pm Wednesday, and at 7:35 pm Friday, Nov. 25-30.

Water For Elephants: Showing at 7:25 pm Wednesday, and at 5:25 pm Friday, Nov. 25-30.

Edward Scissorhands: Final showing is on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7:25 pm.

David Minor Theater will be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving.

Local Cinema Watch


Ryan Beltram, EDN

This week doesn’t bring too many changes to the local cinema scene. But there are a few debuts that are worth mentioning, including a film about a father and son relationship, a doctor attempting to create a new form of skin and a movie that is so bad you have to see it to believe it.

Two films debut at the Bijou.

The Skin I Live In: Drama/Thriller – 2011 – 117 min. – Rated R. Starts on Friday, Nov. 18, at 5:25 PM and 8 PM. An additional screening is at 2:45 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

The Skin I Live In

A doctor kidnaps a woman and uses her as his guinea pig to perfect something that has become his obsession. No, I’m not talking about The Human Centipede. I’m referring to Pedro Almodovar’s latest film, The Skin I Live In.

Antonio Banderas plays Dr. Robert Ledgard, a plastic surgeon whose wife was burned in a car crash. Since her death, Dr. Ledgard has been obsessed with creating  a new type of skin that will protect against any type of trauma. After twelve years of work, he believes he has perfected his new skin and now he needs a test subject.

He picks a woman without a cosmetic flaw so as to be sure that his new skin is perfect. But as the scientific community starts to grow skeptical of his work, his past is revealed, showing how his patient is closely linked to the tragic events that led to his obsession.

The Room: Drama/Romance – 2003 – 99 min. – Rated R. Showing at 11 pm Saturday and Sunday.

For one weekend each month, the Bijou has been playing this notoriously bad movie from 2003. I don’t know anything about this movie other than the fact that it’s supposed to be so bad it’s become a cult classic. Judging by the trailer, if you’re into bad acting, unintentionally funny dialogue and perhaps the creepiest looking lead actor ever in a movie, then feel free to check out The Room. I’ve attached the trailer so you can judge for yourself.

Still Playing at the Bijou:

Take Shelter: Showing at 5, 7:45 and 10:20 pm, Wednesday and Thursday. Also showing at 7:30 and 10:10 pm on Friday with an additional screening at 2:15 pm on the weekend.

The Interrupters: Last two showings at 7 pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Last Circus: Last two showings at 9:45 pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

Midnight in Paris: Showing at 4:45 pm on Wednesday and Thursday. At 5 pm Friday-Sunday.

At David Minor this week, one new film debuts.

Beginners: Comedy/Drama/Romance – 2010 – 105 Min – Rated R. Debuting at 5:30 PM on Thursday, Nov. 18-23.


Ewan McGregor stars as Oliver, a man still mourning the death of his father, Hal, (Christopher Plummer) when he meets the unpredictable Anna (Melanie Laurent of Inglourious Basterds). This new love opens up memories Oliver had with his father, who, following the death of his wife of 45 years, came out of the closet.

Suddenly an openly gay man at 75, Hal started to live as happily and open as he can for as long as he can. The sudden honesty of Hal brought the father and son closer together, and now Oliver want to take the lessons of love, bravery and humor his father taught him, to love Anna.

Still Playing at David Minor:

Bridesmaids: Showing at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, and at 9:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 17-23.

Crazy, Stupid, Love: Showing at 5:20 and 7:30 pm Wednesday, and 9:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 17-23.

Edward Scissorhands: Showing at 9:40 pm Wednesday, and 7:25 pm Thursday, Nov. 17-23.

Horrible Bosses: Showing at 9:40 pm Wednesday and 5:30 on Thursday, Nov. 17-23.

Water for Elephants: Showing at 5:20 pm on Wednesday and at 7:25 pm on Thursday, Nov. 17-23.

Local Cinema Watch


If you like unconventional love stories than the two films playing at the Bijou through Thursday should satisfy you.  If you want to show off to your friends how much of a film buff you are, than wait until Friday as two of the most acclaimed films of the year open.

Bellflower:Thriller/Drama/Romance – 2011 – 106 Min – Rated R. Playing at 6:30 p.m. through Thursday.

