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Shock and Aw: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Reviewed

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For reasons not worth detailing here, this review of Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa arrives a wee bit overdue.
Critic's Grade: B+
Entering theaters 11 years to the day after the first Jackass release deliriously exceeded all expectations and made apocalyptic headlines across the country, Bad Grandpa became the franchise's fourth consecutive release to debut wi...   More
 
Thursday, October 31, 2013 by JAY HORTON

The Grimmoire: That Voodoo We Do So Well

The return Of Grimm and decline of Portland TV's Golden Age

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For all the grumblings about traffic upheavals and street closures caused by the sudden explosion of television projects filming 'round town, the local presumption of Portland as favored toy of the media elite has been rather oversold. We have   More
 
Friday, October 25, 2013 by JAY HORTON

Stallone, Schwarzenegger and The Twilight Of The Action Figure: Escape Plan Reviewed

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Escape Plan screened after WW press deadlines, but critic Jay Horton was there for the Stallone and the Schwarzenegger.
Critic's Grade: C+
A quarter century ago, when dinosaurs strode the earth, American cinema was dominated by an unlamented breed of leaden, clunky, ginormous vehicles constructed to flatter the specific charms and mask the woeful limitations of...   More
 
Sunday, October 20, 2013 by JAY HORTON

An (Alternate) Oral History of Satyricon

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When legendary Portland punk club Satyricon closed its doors in 2010, Willamette Week published a massive oral history on the venue titled "I Think I Was There." But there was another oral history, compiled by longtime WW contributor Jay Horton, <...   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by JAY HORTON

Headout: The Case of the Purloined Necklace

A reward awaits the first person who solves this mystery before the Sherlock Holmes exhibit opens at OMSI.


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Hours too late, amid houses of disturbingly accurate repute, I searched for the Great Critic. Or, at least, I searched for where the Great Critic always was, at a bar near the bridge,  prec   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 JAY HORTON

The Revenants

Roll over and play undead.


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Whatever the reasons for our current cultural embrace of the zombie apocalypse, live theater has largely been spared the plague. It is, after all, rather more difficult to convey the specter of    More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 JAY HORTON

Storm Surfers 3D

Hang Ten


Movie Reviews & Stories
At its heart, surfing is an intensely cinematic sport—the dozens of films, from Step Into Liquid to Point Break, must outnumber all golf and hockey movies put together—but it’s not an inhere   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Mother Bunch

Dirty Theory (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[WHITE NOISE] Mother Bunch superior Daniel Menasche has a decent set of pipes and a smooth enough flow for those occasional dalliances into hip-hop, so one imagines the short-fiction writer gives    More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 JAY HORTON

Last Season, On The Real World

The deadliest sins of seven strangers who stopped being polite long, long ago.


DVD & TV
Portland, The Real World is over. On Wednesday, June 12, MTV will air the final hour of the Stumptown season, as well as the customary reunion. As you may have seen over the past 11 weeks—thou   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 JAY HORTON

Google (Passion) Play: The Internship Reviewed

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Like its stars stumbling late to maturity, The Internship failed to screen before press deadlines. We probably should have sent an intern, but Jay Horton went instead.
Critic's Grade: B
Whether or not Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson ever seem believable as salesmen, their sheer presence on the big screen effortlessly sells the dopiest of movies. There's a crumbling landmark ...   More
 
Friday, June 7, 2013 by JAY HORTON
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