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Articles by: Connie Corcoran Wilson

Get A Tap On Halloween Fun With 'Zombieland: Double Tap' Out Now

Get A Tap On Halloween Fun With ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Out Now

“Zombieland: Double Tap” opens today in theaters. Right from the opening credits, you know you’re in for more  irreverent humor a la 2009’s “Zombieland”. It starts with the Columbia lady on her pedestal using the torch to beat down two zombies attacking her. There is also a voice-over from Jesse Eisenberg, thanking audiences for choosing […]

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Local Horror Writers Meet! Wilson Talks To Beck And Woods

Local Horror Writers Meet! Wilson Talks To Beck And Woods

In March 2018, local filmmakers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods were still relatively unknown, although that was about to change. The duo, who grew up in Bettendorf and currently reside in Los Angeles, were about to skyrocket to stardom with a little film they’d written called “A Quiet Place.”   Beck and Woods have since […]

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Quad Cities Beck and Woods Conquer The SXSW World

Quad Cities Beck and Woods Conquer The SXSW World

In March 2018, national film writer Connie Corcoran Wilson had the opportunity to interview former Quad-Cities filmmakers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods for her blog, http://www.weeklywilson.com. Connie currently regularly contributes to QuadCities.com and has offered us the chance to run her interview with them here. Two Q-C natives, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, won over […]

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Beto Documentary Gets Big Reception at Austin's SXSW

Beto Documentary Gets Big Reception at Austin’s SXSW

“Running with Beto,” the HBO documentary that will air on HBO in early spring, was screened at its World Premiere at the Paramount Theater in Austin this morning (March 9) and a rapt crowd of supporters got to see Beto O’Rourke, his wife Amy, and their daughter Molly up-close-and-personal during a Q&A after the film […]

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Yeeeeaaah, 'Office Space' Reunion Is Grrreeeaat At SXSW

Yeeeeaaah, ‘Office Space’ Reunion Is Grrreeeaat At SXSW

“Office Space” is that rare film that grew from a less-than-stellar opening to become one of the most loved (and rented) films in history. It has gained fans around the world, its popularity spreading via word-of-mouth, since the unfortunate “Big Bird” poster advertising the film was considered a major faux pas at the time. (It depicted […]

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Q-Cs Beck and Woods Conquer The SXSW World

Q-Cs Beck and Woods Conquer The SXSW World

Two Q-C natives, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, won over the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, this weekend as the film they wrote, “A Quiet Place,” opened the festival and wowed audiences. The duo began making films as teenagers in Bettendorf, moved on to create a number of short films that won regional acclaim and […]

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“Alien: Covenant” Wins Big with Ridley Scott at the Helm

“Alien: Covenant” Wins Big with Ridley Scott at the Helm

Cast:  Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Uli Latukefu, Tess Haubrich, James Franco, Guy Pearce Director:  Ridley Scott Writers: based on characters created by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett. Story by Jack Paglen and Michael Green. Screenplay by John […]

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The 35 Greatest U.S. Political Films of All Time

The 35 Greatest U.S. Political Films of All Time

In preparing a list of “the greatest” of anything, you are limited by your own exposure to the films (i.e., ‘Did you see these movies?”)  If you did see them, do you remember all of them? Fortunately for those of you longing for a political fix that isn’t nauseating (but actually entertaining), I have personally […]

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Nobody Speak’ Deserves All The Good Words About It

Nobody Speak’ Deserves All The Good Words About It

This is part of film critic Connie Wilson’s exclusive coverage of the SXSW Film Festival for QuadCities.com. “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press” from Director/Screenwriter Brian Knappenberger @ SXSW Genre:  Documentary Feature Length:  95 minutes Writer/Director:  Brian Knappenberger Principal Cast:  Nick Denton, A.J. Daulario, John Cook, David Folkenflick, Floyd Abrams, Peter Sterne, David Houston, […]

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“Muppet Guys Talking” Reveals Secrets of the Muppets

“Muppet Guys Talking” Reveals Secrets of the Muppets

Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched Genre: Documentary Length:  65 minutes Cast:  Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, Fran Brill, Bill Barretta, Frank Oz Reviewer:  Connie Wilson In 1955, creative genius Jim Henson created a troop of puppets known as The Muppets. By 1978 The Muppets” was the most-watched television show in […]

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