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

AP Film Studies: The Wild-Eyed Piper

Carrie’s Piper Laurie emerges from your nightmares.


Movie Reviews & Stories
There were a thousand things wrong with the 2013 remake of Carrie. It took Stephen King’s story of a bullied teen pushed into a killing spree and reimagined it as what director Kimberly Peirce c   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Way Back To the Future

The enduring legacy of Alphaville.


Movie Reviews & Stories
When Harrison Ford donned a trench coat and grumbled in voice-over as he chased replicants through the rainy alleys of a futuristic dystopia, audiences heralded   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Crazy in Love

The romantic lunacy of Wild at Heart.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Love makes people crazy. Just ask Beyoncé. Yet few films capture the complete insanity that occurs the instant that attraction becomes infatuation and then utter, unrelenting, batshit adoration   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Hair of the Dogstar

How Keanu Reeves’ hair predicts the future of his onscreen libido.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Keanu Reeves has spent three decades starring in some of the era’s most iconic movies without being remotely good at acting. The dude seems to have a sixth sense for choosing roles that change   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Back To Black

The Portland Black Film Festival loosens up.


Movie Reviews & Stories
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: Run Run and Hide

The Shaw Brothers’ legacy and the Portland connection.


Movie Reviews & Stories
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.


Movie Reviews & Stories
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

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