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Wis-Kino starts 2007 with a drip of films

The local short film society known as Wis-Kino kicked off the year in a brand new screening spot on Sunday night. Moving from their longtime home at the Orpheum Stage Door theatre, the group got together in the large back room at the Escape Java Joint coffeehouse on Willy Street. >More
 Tom Yoshikami introduces the spring 2007 edition of UW Cinematheque

The start of a new semester at UW-Madison means it's time for a new round of rare and foreign film screenings on campus, as the UW Cinematheque launches this weekend. There are five major series featured over the winter and spring months, everything from newly restored American features, to retrospectives of Jacques Rivette and Satyajit Ray, to a look inside the genuine glorious nation of Kazakhstan (and its neighbors). >More
 Consorting with the enemy

And Letters From Iwo Jima is a stunning gesture, both ideologically and formalistically. Ideologically, it's the equivalent of a contemporary filmmaker, 50 years from now, releasing a film sympathetic to the Iraqi insurgents. >More
 The Last King of Scotland

Few actors can seem so warm and friendly one moment, cold and frightening the next. And Whitaker pulls off some lightning shifts in mood while showing us a man who was both fascinating and horrifying. >More
 Jacques Rivette

But of all the directors who rebelled against France's mid-century Cinema of Quality, taking to the streets to catch life on the fly, Rivette was perhaps the one most open to the way life and art reflect each other, the one blurring imperceptibly into the other. >More
 A wail of a tale

Condon has committed the ultimate act of stage-to-screen larceny: celebrity casting. Don't get me wrong, some of these people sing and dance their asses off. But none of them belongs in the same room with the legends they're invoking ' well, maybe Beyoncà Knowles as Diana Ross, a woman not exactly known for her singing voice. And the songs themselves, more Broadway than Motown, have about as much soul as...well, as the white acts that used to steal from black performers. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Making plans for Chad Vader Episode 6

Writing is underway and production is tentatively scheduled to being in early February for the sixth episode of Chad Vader, the online T.V. series that is Madison's most robust export in the world of internet superstardom. Created by Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda of Blame Society Productions, the series is currently slated to continue at least three more episodes. Their video update follows below. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Trainspotting in Madison

Throughout the country, there is a small but dedicated group of enthusiasts who document railroad crossings and accompanying train signals. One of these persons is Andre Wehrle, a Stoughton native who has shot videos throughout the state of the rail behemoths. At the end of 2006, he captured photos and video footage of a Wisconsin Southern train crossing through the east side of Madison. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Blueheels rock the Crystal

On Jan. 6, the Neenah-based hard-rocking country quintet Blueheels played to an appreciative crowd at the Crystal Corner Bar. They are touring in support of their new album Long Gone, gradually making a name for themselves throughout the state with each stop. >More
 Pregnant pause

James, an English mystery writer, attempted to solve one of the greatest mysteries of them all: Why do we behave the way we do? Is it because we want to make a better world for our children? And if there were no children, would we behave even worse than we do now? Her answer was a resounding yes. >More
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