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"The Station Agent" Ranks with 2003’s Best Movies: Also, "Big Fish" and "House of Sand and Fog" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 20 January 2004 18:00

Peter Dinklage and Patricia Clarkson in The Station AgentTHE STATION AGENT

After spending 90 minutes with the cast of Tom McCarthy’s The Station Agent, I believe I would, à la The Purple Rose of Cairo, have eagerly leapt right into the screen and been content to spend the rest of my life in their company.

 
Holiday Fare a Depressing Lot: "Peter Pan," "Mona Lisa Smile," and "Cheaper by the Dozen" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 January 2004 18:00

Are mainstream movies, in general, becoming more and more stale? The question arose a couple of weeks ago when an acquaintance asked if I’d seen anything good recently. After a pause I was finally able to reply, “Uh ... Return of the King?”

“Well, of course that. Anything since then?”

 
"Cold Mountain" Is a Cold Fish: Also, "Pieces of April" and "Stuck on You" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 06 January 2004 18:00

Jude Law in Cold MountainCOLD MOUNTAIN

Though the story of two separated lovers braving incredible hardships to eventually reunite is a common one in war-themed movies, I don’t think I’ve ever been less moved by it than in Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain, an adaptation of Charles Frazier’s much-adored Civil War novel.

 
Film Festival Showcases Wide Range of Hispanic Movies PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 06 January 2004 18:00
Like all good film festivals, one joy of the 10th Annual Hispanic Film Festival at Augustana College will be discovering a wonderful movie you haven’t heard much (or anything) about. It also doubles as a sampler of world cinema, showing the breadth and quality of Hispanic movies, which rarely penetrate the American market but can nonetheless be fascinating as cultural studies and breathtaking examples of filmmaking outside of the dominating American studio system.

 
2003 in Movies PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 23 December 2003 18:00

Among the year’s seemingly endless spate of business-as-usual Hollywood product, with the remakes and sequels and – in the case of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines – a de facto remake of a sequel, I saw exactly one work in 2003 that, with absolutely no qualms, I would call a masterpiece, and it made its debut on HBO. (It was that kind of year.)

 
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