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Gonzo But Not Forgotten: The Rum Diary Reviewed

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Johnny Depp went gonzo again, but not by WW press deadlines. We have a belated review. (In good Hunter S. Thompson fashion, it was turned in on time by an intrepid reporter, but to a lazy editor who posted it four days late.)

The Rum Diary

WW Critic's Score: 62
Long before Raoul Duke descended on Vegas, before conquering the Kentucky Derby, prior to riding with the...   More
 
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 by AP KRYZA

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Raise your fist, my broder.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Most of us see the world through American eyes, contextualizing modern political struggles through selective memories. Whether consuming news from Libya, Iran or Occupied Portland, it’s impossibl   More
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 AP KRYZA

Brew Views: The Shining

Things could be better, Lloyd.


Brew Views
Twin girls hacked to pieces. Torrents of blood spilling from an elevator. Shelley Duvall. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is full of creepy imagery. But it’s the film’s family dynamic that’s the   More
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 AP KRYZA

Brew Views: Zombie

My Dinner With Lucio


Brew Views
Horror is driven by imitation, and there was no better rip-off artist than Lucio Fulci. The Italian schlock-shock maestro built a career nibbling from other, better movies. But perennial favorite Zo   More
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 AP KRYZA

Overkill 'Em All: Straw Dogs Reviewed

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This remake of the Sam Peckinpah rape-and-rage thriller was not screened for critics by press deadlines.

Straw Dogs

WW Critic's Score: 46

“That would be some kind of overkill,” says skinny blonde actress Amy Sumner (Kate Bosworth) as her dweeby screenwriter husband David (James Marsden) finds an old bear trap and asks whether her father used it to kill deer. They’ve ju...   More
 
Friday, September 16, 2011 by AP KRYZA

It's a Riot!

In Attack the Block, London gang violence goes extraterrestrial.


Movie Reviews & Stories
This year, aliens have transformed into expensive cars, battled cowboys, taken bong rips, laid waste to Chicago and L.A., donned magic rings, attacked astronauts, kidnapped our mothers and written    More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 AP KRYZA

The Interrupters

Stopping gang violence, one banger at a time.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Chicago epidemiologist Gary Slutkin likens societal violence to bubonic plague in its capacity to spread uncontrollably through a cycle of retribution and domination. His urban organization, CeaseF   More
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 AP KRYZA

Game of Moans: Conan the Barbarian Reviewed

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The Conan remake wasn't screened for press by WW print deadlines, so we bought ourselves a ticket and suffered manfully. Conan the BarbarianWW Critic's Score: 18 It is absolutely inevitable that almost every Arnold Schwarzenegger action film is going to be remade, and probably in the very near future. Which is fine. Essentially, they’ve all been remade 1,000 times, though und...   More
 
Monday, August 22, 2011 by AP KRYZA

Reggie Watts (Helium Comedy Club)

The art of eccentric improv.


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Reggie Watts has no idea what he’ll say when he takes the stage at Helium Comedy Club this weekend. In fact, he won’t until the moment he actually grabs his mics—one plugged into the speaker,    More
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 AP KRYZA

The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle (Bag&Baggage)

Into the Bard’s velvet goldmine.


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Some Shakespearean purists scoff when modern scholars mess with their beloved Bard. They turn pointed noses skyward at deleted lines, and sigh dramatically at contemporary adaptations’ tendencies   More
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 AP KRYZA
 

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