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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

AP Film Studies: Know Jack

A goddamn marvel of modern science.

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Since September, gossip has circulated that Jack Nicholson has retired from acting due to an inability to remember lines. The rumor’s veracity has been debated, but it did inspire the Hollywoo   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Humpin’ It

How to make porn in Portland.

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This weekend, The Portland Mercury hosts another round of Hump, the amateur porn festival that makes you pray you won’t see your boss’ schlong. ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallWe wanted to make a film   More
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Going Native

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival and the local-movie dilemma.

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Quick! Name a director from the Pacific Northwest.  You know you’re going to say Gus Van Sant. Even if you hate My Own Private Idaho (hell, I kinda do), his is too often the only name that co   More
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Shared Nightmares

Here there be dragons—and Nosferatu.

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At a party long ago, a bleary-eyed co-worker began talking about dragons. He was drunkenly regurgitating a theory that all humans were evolved from aquatic apes whose main predators were big cat   More
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Rip-Off Artists

Heed Turkish Rambo’s battle cry.

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Your favorite movie is a rip-off. Or maybe it’s an homage. Or a reimagining. But, really, it’s a rip-off. And that’s OK.  ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallSome of our greatest cinematic treasu   More
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AP KRYZA

Stale Pig's Blood: Carrie reviewed


The third cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie screened after WW press deadlines. AP Kryza thinks it could have used even more time in the cooker.
Grade: C-
Kimberly Peirce's new take on Stephen King's seminal high-school tale Carrie is gorgeously shot, capably acted and appropriately gruesome—all essential elements in an effective retelling o...   More
Thursday, October 17, 2013 by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Oh, the Horror!

Your body is a spoiler.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Horror fans are perhaps the most rabid moviegoers in the world, and for true believers October is like Christmas. It’s a magical time of year when they can utter a sentence like, “Holy shit,   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AP KRYZA

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