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Four or Five Hours of Fun: The Rise and Fall of Drive-ins PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 02:29

Maquoketa's 61 Drive-in America's first drive-in theatre - which was also the world's first drive-in theatre - opened on June 6, 1933, and the act of watching movies from one's car proved so enduringly popular that now, 75 years later, hundreds of drive-ins can be found in locations all across the country.

Then again, there used to be thousands.

 
Activists at Some Level: Environmental Film Fest, March 29 at the Unitarian Church of Davenport PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 19 March 2008 02:48

Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis in King Corn Kathryn Allen serves as the chief organizer for the Quad Cities' third-annual Environmental Film Festival, and when we sat down for a recent interview, she described the turnout for 2006's inaugural program as "pretty good - we had probably about 100 people, and we were ecstatic. We thought that was just great.

 

 
Ennui-ners and Losers: 2008 Oscar Aftermath PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 02:26

Best Actress Marion Cotillard At the 100-minute mark of Sunday night's 200-minute Academy Awards telecast, Forest Whitaker strode onstage to announce the winner of Best Actress, and I found myself making the same silent plea over and over: Give it to Marion Cotillard ... give it to Marion Cotillard ... .

 
No Contest for "Old Men": 2008 Oscar Predictions PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 02:50

No Country for Old Men Let's begin with a caveat: I'm not very good as this Oscar-guessing thing. So if you're planning to use my predictions to help win your annual Academy Awards pool, you should know that two years in a row now, I've only guessed correctly in 15 out of 24 categories, giving me an average of .625 - a moderately underwhelming record.

Then again, if that were my batting average in professional baseball, I'd be a god, so I'm pressing ahead.

 
Iowa Meets Sundance: "Sugar" at Sundance Film Fest Provides a Sweet Experience to an Iowa Quartet PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Ann K. Nicknish   
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 03:01

Sugar The Sundance Institute has spent two decades building what is widely recognized as the world's premier showcase for American and international independent films. The Utah film festival - with more than 50,000 attendees - converges on the ski town of Park City each January.

 
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