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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.

 
Mike Schulz Toasts 2005's Great Movies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 27 December 2005 18:00
My annual challenge in composing a list of the year’s best movies almost never lies in deciding what to list. It lies in deciding when to list. As every movie fan knows, film studios – both majors and independents – generally unleash their most prominent Academy Award hopefuls (and, oftentimes, most interesting works) at the end of December, giving these films their best chance at being remembered, and potentially embraced, by the notoriously forgetful Academy.

 
Contest Nets Bluebox Filmmakers New Laurels, Development Deal PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 20 December 2005 18:00
Technically, Scott Beck won mtvU’s “Best Film on Campus” contest earlier this month. You’d just never know it from talking to him. Beck’s trailer for his feature film University Heights won the competition – he wrote and directed the movie – but he never claims the project exclusively as his.

 
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