The non-Criterion movies I saw last month...
* Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine's hotly debated, inconsistent subversion of Girls Gone Wild and thug life.
* Stoker, the weird, creepy, baffling English-language debut from Oldboy director Park Chan-wook.
* The We and the I, Michel Gondry's social experiment following a group of Bronx high schoolers on their bus ride home.
My Oregonian columns:
* March 7: featuring Tess, Roman Polanski's adaptation of Thomas Hardy; a climate change documentary called Greedy Lying Bastards; and an absolute waste-of-time horror anthology entitled The ABCs of Death.
* March 14: the documentaries A Place at the Table, about food distribution and poverty, and Turning, featuring a special performance piece by Antony & the Johnsons. Plus, Yossi, a sequel to the Israeli gay-themed love story Yossi & Jagger, picking up ten years after the events in the first film.
* March 21: horror-based documentary My Amityville Horror and war drama The Kill Hole. (Worst title of the year?)
* March 29: the poker documentary Drawing Dead, an indie "trapped in a car" thriller called Detour, and the Faux Film Festival.
* China Heavyweight, a documentary following three Chinese boxers on their way up and maybe on their way down.
* College: Ultimate Edition, the latest Buster Keaton reissue is predictably hilarious.
* Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, a documentary about the legendary fashion editor, whose career spanned half a century.
* Diary of a Chambermaid, the Jean Renoir adaptation from 1946, almost twenty years before Luis Bunuel.
* For Ellen, the third film from So Yong Kim is as emotionally wrought as her others, but lacking certain connections. Starring Paul Dano.
* The Great Magician, a recent period piece set in 1930s China, with Tony Leung as an illusionist. The movie wants to be old-style entertainment, but it's not much fun.
* Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik's crime film was my second favorite movie of 2012, and it's even better the second time. Starring Brad Pitt.
* On Approval, a witty British comedy from 1944, directed by and starring Clive Brook.
* The Song of Bernadette, a dismal religious picture from the 1940s, starring Jennifer Jones as the girl who sees visions.
* Strangers in the Night, a middling early career melodrama from Anthony Mann.
* This is Not a Film, the lauded political documentary from Iran turns out to be much ado about nothing.