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Tin Pan Theater is Ready for Visitors

Still as expertly curated as ever
A few weeks ago, I was afraid the magic of the theatrical experience had died for me. I went to the lovely Odem Theater Pub to see a movie and I completely failed to get caught up and swept away by the experience like I normally do. Odem is a wonderful space, so I thought just the act of going to a movie had been sullied for me by living in a COVID-19/murder hornet/police brutality kind of world.

The Quality and Quantity of A24

Can one production company save movies?
The older I get, the more I need to feel something from the movies I watch. Don't get me wrong, I still love a good disposable comedy or an almost instantly forgettable horror flick, but it's comforting to feel like the two hours you gave a movie was reciprocated somehow.

May the Source Be With You

June Edition
Hello you magnificent Oregonians and welcome to another entry into the May the Source Be With You canon, where I share some of the pop cultural things that are keeping me going as of late. We seem to be stuck in the middle of an episode of "Black Mirror" where everyone on Earth is trapped playing "Jumanji," and without some of our favorite podcasts, shows and movies, I think all of this would be even harder.

Where Can You Watch Movies?

Phase Two is officially in effect, but that doesn't mean every theater is open
The smell of popcorn and a giant soda in hand seems like a piece of nostalgia from long ago. And even as Deschutes County enters into Phase Two reopening guidelines, which gives theaters the green light, there are still obstacles preventing all of the theaters in the area from opening.

Not Back to Normal

Trying to have a staycation in a time of unrest
In January, I made plans with a lady friend to go on a little mini-vacation. We reserved three nights in May at McMenamin's Crystal Hotel in Downtown Portland and got tickets to see Girl Talk at the Crystal Ballroom.

Virtually Together ▶ (with video)

Tin Pan Theater and BendFilm celebrate one year together—and in the age of coronavirus, they also celebrate getting new movies on the same day as L.A. or N.Y.C.
Roger Ebert was once quoted as saying that movies are like a machine that generates empathy. Lately, it seems like that's something in short supply, with patience reaching an all-time low.

Filmmaking with Your Quaranteam

Local director Taylor Morden stays busy with "The Last Blockbuster" documentary and more
Taylor Morden never slows down. He's a multi-instrumentalist musician with a band focused on Weezer covers, a seemingly tireless filmmaker hoping to premiere his latest documentary, "The Last Blockbuster," at the Tower Theater in July, and a devoted cinephile who consumes movies like water.

What to Watch: "Clementine"

From Tribeca to BendFilm, the Oregon-filmed thriller is now available to rent digitally
Portland-based filmmaker Lara Jean Gallagher has reason to celebrate. After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019, her first feature length film, "Clementine,"  is now available to watch digitally thanks to Oscilloscope Pictures.

May the Source Be With You

A global pandemic edition of the podcasts and streaming shows to catch right now
Man, those of you spending this time watching "Contagion" and "Outbreak" on Netflix are so much more intense than I am. I don't know, movies about global pandemics are just hitting a little too close to home right now, and my need for "fun" entertainment has been turned up several notches.

Going Viral

Tips for keeping yourself occupied and smiling, from our resident binge-watcher
Hey, so...anything big happen this week?

Daddy Tissues

"Onward" wants your sweet, sweet tears
If we've learned one thing in the 25 years since Pixar released its first film, "Toy Story," it's that the studio is master at balancing emotion, comedy and excitement. You're guaranteed not only a visually stunning cartoon that kids will enjoy, but also a story that will absolutely wreck you as an adult.

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  • Re: The Quality and Quantity of A24

    • When are you going to publish the ranked listing of all 97? Don't leave us…

    • on June 26, 2020
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    • God bless your delicious tender chicken-y soul, brother.

    • on June 4, 2020
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    • Lovely backgrounder on local genius talent! Thank you.

    • on May 22, 2020

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