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Bluebox Filmmakers Take the Unorthodox Road to Education, Partnership PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 23 November 2004 18:00
Famous filmmaking pairs usually work together on everything or have clearly defined roles. The Wachowski brothers – the forces behind The Matrix series – both write and direct. Joel and Ethan Coen – the hip duo that made Fargo and many other cult classics – write together but split their duties otherwise, with Joel directing and Ethan producing.

Bridget Jones Looks Desperate for a "Reason": "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," "The Polar Express," and "Alfie" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 16 November 2004 18:00

Colin Firth and Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones: The Edge of ReasonBRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON

I have a friend who does a bit based on a seminal Laverne & Shirley gag. In nearly every episode of that sitcom, one of the titular characters would say, “There’s no way this situation could get worse!” or “What’s that smell?” and Lenny and Squiggy would cluelessly burst through Laverne’s and Shirley’s door; if someone around us says something like “That’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen!” my friend will mime a door opening and exclaim, with perfect greaser-nerd cadence, “Hello!” That gag is pure sitcom-honed irony – that is, obvious irony – and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, the follow-up to 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary, is like a continuous loop of that Lenny and Squiggy routine.

This Fall, It’s All Good!: "Birth," "Ray," and "The Incredibles" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 09 November 2004 18:00

Danny Huston and Nicole Kidman in BirthBIRTH

It’s pretty easy to see why audiences hate Jonathan Glazer’s Birth, which features Nicole Kidman as Anna, a grieving widow who believes that the soul of her late husband, Sean, is alive in the body of a 10-year-old boy with the same name.

Post-Halloween Tricks and Treats: "Shaun of the Dead," "The Grudge," "Saw," "Shall We Dance?", "I Heart Huckabee's," "Surviving Christmas," and "Celsius 41.11" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 02 November 2004 18:00

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Shaun of the DeadSHAUN OF THE DEAD, THE GRUDGE, and SAW

Halloween has come and gone, but three horror flicks are currently in theaters and – surprise! – two of them are actually good.

A Hundred-Plus Reasons to Go to the Movies PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 26 October 2004 18:00
My first article for the River Cities’ Reader appeared in Issue 18, way back in March of 1995. (You know how long ago that was? Tom Hanks had only one Oscar.) Serving as the Reader’s film critic was, and still is, a terrific gig – for an avowed movie fanatic who loves to write, the chance to expound on the state of cinema has always been about more than giving a particular work a “yay” or “nay” vote; it’s given me, in a minor way, the opportunity to analyze an entire culture, to try to understand what’s in the heads of those who make films, and those who distribute films, and the millions of us who view them.

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