Much Ado About Breakdancing: Pseudo-Allegations Fly in City Council Race

City Council candidate Charles Lewis thinks someone is playing “dirty, dirty, dirty pool.” In the past few weeks, someone filed an anonymous complaint with the IRS about a "Hip-Hop the Vote" fundraiser held last fall for the Lewis campaign and his nonprofit, the Ethos Music Center, and sent copies to media outlets including WW and the Portland Mercury. The complaint, addressed to ...   More
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 COREY PEIN

Superbland: Drillbit Taylor Reviewed

The first sign that Drillbit Taylor was not up to the standards we've come to expect from Judd Apatow productions came when the movie was screened for critics after our press deadline. The other signs were not far behind: Drillbit Taylor The only memorable joke in the entirety of Drillbit Taylor—a limp Judd Apatow-factory comedy about three high-school freshmen so cowed by bullies that ...   More
Friday, March 21, 2008 AARON MESH

Dystopian Mix Tape: Doomsday Reviewed

The new apocalypse flick from Neil Marshall, the director of The Descent, wasn't screened for critics. But that didn't stop AP Kryza: Doomsday Take the basic set-up from any plague-induced apocalypse movie—virus breaks out, city gets quarantined, survivors go wild. But instead of making a horror movie, you throw Snake Plissken into the chaos to kick some ass and find a cure. And instead ...   More
Monday, March 17, 2008

Republican Fifth Columnists Lifted Clinton in Ohio, Texas Primaries

After our Murmur last week about a conservative talk-show host urging Republicans to vote for Hillary in Oregon's May 20 primary comes this news. Apparently the trend is alive on a national level, and it's Clinton that Republicans are choosing for several reasons. With Obama ahead, some seek to draw out the Democratic primary race. Others figure she'll be easier for McCain to beat in November. ...   More
Monday, March 17, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

Green peace rally this Saturday

This Saturday at the South Park Blocks, the PDX Peace Coalition as well as a number of other groups are putting on an anti-war rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the War in Iraq, which began March 20, 2003. The organizers claim that this peace is the first rally to go green, with power generated by bio-diesel and solar polar. The organizers are also encouraging participants to bike to the ...   More
Friday, March 14, 2008 Amanda Waldroupe

Sometimes, I Guess There's Just Not Enough Rocks: Sleepwalking Reviewed

The dour indie drama Sleepwalking was screened for critics last night, less than 24 hours before it opens at Fox Tower—strange timing for a movie that could benefit from any word of mouth. So let's spread the word: Sleepwalking The unlikely-parent movie is a regrettable genre, and Sleepwalking proves that adding generous helpings of blue-collar misery doesn't improve it. Charlize Theron ...   More
Thursday, March 13, 2008 AARON MESH

Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit, Mourns Loss of Jordan Case

A group of around 60 people gathered for a candelight vigil Friday evening to mourn the loss of Jordan Case, a 20-year-old Reynolds High School graduate who was shot to death in 2006 in Tualatin by a Washington County sheriff's deputy while tripping on mushrooms. The event was held at 7 pm at Terry Schrunk Plaza on 3rd and Madison Street. Click here to read Willamette Week's full report on the ...   More
Saturday, April 5, 2008 Lillian Hogan

When I See an Elephant Fall: Demolition Begins on PDX Icon “Packy” Mural

[Packy activist and Voodoo Doughnuts co-owner Tres Shannon protests Packy's demolition at Mercy Corps' new heaquarters.] Demolition began today at the site of Portland-based nonprofit Mercy Corps' new global headquarters in Old Town's Skidmore Fountain Building (28 SW 1st Avenue, just off West Burnside Street). And when contractors Marsh Construction Co. began taking down the upper sections ...   More
Thursday, April 3, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

SEE ME, HEAR ME, PICK ME: Endorsement video of Dems for U.S. Senate (Merkley, Novick, Neville, Loera)

Welcome back to Willy Wonk's Endorsement Factory! Today we have one of the treats you've been waiting for: WW's endorsement interview with the Democrats running to unseat Gordon Smith in the U.S. Senate (Candy Neville, David Loera, a couple of other guys). Here it is: [youtube RnfURvvNSI8] Sorry, a little technical problem there. HERE is our interview with the Dem hopefuls, thanks as always ...   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 Ian Gillingham

88 Minutes of Crap on the Wall: Al Pacino's Latest Reviewed

Chris Stamm reports from a late screening of late Pacino: 88 Minutes Twenty interminable minutes into this wheezing folly, renowned forensic psychiatrist Jack Gramm (Al Pacino in Crayola Peach skin) gets a phone call from the “bad voice”—that familiar pitch-shifted garble of thriller villainy—and learns he has 88 minutes to live. The mangy remainder of the film will ...   More
Friday, April 18, 2008 AARON MESH


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