Chance Solem-Pfeifer

Chance Solem-Pfeifer is a Portland-based arts and culture writer. He produces and co-hosts the weekly film podcast “Be Reel” and has written about movies, music and TV for Splitsider, Willamette Week, Cut Print Film, Hear Nebraska and more.

Features // 4 Articles
Reviews // 6 Articles
//Features

In 'The Big Sick' and Other Films, Zoe Kazan Evolves the Rom-Com From Within | 7 Jul 2017 // 3:00 AM

In a film world where the old-school romantic comedy scarcely exists, Zoe Kazan's recent entries to the genre stand as tests of empathy and feminism.

An Android’s Dream: How the Robot Traitor Became the Center of 'Alien: Covenant' | 17 May 2017 // 10:00 PM

In an allegory where humans are the damned and the aliens are the plague, what does it mean to spend so much time with immune robot bystanders?

//Reviews

'Free Fire' Is Clever and Vigorous -- Just Don't Expect It to Be Smart | 20 Apr 2017 // 3:30 AM

Ben Wheatley's latest is Reservoir Dogs meets Smokin’ Aces minus any and all narrative ambition.

Seeking El Dorado Is Its Own Reward in 'The Lost City of Z' | 14 Apr 2017 // 4:30 AM

Questing for humanity in the uncharted Amazon, James Gray’s new period epic is told at a whisper.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

'Knee Deep' Has a Great Setting That Ruins the Game

// Moving Pixels

"Knee Deep's elaborate stage isn't meant to convey a sense of spatial reality, it's really just a mechanism for cool scene transitions. And boy are they cool.

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