Are you a bit of a pyromaniac? Do you  like to watch things burn and blow up?  If you do than you might like Bellflower, a film about two friends  who  spend most of their free time  building  flame-throwers and weapons  of mass  destruction in hopes that a  global  apocalypse occurs and gives  them a  reason to form their imaginary gang “Mother Medusa.” While they wait for the supposed end of the world, one of them meets a young woman at a bar and his focus starts to change from rage and focused preparedness to love. Flame-throwers and romance, now who doesn’t want to see that?

Weekend: Drama/Romance – 2011 – 97 Min – Not Rated. Playing at 5:45 pm and 8:00 pm through Thursday.

Speaking of unconventional love stories, here’s something you don’t see often in Hollywood, a film about a romance between two young men. After a night of drinking with his straight friends, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just when it looks like he’ll go home alone again, he meets Glen. Russell expects the usual one-night stand, but that one night turns into a whole weekend spent in bars and beds getting drunk, taking drugs, telling stories and having sex. One night of fun turns into something more and with Glen leaving the country on Monday for two years, Russell struggles with the question, is two days spent with someone enough time to know you want to be with them for the long run?

Movies opening on Friday

Take Shelter: Drama – 2011 – 120 Min – Rated R. Starts on Nov. 11 at 5:00 pm, 7:45 pm and 9:20 pm. An additional screening is at 2:15 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Michael Shannon plays Curtis LaForche, a man who lives in a small Ohio town with his wife Samantha and their six-year-old daughter Hannah, who is deaf. Curtis provides most of the household income as a crew chief for a sand-mining company while Samantha is a stay-at-home mom. Supporting the family including Hannah’s healthcare and special needs education, is a struggle for Curtis but they’re a happy family.

But Curtis’ happiness starts to turn into dread as he begins having nightmares about an apocalyptic storm. Convinced of an impending natural disaster, Curtis begins building a bomb shelter for his family despite money being tight. Curtis becomes more and more disturbed provoking intolerance among his friends and neighbors. But is this impending doom real or is it all in his head? Michael Shannon is a fascinating actor to watch because there’s always something a little off with him. He’s a ticking time-bomb ready to explode at any moment and he’s a perfect choice to play a man with deep psychological problems.

The Interrupters: Documentary – 2011 – 125 Min – Not Rated. Starts on Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m. and showing at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday.

If you’ve seen director Steve James previous work: Hoop Dreams or the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, you know that he likes to tell stories about people who come from nothing and try to better their lives. In The Interrupters, James tells the stories of three violence interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once embraced.

Shot over the course of a year, the film captures a period in Chicago when the city became a national representation of violence in major cities. The film’s main subjects work for an organization called CeaseFire, which believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases and that the treatment should be dealt similarly: go after the most infected and stop the infection at its source. Director Steve James tells stories that are meant to inform and expose issues we might not know about but should, and his latest film is no different.

The Last Circus: Cult/Exploitation/Comedy – 2010 – 107 Min – Rated R. Starts at 9:45 pm on Nov. 11-17.

The trailer for The Last Circus can be described in one word: insane. If you have a fear of clowns you might want to avoid this. The film chronicles two generations of clowns: a father at the height of the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930’s and a son at the tail end of it in the early 1970’s. The father is remembered as a great circus clown who also famously was recruited by a militia to fight Nation soldiers.

Fast forward to 1973 and his son Javier, also a clown, is trying to follow in his dad’s footsteps. The problem is he’s seen too much tragedy in his life and as a result, he’s a sad clown instead of a funny clown. He finds work in a circus where he befriends an odd cast of characters and soon falls in love with one of them who is in an abusive relationship with the happy clown. Now the sad clown and the happy clown must battle to win the girl.

Still playing at the Bijou is the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris. This Bijou favorite stars Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams as a couple who travel to Paris to wonder at the cities beauty and take a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The film is playing at 6:30 pm through Thursday and then at 4:45 pm on Nov. 11-17.

