AP Film Studies: Divine Conception

Drag legend Divine screws herself into villainy in Female Trouble.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In modern comic-book films, villains are born of strange circumstances. Maybe a crook falls into a vat of acid and emerges a super-criminal. Maybe a mad scientist is blasted with gamma rays, o   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: One Of Us

The real monsters of Freaks.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The 1932 film Freaks (5th Avenue Cinema; 9 pm Friday, Aug. 8; free) is a certified classic. This landmark film assembled a cast of real circus workers—including dwarves, a bearded lady, a ��   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Also Showing 7/23/14

Surfing, Superman and BB guns.


Movie Reviews & Stories
AP Film Studies is currently on a two-week summer vacation, but because Professor Kryza is a jerk, you have homework. Here’s what’s playing in Portland’s repertory theaters this week. Th   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 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

AP Film Studies: That Darn Cat

The House of the Devil has no need for fake-outs.


Movie Reviews & Stories
If modern mainstream horror has taught us anything, it’s that there’s nothing scarier than an unexpected cat. Or your own reflection in a mirror you didn’t know was there. I’d be willing t   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: The Good, the Bad and the Corny

Clint Eastwood is cinema’s softest badass.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Next month, Clint Eastwood—he who helmed such hard-hitting meditations on masculinity as Unforgiven and Mystic River and became the grizzled face of Hollywood manliness—hits theaters again. With��   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Lizard Brains

The original Godzilla and the death of socially conscious monsters.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Back in the day, our city-crushing, radiation-breathing monsters had a hell of a lot more to say. Somewhere along the way, though, they got too big for their soapboxes. Or just smashed them.    More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: The Zombie Emocalypse

Dead Alive offers a blood-soaked cure to the undead blues.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Author’s Note: For the past three weeks, I have embarked on a vision quest that had nothing to do with the film Vision Quest. After eating the blue cactus, I was led by a well-coiffed puppy into a   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Come Out To Play

The Warriors imagines street gangs as a rainbow United Nations.


Movie Reviews & Stories
If The Warriors were remade today (please don’t let Michael Bay read this), it’s very likely it would become a “gritty” look at gang life in America, punctuated by ham-fisted commentary    More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Comedy’s Greatest Glue

Harold Ramis will live forever in our zingers.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Harold Ramis was always the straight man. He was the voice of reason, the man who offered brief bits of levity in insane situations. But Ramis, who died late last month, was much more than the q   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 AP KRYZA

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