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If you like your British movies quick, raunchy, reflective and bittersweet, then The History Boys is for you. >More
 The Bridesmaid

Claude Chabrol, the French auteur whose penchant for creating movies full of psychological tension often gets him compared to Alfred Hitchcock, knows a thing or two about femmes fatales ' mostly, that men are eternal suckers for their come-hither gaze. >More
 We Are Marshall

There are football movies, and then there's We Are Marshall, which should be penalized for roughing the viewer. >More
 The Good Shepherd

Screenwriter Eric Roth (Munich)has clearly done his homework, giving us the sense that we're observing something strictly off-limits to regular citizens. Still, the movie slogs through most of its long running time. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- A salute to Cheese Days

It's too bad that the Green County Cheese Days only held once every two years. Since the celebration based upon cheese was held early this autumn, it won't be returning to Monroe for more than another twenty months. In the meantime, though, satisfy your cravings for fresh kÃse and Swiss culture Wisconsin-style with an online video montage created with vintage photos from the festival. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Ride an ice boat

In the latest local ice-boating video clip, Greg Simon provides a first-person perspective in riding a Pewaukee-made Nite Ice Boat, sailing from the west end of the lake towards St. Mary's Hospital before looping around to return to Wingra Park. >More
 Street smart

The nice thing about The Pursuit of Happyness is that, for a rags-to-riches story, it sure spends a lot of time in rags. (We learn about Gardner's millions in a postscript.) And it doesn't prettify poverty, like movies so often do. When Gardner and his son bed down in that public restroom, we can practically smell the disinfectant. >More
 No talking, please

It calls itself 'the leading silent-film production company in the Midwestern United States, if not the world, today.' Even if that's a safe claim to make, Madison's Wisconsin Bioscope Company is still impressive. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Vader Baby

Merely days after releasing Chad Vader Episode 5, the team at Blame Society Productions have released a "holiday video greeting card" as part of a promotion for YouTube. It featuresthe submissive Sith singing one of his favorite seasonal songs. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Bill Callahan plays 'In the Pines'

Overlooked by many in the furor before, during and after Joanna Newson's performance at the Madison Pop Festival a couple of weeks ago was the opening performance by Bill Callahan. A singer-songwriter who also records as Smog, Callahan played a song from his 2005 album A River Ain't Too Much To Love in front of an overflowing Great Hall at the UW Memorial Union. The four minute concert clip follows below. >More
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