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It was a good year for weird music — or was it a weird year for good music? — and here are some of the standouts.
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| December 21, 2012
Berenice Abbott's miracle of science
Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott was inventing abstract photography. She combined Surrealism and a romance with modernity.
| October 12, 2012
Review: Portrait of Wally
Somewhere in the slog of Andrew Shea's Portrait of Wally is a devastating story of institutionalized extortion and its victims.
| June 22, 2012
Review: The Hunter
Apparently extinct since the 1930s, the Tasmanian Tiger resembled an uncanny assortment of mismatched parts from other animals. Daniel Nettheim's film is equally weird and motley.
Weird and motley
| May 18, 2012
Review: In the Land of Blood and Honey
Jolie has loosely reworked the story of Romeo and Juliet in an infamous setting familiar from CNN but here seen from the inside.
Angelina Jolie's feature directorial debut
| January 06, 2012
Review: A Dangerous Method(1)
Perhaps the three characters in David Cronenberg's handsome, eloquent dramatization of the birth and near demise of psychoanalysis represent the parts of the psyche that the movement would eventually hypothesize.
Cronenberg's dramatization of the rise of psychoanalysis
| December 23, 2011
Review: The Thing
It's Alien meets 30 Days of Night when a crew of Americans and Norwegians dig up something otherworldly in the Antarctic ice.
Alien meets 30 Days of Night
| October 21, 2011
Hollywood's apes: monkey puzzle or intelligent design?
For nearly a century apes have haunted the screen, and the link between man and ape has obsessed filmmakers.
| August 05, 2011
Brandon Flowers and the evolution of a pop-star Killer
Rock stars are often seen, culturally, as wolves in sheeps' clothing, seducing and subverting once they have gotten their fangs into the hearts of music listeners, using their Pied Piper powers of coercion to ensnare innocent ears and radicalize minds wi
The Flamingo kid
| November 26, 2010
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