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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.

 
Oscar-Mire Winners PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 21 February 2006 18:00
In discussing this year’s Oscar races in the picture, director, and the acting categories, we may as well begin with the nominee area audiences had the least chance of catching, as it was the only major contender yet to get an area release: Duncan Tucker’s Transamerica.

 
2005 Oscar Nominees - What They Got and Where to Find Them PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 31 January 2006 18:00
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (R) –Here’s something that rarely happens: The movie that received the most Oscar nominations – eight in all – actually deserved to receive the most Oscar nominations. Ang Lee’s agonizingly fine romantic western makes the mystery and heartache of love come alive in ways you may have forgotten movies were capable of. Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor (Heath Ledger), Supporting Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal), Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams), Screenplay Adaptation, Cinematography, and Original Score ... and, to be honest, a few others – Best Film Editing, Art Direction, maybe even Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway – wouldn’t have been out of line. (Great Escape Theatre, Showcase 53)

 
M.A.C. Attack: Two Max Allan Collins Films Make Their Quad Cities Debuts PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 31 January 2006 18:00
How nice is too nice? The question arises after viewing two films written and directed by author and filmmaker Max Allan Collins. Collins, a Muscatine resident, is the author of the graphic novel Road to Perdition, along with dozens of other books.

 
More Real Than a Photograph: Writer-Director David Riker PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 10 January 2006 18:00

Years before he became a filmmaker, writer-director David Riker worked as a photojournalist, and found himself especially haunted and moved by the plight of immigrants in Manhattan’s Latin American neighborhoods.

 
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