Over at The David Minor Theater, two films opened recently and they’re both about the struggles of love. One follows a group of people in present-day Los Angeles and the other is set during the Depression.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.:Comedy/Drama/Romance – 2011 – 118 Min – Rated PG-13. Showing at 9:45 pm on Wed, Nov. 9 and at 5:20 pm and 7:30 pm on Thurs, Nov. 10-17.

A talented cast highlight this romantic comedy about Cal  (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) a seemingly  happy couple living the American dream until Emily asks  for a divorce. Suddenly thrust into the single world again,  Cal seeks help and he finds mentorship from Jacob (Ryan  Gosling) a young, good-looking playboy whose mission is  now to help Cal get over his wife. But when Jacob falls for  Hannah (Emma Stone) the usually suave and steady  young bachelor needs Cal as much as Cal needs him. The  film also features Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei as love  interests for Cal and Emily.

Water for Elephants: Drama/Romance – 2011 – 120 Min – Rated PG-13. Showing at 7:40 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and at 5:20 pm on Thursday, Nov. 10-16.

Based on the popular book, Water for Elephants follows Jacob Jankoski (Robert Pattinson) a young veterinary student whose parents are killed. Now penniless and homeless, Jacob decides to join a traveling circus as their vet. But working for the unstable boss August, Jacob tries to cautiously maintain a life aboard the train of animals. But soon Jacob falls in love with August’s wife Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) and they must decide if they’re willing to risk staying together and escaping August’s abusiveness while also leaving behind the circus.

Still playing at David Minor:

Bridesmaids: Showing at 5:15 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 10-16. (Last Week)

Horrible Bosses: Showing at 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and at 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10-Nov. 16.

Local Cinema Watch


Ryan Beltram, EDN

A new slate of films open this Friday at the Bijou: a well-reviewed documentary, a film featuring the biggest cast ever,and the return of a popular film from a familiar director. In addition to a new set of films debuting, the Bijou will also be hosting a one-night event on Friday showcasing an old horror classic with a new interpretation on the sound of the film by a local band.

Senna: Documentary; 2010 – 106 Min. – Rated PG-13.

Debuting at 7:10 pm on Friday, Oct. 28; Showing at 2:15, 4:45 and 7:10 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Showing at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

Senna tells the story of Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 World Championship three times before his death at age 34.

Chronicling the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid ’80s, the documentary follows Senna’s fierce rivalry with fellow racer and French World Champion Alain Prost, as well as Senna’s struggles with politics within the sport of racing. Stripped of narration and talking heads that usually frequent a documentary, Senna is a portrait of a tragic sports figure who was patriotic, a perfectionist and a humble, spiritual man.

Life in a Day: Documentary – 2011 – 95 Min – Rated PG-13

Debuting at 5:45 pm on Friday, Oct. 28; Showing at 1:30 and 5:45 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Showing at 5:15 pm Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

50 years from now, someone might ask the question, “What was it like to live in 2010?” Life in a Day presents more specifically, what it was like to live on July 24, 2010.

A year ago, filmmaker Kevin Macdonald asked the YouTube community to film itself on a specific day and submit the video to the Life in a Day page.

Macdonald and a number of fellow filmmakers would then take the footage and edit it down to a 90-minute feature film that would premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011. From Macdonald’s challenge, 80,000 videos were submitted with 4,500 hours of footage from 192 countries.There are no typical YouTube antics – just a simple mosaic of how people decided to spend one July day.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil: Comedy/Horror – 89 Min – Rated R

Showing at 9:30 pm on Friday, Oct. 28-Nov. 3.

Just in time for Halloween is a horror comedy about two best friends who have been mistaken for killers.

Tucker and Dale are headed to their run-down vacation cabin to drink, fish and have a good time. Unfortunately, a group of preppy college kids who’ve seen Deliverance and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre one too many times, run into the innocent hillbilly duo and assume they’re redneck killers. In an attempt to convince the kids that they mean them no harm, Tucker and Dale unwittingly fall into a series of gruesome and hilarious situations that lead to the college kids dying one by one.

Also Playing-

Back by popular demand is Woody Allen’s well-reviewed and most financially successful film of his career, Midnight in Paris. The movie stars Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams and involves time travel, conversations with historical figures and – you guessed it – Paris.

