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Predicting the 2009 Academy Award Nominees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Friday, 16 January 2009 09:57

WALL-EWith the Golden Globes behind us and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) telecast not taking place until January 25, there's nothing for movie-award hounds to do now but wait for the announcement of this year's Oscar nominations on Thursday, January 22.

Oh, wait, there is one thing we can do: We can make seemingly knowledgeable predictions that, in all likelihood, will eventually bite us in the ass!

 

 
Why So Serious?: Mike Schulz’s 10 Most Enjoyable Movies of 2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 11:00

Heath Ledger and Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark KnightIt's commonly understood that not all great movies are necessarily great-time movies, and I think we can all agree that not all great-time movies are necessarily "great." (Formally brilliant and historically essential though they are, I'm not sure I could summon the energy to sit through Intolerance or Triumph of the Will again, and while I love Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle to death, you'll never read 2,000 words on it in Cahiers du cinéma.)

 
10 Things I Hate About You (, Hollywood): The Most Unbearable Movies of 2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 10:55

Space ChimpsAt first, I thought it might be fun to compose 200-ish words each on my 10 least-favorite 2008 movies, to go along with my 10 favorites for the year. And then I realized that would just be mean-spirited and silly. And I still opted against it.

So instead, I'll content myself with random comments on the top 10 (well ... 20 ... ) Hollywood entertainments that made the job of being a movie critic just a little tougher than it should ever have to be.

 

 
The Rest of 2008's Best. And Worst. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 10:52

Frank Langella and Michael Sheen in Frost/NixonSo you've got my 10 favorite movies and 20 least-favorite movies for 2008 ... but what about the 139 that landed somewhere in between?

Glad you asked!

 

 
Resurrecting Lovecraft: Octopoid Productions' "Pickman’s Song," October 18 at the Green Room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 15 October 2008 02:21

Pickman's Song There are low-budget films and there are low-low-budget films. And then there are low-low-low-budget films.

And then there's Octopoid Productions' Pickman's Song.

"We clocked the budget in at around a hundred dollars," says Octopoid co-founder Joshua Bentley of his East Moline company's 31-minute homage to a 1926 H.P. Lovecraft story. "A hundred dollars with plenty of guerrilla-film locations. You know, basically storming an old abandoned school in the middle of the night ... .

"The outside of the school," he quickly amends. "Not the inside. Nobody was inside any place they weren't supposed to be."

 
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