Memo From a Cone-head: My Saturday Night Was Not Comcastic

Please. Somebody at Comcast Sports read this post. Yesterday, in the spirit of insane Ducks fans, I went into what is known as the "cone of silence" for Oregon's 7 pm kickoff against Arizona State, which was on radio but not on live TV. For those in the world of the sane, let me translate the "cone." The cone is when a fan walls himself or herself off from all news of the ...   More
Sunday, October 26, 2008 HANK STERN

DENIED! Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Martinez v. Kulongoski

Can the news get much worse for gays? With the knowledge that several states—Arizona, Florida and California—all voted down gay marriage, I've just got word from our attorneys in the court case my partner and I have been involved in with for the last few years that has been winding it way through the court—Martinez v. Kulongoski—has been denied by the Oregon State Supreme ...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2008 Byron Beck

UPDATED--Screw Market Share: Whole Foods subpoenas New Seasons' financial and marketing records.

UPDATED TUESDAY, DEC. 2: Whole Foods just emailed me to respond to this post. The gist? Company media relations rep Libba Letton contends that the New Seasons subpoena, one of 96 subpoenas of third parties by Whole Foods, is totally NOT about eyeballing competitors info. It's about building a case against the FTC... Scroll down to read their full missive. ORIGINAL MONDAY, DEC. 1 POST: What ...   More
Monday, December 1, 2008 KELLY CLARKE

So That's What "Punched In The Face" Means

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Thursday, December 4, 2008 HANK STERN

Thank You, Grandpa Racist!: Gran Torino Reviewed

The latest (and last?) movie to ever match Clint Eastwood and a handgun screened after WW press deadlines, much to our dismay. The movie's a pleasure, though: Gran Torino I knew I was going to like Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino from the moment the director's character, Walt Kowalski, points a shotgun at a posse of Hmong gangbangers and snarls, without any irony, “Get off my lawn.” ...   More
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 AARON MESH

Trailer of the Week: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

With the 32nd annual Portland International Film Festival starting next month at the Northwest Film Center, there will be plenty of opportunities to show you trailers for films that may actually be good. And since last week I brought you Hindi kung-fu, it seems only appropriate to follow up this week with a related cinematic phenomenon: whitey kung-fu. You'll be delighted to learn that Street Fighter: ...   More
Saturday, January 24, 2009 ALISTAIR ROCKOFF

The "Happiness" Index: Oregon Isn't

[youtube r5uaB5MDe_8&] Another day, another survey. And sorry to risk ruining this sunny April day, but this analysis channeling household income, debt, employment and foreclosures puts Oregon so dead last among the 50 states that we're 51st (the survey includes Washington DC). One cautionary note from my own brief experience driving through Nebraska in the winter: There's no way those folks ...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 HANK STERN

There Are No Winners in a Trailer War

You can read plenty of words from me previewing the glory of the Cinemapocalypse vs. Grindhouse Trailer War waged last night at the Hollywood Theatre. But the event, which lived up to my grungiest expectations, deserves fresh perspectives. The reviews are in from the WW critics squad that joined me at the event, and they are glowing: "An uncompromising explosion of total vengeance!" – ...   More
Thursday, April 23, 2009 AARON MESH

Love and Death: PDX Zombie Prom 2009

Apparently, there was no more room in hell. Saturday, Hades barfed hundreds upon hundreds of lost souls into the Bossanova Ballroom for the second-annual PDX Zombie Prom. The theme, "Enchantment Under the Dead Sea," meant a considerable helping of drowned souls walking the scene, bloated and with starfish sticking out of their faces. Hell, Spongebob Squarepants even made an appearance ...   More
Tuesday, May 19, 2009


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