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Dial M for “meh.”

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There’s an inherent danger in pulling back the curtain to reveal the puppeteers behind iconic art. It’s even trickier when the man is Alfred Hitchcock, whose reputation as a dry-witted prankst   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 AP KRYZA

Weepin’ It Gangsta

Killing Them Softly…with economic metaphors.

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In 2008, as the financial crisis peaked, America split its time between freaking out and talking about the difference between Wall Street and Main Street. Apparently, we should have been thinking    More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 AP KRYZA


Sisters and brothers should help each other.

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Do not be turned off by the following descriptors: Kickstarter project. Eighty-minute phone conversation. Sibling dynamics. And don’t be too concerned that Buoy’s opening shots of an industria   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 SAUNDRA SORENSON

Plastic Tiger

Life of Pi’s saturated spectacle clamps its jaws, but the story lacks teeth.

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Ignore the tiger for a moment. Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is a very simple story with a grandiose backdrop. For much of the film, we’re alone on a lifeboat, in the middle of the Pacific, with a boy    More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Silver Linings Playbook

It’s not such a wonderful life.

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With his first two pictures—1994’s Spanking the Monkey and 1996’s Flirting With Disaster—director David O. Russell showed a mastery of familial discomfort, bringing to life the hilarity of   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 AP KRYZA

Anna Karenina

The new Tolstoy adaptation is a faithful affair.

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Tom Stoppard and Joe Wright’s new filming of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina might be a love story, but it has nothing to do with seduction. This Anna is all about the aftermath. In many ways, Sto   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Animatronic Abe

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is a live-action history lesson.

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Lincoln opens with a shot of Abraham’s very large, very statuesque head. As the camera pans to the front, the effect is startling. Though the 16th president has been put to film many times bef   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Pollution In Paradise

The moment Oregon began to go green.

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Oregon was born 50 years ago this week. Not the museum diorama of covered wagons and white missionaries, but the Oregon of modernity, a place that became a global model for protecting the enviro   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 BRENT WALTH

Siren Nation Film Festival

The personal is political is cinematic.

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As one of three women in the Willamette Week newsroom, I need no reminder of the embarrassing underrepresentation of women in the media. Documentaries like...   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Making Old Tricks Feel New

With Skyfall, the Bond franchise marks its 50th birthday.

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James Bond should be forgiven a little creakiness. Ian Fleming’s super-spy has spent 22 films and 50 years getting punched and shot. His jet lag has to be excruciating. Let’s not even think of   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 AP KRYZA

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