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Indiefest 2004

Indiefest 2004

| August 2, 2004 | 0 Comments

Day One: Saturday, July 31st So I missed Opening Night and the premiere of Lightning Bug. I’ll have to find time in the schedule to see it, but for now I’m sitting at a bar, the Green Mill, waiting to catch the Chicago premiere of Buttleman. After that screening I’m giving myself a two-hour break […]

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Malice@Doll

Malice@Doll

| July 12, 2004 | 0 Comments

What if Pinocchio was a made of plastic, metal and wires and his sole purpose was to have sex with humans? Well, Malice@Doll is not about Pinocchio, but the female robot in this animated feature won’t have you missing the well-endowed nose of the fibbing termite meal. Director Keitaro Motonaga creates a surreal futuristic environment […]

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Before Sunset

Before Sunset

| June 30, 2004 | 0 Comments

Perhaps one of the least expected sequels, Before Sunset, is a welcome surprise to the onslaught of comic book, epic action packed, sci-fi sequels of recent years. Director, Richard Linklater (Slacker, School of Rock) revisits his characters Celine (Julie Delpy), the free spirited France native and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), the American boy in search of […]

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Carandiru

Carandiru

| June 6, 2004 | 0 Comments

After seeing every episode of HBO’s great series Oz, prison films just haven’t quite lived up to the standards that Oahas created for me. However, if anyone could make a film to equal what Oawas or even surpass it, it would be the director who made the beautifully brutal Pixote. Over a year ago I […]

Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite

| May 12, 2004 | 0 Comments

I have discovered a film that I knew nothing about coming into this year and it completely blew me away. Every year if we’re lucky enough we will have a few of these and for me Napoleon Dynamite is that film. The film made its premiere at Sundance this year and garnered great reviews. Fox […]

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The Affair

The Affair

| April 27, 2004

In most marriages, when a spouse is involved in an affair it is commonly thought to be the husband committing adultery. The reasons for such actions tend to be a variety of excuses all too common and many times amusing. Carl Colpaert’s The Affair tells the story of a spousal affair that involves a wife […]

Runaways

Runaways

| April 19, 2004

Brent Bambic’s Runaways explores the motives behind the reasons so many youths leave their families and homes for a dangerous and mostly bleak environment on the streets. The lead character of Runaways is Steve, who endures a physically abusive relationship with his stepfather and a mother who places the blame for the abuse on her […]

Distance

Distance

| April 2, 2004 | 0 Comments

In the film After Life, director/writer Kore-eda Hirokazu examines the subject of death through an imaginative and simple portrayal of the afterlife. In the film, the recently deceased go through a week-long process that reenacts one chosen memory they decide to maintain for the rest of eternity. Hirokazu follows up After Life‘s celebration of life […]

The Dreamers

The Dreamers

| February 27, 2004

I wasn’t around for the birth of the French New Wave or the ousting of the Cinematheque Francais founder Henry Langlois by the French government or the riots that immediately followed. As a matter of fact, the closest I’ve been to France is by way of the Freedom Fries specials from Maxwell Street Hot Dogs […]

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Forever Loyal: A Salute to the Cubs Fans and Their Field

Forever Loyal: A Salute to the Cubs Fans and Their Field

| February 17, 2004 | 0 Comments

My detoxification of the 2003 Cubs baseball season is nearly complete. All mentions of corked bats, Prior injuries and goat curses no longer make me go into convulsions. My motto for the 2004 season is simply: Bartman who?…Ugh. Nevermind, but a new season is only weeks away and the Cubbies are on track for another […]

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