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12.12.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I and a number of other people recently received an email from local actor Cesar Gamino. There wasn’t much in it. He’d mentioned recently completing work on the following short promo for the United Adworkers 208—the local end of a marketing communications union: Clever. Evidently, he’s also recently finished work on a short film called The Violinist,which apparently filmed ...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

The Duchess of Devonshire

Was it Orson Welles who introduced the long, dining-room table with husband and wife at opposite ends as visual shorthand for marital discord? In The Duchess, the device is used repeatedly. At first, the Duke (Ralph Fiennes) and Duchess (Keira Knightley) of Devonshire are seated across from each other, separated by a long, polished surface sparingly set with a few china serving dishes.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

Justice on the Appaloosa trail

The first sound is of pounding hooves and the first sight is of three horsemen hurrying over the crest of a dun-colored hill, framed by the wooden gate to a ranch in desolate country. The city marshal and his deputies have come to arrest one of the hired hands for rape and murder, but the landowner, a man called Bragg (Jeremy Irons), stands firm.
Monday, Oct. 13, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - 7 p.m.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, a psychological mystery staring Jimmy Stewart, tanked upon its initial release, but over the years the film was re-discovered as a sort of “lost Hitchcock film,” if not a “lost Hitchcock masterpiece.” It doesn’t provide the popcorn thrills that many of Hitch’s best flicks do, but even casual fans of classic cinema will want to see it on the big screen to appreciate the film’s grand sets, gorgeous colors and...
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - Midnight

Though it doesn’t deviate from the franchise’s formula—teenagers have fun, then get slaughtered—Part III may be the best installment of the mostly interchangeable Friday the 13th movies. It’s certainly one of the most lively, memorable for not only being the one where increasingly immortal mass murderer Jason Voorhees discovers his beloved hockey mask, but also for being the only installment filmed in 3D. Making the...
Friday, Oct. 10, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - Midnight

Though it doesn’t deviate from the franchise’s formula—teenagers have fun, then get slaughtered—Part III may be the best installment of the mostly interchangeable Friday the 13th movies. It’s certainly one of the most lively, memorable for not only being the one where increasingly immortal mass murderer Jason Voorhees discovers his beloved hockey mask, but also for being the only installment filmed in 3D. Making the most of the (still pretty impressive) technology, the filmmakers miss no opportunities to fling items at the...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Remembering black bravery

Spike Lee has been fighting World War II long before the release of his latest film, Miracle at St. Anna. His campaign began with a salvo at Clint Eastwood for excluding black faces from Flags of Our Fathers and perpetuating the assumption that blacks contributed little to the U.S. victory. It was not the movie Eastwood wanted to make and the sniping between the two directors probably served to harden Lee's resolve.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

Waiting for the king of England

Sentenced to 15 years on charges of being too rich, the former waiter Jan Dite is finally released from prison in Communist Czechoslovakia. Squinting against the bright sunshine of freedom, Dite's re-entry into society suffers a momentary snag when the strap of his backpack catches in the iron gate that slams shut behind him.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

Samuel L. Jackson’s race card

Neil LaBute established his reputation as a director and writer with gritty, unrelenting scenarios about human nastiness-male division. Let's call him the David Mamet of post-boomer suburbia for short.But if In the Company of Men and Your Friends & Neighbors were almost vile in their depiction of vile behavior, Lake Terrace represents LaBute at his most polished.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

Tonight @ the UWM Union Theatre - 7 p.m.

Director Yung Chang quietly explores potent themes of consumerism in his personable, critically acclaimed documentary, Up The Yangtze. The film, which for free screens tonight and tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the UWM Union Theater, follows the impact that building the Three Gorges dam has on two young Chinese people who work on one of the Yangtze river’s ships.

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