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Ghosts of the past.

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Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath, playing as part of the NW Film Center’s 22nd annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, tracks the tension between two brothers in rural Poland. After their fath   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Pussy Riot

Coming out to play at the Internet Cat Video Fest.

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I’m not a cat person. At all. The notion of loving cats was obliterated early in my life, by a brother who brainwashed me into memorizing the soundtrack to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, and by   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Never Say Die

The Goonies ‘r’ good enough.

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Until the machines rise and hail him as a pioneer in the field of sentient military robotics, Short Circuit’s Johnny Five will never get a statue in downtown Astoria. ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallAnd d   More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Brat Pack

Future films of Sofia Coppola.

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Sofia Coppola is her generation’s primary chronicler of the spoils of being spoiled. From The Virgin Suicides to Lost in Translation to The Bling Ring, her films center on rich and entitled people   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 AP KRYZA

Mutant Muppets—X-Men: Days of Future Past Reviewed


Critic's Grade: A-X-Men: Days of Future Past is kind of like a Muppet movie, only instead of putting on a show and celebrating weirdness, its characters spend a lot of their time beating the shit out of each other and making things explode. Still, the film’s fundamentals are very similar to The Muppet Movie and The Muppets, because at its core are a bunch of weirdos�...   More
Friday, May 23, 2014 by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Joanie Got A Gun

Johnny Guitar and the dearth of feminist westerns.

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Joan Crawford plays neither a whore nor a sheriff’s wife. Mercedes McCambridge, meanwhile, isn’t a rape victim, bar wench or schoolmarm. ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallThat alone would make Nichola   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 AP KRYZA

Return of the King: Godzilla Reviewed


Godzilla took his (her? its?) sweet time marauding from San Francisco to Portland.
Critic's Grade: B
Godzilla has risen from a 16-year slumber, and he’s super pissed. You would be too if your more recent Hollywood incarnation had robbed you of your atomic breath, made you listen to Puff Daddy say “uh” incessantly over your favorite Led Zeppelin song, thrown most of your deca...   More
Friday, May 16, 2014 by AP KRYZA


Life in the commuter lane.

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The average cinemagoer will know Tom Hardy as the handsome Brit from Inception, or as Batman’s ultra-ripped, marble-mouthed nemesis in The Dark Knight Rises.  That Tom Hardy does not appear i   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: That Darn Cat

The House of the Devil has no need for fake-outs.

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If modern mainstream horror has taught us anything, it’s that there’s nothing scarier than an unexpected cat. Or your own reflection in a mirror you didn’t know was there. I’d be willing t   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: The Good, the Bad and the Corny

Clint Eastwood is cinema’s softest badass.

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Next month, Clint Eastwood—he who helmed such hard-hitting meditations on masculinity as Unforgiven and Mystic River and became the grizzled face of Hollywood manliness—hits theaters again. With��   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AP KRYZA
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