Midnight in Paris shows on Friday, Oct. 28 at 5:00 pm Weekend showings are at 3:30 and 7:45 pm, and the film will be shown at 7:15 pm from Monday, Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

This Friday will also be Halloween Night at the Bijou, and it will host two special events in anticipation of the spooky holiday.

At 8 pm, Mood Area 52 returns to the Bijou to perform its inspired original soundtrack to F.W. Murnau’s classic horror film Nosferatu. Mood Area 52 incorporates many different genres into its music, from electronica to folk. Its take on the horror classic should be a unique experience. Tickets for the show are $10.

Also on Friday, Forbidden Fruit presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Eugene’s only live shadow cast, Forbidden Fruit showcases the cult classic like you’ve never seen it before.  Expect language, nudity, screaming and the throwing of props. This is an age 17+ event; anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The show begins at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and costs $10.

The David Minor Theater is throwing its own costume party on Friday, but it isn’t just because of Halloween; it’s also the theater’s third anniversary. A superhero costume will get you into the party and Captain America screening for free; otherwise it will cost you $2. The screenings are at 7:15 and 9:30 pm.  Showings of Tree of Life, Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses and Attack The Block will be canceled for the party. However, Bad Teacher will still be playing at 5:15 pm.

Still playing at David Minor:

Bridesmaids: Thursday, Oct. 27, and Oct. 29- Nov. 2. Showtime: 7:40 pm

Tree of Life: Thursday, Oct. 27, and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. Showtime: 5:15 pm

Horrible Bosses: Thursday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

Bad Teacher: Showing at 5:15 on Thursday, Oct. 27-Nov. 2.; Showtime: at 9:50 pm

Captain America: Debuting Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7:40 pm; Friday, 7:15 and 9:30 pm.; Saturday, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 7:40 pm

Attack The Block

Attack The Block: Comedy – 2011 – 87 Min – Rated R

Debuting on Thursday at 9:50 pm and screening again on Saturday, Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

Speaking of Attack The Block, the popular British sci-fi comedy will be debuting on Thursday and then screening again on Saturday. Starring mostly a collection of young, unknown actors, Block follows a South London teen street gang who is forced to fight against an invasion of savage alien monsters.

Using their housing project as a battleground, the gang uses their tough street smarts to foil the visitors from outer space and essentially become a team of kick-ass heroes.

Local Cinema Watch


Where can you find independent, documentary and foreign films on the big screen?  The Bijou of course and all those genres are represented this week.  An examination of the changing landscape of a southern state, a French crime thriller and a documentary about a famous poet and photographer highlight a typically creative week of unconventional cinema at the art house theater.

General Orders No. 9:  Showing at 6:00 PM Mon-Thurs.  Documentary – 2009 – 72 Min – Not Rated

Director Robert Persons’ directorial debut, General Orders No. 9 tells the story of the evolution of the state of Georgia for better or worse.  Using unorthodox storytelling to track the history of Georgia including historical maps, architectural artifacts, narration and cinematography of the landscape, Persons discusses the issue of the clash between nature and man’s industrial progression and whether the natural identity of Georgia can remain intact.  The focus of this film may only be about Georgia, but the issue of maintaining a territorial identity in a fast-changing world could involve any state and Persons attempts to make that point.

Point Blank

Point Blank
: Showing at (5:00) PM, 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM Monday-Thursday.  Crime/Thriller – 2010 – 84 Minutes – Not Rated

What would you do if you witnessed your pregnant wife being kidnapped in front of you?  Samuel Pierret is a nurse working the night shift when a murder attempt directed against one of his patients fails.  But this patient isn’t exactly innocent.  Despite doing his job, Pieret gets a phone call with specific instructions:  Remove the patient from the hospital, or his wife will die.  The situation escalates with foot and car chases through the streets of Paris, the involvement of a police commandant (Shocking!) and the fragile condition of Pierret’s very pregnant wife.


The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg:  Showing at 8:00 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Documentary – 1994 – 82 Min – Not Rated

A special two-night event beginning on Tuesday showcases the 1994 documentary about Allen Ginsberg who helped define postwar American counterculture through his poetry and photographs.  Following both screenings on Tuesday and Wednesday, director Jerry Aronson will be in person for a Q & A session to discuss the film.

