Top Down: Rooftop Cinema 2015 – WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

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The film that made the director an international cinema icon, WOMEN—in typical Almodóvar style—weaves an array of colorful characters into a single, manic-depressive symphony. Carmen Maura highlights as the heroine Pepa, a TV star heartbroken by her lover Ivan (Fernando Guillén), and desperate to find her bearings. “Gorging on the bad, bad world of TV soap operas, tabloid news, and those Roy Lichtenstein cartoons where anguished women lament their lives with ‘Brad’, Almodovar gets a wonderful rise out of life’s lows.”—Washington Post. (90 mins.)

Featuring XRAY DJ Serious Moonlight from Intuitive Navigation

 

Join us atop the Hotel deLuxe’s parking structure at SW 15th and Yamhill for our 11th annual program of cinema under the stars. Doors open at 7 PM with food and beverages available for purchase from select food carts and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Music begins at 8 PM and films begin around dusk.

Entry for advance ticket holders is guaranteed until 8:30 PM. Advance tickets ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee entry after 8:30 PM. A limited number of chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so feel free to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket, along with a light sweater or jacket. Advance ticket holders who arrive after 8:30 PM but are not admitted to the screening (in the case of a sell-out) may exchange their tickets for another Top Down screening. There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins (c. 9 PM) or for entirely missed screenings. We appreciate your understanding. Please, no pets or outside food or drink.

Thanks to our sponsors: Hotel deLuxe, Peter Corvallis Productions, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Portland Mercury, Yelp! Portland, KIND Healthy Snacks, PDX Pipeline, Artslandia and 94/7 FM KNRK.

Advance tickets are available here: $9 general; $8 student/senior/Portland Art Museum member; $6 Silver Screen Club Friend.

Tickets at the door are $11 general; $10 student/senior/PAM member; $8 Silver Screen Club Friend.

 

The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences – I AM CUBA

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For a film ostensibly dealing with the Cuban Revolution, and produced essentially as Communist propaganda, I AM CUBA has somehow managed to transcend those typically drab descriptors to remain one of the most innovative films ever made. More impressionistic than plot-driven, Kalatozov’s detailed-yet-freewheeling look at Cuba of the late-50s and early-60s—made in collaboration with the Russian poet Evgeniy Evtushenko and cinematographer Sergey Urusevskiy (THE CRANES ARE FLYING, LETTER NEVER SENT)—is a startling vision of a country in flux, especially 50 years later as Cuba opens to the West.  “Undeniably monstrous and breathtakingly beautiful, ridiculous and awe inspiring, I AM CUBA confounds so many usual yardsticks of judgment that any kind of star rating becomes inadequate…to put it simply, the world doesn’t make allowances for a freak of this kind.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum. (141 mins.)

I AM CUBA screens Sunday, August 2 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences – JACKIE BROWN

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Tarantino’s perhaps underappreciated crime drama stars Pam Grier as Jackie Brown, a flight attendant for a small Mexican airline who smuggles drugs for Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) on the side. Ordell has a network of smugglers and couriers working for him, but also has ATF agent Nicolette (Michael Keaton) hot on his trail. Jackie, arrested for drug possession, runs out of options and takes matters into her own hands and with the help of unassuming bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster), She turns the tables on everyone, although Ordell’s circle—including Bridget Fonda’s stoner surfer Melanie and Robert De Niro’s smarmy ex-con Louis—offers Jackie resistance at every step. “You savor every moment of JACKIE BROWN. Those who say it is too long have developed cinematic attention deficit disorder. I wanted these characters to live, talk, deceive, and scheme for hours and hours.”—Roger Ebert. (154 mins.)

