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AP Film Studies: Robopocalypse

Johnny 5 and the Hollywood Theatre could destroy us all.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Ninety-nine percent of the time, I’d be 100 percent behind a screening of Short Circuit (Hollywood Theatre; 7 pm Monday, June 30). It’s a lost gem of Oregon cinema: an Astoria-set, whimsical tal   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Starlit Swayze

Your best bets for outdoor movies.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Summer offers a lousy conundrum for film fans: Do you stay in the dark and air-conditioned multiplex and watch stuff explode? Or do you go outside and, you know, do normal summer things? ILLUS   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 AP KRYZA

Back to School: 22 Jump Street Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: B+In addition to being one of the most surprisingly funny comedies in recent memory, 2012’s 21 Jump Street was one of the most self-aware movies to come along in some time, a film that openly mocked the fact that it was a retread of a long-forgotten, cornball ‘80s cop show. Unlike, say, the Starsky and Hutch reboot—which simply relied on ‘70s wigs and h...   More
 
Friday, June 13, 2014 by AP KRYZA

Aftermath

Ghosts of the past.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath, playing as part of the NW Film Center’s 22nd annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, tracks the tension between two brothers in rural Poland. After their fath   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Pussy Riot

Coming out to play at the Internet Cat Video Fest.


Movie Reviews & Stories
I’m not a cat person. At all. The notion of loving cats was obliterated early in my life, by a brother who brainwashed me into memorizing the soundtrack to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, and by   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Never Say Die

The Goonies ‘r’ good enough.


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Until the machines rise and hail him as a pioneer in the field of sentient military robotics, Short Circuit’s Johnny Five will never get a statue in downtown Astoria. ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallAnd d   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Brat Pack

Future films of Sofia Coppola.


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Sofia Coppola is her generation’s primary chronicler of the spoils of being spoiled. From The Virgin Suicides to Lost in Translation to The Bling Ring, her films center on rich and entitled people   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 AP KRYZA

Mutant Muppets—X-Men: Days of Future Past Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: A-X-Men: Days of Future Past is kind of like a Muppet movie, only instead of putting on a show and celebrating weirdness, its characters spend a lot of their time beating the shit out of each other and making things explode. Still, the film’s fundamentals are very similar to The Muppet Movie and The Muppets, because at its core are a bunch of weirdos�...   More
 
Friday, May 23, 2014 by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Joanie Got A Gun

Johnny Guitar and the dearth of feminist westerns.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Joan Crawford plays neither a whore nor a sheriff’s wife. Mercedes McCambridge, meanwhile, isn’t a rape victim, bar wench or schoolmarm. ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallThat alone would make Nichola   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 AP KRYZA

Return of the King: Godzilla Reviewed

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Godzilla took his (her? its?) sweet time marauding from San Francisco to Portland.
Critic's Grade: B
Godzilla has risen from a 16-year slumber, and he’s super pissed. You would be too if your more recent Hollywood incarnation had robbed you of your atomic breath, made you listen to Puff Daddy say “uh” incessantly over your favorite Led Zeppelin song, thrown most of your deca...   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 by AP KRYZA
 

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