Originally released in 1994, Aronson’s documentary was re-released in 2007 with additional hours of interviews with a number of contemporary artists and cultural figures including Andy Warhol, Patti Smith and Norman Mailer.  Along with his appearance at the Bijou, copies of the 8-hour deluxe two-disc DVD of the film including the additions made in 2007 will be available to purchase.  Aronson spent 25 years accumulating more than 120 hours of film on Ginsberg and the result is this two-disc set.

How the Fire Fell: Showing at 8:00 on Thursday for one night:  Historical Drama – 2010 – Not Rated

Another director appears in person on Thursday as Edward P. Davee will present and then discuss his film How the Fire Fell.  Shot in Oregon and set in 1903 Corvallis, the film follows Edmund Creffield, a self-proclaimed prophet who formed the Brides of Christ cult.  The group, which was mostly comprised of women, followed Davee and his teachings of following the bible in it’s entirety, destroying material possessions and shunning all non-believers no matter how close.  The radical nature of Davee resulted in anger from families torn apart by his influence and ultimately led to the tragic demise of the Brides of Christ cult in 1906.

And for something completely different, the infamously bad movie The Room will be showing at 11:00 PM on Thursday and Friday.  I don’t know anything about this movie other than the fact that it’s supposed to be really bad.  Judging by the trailer, if you’re into bad acting, unintentionally funny dialogue and perhaps the creepiest looking lead actor ever in a movie, check out The Room.

Also opening on Friday is Restless, the latest from Portland native Gus Van Sant and Higher Ground from first-time director and star of the film Vera Farmiga.  The showtimes for both of those films is unavailable at this time.

David Minor is debuting two new movies this week.  A raunchy comedy and a big-budget art house movie.  

Tree of Life

The Tree of Life:  Debuting on Thursday at 7:20 PM and showing again on Saturday and Sunday at 7:20 PM.  Drama – 2011 – 139 Min – PG-13

I have a hard time recommending Terrence Malick films to people.  I don’t think there’s another director working today who divides audiences more.  His unconventional and nonlinear storytelling style frustrate audiences who are used to a straight-forward movie with a beginning, middle and end.  To describe a Malick film is difficult, but you know it when you see it.  Often choosing images of nature and sunlight over the actors in his films, Malick evokes a unique sense of wonder and beauty.  Who better to shoot a movie about the beginning of life on Earth than Malick then.

The Tree of Life stars Brad Pitt as the father of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s.  The film follows the life journey of the eldest son to Pitt, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to repair a complicated relationship with his father.  Jack is a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to not only the meaning of his own life, but life in general.  Jack as an adult is played by Sean Penn and the film cuts between the 1950’s, the present and the birth of life on earth.  Through Malick’s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.

Horrible Bosses:  Debuting on Thursday at 5:30 PM and again at 9:40 PM Thursday-Saturday.  Comedy – 2011 – 98 Min – Rated R

If Bridesmaids was the summer comedy for women, Horrible Bosses was the one for guys.  Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day play three friends who are fed up with their bosses played by Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston.  Inspired by the Hitchcock classic, Strangers on a Train, the three friends scheme to kill each other’s boss so that each of the deaths can’t be linked to any of them.

This is the buddy comedy The Hangover Part II should have been.  Featuring plenty of raunchy moments, accidental drug inhalants and a running gag involving a cat, Horrible Bosses is funny from beginning to end.  The three friends are mostly likable despite their evil intentions and the bosses are just as memorable.  Collin Farrell is almost unrecognizable as a balding slob and some of the things Jennifer Aniston says might make you blush.

Still Playing at David Minor:

Bridesmaids:  Showing at 5:30 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday.  At 7:20 PM on Thursday-Sunday.

Everything Must Go:  Final showings at 7:45 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hanna:  Showing at 5:30 PM Tuesday and Wednesday.  At 9:40 PM Thursday-Sunday.

Fast Five:  Final showings at 9:30 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Submarine:  Showing at 7:45 PM Tuesday and Wednesday.  At 5:30 PM Thursday-Sunday.

— Ryan Beltram, EDN