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Movies & TV - Aug. 27, 2015
Operation documentary aims to keep game inventor's story buzzing
Growing up, the Bay View-based toy maker Peggy Brown has plenty of memories of the classic board game Operation - and her family didn't even own it. Decades later, Brown - along with her friend and fellow toy maker Tim Walsh - are trying to give something back to the man whose legendarily buzz-worthy game gave them so many fun times and fond memories over the years with the documentary "Buzz Heard 'Round the World."
Arts & Entertainment - Aug. 27, 2015
Hangman Radio haunts the airwaves with new takes on old Milwaukee tales
Considering its reputation as Milwaukee's haunted bar, Shaker's Cigar Bar, located at 422 S. 2nd St., certainly knows a thing or two about old stories coming to life. After giving plenty of historical tours through the years and guiding eager guests to some of the city's ghosts, bar owner Bob Weiss and marketing director Amanda Morden are hoping they've found a new way to resurrect some of Milwaukee's old tales of yore: Hangman Radio.
Movies & TV - Aug. 26, 2015
Milwaukee duo hopes Kickstarter can get them to "Shangri-L.A."
Now, with their Internet comedy series "Shangri-L.A.," Milwaukee-grown filmmakers Drew Rosas and Nick Sommer ("Billy Club," "Pester") are the latest to go in search of the worldly utopia. Well, kind of, as the search for dreams brings them to the very real city of Los Angeles - and to Kickstarter to help finish the 11 episode production.
Sports - Aug. 25, 2015
Mourning Jordy Nelson (through Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers' Dubsmashes)
Yes, the Packers will probably be just fine without Jordy Nelson, who's done for the year with a significant right knee injury. But sometimes, you just need to grieve ... with a collection of Dubsmashes from Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers from before the injury that eerily fit this time of great sadness.
Movies & TV - Aug. 23, 2015
"Phoenix" is a "Vertigo"-riffing psychological slow burn that soars
If you're planning on riffing off of one of Hollywood's greatest director's greatest movies, you better know what you're doing. Luckily, the man behind "Phoenix" is the extremely talented German director Christian Petzold, who smartly takes a touch of Hitchcock and twists it into an impressive project all of his own, a brilliantly crafted modern post-war noir carefully cloaked in mystery that slowly but satisfyingly burns to a quiet fireworks display of a finale.
Movies & TV - Aug. 22, 2015
Guy Ritchie's fizzy "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." is U.N.R.E.M.A.R.K.A.B.L.E.
The jazzy retro style of Guy Ritchie's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." is slinky fun, but enjoy it while you can because, like a toddler, if you take your eyes off it for a second to grab your drink or glance at your watch or merely blink, it is gone, a whooshing little breeze where it once used to be on screen and in your mind. The projector might as well be one of those neuralizers from "Men in Black."
Movies & TV - Aug. 19, 2015
Sturm Special Effects sprinkles faux snow over Hollywood
Dieter Sturm may not be a household name, but for about 30 years, his work has been all over some of your favorite Hollywood movies. Yes, fitting for a Wisconsinite, Sturm's business is snow, and when a Hollywood production needs to call in anything from a flurry to a blizzard, Sturm and his Lake Geneva-based company Sturm Special Effects bring the storm.
Festival Guide - Aug. 18, 2015
Living "Lebowski": 7 questions for The Dude impersonator Tom Esterline, Jr.
The first time Indianapolis native and "Big Lebowski" superfan Tom Esterline, Jr. saw the 1998 Coen Brothers cult classic, well, he fell asleep. But then he watched it again. And again. And again and again and so on until he became a superfan - an Achiever - decked in his finest Pendleton sweater and attending as many Lebowski Fests as possible - the next one located right here in Milwaukee this weekend at Cathedral Square Park.
Festival Guide - Aug. 18, 2015
Brother lead singer preps his goodbye to River Rhythms and the road
The combination of bagpipes and didgeridoo is an almost impossibly rare mix - one that belongs almost exclusively to Brother. Unfortunately, the band's upcoming return to River Rhythms on Wednesday night will likely be the final one of its kind, as lead singer Angus Richardson recently announced that he was stepping away from the band. Before his likely final Milwaukee show, we chatted with Richardson and reflect on saying goodbye to Brother.
Movies & TV - Aug. 15, 2015
It's clobberin' time indeed: "Fantastic Four" is fantastically poor
Some legendary movies managed to emerge from production fires stronger - "Jaws" and "Apocalypse Now" most famously - but "Fantastic Four" lands far from joining that company. The movie is a mess, one that - even at its best and most promising - plays like a sleepy also-ran before it even gets out of the gate.
