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Basic Beaches: The Other Woman Reviewed

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The Other Woman screened after WW press deadlines, making us late to the vengeance-themed beach party. Critic's Grade: CThe Other Woman makes friends in low places.The Bechdel Test holds that a film must present a scene featuring two women talking about something other than a man. The Other Woman would almost certainly flunk it. The majority of screen time is given over to a rambling conversation between our jilted protagonists (Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, helpfully self-identified as “the lawyer, the wife and the boobs”) about how best to strike vengeance upon the investment-banker snake (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) that done them wrong, but it's the sort of movie that doesn't allow any of its barely-sketched personae any other motivations to forward the plot. Sisterhood is understood as a pleasantly contrived distraction to be indulged while waiting out what's truly important. Men, for their part, exist almost entirely as an abstraction of happy endings. The Other Woman limns a horribly constrained world-view bound together by a willful solipsism sure to crumble whenever all-consuming passions depend upon another for success. Still, though strewn with little more than live-action cartoons reduced to their most awful traits, they're not altogether unrecognizable, and the lingering fall off the cliff of towering egotism inspires more than a few laughs. As the first feature written by Melissa Stack (whose unproduced screenplay I Want to F   More
 
Friday, April 25, 2014 by JAY HORTON

Bar Guide 2014: 4*4*2


Bar Guide
4*4*21739 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 238-3693, 442soccerbar.com. 11 am-10 pm Monday, 11 am-11 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-midnight Friday, 7 am-midnight Saturday, 8 am-10 pm Sunday.An unfussy, chummily effici   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 JAY HORTON

Bar Guide 2014: The Lovecraft


Bar Guide
The Lovecraft421 SE Grand Ave., 971-270-7760, thelovecraftbar.com. 8 pm-2 am Sunday-Thursday, 4 pm-2 am Friday-Saturday.In any meaningful way, the D.H. Lawrence-named Lovecraft is no more a goth bar t   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 JAY HORTON

Bar Guide 2014: Pix Patisserie/Bar Vivant


Bar Guide
Pix Patisserie/Bar Vivant2225 E Burnside St., 971-271-7166, pixpatisserie.myshopify.com/. 2 pm-2 am Friday-Saturday, 2 pm-midnight Sunday-ThursdayWhen Portland’s macaron doyenne Cheryl Wakerhauser i   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 JAY HORTON

Bar Guide 2014: Reel M' Inn


Bar Guide
Reel M’ Inn2430 SE Division St., 231-3880. 10 am-2:30 am Monday-Saturday, 10 am-1 am Sunday.The graffiti-strewn interiors of Reel M’Inn don’t seem like where you’d find your lunch. But nonethe   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 JAY HORTON

Bar Guide 2014: Mummy's


Bar Guide
Mummy’s622 SW Columbia St., 224-7465, mummysrestaurant.com. 11 am-10 pm Monday-Friday, 5-11 pm Saturday.More than 30 years since a pair of brothers left Alexandria to open Portland’s first and sti   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 JAY HORTON

Bar Guide 2014: The Know


Bar Guide
The Know2026 NE Alberta St., 473-8729, theknowpdx.com. 3 pm-2:30 am daily.An iconic punk club that’s never entirely fit any incarnation of its neighborhood, the Know enjoys a sparkling international   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 JAY HORTON

Bar Guide 2014: Landmark Saloon


Bar Guide
Landmark Saloon4847 SE Division St., 894-8132, landmarksaloon.com. 4 pm-2 am Monday-Thursday, 2 pm-2 am Friday-Saturday, 2 pm-midnight Sunday.Purchasing property along the very edge of the eastern fro   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 JAY HORTON

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Stars and tropes forever.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Of all the four-color icons, Captain America should be the least open to interpretation. Ol’ Winghead seemed a charming anachronism from the time Stan Lee assembled the uncanny freaks and amaz   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 JAY HORTON

A Requiem For Jiggles

The booze-free strip club that local teens turned into an icon.


Cover Story
In June, Portland will lose a legend. For three decades, the Jiggles sign at exit 289 on I-5 has stood as a tantalizing promise of adult privilege to adolescent males of all ages. It may be diff   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 JAY HORTON
 

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