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Sunday, September 24, 2023



Welcome Back! Fall Semester ‘19 Previews

Madison is home to dozens of venues for taking in movies, plays, musicals and concerts. The Daily Cardinal highlights some highly anticipated events happening on campus this fall semester, as well as a few movies and shows for you to enjoy in between studies!


Tarantino creates a masterful vision in 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Tarantino transports us back in time to the late 1960s in sunny Los Angeles during the peak of Hollywood, where movie stars were respected icons, but several in the industry were unable to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” follows former TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he and his stunt man Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) navigate through Hollywood in 1968-'69. Dalton is a fading actor best known for playing the fictional TV cowboy Jake Cahill in “Bounty Law,” an American television western series.  


Summer Arts Preview: Film

Daily Cardinal film columnist Christian Memmo offers his list of the most highly anticipated movies coming out this summer for you to enjoy while taking a break from the sun!

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Rocket Raccoon: Marvel’s most unique hero

One character in the Marvel cinematic universe stands out. He’s not a powerful god, a billionaire techno-genius, a wizard, a massive green monster, or an African king, but rather a smart-ass talking raccoon. Appearing in both “Guardians of the Galaxy” films and “Avengers: Infinity War," Rocket Raccoon, voiced by the exceptional Bradley Cooper, is without question the best character from the Marvel films.


No laughing matter: Peele’s ‘Us’ a brilliant modern horror film

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” from 2017 was a film that so creatively examined racial tensions in the United States and gripped us to our cores that we’ll be analyzing the film for decades. Peele, in his second feature, crafts a film similar in style and energy, yet grounded and based on different societal themes that are executed profoundly well. “Us” is a monumental piece of cinema that is a gift to the horror genre.   

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

McCarthy shows off acting range in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

Although Melissa McCarthy is best known for her unfiltered, aggressive and outright hilarious performances (“Bridesmaids”, “The Heat”), it’s clearly evident that this comedic genius is quite capable of tackling dramatic, darkly comedic roles as well. Such is the case in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” from director Marielle Heller, a rather different kind of film that can best be described as pleasantly enjoyable. 

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Netflix film 'Velvet Buzzsaw' fine but falls flat

As I comb through the marketing (or lack thereof) in the wake of viewing “Velvet Buzzsaw,” I’m repeatedly confounded by director Dan Gilroy’s quasi-epithetic obsession as the creator of the fantastic 2014 neo-noir “Nightcrawler". While “Nightcrawler” knows exactly what it is in both grounded characterization and sensical narrative progression, “Velvet Buzzsaw” is a gross juxtaposition to such competency. 

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