Portland Arthouse Cinema Calendar: August 2018

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From Polyester in “Odorama” to Escape from New York on a rooftop, Portland cinema enthusiasts have a lot to see in August.

Highlights

  • The Hollywood Theatre’s Marathon of the Apes!
    • Don’t miss the chance to see all eight* Planet of the Apes films in chronological order! Marathon of the Apes kicks off August 4 with a 50th anniversary presentation of the 1968 blockbuster, and continues all month with screenings of the four subsequent sequels and the run of popular reboots that began with 2011’s RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. (With all due respect to defenders of the 2001 Tim Burton remake, we are pretending it never happened.)
  • NW Film Center’s Rooftop Cinema
    • After 13-years at the Hotel deLuxe (thanks for the memories!), Top Down has a new home on the Portland State University campus atop the PS2 parking structure at 1724 SW Broadway (the entrance to the stairs/rooftop is on the 6th Ave side of the building). Join us for our 14th annual program of cinema under the stars and new city views. Doors open at 7 pm with food and beverages available for purchase. Music begins at 8 pm and films begin at 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 basis, so feel free to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket, along with a light sweater or jacket. Advance ticket holders not admitted to the screening (in the case of a sell-out) may exchange their tickets for another Top Down or NWFC screening. There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins (c. 9 pm) or for entirely missed screenings. Please, no pets or outside food or drink.
  • NW Film Center’s Robby Muller Tribute (August 24-26)
    • Legendary cinematographer Robby Müller (April 4, 1940 – July 3, 2018) shot some of the most indelible films of the 1970s through early 2000s, including longstanding collaborations with directors Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch and lensing some of the most beautiful films by directors like William Friedkin, Alex Cox, and Lars Von Trier. Widely known for capturing beautiful, quiet scenes with intense color and flowing camera moves, Müller was informally nicknamed “the master of light,” which, when watching any of the films he shot, one immediately understands why. Here, we present three of his finest efforts, films which showcase the range of his photographic talents.

August 3rd

Hollywood Theatre

7:30 pm – Polyester (John Waters)

A tribute to Tab Hunter (1931-2018). We’re presenting this film in it’s original “Odorama” format, with scratch n’ sniff cards!

August 3rd – August 9th

Academy Theater

Twister

The Last Unicorn

August 4th

Hollywood Theatre

2:00 pm – Night of the Hunter

7:30 pm – Planet of the Apes

Mission Theater

4:30 pm – Barbarella

August 5th

Hollywood Theatre

2:00 pm – Night of the Hunter

August 6th

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – 3 Women

Hollywood Theatre

2:00 pm – Night of the Hunter

August 7th

Hollywood Theatre

7:30 pm – Mortal Kombat

August 9th

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – Gojira (Rooftop Cinema)

August 10th

Hollywood Theatre

7:30 pm – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – One Sings, The Other Doesn’t

Varda’s mid-career film, dripping in garish ’70s color schemes, is a paean to female friendship and solidarity.

August 10th – August 16th

Academy Theater

The Princess Bride

Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings

August 11th

Hollywood Theatre

7:30 pm – Willow

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – One Sings, The Other Doesn’t

9:30 pm – Ganja & Hess: Director’s Cut

This new restoration of Ganja & Hess, brought back to the big screen for the first time in several decades, features footage that the producers cut and presents the director’s original vision.

August 12th

Hollywood Theatre

7:30 pm – Saving Brinton

In this new documentary, an eccentric collector named Mike Zahs makes a remarkable discovery: the showreels of the man who brought moving pictures to America’s Heartland. Among the treasures: rare footage of President Teddy Roosevelt, the first moving images from Burma, a lost relic from magical effects godfather Georges Méliés.

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – One Sings, The Other Doesn’t

Fox Tower / Lloyd Center (and other Regal Cinemas)

12:55 pm – Grave of the Fireflies (English Dub)

August 13th

Fox Tower / Lloyd Center (and other Regal Cinemas)

7:00 pm – Grave of the Fireflies (English Subtitles)

August 15th

Fox Tower / Lloyd Center (and other Regal Cinemas)

7:00 pm – Grave of the Fireflies (English Dub)

August 16th

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – Breakin’ (Rooftop Cinema)

As the first widely released breakdancing film, Breakin’ is a cultural milestone that reeks of 1980s cash-in cinema culture, from the same director who rode a Latin dance craze with Lambada several years later.

August 17th

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – The Last Movie

A legendary film maudit made in the wake of the smash success of Hopper’s directorial debut Easy Rider (1969), The Last Movie saw Hopper given carte blanche (and $1 million) by Universal to make the film he wanted to make.

August 17th – August 23rd

Academy Theater

Godzilla (1954)

The Neverending Story

August 18th

Hollywood Theatre

2:00 pm – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Milo McIver State Park (via Hollywood Theatre)

8:15 pm – Monterey Pop (Free event)

The final film screening in our 2018 Outdoor Movies In Oregon State Parks film series, in partnership with Oregon State Parks and Oregon Film. This screening takes place outdoors at Milo McIver State Park. Free admission, no ticket required. Free parking. Screening begins at dusk.

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – The Last Movie

August 19th

Cinema 21

1:00 pm – Yellow Submarine Sing-A-Long Version

For the 50th anniversary screening, Yellow Submarine was restored in 4K digital resolution, though no automated software was used in order to preserve the original, hand-drawn artwork. Instead, the film’s photochemical elements were restored by hand, frame-by-frame. The famous Yellow Submarine soundtrack and score were also remixed in 5.1 stereo surround sound at Abbey Road Studios by mix engineer Peter Cobbin.

Hollywood Theatre

2:00 pm – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – The Last Movie

August 20th

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

August 21st

Fox Tower / Lloyd Center (and other Regal Cinemas)

7:00 pm – The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

From the visionary Director of Mind Game and Adventure Time’s Food Chain, The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, is a comedy about one epic night in Kyoto. As a group of teens go out for a night on the town, a sophomore known only as “The Girl with Black Hair” experiences a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife… all the while unaware of the romantic longings of Senpai, a fellow student who has been creating increasingly fantastic and contrived reasons to run into her, in an effort to win her heart.

August 22nd

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – The Guatemalan Handshake and Rat Pack Rat

Fox Tower / Lloyd Center (and other Regal Cinemas)

7:00 pm –The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

August 23rd

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – Bringing Up Baby

August 24th

Hollywood Theatre

8:00 pm – Troop Beverly Hills

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – The American Friend

August 24th – August 30th

Academy Theater

Men In Black

Stop Making Sense

August 25th

NW Film Center

6:45 pm – To Live and Die in LA

Friedkin’s sun-drenched neo-noir, shot by legendary cinematographer Robby Müller, is one of the great crime dramas of the 1980s.

9:30 pm – Two Lane Blacktop

A minimalist road movie about two men with enigmatic pasts searching for solace, or maybe just speed, TWO LANE BLACKTOP gives acclaim to the beautiful landscapes of the Southwest, unspoken machismo and existential obsession.

August 26th

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – Mystery Train

Jarmusch fashions a triptych of stories centered around Memphis’s Arcade Hotel while tapping into the intensely American mythology of Elvis and the birth of mainstream rock ‘n’ roll.

August 19th

Hollywood Theatre

7:30 pm – 1983: The Year in Videos

We will be playing the very best variety of music videos that were either released or in heavy rotation in 1983 that we can contain into two hours including: The Cure, Eurythmics, Madonna, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Billy Idol, Pat Benatar, Lionel Richie, Prince, Duran Duran, and many more!

August 30th

NW Film Center

7:00 pm – Escape from New York (Rooftop Cinema)

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