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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Now with less dishwashing.


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When last we saw Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his band of dwarves, they were headed to confront a dragon. But along the way, they also took an awful lot of time to do the dishes and sing s   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 AP KRYZA

Out of the Furnace

From Crazy Heart to a crazy Woody Harrelson.


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From the outset, shades of Michael Cimino’s Vietnam drama The Deer Hunter permeate Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace: images of Pennsylvania steel mills, a PTSD-addled young soldier forced int   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Oh, Hi Tommy

10 Years of The Room.


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Tommy Wiseau is not a monster. Sure, he resembles Phil Hartman’s Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer and speaks in the kind of scattershot English that Frankenstein’s monster croaked out. But a monste   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Art Of The Sale

Decoding the real meaning of prestige picture ads.


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It’s prestige picture time, that magical time of year for middlebrow film snobs, when the sounds of gigantic robots and Adam Sandler farts fall silent, replaced by gentle string music and Meryl    More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 AP KRYZA

Catching Fire

Odds ever in their favor.


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While other young-adult novel adaptations preoccupy themselves with knockoff magic and chaste vampires, The Hunger Games series instead caters to the “adult” part of the equation. Taking what init   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Know Jack

A goddamn marvel of modern science.


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Since September, gossip has circulated that Jack Nicholson has retired from acting due to an inability to remember lines. The rumor’s veracity has been debated, but it did inspire the Hollywoo   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Humpin’ It

How to make porn in Portland.


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This weekend, The Portland Mercury hosts another round of Hump, the amateur porn festival that makes you pray you won’t see your boss’ schlong. ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallWe wanted to make a film   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Going Native

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival and the local-movie dilemma.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Quick! Name a director from the Pacific Northwest.  You know you’re going to say Gus Van Sant. Even if you hate My Own Private Idaho (hell, I kinda do), his is too often the only name that co   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Shared Nightmares

Here there be dragons—and Nosferatu.


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At a party long ago, a bleary-eyed co-worker began talking about dragons. He was drunkenly regurgitating a theory that all humans were evolved from aquatic apes whose main predators were big cat   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Rip-Off Artists

Heed Turkish Rambo’s battle cry.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Your favorite movie is a rip-off. Or maybe it’s an homage. Or a reimagining. But, really, it’s a rip-off. And that’s OK.  ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallSome of our greatest cinematic treasu   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AP KRYZA
 

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