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AP Film Studies: Back To Black

The Portland Black Film Festival loosens up.


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The Portland International Film Festival is a thing of wonder, but it seems this year to have forgotten something: black film. While we might get a pleasant surprise when that French film Cycling    More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Santa’s Last Stand

Papa Noël and his cronies take over the Clinton Street.


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Despite what your neighbors who refuse to take down their saggy inflatable reindeer might say, Christmas isn’t over until the jolly fat man says so. And, unfortunately for your lazy-ass neighb   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 AP KRYZA

A Clear and Present Reboot: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Reviewed

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Chris Pine was too busy breaking into Russian fortresses and running away from a very scary Kenneth Branagh to screen his new movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, in time for WW press deadlines. Critic AP Kryza caught up with all the neck-punching.
Critic's Grade: C+
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
exists in a strange world of hybridized espionage cliches. At i...   More
 
Friday, January 17, 2014 by AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Run Run and Hide

The Shaw Brothers’ legacy and the Portland connection.


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Without Run Run Shaw, the Wu Tang Clan might have been something to fuck with. Entering The Matrix would have been boring. Bill almost certainly wouldn’t have been killed—at least not with the   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Log Jam

Twin Peaks gets an alternate reality.


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What the hell happened to the Log Lady? ILLUSTRATION: Hawk KrallFor two decades, fans of Twin Peaks have struggled with abandonment, forced to live in a world where we know not the fate of the b   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Odd Future

Predictions for 2014 in Portland’s independent cinemas.


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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

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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
 

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