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Cheap Eats 2010

Food Reviews & Stories
Boastfully billed as “the most organic restaurant in Portland”—a claim that threatens to become our dithering city’s version of New York’s “famous pizza” plague—Papa G’s is the best place in this blindingly green town for a quick vegan bite. Hot    More
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Fish Tank

Hold me closer, tiny hip-hop dancer.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Truffaut said it was impossible to make an antiwar movie, because trauma is transmuted into pleasure once the screen lights up. Movies about teenagers—even Gus Van Sant’s depressing sketch ...   More
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

The White Ribbon

Wishing you a happy Haneke.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The great German humorist Arthur Schopenhauer once wrote that life is an “episode unprofitably disturbing the blessed calm of nothingness.” Bleak stuff, and not entirely unconvincing, if y ...   More
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Isn’t She Lovely?

Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty isn’t Lovely Hula Hands. And that’s quite all right.

Food Reviews & Stories
As it neared the end of its six-year run as one of Portland’s best restaurants, Lovely Hula Hands coasted to its closing as yet another sentimental favorite with a killer burger and decent cockt ...   More
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Taqueria Los Gorditos

Food Reviews & Stories
Time was when tofu tortas did not exist outside of the Frito-fueled hallucinations of deprived vegans. Enter Los Gorditos. Its mission: allowing vegans to enjoy the slow fade into portliness as much a ...   More
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Blair Witch in an IKEA: Paranormal Activity Reviewed. PLUS: Couples Retreat Dismissed.

The much-buzzed horror movie wasn't screened in Portland, but WW fright expert Chris Stamm braved it this weekend:

Paranormal Activity

In the spirit of found footage horror (see: The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, REC?), a...   More
Monday, October 12, 2009 by CHRIS STAMM

The Burning Plain

We are all connected. And drowsy.

Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s no mean feat for a screenwriter to carve out a trademark style, to somehow assert a distinct personality in cadence or structure. Try naming a writer whose work is instantly recognizable af ...   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

The Brain Eaters

District 9’s aliens aren’t very sharp. The director thinks you aren’t, either.

Movie Reviews & Stories
They didn’t come to make war, but they didn’t necessarily come in peace, either. These beings from beyond didn’t speed through space-time to probe us, or to Hoover our brains for foo ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

The Best of Blomkamp: Why District 9 Might Actually Be Good

The expertly hyped District 9, set to be released on August 14, is combining smart viral marketing with a top-billed "Peter Jackson Presents" tag to put asses ...   More
Sunday, August 2, 2009 by CHRIS STAMM

Summer Hours

See it now. Later you will be dead.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Might as well face it: One day you will die, and those you leave behind will have to figure out what to do with all your shit. Who wants the dusty stack of 7-inches your band couldn’t even give ...   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

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