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RULES OF THE GAME

Two Danish directors go head-to-head in a battle of wills; the audience wins.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Is Lars von Trier actually Satan? Watching him in The Five Obstructions, you could be forgiven for wondering. There's that evil grin, that impish little face, the eyes that burn with something much wo ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 BECKY OHLSEN

The New Clinton Era

The Clinton Street Theater's new owner remains committed to making Portland a haven for independent cinema.


Movie Reviews & Stories
You'd be hard-pressed to look at this place and call it a gem exactly; it's more of a rock, a giant paperweight that anchors the little cluster of hipster/indie businesses at Southeast 26th Avenue and ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 BECKY OHLSEN

Tales of Ordinary Madness

Seven years in the making, Born into This shows the reality behind the myth of Charles Bukowski.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Charles Bukowski has probably driven more dreamy-eyed notebook scribblers to bars than to bookstores, but it's not his fault. Over the years the myth has bloated up and nearly blotted out the man. In ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 BECKY OHLSEN

Welcome to the Dog House


Movie Reviews & Stories
When Dancer in the Dark came out in 2000, somebody made the mistake of telling Lars von Trier he shouldn't be making movies critical of the United States, since he hadn't even been there.Bad idea. Lar ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 BECKY OHLSEN

Sweet Start-up

Portland Monthly hits the shelves this week. But will it stick?


News Stories
The new Portland Monthly is the Andrew Sugar of magazines. You know Sugar--he's the Florida moneybags who swooped into town a few years back and built the sleek restaurant-bar-club combo Lush/Leve ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2003 BECKY OHLSEN

TEARS AND SMILES

Javier Bardem stars in the melancholy comedy Mondays in the Sun


Movie Reviews & Stories
If Office Space is at one end of the spectrum of work-related comedies, Mondays in the Sun is at the opposite. A slow-moving, melancholy film, it's nevertheless suffused with warmth and wry humor. ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2003 BECKY OHLSEN

An Unguided Tour

Chuck Palahniuk's book on Portland could have been written from inside a Gray Line bus


Books
It seemed like a good idea: Naughty nihilist and literary man-about-town Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, writes a guide to underground Portland, full of secret niches you'd never find in Fo ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2003 BECKY OHLSEN

Endurance Run

Dark and disturbing, Irreversible challenges its audience's sensibility.


Movie Reviews & Stories
A lot of people who saw Christopher Nolan's Memento for the first time wanted to see it again right away, to look for clues they missed within its reverse-chronological timeline. Audacious young ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2003 BECKY OHLSEN

Suicide Casanova


Books
suicide casanova by Arthur Nersesian (Akashic Press, 374 pages, $25))Since when were porn, kidnapping, murder-suicide and blackmail so damn boring? It takes a rare talent to turn the seedy underwo ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2003 BECKY OHLSEN

weird beard

The festering darkness at the heart of Kenny Rogers' mystique


Music Stories
As far as I know, only one song has ever been written about a girl named Becky: "Coward of the County," recorded by Kenny Rogers in 1981. Becky gets gang-raped by the Gatlin boys. It was the only song ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2003 BECKY OHLSEN
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