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Make Your Own Vince Vaughnedy

Coming to a theater near you within the next decade.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Unfinished Business hits theaters across the country this week. It stars a schlubby, gruff and yet still charming Vince Vaughn, who leads a ragtag crew to an important business thing with ever   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

What We Do in the Shadows

The Real World of vampires.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The last thing pop culture needs is another vampire flick. The second-to-last is more reality TV. Leave it to a pack of Kiwis—including Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords fame—to giv   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Italian Style


Movie Reviews & Stories
Postwar Italy was a land of sun-drenched, surrealist beauty where anything could happen. Its cinema followed suit: A princess and journalist fall in love in Roman Holiday, and lonely Katharine H   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

1971: Movie Review

Investigating the FBI.


Movie Reviews & Stories
On March 8, 1971, the night that Joe Frazier fought Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century, a group of activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pa. They found documents proving the FBI a   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Haute-N-Ready: Bacon! Bacon!

Authentic Detroit-style pizza...now with bacon

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Welcome to Haute-N-Ready, in which John Locanthi, Willamette Week’s trencherman of leisure, tastes the hastily made, modestly priced food of the common man.
The product line that inspired the name of this column is on a Taco Bell trajectory. The Hot-N-Ready from ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by JOHN LOCANTHI

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: Movie Review

Love and other things in Bad City.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is an eclectic cinematic mishmash: an Iranian noir-spaghetti Western-love story…with vampires. And yet, somehow, it all wo   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Haute-N-Ready: Bacon and Blue on Brioche

It would be our pleasure if you would dine with me at Wendy's

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Welcome to Haute-N-Ready, in which John Locanthi, Willamette Week’s trencherman of leisure, tastes the hastily made, modestly priced food of the common man.
No matter where they started, fast food chains that last long enough invariably end up in their own niche....   More
 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by JOHN LOCANTHI

Fifty Shades of Grey Reviewed

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Critic’s Grade: D

Fifty Shades of Grey is one of the landmark works of the new millenium, the novel that proved definitively Americans will suffer through anything for a few fleeting moments of titillation. Hollywood producers are banking on that success extending to cinema.

There are moments—especially early on—when Fifty Shades of Grey looks like it�...   More
 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 by JOHN LOCANTHI

Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Critic’s Grade: A-

James Bond is inherently silly. An immaculately dressed, suave gentleman spy spitting out witty one-liners as he thwarts a supervillain’s plan for world domination, picking up hot chicks and dispatching with countless anonymous henchmen along the way. Sean Connery’s Bond understood that it was all a big goof. Roger Moore’s Bond got this. Even Timothy Dalt...   More
 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 by JOHN LOCANTHI

Fifty Shades of Gus

The missing tampon scene from the director that could have been.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The much-anticipated film adaptation of the mega-successful erotic fanfic novel Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters this week. Fifty Shades, which entered this world as Twilight fan fiction, has so   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI
 

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