Madison Weekend Cinema Roundup (10/23-10/24)

As I alluded to yesterday, this is going to be quite a weekend to see movies in Madison; what’s more, all the screenings listed below will run you a whopping $0.00 to attend. Find it in your heart to give cinema a chance.

Friday night, 7:30PM at the Cinematheque: Billy Wilder’s One, Two, Three (1961) — This one’s screening as part of the Cinematheque’s three-film series on border politics/psychology. Personally I’m not crazy about Wilder’s style, but many many are and they can’t all be wrong, can they? Anyway, One, Two, Three features James Cagney pushing up a Cold War comedy as a character named MacNamara. If this doesn’t strike your fancy, get ready for the Chantal Akerman doc that the Cinematheque will be screening next weekend as the second film in this weirdly eclectic, alluring lil’ program.

Saturday night, 7:00PM at the Overture Center: Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. (1924) — This film’s title and the name “Buster Keaton” probably speak for themselves, and I’m by no means an expert on Keaton, so I’m going to abstain from providing much exposition here. Sherlock Jr. is screening as part of the Overture Center’s tragically infrequent Duck Soup Cinema series. Of all the films screening this weekend, Sherlock Jr. is the shortest (45 minutes) and perhaps the most loaded-with-yucks; thus, it just may be the best bang for your non-existent buck.

Saturday night, 7:30PM at the Cinematheque: Grigori Aleksandrov’s The Shining Path (1940) — These Aleksandrov films are getting progressively rowdier with each screening, and I fully expect this, the final film in the Cinematheque’s Aleksandrov series, to be the rowdiest yet, though it’ll certainly be tough to top the remarkably rowdy Volga-Volga. Alright, I think I’ve made my point vis-à-vis Soviet musicals and rowdiness.

Friday and Saturday night, 7:00PM at the Play Circle Theater in Memorial Union: Fear(s) of the Dark (2009); followed by Dead Snow (2009) at 9:30PM — Well, I’m gonna pass on these two, but if you happen to like spooky stuff, Nazis, zombies, and/or Nazi-zombies, this will probably be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If neither of these do it for ya, Zombieland is opening at the Orpheum today as well.

Saturday night/Sunday morning, midnight at the Play Circle Theater in Memorial Union: Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971) — Perhaps Kubrick’s best-known, best-liked, most-reviled puddle of dystopian, misanthropic quotability. I haven’t seen this one in a number of years, but in my estimation it’s probably worth revisiting. WUD Film finally got it pretty much right with its choice for a midnight movie, though let’s keep our fingers crossed for some much more obscure, out-there selections in the months to come.

So there you have it. For at least this weekend, Madison will be the film capital of south-central Wisconsin. Go see a free movie, you bums.

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