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Revived, But Not Quite Alive: Evil Dead Reviewed

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Not only did Evil Dead screen after WW press deadlines, but it kept critic Jay Horton shaking all weekend long, unable to file his review until Monday afternoon.
Critic’s Grade: C
Should there be any doubt, we’re not speaking about The Evil Dead. Sam Raimi, godhead of the series and producer of this latest iteration (alongside old cohorts Bruce Campbell and Ro...   More
 
Monday, April 8, 2013 by JAY HORTON

The Real World Portland, Ep. 1: Bondage, Burlesque, Banalities

As the venerable institution visits the Rose City, correspondent Jay Horton never stops being polite.

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We know, you don't even have a TV. But last week, The Real World: Portland aired its first pitiful episode, and from here out, WW correspondent Jay Horton will endure and recap each installment, assessing just how real—and how Portland-y—the housemates ge...   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by JAY HORTON

Know-It-All John Hodgman Knows a Lot in Portland

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On Thursday evening, March 7, the contestants battling for prize money at the bar trivia night hosted by Portland mainstay trivia-host Shanrock at her Triviology challenge at La Merde, the bar in the back of long-running Le Bistro    More
 
Saturday, March 9, 2013 by JAY HORTON

Kinfolk

Better Homes and Grey Gardens.


Books
For all the tears shed over the withering magazine industry, certain niche periodicals have actually thrived. Design-oriented mags require the printed page for best effect, foodies aren’t yet    More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 JAY HORTON

Between the Rock and a Hard Place: Snitch Reviewed

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Snitch screened after WW press deadlines, but it was really whiplash from Dwayne Johnson's alien anatomy that delayed the delivery of this review.
Critic's Grade: C+
“Inspired by true events” reads the opening title card of the oddly engrossing new thriller Snitch. The earliest scenes, while never what you’d call realistic, establi...   More
 
Sunday, February 24, 2013 by JAY HORTON

The Satin Chaps: Saturday, Feb. 23

Welcome to Swinging Portland.


Music Stories
[INDIE A GO-GO] Much as one shouldn’t judge an album by its cover—least of all debut collections from mostly instrumental troupes born to flood dance floors— the chicly retro figures frugg   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 JAY HORTON

Poor Credit: Identity Thief Reviewed

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Identity Thief screened after WW press deadlines. Critic Jay Horton may have retained his identity, but he'll never have those 111 minutes back.

Critic's Grade: C-

If an awareness of dimming economic realities were to occupy any Hollywood genre, you'd figure the gross-out comedy a natural fit. Shouldn't lowest-common-denominator humor cater to the 99 ...   More
 
Friday, February 8, 2013 by JAY HORTON

Primer: Keane


Music Stories
Formed: In 1997 in Battle, East Sussex, England. Sounds like: A respectful embrace of modestly attractive thirtysomethings outside a well-scrubbed cafe in drizzling twilight as patrons mirthlessl   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 JAY HORTON

Primer: Kreayshawn


Music Stories
Born: In San Francisco in 1989 as Natassia Gail Zolot.  Sounds like: An undergrad exercise in hip-hop compiled by a fitfully charming lass of compelling backstory and rather more friends tha   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 JAY HORTON

Meat Is Murder, Moz Is Wrestling

Last Friday, two men entered the Vern. One left with Morrissey tickets. Our report from, er, "ringside."

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The titles write themselves, really. Stranglehold, here we come. Grappler in a coma. The Queen is down! Our participants, while welcoming coverage of what threatened to be face-shattering bloodsport, didn't quite understand why members of the press seemed more intrigued by prize (Morrissey ticket) than process (mortal combat), and, fair enough, there's story to be found in any...   More
 
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by JAY HORTON
 

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