Screen Junkies » iowa http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:39:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 University Of Iowa Doesn’t Want HBO’s ‘Girls’ Filming On Campus http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/university-of-iowa-doesnt-want-hbos-girls-filming-on-campus/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/university-of-iowa-doesnt-want-hbos-girls-filming-on-campus/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:32:18 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260729 I envision her at University of Texas - El Paso.

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Perhaps because the University of Iowa is the most distant place, psychographically, from Brooklyn, or because it’s an institute of higher learning where people treat each other with respect and handle their affairs. Whichever way, the college has decided to not let HBO’s Girls film on campus.

In what could sort of be considered a spoiler, (SPOILER?) Hannah gets accepted to their writing program, which means she could bail on most of the BS that has surrounded her for the past few years of the show. She’ll still be neurotic and narcissistic, though.

The school’s Vice President of Strategic Communication issued the statement, “After reviewing the script, I felt the storyline placed the city and university in an unfavorable light, and considering the potential for disruption, I made the decision to deny the request.”

And now I hereby issue the statement, “After reviewing the series, I felt Girls place the human race in an unfavorable light, and I have decided to deny any accommodation made to the show. Thank you.”

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Caucus This: 6 Films Set In Iowa http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/caucus-this-6-films-set-in-iowa/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/caucus-this-6-films-set-in-iowa/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2012 21:33:51 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241290 Because you're really ignorant about which films have been set in Iowa.

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I can’t lie to you. “Iowa” is a very popular search term because of the Republican Caucus. I tried to find a way to make this list seem more organic, but there is absolutely no way of making you, dear reader, believe that I organically decided upon an Iowa-themed list. Anyway, you’ve clicked and made it this far. Please keep reading and school yourself on Iowa.

Field Of Dreams

Perhaps the most famous movie set in Iowa, Field of Dreams follows Ray Kinsella, a handsome farmer who goes around picking up men and dressing them in uniforms. He then starts to imagine men walking among cornstalks (no phallic imagery there), until he is literally surrounded by athletic dudes. For some reason, this doesn’t really bother his wife.

Ray’s farm is a magical place, and connotes what most of us imagine when we think of Iowa – a place that is mostly made of corn, consisting of a bunch of people that refuse to believe in magic. It makes sense that we would hold a caucus there.

Unfortunately, after Field of Dreams was released in 1989, 90% of Iowa farms were immediately converted to baseball fields. Many were populated with historically significant baseball players, but unfortunately, the players that appeared to occupy these fields predated the Jackie Robinson era, and racism pervaded all of Iowa. Consequently, Iowa is now known as a place with no corn and lots of race riots, all because of Field of Dreams.

Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids is a pretty funny film, but it gets more credit that it deserves because it didn’t get a wide release. The film stars Ed Helms, the guy that says “sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiit” from The Wire, John C. Reilly, and Anne Heche. Helms is sent to an insurance convention in Cedar Rapids, only to find that the Midwestern independent insurance accreditation game is straight-up rigged.

This film paints Iowa in a negative light in much the same way that The Wire did with Baltimore and Florida does all on its own.

Cedar Rapids was actually shot in Ann Arbor, because Iowa wasn’t able to give the film anything in the way of a tax credit. Considering the film appeared to have cost about $14,300 to produce, you think that Iowa would have been able to pony up the $91 or so that the producers required. Missed opportunity, Iowa.

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9 Movie and TV Candidates Better Than The GOP Field http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-movies-and-tv-candidates-better-than-the-gop-field/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-movies-and-tv-candidates-better-than-the-gop-field/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2012 15:37:31 +0000 Nicholas Pell http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241124 Suck my caucus.

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It’s that time again. Vermin of all kind of descended upon the simple state of Iowa, shilling snake oil, false promises and thinly veiled bigotry. That’s right, it’s time for the Iowa Republican Caucuses. This year’s field is particularly awful, including Ron Paul’s strong white nationalist campaign, Mitt Romney’s magic undies, a frothy mix known as Rick Santorum and more ex-Gingrich wives than you can shake a stick at. Movies and television provide us with better candidates than this, which is why I’ll be sitting at home tonight (that, and the fact that I don’t live in Iowa). Here are just a few people I’d prefer to anyone in the current GOP field.

Ralph Wiggum – The Simpsons

Ah yes, Ralph Wiggum. The creepy child of Chief Clancy Wiggum. You might not remember the Springfield Primary skyrocketed young Master Wiggum to political center stage. On the strength of the important so-called “Yellow Primary,” Wiggum was able to secure the nomination of both major political parties. Still, we’ll never know what might have happened with Wiggum at the helm. His bipartisan style is still a model for those seeking to unite the country around a common program.

Greg Stilson – The Dead Zone

I’m most definitely not talking about the boring TV show with the nerd from The Breakfast Club. In fact, I’m going to go on record as saying that The Breakfast Club sucks and the presence of a cast member is a bad, bad sign. But, anyway, the original film The Dead Zone comes from a land of perfectness and awesome. David Cronenberg? Check. Christopher Walken? Check. Mostly faithful adaptation of a boss Stephen King novel? Check. Total downer of an ending? Check. Stilson was to be the president who presides over nuclear holocaust, so it’s pretty awesome that Johnny got him to use a kid as a human shield. Still, I’d prefer him to the current candidates.

Robert Redford – The Watchmen

In The Watchman comic, Robert Redford threw his hat in the ring against Richard Nixon in 1988. After five terms of Dick in office, America was ready for a change. It was that or the giant squid monster or whatever the hell that thing is at the end. Apparently some things never change and one of those things is America deciding it wants a cowboy actor running its affairs.

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