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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

World's Greatest Parents

Away We Go is a heartburning work of staggering solipsism.

Movie Reviews & Stories
On Jan. 22 of this year, in an all-caps blog burst of audacious self-pity, Kanye West accidentally defined a cultural epoch. “WHY,” he asked, “WON’T YOU LET ME BE GREAT!!!&rdqu ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

Goodbye Solo

Night Cabbie returns! Or somebody like him.

Movie Reviews & Stories
There are two movies running side by side in Goodbye Solo. One of them, which is predictable enough to set my watch by, is about the unlikely friendship (read: one guy’s African, one’s Ame ...   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

Bruce Conner: In Memoriam

He inspired YouTube. But you can’t find him there.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The revelatory experience of first encountering Bruce Conner’s films produces that same “holy shit” mind shock you felt when you discovered the Ramones or the Stooges or Borges or Bu ...   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

Fast Time At Prison Maze

The transfixing Hunger explores the toll of war on a solitary body.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Before Hunger started collecting awards last year, director Steve McQueen’s best-known work was the 1997 short video Deadpan, which restages the famous “falling house” gag from Buste ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 CHRIS STAMM
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