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.
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?
'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.