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Portland Fall Film Picks


Fall Arts
Noir City Typically, when film programming highlights the seedy noir world of femmes fatales, crooked detectives, rainy streets and double crosses, it focuses on well-known classics like The Th   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Lucid Dreams

Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams gets the musical treatment.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Music nerds and film geeks are constantly jockeying for the title of most obsessive fan, scrutinizing every note of an album or every frame of a movie. But sometimes, the two factions arrive a   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Frank

The head and the heart.


Movie Reviews & Stories
At first glance, Frank seems like twee hipster bait. It’s about a struggling songwriter. Tweets flash onscreen like in a millennial episode of Pop-Up Video. It treats Austin—and specifically S   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Vice Squad

Miami Vice gets a 30th birthday bash, complete with wine coolers.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The year was 1984. Dr. Cliff Huxtable took up residency on the televisions of America. A Canadian astronaut finally made it to space. And, most importantly, two Miami cops rendered socks complet   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Divine Conception

Drag legend Divine screws herself into villainy in Female Trouble.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In modern comic-book films, villains are born of strange circumstances. Maybe a crook falls into a vat of acid and emerges a super-criminal. Maybe a mad scientist is blasted with gamma rays, o   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 AP KRYZA

Best. Simpsons Episodes. Ever.

Clear your calendar. Set your DVR. The Simpsons marathon is coming.


Culture Features
What are you doing for the next 12 days? Zilch? Good. Because Homer, Bart, Disco Stu, Jub-Jub, Frank “Grimey” Grimes, Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo and the rest are coming to your living ro   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 RUTH BROWN, AP KRYZA, MATTHEW SINGER

AP Film Studies: Reel Junk

Bad Movie Nite is your childhood sleepover all grown up.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Film nerd Scott Hammond spent his early years bathing in the glow of late-night TV. Watered-down sex, violence and schlock bombarded his young brain while Mom, sleeping nearby, remained oblivi   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 AP KRYZA

Shellacked: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: C Back on the silver screen with big, gawky teeth rendered in detailed motion-capture glory, the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is loud, incoherently directed, brash, obnoxious and packed with enough product placement to fill a NASCAR track. Which is to say, it’s kind of exactly what a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie should be, for good or ill.  ...   More
 
Friday, August 8, 2014 by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: One Of Us

The real monsters of Freaks.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The 1932 film Freaks (5th Avenue Cinema; 9 pm Friday, Aug. 8; free) is a certified classic. This landmark film assembled a cast of real circus workers—including dwarves, a bearded lady, a ��   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Acid-dropping nuns, Prince and dirt bikes


Screen
AP Film Studies’ summer break continues, but once again there is homework. Please study these films, and when we return there will be a discussion of the Spielbergian implications of twee ja   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 AP KRYZA
 

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