The 19th annual Wisconsin Film Fest brought movie lovers from across the state together in the heart of Madison to watch some of the quirkiest and unique films from all over the world.
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Surely you’ve seen, or at least heard of, David Zucker’s movies. The 1971 UW-Madison alumnus is a giant in the film industry. He directed “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun,” and helped start the careers of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker as well as “Dumb and Dumber” directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly. In town for a campus tour with his son, I sat down with Zucker to talk about his time at UW-Madison and everything that followed.
SXSW finished its film festival with the star-studded space thriller, “Life.” The film begins with a team of astronauts, lead by Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson, planning to return to earth after collecting samples from Mars that may contain the first signs of extraterrestrial life.
The final premiere I attended at SXSW ended on a high note with “The Big Sick.” Directed by Michael Showalter and produced by Judd Apatow, the rom-com depicts the real-life love story between Kumail Nanjiani, a comedian who comes from a traditional, Muslim Pakistani family, and Emily Gordon, a therapist who meets Kumail at one of his shows.
Director Dustin Guy Defa screened his film, “Person to Person,” a feature-length based on his short film of the same name. The film follows five characters throughout the course of a day, exploring questions of occupation, relationships and death, starring Abbi Jacobson, Michael Cera and Tavi Gevinson.
Six years after his film “Kill List” premiered here, director Ben Wheatley returns to SXSW with his film “Free Fire.” The film focuses on a group of criminals who meet to broker a gun sale in a large warehouse.
Lee Daniels, director of “Monster’s Ball,” “Precious” and “The Butler,” as well as co-creator of Fox’s hit television series, ”Empire,” gave an inspiring, personal keynote on Sunday.
Fresh off the successes of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” director Gareth Edwards hosted a SXSW keynote to discuss how he got his start in filmmaking.
Sunday night kicked off with “Atomic Blonde,” a film based on the graphic novel, “The Coldest City.” Set in Berlin before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the film stars Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent who teams up with Berlin spy David Percival, played by James McAvoy, to take down a group of spies who assassinated an undercover agent.
Netflix’s “Win It All” is a small film with a simple premise and a surprisingly large amount of charm.
Passion is truly the name of the game here at SXSW. Every filmmaker, well-known or not, poured heart and soul into these productions, and that couldn’t be more evident when Edgar Wright premiered his new film, “Baby Driver,” at the Paramount Theatre.
Film festivals are useful venues for independent filmmaking. Among the lineup was “Small Town Crime,” directed by brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms.
South By Southwest officially begins this weekend down in Austin, Texas. With a stacked lineup of artists, keynote speakers, films and television shows, SXSW is gearing up to be an amazing festival. The Daily Cardinal Arts staff will be flying down to cover the event, and here’s what they are most looking forward to:
For all the praise this year’s Oscars field garnered for being diverse and inclusive, the awards show still featured a familiar shortcoming: zero women nominated for Best Director. This isn’t unusual: in 85 of the show’s 89 ceremonies, the category has been all male, and only four females have ever been nominated (Kathryn Bigelow is the lone winner for “The Hurt Locker”).
Orientation and move-in day are just around the corner for the newest batch of Badgers at UW-Madison!
The beginning of the year brings movies to the forefront of conversation. It invites fans and critics alike to reflect on the best movies of 2015 while looking forward to the new films in 2016.
The release of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2” on Nov. 20 marked the end of another popular series of film adaptations—and that was evident in the theater. As I sat in my plush Marcus Theatres movie chair, I could practically feel the anticipation and bittersweet emotions floating through the air as friends and families alike shuffled into the already-crowded theater to see Katniss, Peeta and Gale in action one last time. Although “Part 2” may not live up to some of its predecessors, it is undeniably the emotional, unsettling and suspenseful conclusion that this series deserves.
This weekend has so much to offer Madison in the form of arts and entertainment.
This Friday marks the beginning of the Marquee Film Festival, and the main connection between the movies on display will be their unbelievable high quality. The genre and tone of these films range from the deadpan and quiet artfulness brought by “Amour Fou” to the utterly insane gorefest that is “Dude Bro Party Massacre III,” and everything in-between.
“Harry Potter.” “Twilight.” “The Hunger Games.” “The Martian.” What do all of these have in common? The obvious answer is that they are all wildly popular young-adult books, but there is much more to it than that—they are also movie adaptations. They have also hit the big screen in the last two decades.