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The Victors’ History

The Act of Killing is a vitally important film. It may also make you hurl.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The most horrifying movie scene you will watch this year begins with a giant waterfall cascading into a lush green gorge. A Muzak cover of “Born Free” plays as smiling young women in matching    More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 RUTH BROWN

Hotseat: The Third Degree

A climatologist describes how global warming will alter the wine industry.

Q & A
Gregory Jones can see the future…of booze. A climatologist at Southern Oregon University, Jones is an expert in why wines taste the way they do in the places they do. But as global warming rec   More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 RUTH BROWN


No, seriously: Free Willy.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Living in a modestly sized city like Portland can have its drawbacks for culture vultures. Art exhibits, live theater, indie films—sometimes it’s months, even years, between reading about thes   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 RUTH BROWN

Plastic vs. Celluloid

Films based on toys: are they ever any good?

Movie Reviews & Stories
The latest film based on the G.I. Joe action figure, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, is not being screened for critics. Is there any chance it won’t be a steaming pile of shit? Our culture scientists ana   More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 RUTH BROWN

Brew Views: Batman

A brighter bat.

Brew Views
In a post-Dark Knight world, it seems laughable that Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman—with its Prince soundtrack, delightfully hammy Jack Nicholson performance and lack of horribly disfiguring facial    More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 RUTH BROWN

…And Justice For None

Peter Jackson leaves Middle Earth to investigate a wrongful conviction.

Movie Reviews & Stories
West of Memphis is a compelling documentary—surprisingly so at a butt-numbing 147 minutes—that unwittingly provokes serious ethical questions.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 RUTH BROWN

Hotseat: Wil Wheaton

The iconic geek talks about tabletop gaming and the merits of being a douchebag.

Q & A
There was a time when Wil Wheaton was best known as a Teen Beat heartthrob and worst as "that annoying kid from Star Trek." Though he would forever be Gordie Lachance in our moss-encrusted Oregon hearts   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 RUTH BROWN

Tomahawk: Wednesday, Feb. 13

When weird goes pop.

Music Stories
[PATTON POP] Kristen Mystirie Calderon, a club hostess and makeup artist from Los Angeles, does not like Tomahawk’s new single.  “Tomahawk, your music made me wet—juicy even!” she wro   More
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 RUTH BROWN

Hotseat: Cory Doctorow

The Boing Boing co-editor and novelist discusses surveillance, jailbreaks and the impact of his friend Aaron Swartz's suicide.


Cory Doctorow is very worried about the future of your cellphone. As the co-editor of massively popular blog and self-described “directory of wonderful things” Boing Boing, Doctorow finds all the links you will be looking at two weeks later on Reddit.
On the day we speak, he’s written about a ...   More
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by RUTH BROWN

Portland Wins 2013 NW Barista Competition

Portland rules, Seattle drools.


Even if you don't give a toss about the Sounders-Timbers rivalry (and we don't [Speak for yourself! -Ed.]), there's still a cheap thrill to be had every time Portland beats Seattle in another competitive arena of physical prowess: making coffee. Portland dominated at last year's Northwest Regional Barista Competition...   More
Monday, February 4, 2013 by RUTH BROWN
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