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AP Film Studies: Lizard Brains

The original Godzilla and the death of socially conscious monsters.


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Back in the day, our city-crushing, radiation-breathing monsters had a hell of a lot more to say. Somewhere along the way, though, they got too big for their soapboxes. Or just smashed them.    More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Rise and Fall of Portland’s Boy Mayor

Progressive-era Portland tried to stamp out juvenile delinquency with a child government. In 1914, Hollywood noticed.


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A century ago, Portland faced a terrible scourge. The city’s newsboys were corrupting the city’s moral fiber. These inveterate ruffians, who numbered in the hundreds, were known for gambling   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

As Winter in the Blood

Knocked cold.


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As Winter in the Blood opens, a young Blackfoot Indian named Virgil First Raise (Chaske Spencer) finds himself piss-ass drunk in a ditch, staggering toward a hallucination of his dead father—w   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 KATHRYN PEIFER

AP Film Studies: Gym-Class Hero

Gymkata and the exile of athletes from action flicks.


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There was a time when Earth’s mightiest heroes weren’t pretty-boy actors decked out in capes and tights, reliant on computer effects to show off their powers. But, like Batman after taking the   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 AP KRYZA

Transcendence

There’s a ghost in the machine.


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On the surface, techno thrillers seem like a slam dunk: As technology evolves, so do the potential plot devices for effects-heavy films that pit man against the very stuff designed to benefit hu   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 AP KRYZA

Dom Hemingway

Pretty boy turns petty; preaches with poetry.


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Jude Law is all grown up. In Richard Shepard’s gangster send-up Dom Hemingway, Law has ditched his pretty-boy looks to play a petty criminal with a paunch and “a face like an abortion.” (D   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

AP Film Studies: High and Mighty

The incredibly stupid Heavy Metal is essential 4/20 viewing.


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When the hell did stoner movies get so damn complicated? The best of the recent crop of “let’s get high” films, the Seth Rogen-James Franco opuses Pineapple Express and This Is the End, ar   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Raid 2

Another master class in Indonesian martial arts.


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Poor Rama. The last time we saw the baby-faced Indonesian rookie cop in 2011’s excellent The Raid: Redemption, he had just fought his way up a 15-floor apartment building filled with violent c   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 RUTH BROWN

Under the Skin

ScarJo spins a web for lonely Glaswegians.


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Hell hath no fury like a woman with unlimited access to dingy lairs in Glasgow, Scotland. That’s one lesson to be gleaned from Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, a sci-fi/horror hybrid starri   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

AP Film Studies: The Zombie Emocalypse

Dead Alive offers a blood-soaked cure to the undead blues.


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Author’s Note: For the past three weeks, I have embarked on a vision quest that had nothing to do with the film Vision Quest. After eating the blue cactus, I was led by a well-coiffed puppy into a   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 AP KRYZA
 

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