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Mr. Null Meets “The Lovemaster” – Burning Daylight With Craig Shoemaker

7:05 am The alarm on my clock radio is sounded, and I’m already out of bed, excited. Today is my Big Day, the day when I get to interview Craig Shoemaker at the KLBJ radio station. Today is also a…

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The Year in Film – 1996

Mention of 1996 will always leave a sour taste in the mouths of critics. In a year with almost 300 films released, I only bothered to see fewer than 100 of them at the theater (typically I see half). And…

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Mr. Null Makes A Movie

I think it was my brother’s idea. At some point in a motion picture production, a producer stops thinking about the myriad of problems on the set and starts thinking about whose head is going to roll at the end…

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Talking Shop With John Walsh – Writer/Director of “Ed’s Next Move”

Exactly two years have passed since principal photography began on the film. Five years have gone by since the first draft of the script was written. And finally, September 27, 1996 marks the theatrical premiere of Ed’s Next Move, one…

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I Was a “Jeopardy” Rejekt

‘I could’ve been a contender.’ – Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront, 1954 Jeopardy! is a bizarre game show. Whenever I watch it, I can’t help but be amazed: why is it that there’s always some contestant who doesn’t seem to…

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20 Films That Deserve Another Look

The 20 pictures on the following list have several things in common. First, for the most part, they all died at the box office. Second, while a few have become cult favorites, they all remain essentially forgotten by video renters….

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Mr. Null Goes to Hollywood – Behind the Scenes at Oscar Time

How a Texas boy braved the City of Angels for the Academy Awards …and lived to tell the tale Los Angeles is truly a city among cities. It rules the West Coast like no other place. It has been our…

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Viva, “Las Vegas!” – Interviewing Director Mike Figgis

I couldn’t be more nervous on the elevator up to Mike’s suite. The brooding pictures of the multi-talented writer/director/actor/composer always make Mike Figgis look like a gangster instead of a Hollywood star. To my surprise, Figgis is neither. When I…

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Message in a Bottle (Rocket) – Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson

Bottle Rocket is one of those rare films that truly seems to defy placement in a genre. Part comedy, part romance, part drama, and part crime story, the studio’s hit-or-miss promotion strategy (with ad placements on MTV, Seinfeld, and at…

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The Year in Film – 1995

It is every film critic’s God-given right to start the new year with a top ten list from the previous 12 months, and 1996 is no exception. While 1995 proved to be one of the worst years for film in…

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