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AP Film Studies: Odd Future

Predictions for 2014 in Portland’s independent cinemas.

Movie Reviews & Stories
AP Film Studies is not written by a psychic. But it’s still possible for this pre-eminent film scholar to make jarring cinematic predictions about the year to come. To wit: Nerds will complain   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 AP KRYZA

The AP Film Awards

Not another top-10 list.

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AP Film Studies is not immune from the urge to make year-end lists. But rather than churning out another boring-ass top 10, I’m holding an alternate awards ceremony, one that encompasses more    More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Passion of Ron Burgundy: Anchorman 2 reviewed

anchorman 2

Little surprise that the Channel 4 News Team has no respect for WW deadlines—Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues screened after we'd already gone to press.
Critic's Grade: B-
It's been nearly a decade since Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team graced the silver screen, but you'd be forgiven for thinking they never left. Will Ferrell's best character ...   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by AP KRYZA

Saving Mr. Banks

Gag me with a spoonful of sugar.

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Disney movies walk a fine line between warm-and-fuzzy feel-goodery and all-out cheese, but few straddle the line as frustratingly as Saving Mr. Banks. This is, after all, a film that casts Tom Han   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Yippie-Ki-Yay, Father Xmas

Why we need R-rated holiday movies.

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Editor’s Note: This column contains spoilers for It’s a Wonderful Life and Die Hard. If you have not seen these movies, something might be wrong with you. Please correct this travesty.  If   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Now with less dishwashing.

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When last we saw Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his band of dwarves, they were headed to confront a dragon. But along the way, they also took an awful lot of time to do the dishes and sing s   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 AP KRYZA

Out of the Furnace

From Crazy Heart to a crazy Woody Harrelson.

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From the outset, shades of Michael Cimino’s Vietnam drama The Deer Hunter permeate Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace: images of Pennsylvania steel mills, a PTSD-addled young soldier forced int   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Oh, Hi Tommy

10 Years of The Room.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Tommy Wiseau is not a monster. Sure, he resembles Phil Hartman’s Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer and speaks in the kind of scattershot English that Frankenstein’s monster croaked out. But a monste   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Art Of The Sale

Decoding the real meaning of prestige picture ads.

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It’s prestige picture time, that magical time of year for middlebrow film snobs, when the sounds of gigantic robots and Adam Sandler farts fall silent, replaced by gentle string music and Meryl    More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 AP KRYZA

Catching Fire

Odds ever in their favor.

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While other young-adult novel adaptations preoccupy themselves with knockoff magic and chaste vampires, The Hunger Games series instead caters to the “adult” part of the equation. Taking what init   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 AP KRYZA

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