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Where’s the Love? – Summer Movies 2006 PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 05 September 2006 22:16

Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith in "Clerks II"It's awkwardly paced. It's often indifferently acted. The composition is remedial, the humor is juvenile, and for every scene that soars, another one crashes.

When all is said and done, though, you know which summer movie was my favorite? Clerks II. And do you know why? Because it isn't cynical.

 
Open Cities Goes DVD: Local Film Buffs Attempt to Rejuvenate the Movie Experience PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 29 August 2006 22:41

JunebugTed Priester, the new president of Open Cities Cinema - formerly the Open Cities Film Society - knows he has a fight on his hands.

He admits that Open Cities, as it nears its 30th anniversary, is widely considered "rather a grandfatherly organization."

He's aware of the difficulty in marketing a weekly film series - one featuring titles readily available to home viewers - to a modern audience, saying, "Anymore, in our society, people work themselves into a frazzle. They want to go home at night and maybe watch a little TV and then lights out."

And he understands that when the organization opens its new season on September 22 - beginning with the Oscar-winning Danish film Babette's Feast - cinephiles may balk at the group's decision to screen DVDs as opposed to 16- or 35-millimeter prints, ceding that "there's a certain richness of sound that can't be replicated" with DVD.

Priester knows all of this.

 
“I’d Like to Thank … ”: 2006 Oscar Aftermath PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 07 March 2006 18:00
In the minutes following the announcement of this year’s Academy Awards nominations, media outlets were abuzz about the downbeat nature of the major contenders, and it was widely predicted that this year’s Oscar telecast – which aired on Sunday, March 5 – would be the lowest-rated one in ages.

 
Mike Schulz's Oscar Predictions - 2006 PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 06:00

The following are the nominees for the 2006 Academy Awards telecast, scheduled to air on ABC affiliate WQAD-TV at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 5. (Note: Boldface denotes Mike's projected winner in each category.)

 
The Deep End of the Oscar Pool: The 2006 Nominees for Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, and the Short-Film Categories PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 21 February 2006 18:00
So, you’ve entered your office’s Oscar pool – and it’s a good Oscar pool, one in which they make you guess the winners in every category – and now you’re in a pickle. Best Foreign Language Film? You haven’t seen any of the nominees.

 
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