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Movies & TV - Oct. 29, 2014
Film critic Luhrssen's latest book looks at "War on the Silver Screen"
It's one of the great philosophical questions about cinema: How much does reality shape the movies we watch, and how much do the movies we watch shape our perception of reality? Long-time Shepherd Express film critic Dave Luhrssen takes on that question with his latest book, "War on the Silver Screen," along with another classic question proposed by the great Detroit philosopher Edwin Starr: War, what is it good for?
Movies & TV - Oct. 28, 2014
"The Surface" sets out to make some Hollywood waves for Milwaukee
Writer and producer Jeff Gendelman's dream project, one in the works for 18 years, is finally hitting the big screen, one that puts his childhood fascination and home in the spotlight for hopefully the rest of the world to appreciate.
Movies & TV - Oct. 27, 2014
Bored game: Don't play the dusty horror flick "Ouija"
Perhaps the Hasbro-based wannabe screamer is due some credit, because as a loyal adaptation, it manages to be just as flimsy and silly as the board game on which it's based.
Dining - Oct. 22, 2014
Not just dorm room food: Ramen's reputation rehab
For many in America, ramen is almost exclusively college dorm food, something quick and easy to make when the times are desperate and the money (or perhaps just the initiative) is low. Recently, however, ramen's reputation has begun to lose its college res hall stink in American culture.
Movies & TV - Oct. 22, 2014
"Fury" signifies nothing more than a decent WWII action movie
As the rare tank-based WWII action movie, Ayer's latest decently satisfies. When "Fury" tries to be anything more, however, the story's treading gets gummed up, and the effective machine loses steam.
Music - Oct. 21, 2014
Talking romance and real music with Rhye's Michael Milosh
In early 2012, music fans found themselves entranced by two hypnotically romantic pop songs cryptically released onto YouTube. The songs were gorgeous, a dreamy high voice with just a touch of smokiness crooning intimate lyrics over seductively simple electronic arrangements. Everyone just wanted to know who was responsible. It was an impressive little indie music mystery ... especially since it was essentially an accident.
Arts & Entertainment - Oct. 20, 2014
Notaro turns personal crisis into comedy legend
In 2012, comedian Tig Notaro went through a series of intense, significant personal crises that would be overwhelming in a four-year stretch, much less in merely four months. In a matter of a few months, Notaro faced a break-up, a sudden death in the family and two potentially fatal ailments. And in the middle of all of that, she had a stand-up gig at Largo in Los Angeles. The rest, as the cliché says, is history.
Tagged with: comedy, concerts, Tig Notaro
Music - Oct. 16, 2014
Alverno Presents "Smith Uncovered" plugs into a punk legend
A little over a decade ago, Milwaukee musician and Testa Rosa lead vocalist Betty Blexrud-Strigens got a chance to see the legendary Patti Smith in Madison. Even though the show came quite some time after Smith's punk glory years, Blexrud-Strigens still remembers the rock legend providing a charge. Now, it's up to Blexrud-Strigens and a roster of Milwaukee artists and musicians to bring that essence back to the stage with "Smith Uncovered."
Music - Oct. 15, 2014
The Rural Alberta Advantage returns with its first album in three years
After three years, The Rural Alberta Advantage is taking a new album on the road, including a return stop at Turner Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Before then, however, chatted with the band's drummer Paul Banwatt about the process behind "Mended with Gold," looking back at the band's past and spending some time in a creepy Canadian cabin. And, of course, hockey.
Movies & TV - Oct. 14, 2014
"Kill the Messenger" uncovers a solid movie in hunt for truth (and Oscars)
Judged as awards bait, "Kill the Messenger" won't likely snag the golden glory it's looking for. Once you remove the arbitrary frame of awards season, "Kill the Messenger" is a solid, satisfyingly unpredictable and well performed journalism drama that - following the lead of "Shattered Glass" and, of course, "All the President's Men" - often plays like a tense thriller.
Movies & TV - Oct. 13, 2014
MPM's Sci-Fi Film Fest finds a way, roars to life with "Jurassic Park"
At the end of the month, the Milwaukee Public Museum will celebrate the fall - as well as its current "Alien Worlds and Androids" exhibit - with a Sci-Fi Film Fest. Every Thursday and Saturday (save for Thanksgiving) from Oct. 23 through Nov. 29, the museum will screen a sci-fi flick in the Dome Theater.
Movies & TV - Oct. 12, 2014
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" is merely bad
How does one stretch a barely 30-page short story of accumulated gripes and grumbles into a feature length film? In the case of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," the answer is simple: poorly. By the time its 82-minute running time comes to a grateful close - and all of the cliché, contrived and crude chaos with it - Alexander's bad day has morphed into the audience's bad day.
Music - Oct. 10, 2014
Field Report hopes to strike "Marigolden" with sophomore record
Few bands have come out of the gates as strongly as Milwaukee's own Field Report. So it's safe to say the bar was set high for Field Report's eventual sophomore attempt, one nicely cleared by "Marigolden," released Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Movies & TV - Oct. 7, 2014
Five movies to still see at the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival
Just when it seemed like the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival was just beginning. As it turns out, 14 days goes extremely fast, as the sixth annual cinema extravaganza comes to a close Thursday night. But let's not quite start throwing dirt on the festival's casket quite yet. There still are three days of movies, filled with plenty of great options to offer. Here are some of the best of the rest of the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival.
Movies & TV - Oct. 6, 2014
"Wetlands" is a winning combination of heart and hemorrhoids
If the opening moment of "Wetlands" desperately pleads against its existence, the ensuing 109 minutes of youthfully exuberant gross-out comedy - currently showing at the Milwaukee Film Festival with a final showing Monday night at the Times Cinema at 10 p.m. - couldn't be a more enthusiastic endorsement for it.
Movies & TV - Oct. 6, 2014
New partnership says it will get Modjeska Theatre back in action
This afternoon, William Stace - founder of the Miramar Theatre - announced that he and Larry Widen, former owner of the Times and Rosebud Cinemas, have together formed a group called The Milwaukee Theatre Alliance. The group's goal is to purchase the long-closed Modjeska Theatre and reopen it as a multi-use performing arts space.
Movies & TV - Oct. 6, 2014
"Point and Shoot" director and tribute Curry sets his sights on Milwaukee
Back in 2009, director Marshall Curry's documentary "Racing Dreams" was the opening night selection for the inaugural rendition of a new city event called the Milwaukee Film Festival. Five years later, a lot has changed.
Movies & TV - Oct. 5, 2014
"Jimi: All Is By My Side" successfully plays to its own rhythm
The word "experimental" is used in the biopic genre about as often as the words "fun for the whole family" are used to describe a strip club. The soundtrack and venues may change, but the moves and the designed highs and lows are all the same. So props to "Jimi: All Is By My Side" for making a biopic that departs from the exhausted formula and does so successfully.
Movies & TV - Oct. 4, 2014
"The Overnighters" is a fascinating look at America's current moral battle
At merely face value, the documentary "The Overnighters" has a terrific story to tell. In a modest North Dakota town, writer-director Jesse Moss finds a classic Great Depression tale - about the American dream and American reality smashing into one another, leaving broken people in its quietly explosive aftermath - remodeled for modern times.
Movies & TV - Oct. 4, 2014
"Life Partners" gives female friends some much needed screen time
With the wild successes of "Catching Fire" and "Frozen" last year, the message was clear: Female-led movies can draw an audience and a big, diverse one at that. It's a message and trend that "Life Partners" director and co-writer Susanna Fogel desperately wants to see continue.
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