AP Film Studies: Crazy in Love

The romantic lunacy of Wild at Heart.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Love makes people crazy. Just ask Beyoncé. Yet few films capture the complete insanity that occurs the instant that attraction becomes infatuation and then utter, unrelenting, batshit adoration   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Hair of the Dogstar

How Keanu Reeves’ hair predicts the future of his onscreen libido.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Keanu Reeves has spent three decades starring in some of the era’s most iconic movies without being remotely good at acting. The dude seems to have a sixth sense for choosing roles that change   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Back To Black

The Portland Black Film Festival loosens up.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The Portland International Film Festival is a thing of wonder, but it seems this year to have forgotten something: black film. While we might get a pleasant surprise when that French film Cycling    More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Run Run and Hide

The Shaw Brothers’ legacy and the Portland connection.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Without Run Run Shaw, the Wu Tang Clan might have been something to fuck with. Entering The Matrix would have been boring. Bill almost certainly wouldn’t have been killed—at least not with the   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Log Jam

Twin Peaks gets an alternate reality.


Movie Reviews & Stories
What the hell happened to the Log Lady? ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallFor two decades, fans of Twin Peaks have struggled with abandonment, forced to live in a world where we know not the fate of the b   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 AP KRYZA

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

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