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AP Film Studies: Perfect Murder

Strangers on a Train may be Hitchcock’s most prescient work.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Of all the classics in Alfred Hitchcock’s repertoire, 1951’s Strangers on a Train (Academy Theater; March 13-19) might be the most enduring.  ILLUSTRATION: Allison KerekWhen you look at   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 AP KRYZA

Bulletproof Crunk: Chappie Reviewed

Chappie

Grade: B-

Anyone expecting Chappie to match the brilliant political allegories of director Neil Blomkamp’s District 9 should know that Chappie is essentially a mashup of Short Circuit, Robocop and assorted direct-to-video action films from the ‘80s.

The film stars Afrikaans rap-rave psychopaths Yo-Landi Visser and Ninja of the group Die An...   More
 
Friday, March 6, 2015 by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Animal Style

Richard Stanley returns to the disastrous Island of Dr. Moreau.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Director Richard Stanley has spent years in the French Pyrenees among the bizarre. His new film, The Otherworld, focuses on a land where folks believe in fairies and aliens, commune with the spi   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Taylor-Made

Liz Taylor’s Portland granddaughter keeps her legacy alive.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Elizabeth Taylor was many things during her life, which was spent mostly under the spotlight and in the public eye. She was perhaps the most famous star of Hollywood’s golden age, netting two    More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: And The Oscar Goes To…

A rundown of the Best Picture nominees still playing in Portland theaters.


Movie Reviews & Stories
This Sunday, Hollywood returns once again for its annual worship of middlebrow cinema, and no matter how much you hate to admit it, you’re watching the Oscars. How else will you know which sto   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Rules of Attraction

Casablanca and the science of love.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s easy to look at a seemingly mismatched couple and scoff, wondering what the hell such a good-looking person would see in a person of less-desirable genetic stock. Throughout the history   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Black Thought

Women dominate the Portland Black Film Fest.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s no secret that cinema is whitewashed. Just look at the lineup of the Portland International Film Fest, which features a whopping two movies from the African continent in a sea of middle   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 AP KRYZA

Bigfoot, Bill Murray and Billy Blanks: This Week's Movie Revivals

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Every week, AP Kryza of AP Film Studies brings you the best revival screenings around town. Most of these theaters serve beer. Plan accordingly. Church of Film</...   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by AP KRYZA

A Most Violent Year: Movie Review

Down and out in New York City.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Calling A Most Violent Year a period piece is like calling a ruby a rock. Yes, the film takes place in 1981 New York, one of the most crime-ridden years in the city’s history. And yes, directo   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: The Passion Of The Spliced

Church of Film worships at the altar of obscure cinema.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In 2013, Matthew Lucas and Leslie Napoles quietly started a film club for a few friends to gather, geek out over lesser-known cinema and sip a little wine. Soon, it became a church that worships   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 AP KRYZA
 

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