Film & Television

PIFF

What to Watch at the 2021 Portland International Film Festival

A daring short, a radiant family drama, a ruthless black comedy, and more.

03/03/2021 By Conner Reed and Fiona McCann

Film

The Young Stars of Moxie Talk Shooting in Oregon and Working with Amy Poehler

The riot grrrl dramedy drops March 3 on Netflix.

03/02/2021 By Reina Harwood

Essay

Why Josie and the Pussycats Still Works 20 Years Later

The 2001 box office bomb has become a cult classic. Its respect for the aspiring pop stars at its center might be why.

03/02/2021 By Conner Reed

Television

First Teaser for Third and Final Season of Shrill Drops

Season 3 hits Hulu May 7.

02/25/2021 By Conner Reed

Film

5 Essential Northwest Films—According to Steve McQueen, Gus Van Sant, and Others

The recipients of the 2021 Cinema Unbound Awards share their favorite PNW titles, from Blue Velvet to First Cow.

02/24/2021 By Conner Reed

Television

Meet Andi Kovel, the Portland Punk-Lux Glassblower on Netflix’s Blown Away

Inside the high-stakes world of gaffers, molten glass, and glory holes (yes, you read that correctly).

01/18/2021 By Aurora Biggers

Pop Culture

Which Portlander Should Play Samantha in the Upcoming Sex and the City Reboot?

And which local designers should costume them?

01/13/2021 By Eden Dawn and Conner Reed

Q&A

An OSU Professor on What Star Trek Can Teach Us About the Pandemic and Philosophy

“Dealing with epidemics, pandemics, and disease in this kind of way, this really is a component of the human experience at least since we've been ‘civilized.’”

12/11/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

Footnotes

LISTEN: Philosophy, the Pandemic, and Star Trek, with Joseph Orosco

An OSU professor talks understanding the pandemic through science fiction and literature, and about Star Trek’s treatment of a virus outbreak in an ep...

12/11/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

Footnotes

LISTEN: Food Critic Karen Brooks on Starring in a New Hulu Food Show

Portland Monthly arts editor Conner Reed talks with Karen Brooks about her appearance on Eater's Guide to the World.

11/13/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

Food TV

Portland Monthly’s Own Karen Brooks Kicks Off New Hulu Food Series

Eater's Guide to the World premieres November 11. It opens with a tour of Portland food from a true expert.

11/10/2020 By Conner Reed

Live Event

Pennie Lane and Rolling Stone Editor Ben Fong-Torres Talk 20 Years of Almost Famous

The two join up for a one-night-only conversation to raise funds for Portland Center Stage.

10/26/2020 By Eden Dawn

Film

13 Oregon-Made Halloween Flicks to Add to Your Queues This October

From a Disney Channel original to an ’80s Daryl Hannah slasher, these homegrown horror films will spruce up your October programming.

10/21/2020 By Conner Reed

Feature

How Portland Became a World Leader in Stop-Motion Animation

With historic ties to the medium and an uncommonly dedicated talent pool, the Rose City is a claymation juggernaut.

10/08/2020 By Conner Reed

Q&A

Church of Film’s Muriel Lucas Is Praying for the Future of Cinema

“Hollywood was preparing its, like, 65th installment of James Bond when somebody captured something on a cell phone and it ignited a revolution around the wo...

09/30/2020 By Sam Pape

Film

The NW Film Center Will Revive the 2020 Portland International Film Festival

A handful of titles that did not screen at PIFF in March will be available online and at the Zidell Yards drive-in from October 1–3.

09/21/2020 By Conner Reed

Footnotes

LISTEN: How Drive-In Theaters and Cinemas Are Adapting to the Coronavirus, with Conner Reed

Portland Monthly arts editor Conner Reed talks about how drive-in theaters have reemerged in the age of coronavirus.

09/04/2020 Edited by Gabriel Granillo

Viewpoint

Are Drive-In Movies Really Here to Save Us?

Drive-ins are the name of the moviegoing game right now. But can anything replace the shoulder-to-shoulder experience of a sold out screening at the Hollywood?

09/04/2020 By Conner Reed