Pole Position

Showgirls is the best film about female strippers ever made.

Movie Reviews & Stories
If you think this is one of those clickbaity, contrarian stories in which I argue the virtues of trash-cinema favorite Showgirls, you’re wrong. Showgirls—showing Saturday at the Hollywood in much-   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 AP KRYZA

Blood on Our Hands

In Wes Craven’s canon, humanity is the most horrifying.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Like the best horror maestros, Wes Craven didn’t revolutionize the genre. But he refined it masterfully.  Slasher films existed long before Craven molded them into a self-aware, winking genre   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 AP KRYZA

Shadowy Stumptown

Two film noir series put a dark stamp on Portland moviegoing.

Fall Arts
Femmes fatales. Emotionally calloused tough guys. Dark, rain-drenched alleyways where shady politicians and criminals meet as equals. Seedy bars where stiff drinks alter honest men’s judgment, initi   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 AP KRYZA

Bat Country

Fear and Loathing’s double-edged impact is decadent and depraved.

Movie Reviews & Stories
It was somewhere around the fall of 1998 when Hunter S. Thompson became a go-to Halloween costume.  The great gonzo journalist was no longer prolific, but his impact endured thanks to Fear and    More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 AP KRYZA

This Is Not PIFF

Portland Film Festival strives to make PDX the new Sundance.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Portland needed a Sundance—an arthouse festival for cinephiles—according to Portland Film Festival creator Josh Leake. Because never mind the Portland International Film Festival, the Oregon Film    More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Criminal Arts

Local filmmakers rally for their bank-robbing brother.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Experimental filmmaker Joe Gibbons has always been an iconoclast, a man whose filmic persona and real personality were often blurred. Even his friends had a hard time telling which parts of his life   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 AP KRYZA

Cage Match

Face/Off is even weirder than you remember.

Movie Reviews & Stories
In 1997, Hong Kong action auteur John Woo unleashed his third, and best, American offering, Face/Off (Laurelhurst Theater, Aug. 21-27). The blockbuster combined the director’s signature style—doub   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 AP KRYZA

The Mighty Masked

CineLuchaFest unleashes the wide world of Mexploitation madness.

Movie Reviews & Stories
American superheroes deal with quite a lot. The Avengers had to put aside their egos to save humanity from an army of sentient robots. Batman had to balance his thirst for vengeance with his moral cod   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 AP KRYZA

The Kids Aren’t Alright

Harry Potter is fine at 35. These kids aren’t.

Movie Reviews & Stories
J.K. Rowling’s cash cow, Harry Potter, turns 35 this week, sparking a series of celebrations around the world in which fans use the fictional birthday of a fictional wizard as a very real excuse to    More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Father’s Day Of Reckoning

What the movies have taught me about fatherhood.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Three months ago, my movie-viewing outlook changed dramatically. That happens when you become a first-time dad. Suddenly, with the birth of James Bodhi Thornhill Humungous Kryza, I find myself m   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 AP KRYZA


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