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Trailer of the Week: Bratz

Before I even watched this thing, I had questions: "Bratz"? Isn't that some line of dolls? They made a movie based on a line of dolls? I guess with Transformers (A MICHAEL BAY FILM) on the way, another toy spin-off shouldn't be surprising. Puncturing my blissful ignorance of today's youth culture, I then asked: what makes Bratz so popular as to warrant the Hollywood treat...   More
Thursday, June 21, 2007 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Gus Goes Furthur

Come along on our Magical History Tour:

1964: University of Oregon graduate Ken Kesey organizes a psychedelic cross-country journey to the New York World's Fair via bus

1967: Tom Wolfe publishes The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, about the (road) trip

1993: Gus van Sant casts Kesey in his film Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

2002:...   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Transformers

Michael Bay, the man who so tastefully turned ecstasy-stuffed human corpses into road kill in Bad Boys II, finally finds a property perfectly suited to his misanthropic lust for mechanical mayhem: those plastic playthings that are apparently more than meets the eye. Maybe executive producer Steven Spielberg demanded human actors, because I'm sure Bay was more than satisfied with a truck th...   More
Friday, June 8, 2007 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Kremlins 2: The New Batch

Putin on the ritzy effects in a vampiric Russia.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Ridiculous as the Russian fantasy sequel Day Watch is, it will make even less sense to those who missed its predecessor, Night Watch. Not that anything here is designed to be remembered: As it follows ...   More
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Bring Out Your Dead

OMSI explores Body Worlds 3.

Featured Stories
This Thursday, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is finally bringing us a summer blockbuster that should live up to the hype: Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Re ...   More
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Paging Dr. Regal

Here's a snippet of a press release from Regal Entertainment Group, by far Portland's biggest movie theater operator :

"Regal Entertainment Group theatres participating in the Guest Response System invite selected patrons to carry a paging device with them into the auditorium. One patron may participate for each of the theatre's auditoriums and for each movie showtime. The Guest Re...   More
Tuesday, June 5, 2007 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: September Dawn

The poor narrator must be running out of breath reciting the endless stream of sound bites (helpfully repeated in text). His unenviable and futile goal here is to explain why we should care about the 1857 massacre of innocent colonists by Mormons, without actually using the word "Mormon." Apparently, the bes...   More
Friday, June 1, 2007 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

Trailer of the Week: Live Free or Die Hard

Ah, the humble movie trailer. That charmingly formulaic marketing gambit that inspires such varied responses as, "We've gotta see that!" and, "Well, that looks awful!" Here at Trailer of the Week, we hope to foster a more sensitive consideration of the studios' intentions, asking such questions as, "W...   More
Friday, May 25, 2007 by ALISTAIR ROCKOFF
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