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Rocky Collapsed In The Corner

Two fading stars—Stallone and his creation—fight for respect.

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It's hard to remember a time when Sylvester Stallone was not a walking parody, a once-powerful star whose shine faded so greatly that he became a joke not even worthy of a punch line. Almost equally d ...   More
Wednesday, December 20, 2006 David Walker

Robert Altman: R.I.P.

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The world of cinema lost a true legend this week with the death of director Robert Altman. In the movie business, it is a rare talent that is cultivated into such a unique signature style that the dir ...   More
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 David Walker

Slave To The Grind

The Grindhouse Film Festival returns with its sleaziest lineup to date.

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When Dan Halsted first launched Portland's Grindhouse Film Festival in 2004, his primary goal was simply to watch some of his favorite movies on 35 mm projected on the big screen. Halsted, the project ...   More
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 David Walker

Stumptown Comics Fest

A fest that goes beyond the usual superhero-in-tights fare.

You wouldn't go so far as to call Keith Knight unassuming, but he certainly is the sort of person who leaves grandmothers saying, "He's such a fine young man." And at first glance, the lanky Knight ha ...   More
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 David Walker


There have been more than a few horror films released theatrically this year, and with the studios' reluctance to screen genre films for the press, some have gone relatively unnoticed (and deservedly ...   More
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 David Walker

7 Times 7

After seven films, director Michael Apted's kids grow 49 Up.

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There is a connection that occurs, artificial though it may be, from prolonged exposure to characters we see in film and television. It doesn't matter whether it's a person real or imagined, whether i ...   More
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 David Walker


It is almost embarrassing to admit, but up until two weeks ago, I had never seen Terry Gilliam's 1985 film Brazil. Sure, I had read about it, knew about it, even rented it once, but I had never actual ...   More
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 David Walker

A Hero's Journey

Fearless is the culmination of Jet Li's career.

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Jet Li was already a superstar in the world of wushu (martial arts), reigning for five years as the All-Around National Wushu Champion of China, when he left the sport at age 17 and began his career i ...   More
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 David Walker

A Dirty Secret

This Film Is Not Yet Rated exposes the truth about who decides what we see.

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It operates and exists under a shroud of secrecy surpassed only by the CIA, polices a multibillion dollar industry, and is accountable to no one. It has more control over what we see than any governme ...   More
Wednesday, September 13, 2006 David Walker

The Everlasting

Great writing anchors Jamie Rich's tale of late-'90s Portland hipsterdom.

Perhaps the only thing more painful than being in high school is being in your 20s, a time when you're convinced you're smart, but you're not smart enough to realize how stupid you really are. In his ...   More
Wednesday, September 13, 2006 David Walker
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