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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.

A Hundred-Plus Reasons to Go to the Movies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 26 October 2004 18:00
My first article for the River Cities’ Reader appeared in Issue 18, way back in March of 1995. (You know how long ago that was? Tom Hanks had only one Oscar.) Serving as the Reader’s film critic was, and still is, a terrific gig – for an avowed movie fanatic who loves to write, the chance to expound on the state of cinema has always been about more than giving a particular work a “yay” or “nay” vote; it’s given me, in a minor way, the opportunity to analyze an entire culture, to try to understand what’s in the heads of those who make films, and those who distribute films, and the millions of us who view them.

Greed or Incompetence? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd McGreevy   
Tuesday, 06 July 2004 18:00
During the screening of Fahrenheit 9/11 that I attended, someone opened the door of the theatre and screamed into the auditorium, “Liberals suck! Michael Moore’s a bitch!” and ran off. Moore has, once again, obviously touched a tender nerve with his latest production.

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