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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

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Milwaukee startup gets in on the "Sh*t ___ Say" game

Milwaukee-based fitness startup has gone viral with their "Sh*t Women Say to Personal Trainers" video.

The video rides the wave of the "Sh*t ___ Say" internet video phenomenon and features five minutes of the startup's CEO BJ Gaddour laundry listing his commonly heard excuses - in drag, for that extra touch of authenticity.

Not all the excuses are gems, but overall it's pretty good (as its 700,000+ views can attest). I myself am guilty of uttering one or two of these ... OK, maybe five or so ... fine, maybe not five, but it's definitely under 20 ...

Watch it below:

Just some of the many rotating beer selections at Romans' Pub.
Just some of the many rotating beer selections at Romans' Pub.

Four Milwaukee bars get nods in America's 100 best beer bars list

There's another top bar list making the rounds online, and not one, but four of Milwaukee's many award-worthy bars are featured.

Draft Magazine has published their list of America's best beer bars for 2012 and Bomb Shelter, Palm Tavern, Romans' Pub and Sugar Maple all made the cut.

It's no surprise the aptly named Brew City made a good showing, but adding Bomb Shelter (which just made the list for the first time this year) is a long overdue move.

See all of Draft's 100 picks here.

Ricky Gervais hosts the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. (© HFPA, Golden Globe Awards)
Ricky Gervais hosts the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. (© HFPA, Golden Globe Awards)

Who won what at the Golden Globes

The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards were held Sunday night. Hosted by Ricky Gervais for the second year in a row, the awards show clocked in at just under three hours. In case you missed it (or viewer fatigue set in), here are the nominees and winners for each category (winners are marked with a *):

Best Motion Picture - Drama
*The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis - The Help
Rooney Mara - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
*Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
*George Clooney - The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio - J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender - Shame
Ryan Gosling - The Ides of March
Brad Pitt - Moneyball

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
*The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Jodie Foster - Carnage
Charlize Theron - Young Adult
Kristen Wiig - Bridesmaids
*Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet - Carnage

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
*Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Brendan Gleeson - The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 50/50
Ryan Gosling - Crazy, Stupid, Love
Owen Wilson - Midnight in Paris

Best Animated Feature Film
*The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots

Best Foreign Language Film
The Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid With a Bike
*A Separation
The Skin I Live In

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
*Octavia Spencer - The Help
Shailene Woodley - The Descendants

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks - Drive
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen - A …

Mark Wahlberg stars in "Contraband," out Friday.
Mark Wahlberg stars in "Contraband," out Friday.

"Contraband" worth the risk, to an extent

I'll admit, I didn't go into "Contraband" expecting much. The plot – in which a former smuggler (Mark Wahlberg) reluctantly gets back in the game to save his younger brother-in-law from the fallout of a botched job – sounded all too reminiscent of "Gone in 60 Seconds" and similarly predictable action heist flicks.

I was surprised to instead find myself watching a decidedly lower-octane action/thriller hybrid.

"Contraband" has a much more deliberate pace than the average action movie, and almost leans into drama territory with a number of low-key scenes and more character and situational development than is typical of the genre.

Though the pacing is slower, tensions still run high throughout most of the movie. This can be credited to both the complexity of the plot and the number of moving parts making it happen. While this helps create a pretty decent thinking man's heist movie, it also gets cluttered in spots and requires audiences to actively keep up with many of the plot's offhand details.

It's hard to say what "Contraband" could do without cinematically, but I can't imagine they couldn't have found some way to clean up the script a little. Those speed bumps, plus the odd too-close close-ups and occasional "raw footage"-style zooming, are minor faults in the big picture, but they do detract from what could have been a much better film.

The biggest obstacle "Contraband" faces in theaters, unfortunately, is its marketing. Movie-goers anticipating the explosive action film it's made out to be in previews are going to be left disappointed, and that might cause a more negative reception than it deserves. For those who know what to expect, "Contraband" cuts it as a decent, albeit a little drama-heavy, action thriller.