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AP Film Studies: Portland’s Poet

Walt Curtis on Mala Noche, Portland’s literary history and Hollywood dildos.


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Poet Walt Curtis sits in a tiny room in his shared house in Kerns, amid stacks of books and papers and an in-progress abstract nude painting. As the smell of grilled meat wafts in from the Mexican   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 AP KRYZA

Goodbye to Language

Farthouse cinema.


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Jean-Luc Godard could make a movie about a potato and produce something engrossing. Goodbye to Language is a new 3-D essay film by this luminary of the French New Wave, which is another way of s   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

The Way He Looks

Bach and Belle (and Sebastian)


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Forget the love triangle. The Way He Looks gives us the love rhombus. Giovana loves Leonardo but Leonardo loves Gabriel and Gabriel loves Belle and Sebastian. The film, from Brazilian writer-d   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

AP Film Studies: Insane in the Ukraine

The psychedelic mania of Ivan Kupalo.


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With imagery that makes Dali’s surrealism look like a kids’ coloring book—pig-riding demons, bleeding bread, slain children—and enough psychedelic color washes to give Dario Argento a    More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Theory of Everything

Relatively speaking.


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A brief history of Stephen Hawking’s 30-year marriage to Jane Wilde, The Theory of Everything fits a tad too snugly into the biopic tradition. Anyone who’s seen Errol Morris’ expressionist   More
 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Keep On Keepin’ On

Too much of a good thing.


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There’s nothing inherently bad about a happy film. But there’s nothing inherently good, either. That’s the case with Keep On Keepin’ On, a documentary about jazz trumpeter Clark Terry and hi   More
 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

AP Film Studies: Also Showing 11/12/14

Rabies, replicants and revolution.


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Professor AP Kryza is currently stuck outside Rapid City, S.D., a victim in the icy grasp of winter storm Astro. He took a break from nagging his sister to show him North by Northwest filming lo   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 AP KRYZA

Force Majeure

On thin ice.


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The family of four lies on the bed, limbs intertwined. They’re Swedish. So of course they’re gorgeous—they look ripped from a Hanna Andersson catalog, down to their matching thermal underw   More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Rosewater

Jon Stewart goes to Iran.


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Rosewater is a torture film in which suffering is beside the point—it’s a lovely romp in the fields of tyranny. Gael García Bernal, who plays unjustly imprisoned Iranian-Canadian journalist   More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Willamette Whoops

Remembering 40 years of misguided film criticism.


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Everyone’s had opinions they regret. Part of being a critic means having those opinions published and preserved. No one nails every review, especially when overnighting a challenging movie. Even   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 WW Staff
 

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