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AP Film Studies: Made In Japan

From samurai to Star Wars.


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Clint Eastwood may the most gnarled paragon of American grit and masculinity—a tobacco-spitting, Chrysler-shilling, gun-blasting, chicks-half-his-age-banging beast carved of granite and sinew�   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Can You Hear Me Now?

Do not silence your cellphone…just this once.


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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

Byzantium

Interview With the Vampire on estrogen.


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Clara is all sex and fangs. The 200-year-old strumpet and grifter has just beheaded a man and is on the run again, and she nearly pops out of her cheap corset and snakeskin pants trying to distanc   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 KELLY CLARKE

Don Jon

A lout learns to love.


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s debut as a triple threat—writer, director and star, a la Clint Eastwood—is appropriately festooned with the time-honored totems of macho masculinity. We’ve got carto   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

AP Film Studies: Decadent and Depraved

The Grindhouse Trailer Spectacular is back, and it’s glorious.


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Welcome to AP Film Studies. Each week, longtime WW contributor and human movie database Kryza dives deep into Portland’s showcases of revival, cult, retrospective and bizarro cinema to highlight   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 AP KRYZA

Storm Surfers 3D

Hang Ten


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At its heart, surfing is an intensely cinematic sport—the dozens of films, from Step Into Liquid to Point Break, must outnumber all golf and hockey movies put together—but it’s not an inhere   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 JAY HORTON

Prisoners

Suffer the little children.


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Like Clint Eastwood’s sadistically bleak Mystic River, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners presents its protagonists with an unimaginable horror: the abduction of their young daughters. As Pennsylvan   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Victors’ History

The Act of Killing is a vitally important film. It may also make you hurl.


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The most horrifying movie scene you will watch this year begins with a giant waterfall cascading into a lush green gorge. A Muzak cover of “Born Free” plays as smiling young women in matching    More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 RUTH BROWN

A Trouble Shared


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“De-escalate my asshole, you dumb fuckers!” yells the writhing boy as his youthful captors wrap him in their arms, attempting to console him. It’s a moment that’s brutal, strangely beautif   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Stalking a Stalker

A crummy 12 hours spent in front of some phony’s house.


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Around my fourth hour of staring at a nondescript ranch house in the foothills of Mount Tabor, my mind begins to wander. My laptop picks up an errant Wi-Fi signal from one of the neighborhood’s    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 PETE COTTELL
 

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