AP Film Studies: Odd Future

Predictions for 2014 in Portland’s independent cinemas.


Movie Reviews & Stories
AP Film Studies is not written by a psychic. But it’s still possible for this pre-eminent film scholar to make jarring cinematic predictions about the year to come. To wit: Nerds will complain   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 AP KRYZA

The AP Film Awards

Not another top-10 list.


Movie Reviews & Stories
AP Film Studies is not immune from the urge to make year-end lists. But rather than churning out another boring-ass top 10, I’m holding an alternate awards ceremony, one that encompasses more    More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Art Of The Sale

Decoding the real meaning of prestige picture ads.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s prestige picture time, that magical time of year for middlebrow film snobs, when the sounds of gigantic robots and Adam Sandler farts fall silent, replaced by gentle string music and Meryl    More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Humpin’ It

How to make porn in Portland.


Movie Reviews & Stories
This weekend, The Portland Mercury hosts another round of Hump, the amateur porn festival that makes you pray you won’t see your boss’ schlong. ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallWe wanted to make a film   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Going Native

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival and the local-movie dilemma.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Quick! Name a director from the Pacific Northwest.  You know you’re going to say Gus Van Sant. Even if you hate My Own Private Idaho (hell, I kinda do), his is too often the only name that co   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Shared Nightmares

Here there be dragons—and Nosferatu.


Movie Reviews & Stories
At a party long ago, a bleary-eyed co-worker began talking about dragons. He was drunkenly regurgitating a theory that all humans were evolved from aquatic apes whose main predators were big cat   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Oh, the Horror!

Your body is a spoiler.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Horror fans are perhaps the most rabid moviegoers in the world, and for true believers October is like Christmas. It’s a magical time of year when they can utter a sentence like, “Holy shit,   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Sounds of Silence

Shut up, Hitchcock!


Movie Reviews & Stories
Alfred Hitchcock had a fondness for chatterboxes: In North by Northwest, Cary Grant barely stops quipping long enough to dodge machine-gun fire from a passing crop-duster. Psycho’s Norman Bates,   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Can You Hear Me Now?

Do not silence your cellphone…just this once.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Earlier this month, blogger Alex Billington did something that remains a fantasy for most people who spend a lot of time in movie theaters. Fed up with a moviegoer’s constant texting during a    More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 AP KRYZA

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