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Driven: The Films of Nicolas Winding Refn

Goddamn: The Pusher!

Movie Reviews & Stories
Nicolas Winding Refn populates his world with scum: The neon-drenched, narrow corridors of his best-known works, Drive and Bronson, seethe with junkies, pushers, pimps, killers, convicts and sociopa   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 AP KRYZA

Shakespeare’s R&J (Bag&Baggage)

Four schoolboys, each alike in puberty.

There is an inherent obstacle in producing Romeo and Juliet. It’s not the language, which translates beautifully. It’s not the characters, who remain strong even in the most Luhrmannesque ad   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 AP KRYZA

Oh, The Places We’ve Been!

Mapping the terrain of a land called PIFF.

Movie Reviews & Stories
No festival is an island. They’re regional importers, which is why the Portland International Film Festival shares so many titles with its sisters in Seattle, San Francisco and the Film Society    More

Brew Views: Battle Royale

Hungry eyes.

Brew Views
Next month’s The Hunger Games surely won’t open with Jennifer Lawrence’s head exploding, what with its Twihard demographic. But Suzanne Collins’ series owes a tremendous debt to Kinji Fu   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 AP KRYZA

Primer: Dr. Dog

Music Stories
Formed: In Philadelphia, 1999.  Sounds like: Listening to a hardcore pop-history geek’s iPod on random after smoking a blunt. For fans of: My Morning Jacket’s more psychedelic side, Langh   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 AP KRYZA

Cash Crop

Oregonians seek fun and fortune in the marijuana fields of Mendocino County.

News Stories
Big Head Buck’s story is a familiar one in this economy: A 27-year-old special-education teacher for Portland Public Schools, Buck—who declined to give his real name and provided his own alias   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 AP KRYZA

Brew Views: Silent Night, Deadly Night

Bowl full of jelly.

Brew Views
There are some cinematic memories that warm our hearts every Christmas, bringing cheer with each viewing. Little Virginia finding out that indeed, there is a Santa Claus. George Bailey realizing    More
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 AP KRYZA

Gift Guide 2011: Fremont

Gift Guide
ReRun 707 NE Fremont St., 517-3786, portlandrerun.com.Neighborhood consignment shop ReRun is the coolest garage and yard sale around. Outside, a sea of used furniture—both immaculate and questi   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 AP KRYZA

Schlock Local

David Walker pays tribute to Tom Shaw and other bad PDX filmmakers.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Our cinemas are being overrun with garbage, and it’s glorious. Portland’s hunger for all things trashy has hit a nexus, flooding cinemas with amateurish depravity. Hollywood Theatre programm   More
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 AP KRYZA

Poogy Nights

Our own Statler and Waldorf debate The Muppets.

Movie Reviews & Stories
With The Muppets opening today to introduce a new generation to lonely monsters and wisecracking bears, WW called in its resident plushies to unstuff it.Aaron: So the new Muppet thing turns out to be    More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 AP KRYZA, AARON MESH

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