Conclusion: Come on, film and television creatives! Portland deserves better than this. Here's an idea: a nerdy Portland Blu-ray reviewer finds himself transported to a magical world where films are actually innovative and have something new to offer.
Excerpt: Privacy laws are a touchy issue in America, just not in Portland, Oregon. Amanda Seyfried’s slightly off-base Jill investigates a homegrown hardware store in the search for her missing sister. That’s where Gone has led audiences, and finally, after endless creepy run-ins, she’s found someone nice.
Summary: Summit Entertainment's movies can be hit or miss – and 'Gone' is definitely a miss. It lacks focus and tone, spending more time showing our central character fleeing from a manhunt than solving her sister's disappearance.
Excerpt: Oh, if only we could go back to the days when it looked like Mamma Mia! would be the worst movie Amanda Seyfried ever made. The actress who showed so much promise back as early as Mean Girls has been in a serious career skid for the last few years, and we can at least hope that Gone marks the nadir.
Excerpt: Cinema has a long tradition of “Who’s the crazy person here?” films: The Lady Vanishes , Mirage, Bunny Lake Is Missing , and more recently, Flightplan and Unknown . In all these films, a frustrated protagonist carrying around a subjective truth tries to convince friends, family members, and dubious...
Excerpt: Lifetime movies are like rollercoasters for weak-stomached scare addicts. You know what you’re in for, but you do it anyway. Not every time, but admit it: you’ll put your butt in the seat if your friends are already strapped in.
Excerpt: The facts are these: Aeryn Gillern flew back to Cortland, New York for ten days in September 2007. He then flew to Vienna, which he'd made his new home; his mother, Kathy, planned to follow shortly thereafter for an extended visit. They spoke on the phone for the last time on October 27.