Travel & Visitors Guide - Aug. 12, 2015
Rounding the country's bases: 8 tips for planning your own baseball trip
I am sitting in the passenger's seat of the family car. My dad's at the wheel, there's a Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins jersey draped right in the middle of the back seat and there's a straight line of grey highway surrounded by green and spotless blue ahead. It all leads to one place, my personal favorite of summer traditions: the Mueller boys' annual baseball trip. And here are some tips that might help you create a similar trip of your own.
Marketplace - Aug. 10, 2015
Partnership gambles on reopening Jackpot Gallery in Riverwest
George Darrow is no stranger to the world of antiques, old toys and collectibles. After all, George's father was Chick Darrow, who opened what he claims to be the first collectible shop - Darrow's Fun Antiques - in 1962 in the Upper East Side of New York City. However, his antiquarian days are far from behind him, as he and partner Jason Royal Hart begin the process of reopening Riverwest's Jackpot Gallery as an art gallery and collectible shop.
Movies & TV - Aug. 9, 2015
Marvel's "Ant-Man" scores big by going small
The hardest part of watching Marvel's "Ant-Man" is thinking about the "Ant-Man" movie you're not watching. Once you finally make peace with that fact, however, the film we ended up actually getting is actually still pretty good in its own right, delivering a fun and brisk-minded micro-sized jaunt into the Marvel Cinematic Universe without the burden of the MCU - or its own tortured production history - weighing on its tiny pest-sized shoulders.
Movies & TV - Aug. 8, 2015
"Pixels" is Sandler's best movie in years ... but it still sucks
The following statement is praise so faint that it could function as a dog whistle, but "Pixels" feels like the closest an Adam Sandler project has come to resembling an actual movie in years. But before we begin the celebrate "Pixels" for clearing the bar loftily set on the floor by the likes of "Blended" and the duo of "Grown Ups" movies, this is still a modern Adam Sandler movie - AKA it's still an unfunny and lazy exercise in Sandler self-appreciation.
Movies & TV - Aug. 6, 2015
10 movies to look forward to this fall
The summer may be still a month from technically coming to a close, but when it comes to movies, the sun might as well have set on the season. So let's look ahead to the fall season and the big names - Steven Spielberg! Tom Hardy! Matt Damon! Tom Hardy again! - that we'll hopefully be raving about when the leaves come down.
Movies & TV - Aug. 5, 2015
Fictional felt beings Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have broken up
Gossip pages, tabloids and entertainment websites lit up yesterday upon the news that Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have broken up. Not that their characters will break up as a plot point on their new TV show "The Muppets"; no, it was reported like real life news that Kermit and Miss Piggy - fictional beings made of felt - were no longer together.
Movies & TV - Aug. 2, 2015
Gyllenhaal's boxing drama "Southpaw" packs minimal punch
Jake Gyllenhaal's impressive physical transformation from scrawny media parasite in "Nightcrawler" to pro boxer in "Southpaw" has snagged most of the movie's pre-release hubbub - partly because, well, there's not all that much to say about the cliche-ridden, predictable film housing that handsome new physique.
Movies & TV - Aug. 1, 2015
"The Wolfpack" captures a fascinating burning fuse of family, fear and film
Like a real-life version of the 2010 Greek film "Dogtooth," six boys and their little sister weren't allowed to leave their drab New York City apartment for almost all of their young lives thanks to their parents' rules. First-time director Crystal Moselle certainly stumbles onto a fascinating story for her doc "The Wolfpack," and she doesn't waste it either, absorbing the viewer into a bizarre and often unsettling psychological experiment playing out right in reality.
Music - July 24, 2015
R5's Ellington Ratliff readies for Riverside show and Wisconsin return
At first glance, Ellington Ratliff may seem like the odd man in the pop rock band R5. He's the only one who's not a member of the Lynch family. He's the only one with a first name that doesn't begin with R (Riker, Rocky, Ross and Rydel make up the rest), and he's the only bandmate not born and raised in Colorado. Instead, Ratliff was born out in Los Angeles and split time in Wisconsin, making the band's Riverside gig Friday night a return of sorts.
Movies & TV - July 23, 2015
Local movie fans attempt to bring more lion-sanity to town with "Roar"
If the last two days have proven anything, it's that Milwaukee will freaking lose their mind over the mere idea of a lion. At least, local movie fans Stephen Milek and Christopher Kai House certainly hope that is the case, as the two film buffs attempt to bring the notoriously insane 1981 thriller/borderline snuff film "Roar" to town.
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