AP Film Studies: Lucid Dreams

Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams gets the musical treatment.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Music nerds and film geeks are constantly jockeying for the title of most obsessive fan, scrutinizing every note of an album or every frame of a movie. But sometimes, the two factions arrive a   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Divine Conception

Drag legend Divine screws herself into villainy in Female Trouble.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In modern comic-book films, villains are born of strange circumstances. Maybe a crook falls into a vat of acid and emerges a super-criminal. Maybe a mad scientist is blasted with gamma rays, o   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: One Of Us

The real monsters of Freaks.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The 1932 film Freaks (5th Avenue Cinema; 9 pm Friday, Aug. 8; free) is a certified classic. This landmark film assembled a cast of real circus workers—including dwarves, a bearded lady, a ��   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Also Showing 7/23/14

Surfing, Superman and BB guns.


Movie Reviews & Stories
AP Film Studies is currently on a two-week summer vacation, but because Professor Kryza is a jerk, you have homework. Here’s what’s playing in Portland’s repertory theaters this week. Th   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Joanie Got A Gun

Johnny Guitar and the dearth of feminist westerns.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Joan Crawford plays neither a whore nor a sheriff’s wife. Mercedes McCambridge, meanwhile, isn’t a rape victim, bar wench or schoolmarm. ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallThat alone would make Nichola   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: That Darn Cat

The House of the Devil has no need for fake-outs.


Movie Reviews & Stories
If modern mainstream horror has taught us anything, it’s that there’s nothing scarier than an unexpected cat. Or your own reflection in a mirror you didn’t know was there. I’d be willing t   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: The Good, the Bad and the Corny

Clint Eastwood is cinema’s softest badass.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Next month, Clint Eastwood—he who helmed such hard-hitting meditations on masculinity as Unforgiven and Mystic River and became the grizzled face of Hollywood manliness—hits theaters again. With��   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Lizard Brains

The original Godzilla and the death of socially conscious monsters.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Back in the day, our city-crushing, radiation-breathing monsters had a hell of a lot more to say. Somewhere along the way, though, they got too big for their soapboxes. Or just smashed them.    More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: The Zombie Emocalypse

Dead Alive offers a blood-soaked cure to the undead blues.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Author’s Note: For the past three weeks, I have embarked on a vision quest that had nothing to do with the film Vision Quest. After eating the blue cactus, I was led by a well-coiffed puppy into a   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Come Out To Play

The Warriors imagines street gangs as a rainbow United Nations.


Movie Reviews & Stories
If The Warriors were remade today (please don’t let Michael Bay read this), it’s very likely it would become a “gritty” look at gang life in America, punctuated by ham-fisted commentary    More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 AP KRYZA

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