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Murderball: The Best of Eight – and of the Year: Also, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," "Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees," "Lord of War," "An Unfinished Life," "The Constant Gardener," "Cry Wolf," and "The Man" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 20 September 2005 18:00

MurderballMURDERBALL

I’ve seen a lot of sublimely satisfying documentaries this year, but none with the scope and passion of Murderball. Like last year’s brilliant Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, the film’s title and ostensible subject matter – quadriplegic rugby – are probably enough to frighten off the audiences who would love it the most, which I pray won’t happen; Murderball, currently playing at the Brew & View Rocket, is, thus far, the most invigorating, fascinating, surprising, and deeply human movie of 2005.

 
A Dirty Job, but Somebody’s Gotta Describe It ...: "The Aristocrats" and "Broken Flowers" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 September 2005 18:00

Gilbert Gottfried in The AristocratsTHE ARISTOCRATS

For those who don’t yet know, The Aristocrats is a literal one-joke movie. In Paul Provenza’s documentary, nearly a hundred comedians re-tell an old vaudeville gag about a group of performers whose act consists of them performing the filthiest, most repellant stage atrocities imaginable – some immoral, most illegal, all unimaginable (or so it would seem). The performers’ stage moniker? The Aristocrats.

 
Gilliam’s "The Brothers Grimm" Not Grimm Enough PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 06 September 2005 18:00

Heath Ledger and Matt Damon in The Brothers GrimmTHE BROTHERS GRIMM

Fairy tales, at their core, exert a powerful emotional pull, and at rare moments in Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm, the director finds a visual equivalent to their hypnotic, wicked appeal. In this typically unclassifiable Gilliam excursion, the first glimpse of Little Red Hiding Hood traipsing through the gloomy forest is enough to give any adult viewer a shiver. Gilliam frames her entrance, and the later arrival of Hansel and Gretel, with ominous portent, the colors – that cape and hood especially – are enticing, and the forest sets have a creepy, storybook elegance. For the briefest of moments, you’re a kid again, enraptured by the haunting, suggestive simplicity of these stories; our first sightings of Little Red, Hansel, and Gretel bring with them a spark of tingly joy.

 
A First-Class McAdams in a Second-Rate "Red Eye": Also, "Four Brothers" and "Valiant" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 30 August 2005 18:00

Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy in Red EyeRED EYE

Wes Craven’s Red Eye is the beneficiary of an original, intriguing leading character and, in Rachel McAdams, exactly the right performer to play her. A good thing, too, because the movie doesn’t have a lot else going for it.

 
The Summer’s Best Surprise Is a "40-Year-Old Virgin": Also, "A League of Ordinary Gentlemen" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 23 August 2005 18:00

Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, and Seth Rogen in The 40-Year-Old VirginTHE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN

Considering the film’s title, this might sound ludicrous. But in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Steve Carell, playing our hapless hero Andrew, gives what might become a legendary comedic screen performance.

 
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