It is quite rare to see a film franchise completely reinvigorate a character without disappointing fans of the original.
Over the weekend, various theaters on the Madison campus played a part in the sixth annual “Tales from Planet Earth” film festival, aiming to bring concepts, concerns and discussion on the environment to movies — perhaps one of the most publicly accessible mediums of the modern age.
Halloween recommendations from the Arts staff.
Few films have made such ripples in film debate and the entire sci-fi genre as Ridley Scott’s original “Blade Runner” film.
I recently ventured to the Marquee in Union South for the exclusive screening of “Happy Death Day,” an upcoming horror movie that’s generated a ton of social media frenzy.
As any fan of the 2014 original film would agree, the “Kingsman” film franchise is noteworthy for its inventive action sequences, sophisticated humor and well-established chemistry between its stars, Taron Egerton and Colin Firth. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is only able to deliver two out of the three elements for this successful mission, but still delivers an entertaining and original spy flick.
Acclaimed screenwriter Taylor Sheridan has become synonymous with the art of tension in the dramatic thriller.
I am not a horror fan. The jump scares, paranormal events and downright creepy characters are all things I can live without in my life. So, when I found myself sitting in a Marcus Point Cinema theater about to watch “It,” I didn’t know what to expect from the two-plus hours to come. After the credits finally rolled, though, I can say that “It” might be the exception to my horror genre aversion.
The fall semester has officially begun, and with that marks the beginning of the fall movie season. The last few months of the year almost always bring forth a diverse mix of blockbusters and Oscar contenders, but there are a few other promising titles lined up in the coming weeks to make for a balanced movie-going experience. Here’s what you need to look out for this fall:
In “The Fast and The Furious” (2001), a dreamy undercover cop named Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) tries to infiltrate a crew of Los Angeles street racers.
In the first episode of Rock With the Flock, The Daily Cardinal arts staff discusses the latest movie trailers, "13 Reasons Why" and upcoming films. To listen on SoundCloud, click here. Thor: Ragnarok (0:37) War for the Planet of the Apes (6:27) IT (8:15) 13 Reasons Why (12:05) The Fate of the Furious (25:32) The Circle (29:34) Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (33:20)
For most people, the categories of ‘male’ and ‘female’ are taken as undeniably natural divisions. But a new film from four UW-Madison students, which will be showcased at the Chazen Art Museum this evening, is looking to challenge the notion that men have to put on a ‘masculine’ front.
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.
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.