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Lost In Paradise

Sofia Coppola’s celebrities: They’re just like us, but more depressed!


Screen
Sometimes the drugs stop working. Sex doesn’t thrill. A sitcom laugh track grates more than usual because it refers to jokes that aren’t even half-funny anymore. The vague flicker of light ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Pizza Ultimania

The American dream, with extra cheese.


Food Reviews & Stories
I’m at the Pizza Hut. I’m at the Taco Bell. I’m at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell and Panda Express and Olive Garden and Long John Silver’s. I’m at Pizza Ultiman ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

White Material

Claire Denis blesses the pains down in Africa.


Screen
It takes time to get your bearings in a Claire Denis film. Her movies define themselves leisurely, like a landscape fading up from night to dawn to morning. White Material, the remarkable new movie by ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Heaven Sent

Angel Food and Fun’s cochinita pibil will convert you.


Food Reviews & Stories
It might lack the truly lunatic ring of Portland’s favorite restaurant name, “Husky or Maltese Whatever,” but Angel Food and Fun is a downright silly designation for an establishment ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Greg Graffin Anarchy Evolution

We’re here, it’s weird, get used to it.


Books
On Bad Religion’s seminal 1988 album Suffer, thesaurus-wielding frontman Greg Graffin offered this decidedly straightforward declaration of empiricist independence: “Hey, I don’t kno ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Allah Rock

Punk on film. Punk in books. Punk in Pakistan.


Headout Picks
“When research for this book began,” writes Zack Carlson in Destroy All Movies!!!, a brain-splittingly comprehensive guide to every single appearance of a punk rocker on film, “it w ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Tokyo Drifter asdasd

Enter The Void throws open the doors of perception, dude.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Imagine you are not reading these words. Imagine these words flickering and then fading into non-being before your eyes. Imagine these disappearing words conveying you into my head. You are no longer ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Conviction

No objections. I’ll allow it.


Movie Reviews & Stories
There’s a heavily trafficked shortcut to critical “seriousness” that goes something like this: Steven Spielberg is a “manipulative” director who does a disservice to the ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Nostrana: Restaurant Guide 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Lunch 11:30 am-2 pm Monday-Friday, dinner 5-10 pm Sunday-Thursday and 5-11 pm Friday-Saturday. $$ Moderate.   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Beast: Restaurant Guide 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Dinner at 6 and 8:45 pm Wednesday-Saturday, brunch at 10 am and noon Sunday. The clamorous conversation about Beast seems to have intensified this year: Newsweek, Iron Chef America, O magazine and pissed-off animal-rights activists (they’re not huge fans of foie gras) have all stuck their snouts into chef Naomi Pomeroy’s tiny dining room to scope the fuss.   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 CHRIS STAMM
 

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