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Friday, August 8, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

CineMagic Discovers an Exciting New Way to Promote Batman

Earlier this month, I stood in line under the bright marquee of Hawthorne's CineMagic to catch a midnight screening of The Dark Knight. If only I'd known where that marquee had been. Major props to my colleague Shawn Levy, who discovered this photograph of CineMagic employees switching signs from Hancock to The Dark Knight, and forwarded it along to Hollywood Elsewhere uber-blogger Jeffrey Wells. ...   More
Thursday, July 31, 2008 AARON MESH

Blogtag: Red Bull Flugtag Preview

It's been four years since Red Bull Flugtag took over Portland's Waterfront Park, attracting more than 50,000 people to watch teams of everyday people "fly" their homemade flying machines off a platform and take a 30-foot plunge into the Willamette River (if you're unfamiliar with the concept, watch one of the videos below and see what I mean). This Saturday, the madness will start anew with Red ...   More
Thursday, July 31, 2008 WHITNEY HAWKE

Oregon Brewers Fest turns 21, lushes share birthday horrors

Some birthdays are undeniable milestones, rites-of-passage that bring back the fondest memories. • Leaving childhood by the wayside and entering adolescence at 13. Sorry, mommy, baby's gotta grow up. • Turning Sweet 16 and taking to the streets. Sorry, mommy, but the car insurance is going to go up. • Turning 18 and gaining the right to vote, a right that our forefathers died ...   More
Monday, July 28, 2008

Expose Yourself: Mortified Taking Submissions for PDX Show!

"The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free" —Oprah Winfrey As always, Oprah is right. Everywhere you look, people are hiding the truth. Why? Because they're scared, and they should be. What they're hiding are embarrassing experiences of pissing themselves in public, getting shot down by a college crush, and short ...   More
Thursday, July 17, 2008 WHITNEY HAWKE

Hell Yes: Hellboy II: The Golden Army Reviewed

It wasn't screened by WW press deadlines. Maybe it just kicked too much ass. Hellboy II: The Golden Army Hellboy—a demon from hell discovered as a baby during WWII who grew up to become a paranormal investigator with a rock-hard arm for justice—is an unlikely hero. He's also an unlikely movie star, played to perfection by an unlikely leading man (Ron Perlman) in a satisfying ...   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

TBA DIARIES: Zidane and I-Be Area Reviewed

Chris Stamm reviews two of the arty, arty movies showing at the Whitsell Auditorium for two weeks as a part of Time-Based Art: Aesthetically disparate as they may be, Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait and I-Be Area—the two most prominent films screening during TBA: 08—are each bothered by the same question: what does it mean to be human in our fractured digital age? The former, directed ...   More
Friday, September 5, 2008 AARON MESH

Oregon State Fair, too big to miss? Maybe the pig's balls.

I've lived in the Portland now for two months, and I'll be honest, I love the place. I love the music, I love the beer and I love the people that keep it weird. Sometimes folks from back in Minnesota ask me if I'm getting homesick at all and the response is pretty simple: No. Occasionally at night I'll miss my friends and family, but it's been a beautiful summer and, despite what I've heard about the ...   More
Tuesday, September 2, 2008 Matt Graham

Hard Currency: Revisionist History as told by $1 Coins

By now you've heard that Portland has been chosen by the US Mint as one of four cities in which it will pilot efforts to encourage use of the new $1 coins. But before you start flag-waving, consider the coins themselves. Forget, for a moment, the “In God We Trust” inscription—that age-old offense against the separation of Church and State. Instead, let's focus on the concepts ...   More
Thursday, August 28, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Mimimum Overdrive: Death Race Reviewed

Death Race In 1975's Roger Corman-produced ultraviolent camp favorite Death Race 2000, racers David Carradine and a porn-era Sly Stallone raced ridiculously souped-up cars through a dystopian wasteland. In the film, Death Race is the most popular sport in the world. The racers get points for killing each other and mowing down pedestrians. Bystanders are turned to goo by fast cars while caretakers ...   More
Monday, August 25, 2008


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