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The Wis-Kino 2007 Fall Kabaret kicks off with scary flicks

"Scary/Halloween" was the optional theme for the kickoff screening, a popular topic that's a perennial favorite for the group's October gatherings. There were seven films shown on Thursday, most of which incorporated the spooky season element in one way or another, though most typically with a comedic bent. >More
 The Rape of Europa

I'd always heard Adolf Hitler referred to as a failed painter, but I'd never realized just how resentful he was about it until I saw The Rape of Europa, a documentary about the role that art and architecture played in his thinking. >More
 George Clooney tires of skirting the law in Michael Clayton

George Clooney is one of those actors who have trouble turning off the charm. Cary Grant was another one, and Clooney's starting to look like Grant in his silver-fox period. In both cases, there's something about the carriage; they look like they were born in tailored suits. >More
 Shake your movie maker at Wis-Kino's 2007 Fall Kabaret

A Kabaret is a rush of hard work, crazy antics and great fun. And anyone can help make a film, regardless of skill or experience. You don't even have to own a camera or editing equipment to participate. If you're interested in acting, holding a boom mike, scouting locations, recording music or any number of other jobs, join in. >More
 Infomercials sell silly at the September screening for Wis-Kino

The theme for September was "infomercial," an optional element that was picked up by about half of the movies submitted for screening. Also featured was a special reel from a recent film festival in Trouville, a seaside town in the heart of Normandy, that included a trio of shorts created by Wis-Kino contributors. >More
 Honeymoon from Hell

In The Heartbreak Kid, Ben Stiller takes another ride through the poop-splattered Tunnel of Love, and if you thought there was something about Mary, you should see Lila. >More
 The Jane Austen Book Club

Having plowed through the novels, filmmakers are now scrambling around for a way to keep Jane Austen up there on the silver screen. Hence, Becoming Jane, which imagined that Austen's own life was a Jane Austen novel. >More
 How to stop the terrorists

When an Islamic-terrorist leader masterminds a shooting spree and well-timed bomb in a Saudi Arabian housing compound where American oil-company employees live with their families, Foxx's Fleury ignores the wishes of the State Department and the White House and lands in Riyadh with his explosives guy (Chris Cooper), his intelligence guy (Jason Bateman) and his forensics gal (Jennifer Garner). They're going to find the bad guys and do a Dirty Dozen number on their asses. >More
 August means animation at Wis-Kino

The audience gathered in the large back room at Escape Java Joint on Willy Street once again that Sunday evening, taking a few moments after each short to discuss what they had just seen. The optional theme for the month was "animation," something featured every year by the group. All films at the screening was animated, a rare occurrence but not an unexpected one given the popularity of the format. >More
 Mourning in America

Tommy Lee Jones puts his beef-jerky face to good use in Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah. He plays a retired Army sergeant who tries to figure out what happened to his son, an infantryman back from Iraq whose charred, mutilated, multiply-stabbed body was found in a field. Some fathers would break down and cry. Jones' Hank Deerfield, a former MP, pours his grief into the murder investigation, the saddlebags under his eyes too dried up to hold tears. >More
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