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AP Film Studies: Almost Factual

Excavating classic-rock history in Almost Famous.

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Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous is a love letter to rock music that blurs fact and fiction. Like most people in the film, Kate Hudson’s character, Penny Lane, is based on a real person: Port   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam screws with the origins of the universe.

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One of few modern auteurs who deserves to be called visionary, Terry Gilliam is at his best when creating sprawling, colorful worlds and then placing the people who populate those worlds into    More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 AP KRYZA


Not, despite its title, a nature documentary.

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Remember that bathroom in Trainspotting? The one with its floor flooded with standing water and a toilet seat smeared with decades of accumulated excrement? A lavatory in the opening scene of    More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: To The Races

Do the Right Thing kicks off a new race talks series.

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If you didn’t know it came out in 1989, you might mistake Do the Right Thing for a present-day response to gentrification, racial tensions and police brutality. The film’s debates over a whi   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

All the lonely people.

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At first, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby was Her and Him—twin films about a young couple’s dissolution as surveyed from separate perspectives, which will be released together next month.   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 JAY HORTON

Squeaky Wheel

Filmmaker Joe Biel on the rise and fall of Critical Mass in Portland.

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Like all great protests, the idea behind Critical Mass was simple. In September 1992, a group of San Franciscans gathered to ride bikes after work. And cyclists kept riding together, in cities aro   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Adrienne So

Love Is Strange

More beautiful than bizarre.

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At one point in Love Is Strange, the film’s central couple, Ben and George, reunite after days of separation. George (Alfred Molina) collapses into his partner’s arms and sobs silently, wh   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 BLAIR STENVICK

Movie Review: Starred Up

Behind bars.

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“Gritty prison drama” is usually a dog whistle for either a tumbledown redemption story or the human equivalent of disaster porn. But the main elements of gritty British prison drama Starred   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Movie Review: The Drop

Dirty work.

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In the voice-over narration that opens The Drop, Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) sounds puerile and winsome, yet strangely precocious. He explains the “drop” process, in which a different New Yor   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

AP Film Studies: Apes Of Wrath

The science and fiction of Every Which Way But Loose.

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Every Which Way But Loose is a bizarre film, even for 1978. It’s about a dude (Clint Eastwood) who cruises around California drinking beer, bar brawling, chasing tail, listening to country m   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 AP KRYZA
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