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Gunfire And Brimstone

Gomorrah recognizes the mob for what it is: A quiet scourge.

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Gomorrah begins with an otherworldly image of a man bathed in blue light, and it’s apt that one of the few moments that show us actual mobsters doing actual mob things evokes the notion of an al ...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Andy Davis


The next great war movie is an animated documentary.

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Some of the best films of last year are just now trickling into Portland, and one of them, Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir, is also one of the best films ever made about the experience of war&mda ...   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 Andy Davis

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Klaatu barada nikto whatever.

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Something’s not right when a movie made in the aughts is cheesier than the 1950s movie it’s a remake of, a movie famous for its iconic image of a Jiffy-Pop-style flying saucer settling dow ...   More
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Andy Davis

A Christmas Tale

Home (and hated) for the holidays.

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The Vuillards are getting together for the holidays, which, as per the holiday film genre, creates a terrible nexus of dysfunction, constructed family member by family member, like a malignant Voltron ...   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 Andy Davis

Stop Making Sense

Harmony Korine returns with a strange movie that isn’t quite strange enough.

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If the Harmony Korine-scripted Kids notoriously lacked a moral compass, his first film as a director, Gummo, had no compass at all. It seemed to invent a dizzying new language of cinema, like French N ...   More
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 Andy Davis

Young Whippersnappers

A homemade Indiana Jones movie is exactly as amazing as it sounds.

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Long before Be Kind Rewind sparked a legion of fan films on YouTube, three Mississippi kids crafted what is now known as Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, an amazing homemade replica of their f ...   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 Andy Davis
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