On a cold Wisconsin Valentine’s Day, Pip the Pansy’s bright, upbeat and powerful performance offered a pleasant escape from the weather outside. On a stage dressed with flowers, her dark, heavy synth contrasted with light, punchy melodies and mystic flute solos to give her a strong electro-pop sound. Her music was at the same time both uplifting and easy listening, as well as personal, emotional and impactful.
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The spaces for music media are small. Too often I struggle to find where to turn online if I want to read an honest opinion of something, with all bias and editorial standards left at the door.
This is not a drill.
What do you get when you mix together a moody, confused and narcissistic record store owner, a Brooklyn-based backdrop that comes straight down from the romantic comedy heavens and enough musical and pop-cultural references to make your head spin in circles?
The 2010s was an extraordinary decade of cinema. Films were made that explored the deepest aspects of humanity, transported us to new worlds and re-envisioned how the art of cinema operates. We saw new worlds and explored the struggles of characters that made us more intoned with ourselves and the world around us. With that, let’s take a look at the 25 best films of the 2010s.
Much of our friendship is built on long nights of binge-watching, never-ending conversations and the whistling of the tea kettle. In fact, the start of our relationship was in sophomore year of high school with the simple question: Have you ever seen “Sherlock?”
“Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” is an action-packed affair with colorful clothes, chemicals and confetti. It is fun, quirky and, most of all, entertaining.
Sunday night was Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, as dozens of the biggest stars gathered at the Dolby Theater for the 92nd Academy Awards for a historic night.
Is there anything Hayley Williams can’t do? Whether she’s too busy being the frontwoman of Paramore, creating awesomely epic hair dye colors for her own company, Good Dye Young, or now releasing her own music and embarking on somewhat of a solo career, I suggest that Williams is somewhat of a superhuman.
Comedian Paul Virzi talks Wisconsin, performing personal material, The Irishman, and more prior to his three-day run in Madison.
The brilliantly funny Paul Virzi is set to perform a five-show run here in Madison, WI, and will be in town from Thursday, Feb. 6 to Saturday, Feb. 8. Virzi has worked with the likes of Pete Davidson, Bill Burr and Judd Apatow. He has released a critically acclaimed stand-up special, his comedy album reached #1 on iTunes, and he is preparing to shoot a second hour-long stand-up special this summer — a new hour of material which will also be performed at his comedy shows this weekend in Madison.
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score, “Little Women” is a film that has definitely garnered the attention of the Academy and movie-goers alike. Director Greta Gerwig — known for her 2017 directorial debut “Ladybird” which also stars Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet — effortlessly fuses this classic story of the 19th century with hints of modernity, garnering “Little Women” to be one for the books.
This past Saturday was the opening of the 2020 faculty exhibition at the Chazen Museum. This year, which happens to be the museum's 50th anniversary, the Chazen is putting on a show that exhibits the work of faculty and teaching staff who use art-making techniques in their teaching and research. The collection includes pieces from current faculty that are paired with pieces from the Chazen's permanent collection, in an attempt to engage viewers with works in the museum that are often overlooked. The art in this exhibit explores the relationship between the artists' work, and specific works within the museums collection.
When people ask me what film from last year they should see that they haven’t heard of, the answer is always “Waves,” a powerful independent drama from filmmaker Trey Edward Shults.
One of the surprise gems of last year, “Sex Education” returns with a captivating sophomore season, givng viewers more of the comedic and relatable characters they have come to love while further developing these characters in meaningful and impactful ways.
If you thought Michael Bluth’s “Arrested Development” shenanigans or Marty Byrde’s “Ozark” misfortunes were the worst problems Jason Bateman would face in his career, the one he faces in HBO’s new Stephen King miniseries “The Outsider” will leave you surprised and horrified.
The 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday will honor a remarkable year for motion pictures. Before the ceremony begins, let’s break down who will most likely win and also mention who was snubbed from each category.
2019 was a terrific year for movies, one of the best of the past decade. This past year, we saw enchanting remakes, Hollywood epics from legendary filmmakers, blockbuster knockouts, disturbing looks at society, technical masterpieces and movies that simply don’t get made anymore. 2019 was a year that made us appreciate the art of cinema for what it can do and see the world in different ways. Below are 2019’s 10 best films in order.
Displayed at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, located at 1922 University Avenue, is a series of works by Peggy Flora Zalucha. Zalucha is a Madison based artist whose floral and watercolor works are nationally recognized. Her current exhibit is “Deconstruct/Reconstruct”, which she created by cutting up her older paintings and reassembling them to create something new.
Everybody knows Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel “Little Women.” This is a story that has already been adapted to the screen for both film and television several times since 1933, as well as for theatrical productions both big and small. Director Greta Gerwig, using source material she clearly adores, somehow manages to bring this already-familiar story to life in a burst of fresh energy that stands as one of 2019’s very best films.
Director Sam Mendes’ “1917” is a WWI film that catches your attention, invites you into its domain and captures you in its glory from the very beginning. There have been hundreds of war films made over the years, but few have achieved such technical brilliance as this visual miracle of a movie, making it stand as the best war film since 1998’s “Saving Private Ryan.”