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Catching Fire

Odds ever in their favor.


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While other young-adult novel adaptations preoccupy themselves with knockoff magic and chaste vampires, The Hunger Games series instead caters to the “adult” part of the equation. Taking what init   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Know Jack

A goddamn marvel of modern science.


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Since September, gossip has circulated that Jack Nicholson has retired from acting due to an inability to remember lines. The rumor’s veracity has been debated, but it did inspire the Hollywoo   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Humpin’ It

How to make porn in Portland.


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This weekend, The Portland Mercury hosts another round of Hump, the amateur porn festival that makes you pray you won’t see your boss’ schlong. ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallWe wanted to make a film   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 AP KRYZA

Il Futuro

Flush of youth.


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“The future is in small, exclusive places,” Bianca tells her brother. “The future,” he replies, “is only in artificial intelligence, computers, neural networks.” To the characters in I   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Kill Your Darlings

Less a howl than a moan.


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Sometimes in film, actors so fully inhabit the roles of historical figures that they don’t just capture the essence of the human being, they become even more vivid and convincing than footage of   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Cowboys Don’t Cry

Matthew McConaughey electrifies Dallas Buyers Club.


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The first time Matthew McConaughey appears onscreen in Dallas Buyers Club—that is, after he’s shown thrusting away at two female rodeo groupies in the shadows of a backstage stall—the reflex   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

The Motel Life

Brotherly love.


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While it might be true that even losers get lucky sometimes, such good fortune tends to be fleeting. That’s certainly the case with brothers    More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

AP Film Studies: Going Native

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival and the local-movie dilemma.


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Quick! Name a director from the Pacific Northwest.  You know you’re going to say Gus Van Sant. Even if you hate My Own Private Idaho (hell, I kinda do), his is too often the only name that co   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 AP KRYZA

Freedom Lost

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is a brutal, beautiful and vital film.


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Twelve Years a Slave was part of a literary tide. When the memoir was published in 1853, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Frederick Douglass’ autobiography were bestsellers, helping to fuel the abolition   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Undocumented

Over the border.


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It’s one thing to hear the facts: In the past 15 years, more than 2,500 migrants attempting to cross the Mexico-Arizona border through the Sonora Desert have perished en route. It’s quite an   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK
 

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