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Photobombing Phantasmagoria: Mama reviewed

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The children are feral and the aesthetic is creepy, but Mama (which screened after WW press deadlines) probably shouldn't have gotten Guillermo Del Toro's stamp of approval. 
Critic's Grade: C+
By all accounts, the insanely imaginative Guillermo Del Toro is a very nice, jovial man....   More
 
Friday, January 18, 2013 by AP KRYZA

Exploding Everything: The Last Stand reviewed

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The Last Stand might have screened after press deadlines, but Arnold's return was too much for critic AP Kryza to miss.
Critic's Grade: B-
The good news: After a 10-year absence, the most legendary action hero's cinematic return is totally an Arnold Schwarzenegger flick, a loud, riotous symphony of bad one-liners, explosions, blood, guns and fast cars. The bad news is th...   More
 
Friday, January 18, 2013 by AP KRYZA

Ghosts in the Darkness

A Portland paranormal detective searches for gold on SyFy’s Ghost Mine.


DVD & TV
We believe what we want to believe, especially in the world of the paranormal. Some will argue that something that goes bump in the night is a restless spirit. Others, like your carpenter, insist    More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 AP KRYZA

Brew Views:

Fate of fame.


Brew Views
Frederico Fellini’s lucid, semiautobiographical 1963 landmark, 8½, could be considered the template for filmdom’s self-aggrandizing tendencies. Suffering from director’s block, Fellini look   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Best of Everything Else 2012

We didn’t just sit around listening to records all year. Some of us actually left the house.


Music Stories
Best Show Almost No One Saw: Matthew Shipp Trio It was quite a surprise to find Jimmy Mak’s not even one-third full for a rare Portland appearance by powerhouse pianist Matthew Shipp and his t   More
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 AP KRYZA

Middle Earth Gets a Makeover

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a breathless, crackling adventure.


Movie Reviews & Stories
By the time Peter Jackson wrapped his sterling Lord of the Rings trilogy, audiences had spent nearly 12 hours in Middle Earth, marveling at the...   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 AP KRYZA

Headout: The True Legend of the Cinnamon Bear


Headout
In the beginning, there was Jesus, Son of Joseph, whose birth two millennia past drew kings to the child and inspired long pilgrimages and quests for plush creatures that came vibrantly to life    More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 AP KRYZA

Hitchcock

Dial M for “meh.”


Movie Reviews & Stories
There’s an inherent danger in pulling back the curtain to reveal the puppeteers behind iconic art. It’s even trickier when the man is Alfred Hitchcock, whose reputation as a dry-witted prankst   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 AP KRYZA

Album Review: Scott Law Reunion Band

Scott Law Reunion Band (Self-Released)

 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 AP KRYZA

Brew Views: Bad Santa

In the scuzzball spirit.


Brew Views
Many will decry 2003’s neoclassic holiday upheaval Bad Santa as a cynical and reactionary piece of humbuggery, but there’s a surprisingly sweet element that lurks in the jacked-up odyssey of B   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 AP KRYZA
 

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