JACKIE BROWN screens Saturday, August 1 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences – BOOGIE NIGHTS

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With a script first developed in his teens and a story previously filmed as a short, Anderson delivered this wake-up call to the American cinema, weaving a poignant, tragic-yet-ultimately hopeful tapestry of lives in the late-70s Southern California “adult film” industry. Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), patriarch of a small studio in the San Fernando Valley, discovers Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg), an aimless young man, who—once Horner convinces Eddie of his potential—transforms overnight into porn juggernaut Dirk Diggler. The rotating cast of characters surrounding Jack and Dirk include matriarch Amber Waves (Julianne Moore) and budding star Rollergirl (Heather Graham), among others, who form a makeshift family, having been cast adrift from their own. “One of the most ambitious films to have come out of Hollywood in some time.”—Emanuel Levy, Variety. (155 mins.)

BOOGIE NIGHTS screens Friday, July 31 at 7pm and Saturday, August 1 at 4pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Top Down: Rooftop Cinema 2015 – THE 10th VICTIM

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“Petri’s black comedy imagines the hunting of humans as a government-sanctioned, globally televised sport, a gladiatorial combat meant to relieve tension and settle conflicts in an otherwise anesthetized world devoted to mindless consumption. THE 10TH VICTIM amusingly remains a classic ‘commedia all’italiana’ of the 1960s, with Marcello Mastroianni in his archetypical role as the castrated Casanova struggling to maintain his inbred macho poise as he is assaulted not only by Ursula Andress’s gun-toting Amazon, but by a mercenary wife (Luce Bonifassy) and an impatient mistress (Elsa Martinelli), who have joined forces against him.”—The New York Times. (92 mins.)

Featuring XRAY DJs DDDJJJ666 from Hipsters Suck and Magnolia Bouvier from Vampirella in Iridescent Teal

 

 

Join us atop the Hotel deLuxe’s parking structure at SW 15th and Yamhill for our 11th annual program of cinema under the stars. Doors open at 7 PM with food and beverages available for purchase from select food carts and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Music begins at 8 PM and films begin around dusk.

Entry for advance ticket holders is guaranteed until 8:30 PM. Advance tickets ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee entry after 8:30 PM. A limited number of chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so feel free to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket, along with a light sweater or jacket. Advance ticket holders who arrive after 8:30 PM but are not admitted to the screening (in the case of a sell-out) may exchange their tickets for another Top Down screening. There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins (c. 9 PM) or for entirely missed screenings. We appreciate your understanding. Please, no pets or outside food or drink.

Thanks to our sponsors: Hotel deLuxe, Peter Corvallis Productions, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Portland Mercury, Yelp! Portland, KIND Healthy Snacks, PDX Pipeline, Artslandia and 94/7 FM KNRK.

Advance tickets are available here: $9 general; $8 student/senior/Portland Art Museum member; $6 Silver Screen Club Friend.

Tickets at the door are $11 general; $10 student/senior/PAM member; $8 Silver Screen Club Friend.

The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences – HOUSE OF GAMES

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Having won the Pulitzer Prize for his play GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, Mamet turned his attention to the silver screen with this no-nonsense, elemental peek into the world of con men—centered around card games specifically—for which he wrote the screenplay and directed. Margaret (Lindsay Crouse) is a successful psychiatrist who becomes drawn into this shady yet tantalizing world after one of her patients confesses that he’s deep in debt and in trouble, beholden to Mike (Joe Mantegna), a hustler at the House of Games. As Margaret’s curiosity about Mike’s world gets the better of her, she sets off down a path that may be irreversible. “A welcome throwback to the primacy of character and careful story construction, at a time when narrative intricacy was in short supply on American movie screens.”—Kent Jones. (102 mins.)

HOUSE OF GAMES screens Sunday, July 26 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences – THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE

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Cassavetes’ foray into the crime genre follows small-time nightclub owner Cosmo Vitelli (Ben Gazzara), who jumps from one big debt to another when, following his pay-off of a major gambling debt, he celebrates by losing $23,000 in a poker game that same night. However, the men to whom he owes the money have other ideas about the payment, forcing Cosmo to become a hit man instead. Through his depiction of the out-of-his-element Cosmo, representing a microcosm of declining American masculinity, Gazzara delivers a tour-de-force performance. “One of the things that comes through in the film is the agony of confrontation with the powerful—an inevitable aspect of the film business, or of any business, but one that must have left scars on the soul of even as fiercely driven an artist as Cassavetes was.”—Richard Brody, The New Yorker. (135 mins.)

THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE screens Saturday, July 25 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences – HARD EIGHT (aka SYDNEY)

Anderson’s first feature announced a powerful new voice in American cinema at a time when Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers were taking cinemas by storm with their film-history-inflected, sweeping creations. Anderson opts instead for a part-70s crime flick, part-chamber drama focused on a small group of wayward souls: Sydney (Philip Baker Hall), an aging gambler, John (John C. Reilly), a troubled young man whom Sydney takes under his wing, and Clementine (Gwyneth Paltrow), a Reno cocktail waitress. Sydney, the poker-faced moral and philosophical center of the group, leads his younger companions out of the trouble they naturally stir up, but holds a huge secret of his own, one which threatens to shatter the delicate balance they’ve created. “Movies like HARD EIGHT remind me of what original, compelling characters the movies can sometimes give us.”—Roger Ebert. (102 mins.)

HARD EIGHT (aka SYDNEY) screens Friday, July 24 at 7pm and Saturday, July 25 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our The Art of Reinvention: Paul Thomas Anderson & His Influences series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Top Down: Rooftop Cinema 2015 – SEXY BEAST

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Famed music video director (Radiohead, Blur) Jonathan Glazer’s first feature updates the classic heist film with equal doses of sharp comedy and chilling menace. Gal (Ray Winstone), a London gangster retired to the south of Spain with his porn star wife and pool boy, is reluctantly pulled back into a life of crime by his old mentor, Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), a frighteningly and hilariously unhinged maniac. “Spouting profanity, staring daggers at any perceived enemy, and talking nuts to himself in a mirror like De Niro in a Cockney TAXI DRIVER, Kingsley creates an unforgettable monster.”—Rolling Stone. (89 mins.)

Featuring XRAY DJs Aaron and Cheyenne from Reverse Couples Skate

 

Join us atop the Hotel deLuxe’s parking structure at SW 15th and Yamhill for our 11th annual program of cinema under the stars. Doors open at 7 PM with food and beverages available for purchase from select food carts and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Music begins at 8 PM and films begin around dusk.

Entry for advance ticket holders is guaranteed until 8:30 PM. Advance tickets ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee entry after 8:30 PM. A limited number of chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so feel free to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket, along with a light sweater or jacket. Advance ticket holders who arrive after 8:30 PM but are not admitted to the screening (in the case of a sell-out) may exchange their tickets for another Top Down screening. There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins (c. 9 PM) or for entirely missed screenings. We appreciate your understanding. Please, no pets or outside food or drink.

Thanks to our sponsors: Hotel deLuxe, Peter Corvallis Productions, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Portland Mercury, Yelp! Portland, KIND Healthy Snacks, PDX Pipeline, Artslandia and 94/7 FM KNRK.

Advance tickets are available here: $9 general; $8 student/senior/Portland Art Museum member; $6 Silver Screen Club Friend.

Tickets at the door are $11 general; $10 student/senior/PAM member; $8 Silver Screen Club Friend.

AI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE

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Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai has continued to meet the full force of the Chinese authorities, who have done everything they can to stifle his attempts to express himself and organize people through art and social media. Following his 2011 arrest and subsequent solitary confinement, THE FAKE CASE follows Ai Weiwei after his parole through his battle with a thwarting suit for tax evasion: a lawsuit that he dubs “the Fake Case.” But the troubles with his enemies only continue to provide inspiration for making new art, the only outlet to vent his frustration. “The film picks up where AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY left off, serving as not just an update but an even more galvanizing call for reform. Ai’s voice carries louder than ever before.”—Variety. (86 mins.)

Presented in conjunction with the Portland Art Museum’s exhibition of  Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold,” on view through September 13. Free admission for Portland Art Museum members.

 

AI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE screens Sunday, July 19 at 3pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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