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The Punk Singer

Rebel girl.


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Kathleen Hanna’s life story is filled with enough incident and drama to fill a week’s worth of feature-length documentaries. She survived a strange and sometimes abusive upbringing, turned   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 ROBERT HAM

AP Film Studies: Sounds of Silence

Shut up, Hitchcock!


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Alfred Hitchcock had a fondness for chatterboxes: In North by Northwest, Cary Grant barely stops quipping long enough to dodge machine-gun fire from a passing crop-duster. Psycho’s Norman Bates,   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AP KRYZA

Lost In Space

Gravity is the most stressful film of the year.


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Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity begins with a staggeringly brilliant and mesmerizingly staged 17-minute single take, which manages to encapsulate every single feeling the rest of the film will instill   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 AP KRYZA

C.O.G.

Me travel to Oregon one day.


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David Sedaris’ writing spawned a play—The Santaland Diaries—back in 1996, but the smartass satirist has long resisted cinematic adaptations of his work. Until now, that is. Kyle Patrick Alva   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Made In Japan

From samurai to Star Wars.


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Clint Eastwood may the most gnarled paragon of American grit and masculinity—a tobacco-spitting, Chrysler-shilling, gun-blasting, chicks-half-his-age-banging beast carved of granite and sinew�   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Can You Hear Me Now?

Do not silence your cellphone…just this once.


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Earlier this month, blogger Alex Billington did something that remains a fantasy for most people who spend a lot of time in movie theaters. Fed up with a moviegoer’s constant texting during a    More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 AP KRYZA

Byzantium

Interview With the Vampire on estrogen.


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Clara is all sex and fangs. The 200-year-old strumpet and grifter has just beheaded a man and is on the run again, and she nearly pops out of her cheap corset and snakeskin pants trying to distanc   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 KELLY CLARKE

Don Jon

A lout learns to love.


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s debut as a triple threat—writer, director and star, a la Clint Eastwood—is appropriately festooned with the time-honored totems of macho masculinity. We’ve got carto   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

AP Film Studies: Decadent and Depraved

The Grindhouse Trailer Spectacular is back, and it’s glorious.


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Welcome to AP Film Studies. Each week, longtime WW contributor and human movie database Kryza dives deep into Portland’s showcases of revival, cult, retrospective and bizarro cinema to highlight   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 AP KRYZA

Storm Surfers 3D

Hang Ten


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At its heart, surfing is an intensely cinematic sport—the dozens of films, from Step Into Liquid to Point Break, must outnumber all golf and hockey movies put together—but it’s not an inhere   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 JAY HORTON
 

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