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Don Jon

A lout learns to love.


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s debut as a triple threat—writer, director and star, a la Clint Eastwood—is appropriately festooned with the time-honored totems of macho masculinity. We’ve got carto   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

Brew Views: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Get ’em high.


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Cameron Crowe was 22 years old when he persuaded the principal at San Diego’s Clairemont High School to let him pose as a student for a year. Crowe had felt caged in by the moral rigidity of his   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

Dispatches from the Portland Film Festival: Advice from the Honey Badger Guy

13 people show up to hear "Randall" give advice about dealing with Internet commenters.

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One of the Portland Film Festival's higher billed events, a panel featuring “Randall,” the narrator of the viral Honey Badger video, and the Totally Sketch YouTube comedy crew, ended up being what the m...   More
 
Sunday, September 1, 2013 by EMILY JENSEN

Dispatches from the Portland Film Festival: Chuck Palahniuk Hands Out Stuffed Kittens

The new film fest draws big crowds with an appearance by Palahniuk

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Chuck Palahniuk heaves a bulging black garbage bag onstage and climbs up after it, striding toward the podium. The Bagdad, packed to the gills and with stragglers looming in the doorways, is filled with the kind of deafening roar typically reserved for rock stars. The man is, after all, Portland royalty.
Palahniuk says nothing as the noise tapers off. Then slowly, calmly, he launches int...   More
 
Friday, August 30, 2013 by EMILY JENSEN

Brew Views: Kon-Tiki

Rock the boat.


Brew Views
Whether you see it because it’s about a guy named Thor braving Mother Nature, or because you can watch ripped Norwegian dudes sailing the Pacific in their tighty-whities, or because you want to    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

White House Down

’Cause baby, you’re a firework.


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In a time of international turmoil, divisive politics and increasing moral vacancy, two all-American truths remain: Channing Tatum is smokin’ hot, and watching big explosions is fun. These are t   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

Gimme the Loot

Love and spray paint in the Bronx.


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There is something crushingly genuine about Gimme the Loot. In part, it’s the playful simplicity of the plot: Two Bronx teens try to rise to graffiti infamy by tagging a giant plastic apple that   More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

It’s a Disaster

In which the movie’s title speaks for itself.


Movie Reviews & Stories
When writer-director Todd Berger was developing the characters for this apocalypse-themed dramedy, in which eight attendees at a couples’ brunch discover they’re about to die in a biochemical    More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

Like Someone in Love

A needy hooker makes an elderly friend.


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It may be hard out there for a pimp, but it’s definitely harder for a prostitute. Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami makes that awfully clear in his plodding, bittersweet tale of a Tokyo college    More
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

Brew Views: Darkman

Skin flick.


Brew Views
Before Sam Raimi got his hands on Spider-Man, he had to make up his own comics to adapt for film. He tried and failed to secure rights to Batman and The Shadow at the end of the ’80s, and from the l   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 EMILY JENSEN
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