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Big-Screen Adaptations PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 24 May 2005 18:00
When the Putnam’s IMAX theatre first opened its doors in 2002, the plan was to give audiences a big-screen educational experience they wouldn’t forget. Yet in the past six months, you’re nearly as likely to catch Beauty & the Beast or Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban at the Putnam as you are an educational opus along the lines of Everest.

 
A Rocket Lands in the District PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 10 May 2005 18:00
When it was announced that the Brew & View’s Devin Hansen, this spring, would open a similar theater, The Rocket, in the District of Rock Island’s long-defunct Capri Cinema, the reaction of Brew & View regulars was generally twofold: an emphatic “Hooray!” followed by a quick “Huh?” After all, the Capri stands not four blocks from the Brew & View, and one such venue in the District was already more than film fans should have hoped for.

 
2005's Alternative Oscars: The Shoulda-Been Contenders PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 15 February 2005 18:00
After the announcement of last year’s Oscar nominations, in which the Academy made almost shockingly inspired choices across the board, this year’s slate of nominees was bound to be a more predictable lot; barring a few minor surprises – the director and screenplay nods for Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake (still unseen by me) chief among them – voters opted for traditional, safe choices in 2004, especially among the squarer-than-usual Best Picture contenders.

 
2004 in Movies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 11 January 2005 18:00
Was I feeling especially sensitive in 2004, or were the year’s most memorable cinematic works, coincidentally, the most unabashedly romantic ones? It could certainly be me – the only (fictional) televised event that moved me to tears was the unlikely but enormously satisfying kiss between Martin Freeman’s Tim and Lucy Davis’ Dawn on The Office Special.

 
Bluebox Filmmakers Take the Unorthodox Road to Education, Partnership PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 23 November 2004 18:00
Famous filmmaking pairs usually work together on everything or have clearly defined roles. The Wachowski brothers – the forces behind The Matrix series – both write and direct. Joel and Ethan Coen – the hip duo that made Fargo and many other cult classics – write together but split their duties otherwise, with Joel directing and Ethan producing.

 
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