Scorsese's schlocky thriller Shutter Island is the big release this week. I wish I had better news for you, but, uh, it's pretty crappy. Sorry about that.
Happy Tears is a film in which Demi Moore and Parker Posey take care of their aging father (Rip Torn). Like The Savages, Happy Tears deals with grown-up kids having to look after their parents; if these films are accurate, such relationships always involve copious amounts of geriatric feces.
Halo Legends also came out earlier this week—if you're really into Halo or really into anime, it's probably worth a look, but if you don't know what a Master Chief and/or a Dragon Ball is, don't bother.
As it was last week, our Film Shorts section is bursting with rundowns and opinions on what's playing at the Portland International Film Festival, the Cascade Festival of African Films, and the Beer & Movie Fest. Also, there are short reviews of the 2010 Oscar Nominated Shorts programs (both animated and live action), Four Seasons Lodge, and more. If I had to pick one thing to recommend seeing this weekend, it'd probably be House, which is screening at Cinema 21 as part of the Beer & Movie Fest (it'll also return to Cinema 21 next month, from March 1-4). Ned says:
Seven Japanese schoolgirls visit a haunted house in Nobuhiko Obayashi's 1977 head-trip, which is quite simply one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen. The effects are incredibly cheesy and the movie refuses to settle on a consistent tone, but Obayashi's visual style creates a wispy, sugary dream world that gushes with blood. NED LANNAMANN
He forgot to mention CATS VOMITING BLOOD and CARNIVOROUS PIANOS!
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