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The Oath

Just a smooth-talkin’ jihadist from Yemen.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Laura Poitras intended to make a film about Guantanamo Bay. She had a tidy narrative in mind: Innocent man is detained, innocent man is released, innocent man returns home. It is not difficult to imag ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Barely bigger than a band’s practice space, and just as piercingly loud, Secret Society expertly balances chaos and romance. In fact, it makes a convincing argument that the two are synonymous. It’s a candlelit cacophony in here—the stranger at the table next to you would need a hi   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
With illuminated PBR signs posing as art, a bottle-cap mosaic tabletop and a misguided allegiance to the goddamn Green Bay Packers, Saraveza is like the coolest Midwestern dorm room ever. The only problem is that Portland lacks a soul-crushing winter freeze to justify the heft Saraveza will donate t   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
This is what drinking in Boston must be like: a Catholic church across the street promising future forgiveness for tipsy transgressions, and a nearby daycare center cautioning against making a huge tiny mistake. Nepo 42 itself is catholic in the secular sense, with a take-all-comers hodgepodge of cr   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
You ever have a friend who pulled off every cool “lifestyle choice” with infuriating ease, making you feel dumb and ugly in the process? No? Well, the Bye and Bye will be that friend—easy to resent, impossible to resist. Give in already. The tattooed boys behind the bar are cute, t   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
It’s no wonder local author Patrick deWitt (Ablutions) came here to work on his next novel, a Western about frequently blotto brothers shooting their way to gold-crazy California. The clientele ain’t exactly the spur-clanking kind, but the mounted horns decorating the walls of this conve   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

The Exploding Girl

Your heart will burst. You’ll get over it.


Movie Reviews & Stories
You were a liberal arts major. You fell in love with a girl you barely knew. She had big, lachrymose eyes that were slightly sleepy from late nights with Foucault (or so you imagined). When you made h ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Don’t shit where you eat.


Movie Reviews & Stories
George A. Romero, one of the least subtle filmmakers of our time, once derided “torture porn” for “lacking metaphor,” which is tantamount to beating your dog for failing at cal ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Freddy Krueger Lives: A Nightmare on Elm Street Reviewed


New Line Cinema held off screenings of A Nightmare on Elm Street until yesterday, after press deadlines. But we've been up all night thinking about it.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Thursday, April 29, 2010 by CHRIS STAMM

Among Wolves

Red Riding is A Yorkshire blood pudding, five hours thick.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The outrageously grim Red Riding trilogy is, on its surface, a turbid crime epic of noirish involution and whodunit suspense, but look at that sinisterly clipped title again, for it betrays the basic ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 CHRIS STAMM
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