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Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Another Road Taken

With the many problems facing the world, a strong undercurrent of apocalyptic anxiety runs through contemporary culture. The Road is the recent masterpiece of apocalypse cinema and it’s a hard trail to follow for The Book of Eli. The landscape of both movies is strikingly...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009

From ‘Damn Yankees’ to ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ how movies ruin our imagination

Before Damn Yankees was popularly known as the best/worst butt-rock outfit starring Ted Nugent, Damn Yankees was a hit 1955 Broadway musical and 1958 movie-musical. And before it was a hit movie-musical, it was a children’s book called The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant. I discovered this book in 1992, effectively ending what had previously been a promising...
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009

Revolution in ’60s Germany

For millions who came of age in the 1960s, peace, love and understanding was a bourgeois farce. And while the media of the ’00s fixated on Sgt. Pepper and Woodstock, for many the defining events of the late ’60s were the bloody upheavals that erupted around the world in riots from Berkeley to Berlin, the thwarted uprising in Czechoslovakia, the Cultural Revolution...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Film, Theatre, Eternity and Immortality: An Idle Rant

By Russ Bickerstaff
A little while ago, I ran into a very talented actor while waiting for a bus. The guy hasn’t appeared onstage in a while. Evidently he’s switching from stage to film and video. He starred in a short that recently screened at the Oriental. I asked him why he’s not as interested in doing stage. He gave the standard answer—people want to see you onstage they have to go out and see you onst...
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009
Several months ago in Wauwatosa, Mary Dawe opened the doors to Markson Dawe, a collection of film acting workshops designed to prepare students for the competitive world of show business. Kid, teen and adult workshops typically run for eight weeks and are specifically geared toward acting in film and...
07.31.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The thought of a large group of people getting together in a major downtown theatre venue to sing along with Grease is a bit disturbing to me. I’m not even sure why. Prior to things getting complicated, tonight and tomorrow night, The Skylight Opera Theatre was planning on presenting the next in its series of cinematic sing alongs in the spacious Cabot Theatre of the Broadway Theatre complex...
07.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I seem to remember reading somewhere that there is a country overseas somewhere that will only allow live actors to overdub movies. These actors are evidently really big stars in the country, adding a live and active dynamic to Hollywood films that may not be there on the actual print. Evidently certain films may do poorly in other parts of the world, but if a really big name overdub actor is p...
05.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Peggy Sue
Crossing the country form Portland, Oregon hoping to find fresh opportunities, Jason Burczyk traveled home to Milwaukee. The 2006 UW-Milwaukee Film and Graphic Design graduate participated in the University's DIVA program, an intensive field of study geared towards developing an advertising career through multiple art medias. This background enabled Burczyk to become Creative Director of four ...
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Argentina opens Latin-American series

In a bad marriage, children can become the one common interest holding the couple together. And in a good marriage, children are usually the focus, an organizing principle of their parents' lives. When the children leave, some couples feel disoriented and play for time as they regain their direction. And some marriages run out of time once the kids are gone. That could be the guiding theme of an intriguing film from Argentina, Empty Nest (El Nido Vacio). But director Daniel Burman smuggles other meanings into his story, including the sometimes-uncertain line between desire...
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Life on planet Earth

Disney and animals have been inseparable since Uncle Walt built an empire around animated ducks and mice. In 1948 the Disney studio expanded its scope with a series of "True Life Adventures" that brought drama and comedy to beautifully photographed, full-color travelogues of nature. Earth, a BBC/Disney co-production, updates those old nature pictures, with the resonant voice of James Earl Jones narrating a thematically linked...

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