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Madison's roads go ever on in Street Quest

"Not all those who wander are lost." This latter half of a couplet penned by J.R.R. Tolkein is the basic principle behind Street Quest, a new documentary created by Madison filmmaker Benson Gardner. The film follows Gardner and a team of five others as they embark on an expedition to find Madison's oldest street. The journey is intentionally discursive, as the group follows tangents of fancy as they wander among historical archives and effigy mounds in search of their quarry. >More
 Yahoo! Video recognizes Jicklefight by Jibangus

Madison filmmakers who publish on the Internet continue to find success as the medium of online video approaches its second year of efflorescence. The latest to be recognized are the team at Jibangus, a three-person arts collective. Their video vignette Jicklefight was nominated last week for 'Best Comedy Team or Duo in a Video Short' by Yahoo! video. >More
 Love-hate relationship

Dame Judi's been handed a role she could really sink her teeth into, and when she's through there are bite marks all over the screen. She doesn't overact; that's not her style. But she does some ferocious underacting, letting her facial muscles tighten into a mask. And that voice! >More

There's some Sirkian melodrama in there, some Hitchcockian thriller, but the tone is surprisingly matter-of-fact for a movie that includes visitations from beyond the grave. >More
 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
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