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Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008

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

Documentaries don’t get much more awkward than 2007’s Operation Filmmaker. Armed with the best intentions, actor Live Schreiber conceives an MTV special about Muthana Mohmed, a young Iraqi who had big, improbable dreams of becoming a filmmaker. Mohmed is given a chance to come to America and be an assistant on a...
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

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

The human toll of war understandably receives the most attention, but there’s another, forgotten causality of war: the environment. In Alice and Lincoln Day’s stark new documentary, Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War, the filmmakers examine how weapons and war chip away at often already...
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

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

Documentaries don’t get much more awkward than 2007’s Operation Filmmaker. Armed with the best intentions, actor Live Schreiber conceives an MTV special about Muthana Mohmed, a young Iraqi who had big, improbable dreams of becoming a filmmaker. Mohmed is given a chance to come to America and be an assistant on a film production...
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

Tonight @ the UWM Theatre - 7 p.m.

One of Jean-Luc Godard’s most infamous commercial films, 1963’s Contempt follows a conflicted screenwriter as he attempts to perfect a script for a film version of The Odyssey—his job is made much more difficult by the meddling of just about everyone in his life, including his beautiful wife, played by Brigitte Bardot...
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

Today @ the Times Cinema - 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Though it takes the unusual step of acknowledging the infamous writer’s less than productive final years, like just about every study of its subject, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, is guilty of over-romanticizing Thompson’s quirks. Still, the documentary is one of the most comprehensive looks at Thompson’s...
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - midnight

The Rocky Horror Picture Show isn’t the only cult comedy to get the live, midnight reenactment treatment. The Milwaukee troupe The Warped Cast has taken it upon themselves to act out the film clue Clue, the funny 1985 murder-mystery based on the iconic board game (and, perhaps not so coincidentally, starring Tim Curry, of Rocky Horror fame). The film screens (and is acted out) at midnight tonight at the Times Cinema.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - 7 and 9:15 p.m.

Mike Judge helped usher in the animation renaissance of the ’90s with his inspired short films, iconic Beavis and Butthead cartoons and admirably low-key King of the Hill. He’s still committed to the medium, and along with fellow animator Don Hertzfedlt, he’s compiled a winning collection of shorts for The Animation Show, an annual traveling...
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Tonight @ UWM Union Theatre - 7 p.m.

Wilderness Filmmaking Expedition leader Robert Schaller doesn’t have much interest in modern filmmaking technology; he’s much more enamored with classic filming methods, like hand-made emulsion and pinhole cinematography. He’ll discuss some of these unorthodox techniques, as well as his interest in low-budget “wild” filmmaking...
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

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

George W. Bush’s fumbled war in Iraq has prompted no shortage of critical documentaries, but one of the most cutting is No End In Sight, which screens tonight at the UWM Union Theatre at 7 p.m. Unlike other films, which dissect Bush’s perplexing and misleading rationale for the war, this one focuses on the failed strategy
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008

Golda remembers

Shalom and salam: words so similar in sound and identical in meaning. In Golda's Balcony, an imaginative telling of the life of Golda Meir, Israel's founding mother pauses to consider that peace sounds almost the same in Hebrew as in Arabic.

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