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The Best Offer

Fake out.


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In writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer, an uptight art collector and auctioneer named Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) follows a windy path of unintended self-destruction. He’s a    More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 SAVANNAH WASSERMAN

AP Film Studies: Run Run and Hide

The Shaw Brothers’ legacy and the Portland connection.


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Without Run Run Shaw, the Wu Tang Clan might have been something to fuck with. Entering The Matrix would have been boring. Bill almost certainly wouldn’t have been killed—at least not with the   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 AP KRYZA

Computer Love

In Spike Jonze’s Her, the love is real—even if she is not.


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And so there’s this computer. It’s not exactly a laptop, or a tablet or smartphone, but an artificially hyperintelligent operating system that’s half personal secretary, half therapist. It speaks in a naturalistic feminine rasp. It seems to be thinking.   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

August: Osage County

Claws out.


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In August: Osage County, Meryl Streep is a pill-popping Tyrannosaurus rex in a black bouffant wig. Julia Roberts is a weather-parched velociraptor in mom jeans. And when these mother-daughter di   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Log Jam

Twin Peaks gets an alternate reality.


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What the hell happened to the Log Lady? ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallFor two decades, fans of Twin Peaks have struggled with abandonment, forced to live in a world where we know not the fate of the b   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Odd Future

Predictions for 2014 in Portland’s independent cinemas.


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AP Film Studies is not written by a psychic. But it’s still possible for this pre-eminent film scholar to make jarring cinematic predictions about the year to come. To wit: Nerds will complain   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Selfish Giant

It’s only teenage wasteland.


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On the heels of Clio Barnard’s hailed debut, The Arbor, comes the equally devastating The Selfish Giant, in which the British writer-director again depicts a generation failed by an unsympatheti   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

It’s Raining Men

Hallelujah, it’s a cinematic sausage party.


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Apparently, the holidays this year are all about the men. That’s what you’d gather, at least, after browsing the list of holiday film releases. The Wolf of Wall Street might have some women,   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 WW MOVIE STAFF

That’s A Wrap

2013 was a good year at the cinema.


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We live in a time of tyranny. Our oppressor? Choice. You think all those Netflix options are improving your quality of life? Think again. That’s why our brains love lists. Not only are they easi   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The AP Film Awards

Not another top-10 list.


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AP Film Studies is not immune from the urge to make year-end lists. But rather than churning out another boring-ass top 10, I’m holding an alternate awards ceremony, one that encompasses more    More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 AP KRYZA
 

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