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The Rest of 2008's Best. And Worst. PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
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
Movies - Feature Stories
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."

 
Drive-in Community PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 02:34

Reader issue #698 One of my clearest memories from childhood is seeing the 1978 disaster "epic" Avalanche - starring Mia Farrow and Rock Hudson! - with my family, and roaring at the ridiculous dialogue (even though, at age 10, I barely understood why it was ridiculous) and effects (which even a 10-year-old knew were shoddy). To this very day, I'll exit some piece of crap at the cineplex and think, "Well ... at least it wasn't Avalanche-awful ... ," and terrible though it was, the movie - or rather, my family's reaction to the movie - remains one of my absolute favorite film-going experiences.

Saw it at the drive-in.

 
Inside, Under the Stars: The Drive-in Returns to Davenport PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 02:32

"We go to drive-ins all the time," says 23-year-old Arron Lorenz of his family, which includes father Randy, stepmother Terri, and half-siblings Nicholas, 13, and Courtney, 9. "It's one thing we can do together where we don't have to be quiet."

 
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.

 
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