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AP Film Studies: Acid-dropping nuns, Prince and dirt bikes

AP Film Studies’ summer break continues, but once again there is homework. Please study these films, and when we return there will be a discussion of the Spielbergian implications of twee ja   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 AP KRYZA

Michigan Coney Island Hot Dogs: Because Brooklyn's Got Nothing to Do With It

The 50 Plates tour continues with the Coney Island heart attack at Nick's and Roake's


Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it. We're traveling to 50 Portland restaurants to try one distinctive food from each s...   More
Sunday, July 27, 2014 by AP KRYZA

Mind Warped: Lucy Reviewed


Critic's Grade: B Enjoying the gonzo action yarn Lucy hinges on your ability to accept the film’s central premise: That human beings are only able to use 10 percent of the brain’s capacity, and that unlocking the remaining power of the mind could mean unleashing tremendous power.  That, of course, is bullshit, a scientific myth often falsely attributed to Einstein that h...   More
Thursday, July 24, 2014 by AP KRYZA

A Most Wanted Man

The spy who bored me.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Had it been released a year ago, nobody would have taken notice of A Most Wanted Man, a gratingly bland espionage thriller set in post-9/11 Hamburg. But director Anton Corbijn’s thriller happens   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Also Showing 7/23/14

Surfing, Superman and BB guns.

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AP Film Studies is currently on a two-week summer vacation, but because Professor Kryza is a jerk, you have homework. Here’s what’s playing in Portland’s repertory theaters this week. Th   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Hickey Theater

The NW Film Center brings drive-in nostalgia to Portland.

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The drive-in movie theater is a magical place from a bygone era. It’s where Dottie planned the ultimate seduction of Pee-wee. It’s where teenagers get lucky in their parents’ minivans. It   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AP KRYZA

Monkey Business: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Reviewed


Critic's Grade: B+
At one point in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a chimp rides through a fiery war zone on horseback, a machine in each hand. Eventually, he jumps on a tank, throttles the driver and takes control.  As awesome as that sounds—and it’s pretty fucking awesome—it also makes it sound patently absurd to declare Dawn of the Planet of the Apes perhap...   More
Thursday, July 10, 2014 by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Swayze Says

The Tao of Point Break and Road House.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Patrick Swayze may have gone to that big bar fight in the sky, but his wisdom remains. For he, friends, is like the wind. ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallThis weekend, Cartopia—another legendary entit   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer is a brutal, thought-provoking ride.

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In the past 15 years, South Korea has experienced the most staggering cinematic renaissance since Easy Rider and Midnight Cowboy ushered in independent American filmmaking. The current wave riffs on   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Stage To Screen

The resurrection of the band movie.

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When they were young and their hearts were open books, the besuited Beatles made the band movie to which all other band movies would forever be compared. That was A Hard Day’s Night (Kiggins The   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 AP KRYZA

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