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Movies & TV - Dec. 19, 2014
"The Interview" died; what comes next might be worse
"The Interview" was canceled this past week amongst hack attacks and terrorist threats. It doesn't matter that this happened to THIS particular movie. What matters is what this means for ALL movies. And what this moment represents is a terrible precedent for the future of film and art altogether.
Sports - Dec. 17, 2014
Going 1-on-1 with Harlem Globetrotter Sweet J
When I arrived to interview Harlem Globetrotter Sweet J Ekworomadu - the 12th female player in the team's 89-year history - in advance of their traditional New Year's Eve game at the BC, I was asked if I wanted to play a game of horse with Sweet J. Considering I hadn't shot a basketball since probably middle school, I couldn't turn down the opportunity fast enough. I was, however, able to ask some one-on-one questions with Ekworomadu.
Holiday Guide - Dec. 16, 2014
Capra classic "It's a Wonderful Life" jumps from screen to stage
The story behind "It's a Wonderful Life" is now almost as well-known as the story of George Bailey himself. The movie performed below expectations back in 1946, but several decades later, as the movie made its way into the public domain, "It's a Wonderful Life" grew into a holiday classic. Now there's many renditions of the story, including a staged radio show version - complete with old school sound effects - coming to the Marcus Center.
Movies & TV - Dec. 15, 2014
Chris Rock gets close to top form in "Top Five"
Fans have been routinely left waiting for a Chris Rock movie that truly plays up to the standard of Chris Rock. Luckily, the wait is over with the arrival of "Top Five," a loose-limbed comedy about celebrity that feels like a movie worthy of its star - in both its voice and its significant supply of laughs.
Holiday Guide - Dec. 12, 2014
2014 picks: Matt Mueller
2014 is coming to a close, which means it's time to put my first full calendar year as an official working, adult member of society in the books (well, jury's still out on the adult part). Here are some of the most memorable moments - both good and bad - from a most memorable year.
Arts & Entertainment - Dec. 10, 2014
The natural and unnatural collide at Racine Art Museum's "in(Organic)"
Luckily, what's currently housed and featured at the Racine Art Museum is just as interesting and compelling as the building itself: an expansive two-part exhibition called "in(Organic)," a compilation of art works that combine the natural and unnatural - in terms of thematic meaning and artistic medium - in ways both beautiful and often unnerving.
Movies & TV - Dec. 9, 2014
The frostily funny "Force Majeure" sends a marriage down the moguls
What doesn't kill you supposedly makes you stronger. In the case of the sneakily incisive new Swedish dark comedy "Force Majeure," however, what doesn't kill you reveals your deepest faults to all of your loved ones. And they are not impressed.
Music - Dec. 8, 2014
EDM duo The Chainsmokers sets to show they're more than "#Selfie"
2014 was the year of the selfie. In the beginning of the year, there was the great Oscars selfie, a photo that literally broke Twitter for a few seconds. The word existed before, but after that, suddenly news stations and outlets were attempting to cram it into every headline (similar to "twerk" in 2013) and everybody was getting on board with the word. A part of that selfie insanity was the irony-drenched EDM hit "#Selfie" from The Chainsmokers.
Arts & Entertainment - Dec. 7, 2014
Catching up with the Cratchits from The Rep's "A Christmas Carol"
When it comes to the classic story of "A Christmas Carol," Scrooge has always been the star. But just as important to the story are the Cratchits, who embody the Christmas spirit and the human spirit so essential to Dickens's fable. For the past few years, the two characters have been played in the Milwaukee Rep's annual production by the same two Milwaukee actors: Jonathan Wainwright and Marti Gobel.
Arts & Entertainment - Dec. 6, 2014
Author Kagen's "The Resurrection of Tess Blessing" comes to life
In late July, Wisconsin-based author Lesley Kagen released the e-novella "The Undertaking of Tess." The brief story played the role of a charming and intriguing little introduction to the young Finley sisters Tessie and Birdie. That e-novella was merely the appetizer, however; "The Resurrection of Tess Blessing" serves as the full course.
Movies & TV - Dec. 4, 2014
Needless "Horrible Bosses 2" is a criminally unfunny sequel
Three desperate everyday guys pushed so far to the edge that committing a crime is the only option? OK, that works, or at least that's relatable on a darkly comic level. Three desperate everyday guys pushed so far to the edge that committing a crime is the only option ... again? Well, now we're moving into sociopathic territory, not exactly the best place for a comedy sequel, like "Horrible Bosses 2," to roost.
Living - Dec. 3, 2014
Lessons learned: Is Milwaukee ready for Ebola?
In the early spring of 1993, the truth was becoming all too apparent: A pandemic was breaking out in Milwaukee, one that would infect approximately 403,000 citizens and lead to at least 69 related deaths within a few weeks. Eventually, the microscopic culprit's name was uncovered - cryptosporidium - and the lessons learned during those weeks in 1993 would be just as important for another potential outbreak more than 20 years later.
Movies & TV - Dec. 3, 2014
Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything" falls well short of genius
It's somewhat refreshing at first to see "The Theory of Everything" attempt to take that aspect of the more complicated aspects of Hawking's personal life head on. Unfortunately, that's where the bravery ends. As the movie attempts put a pleasant glaze over an emotionally jagged situation, it becomes clear that there's a reason why biopics tend to avoid these kind of complex dilemmas: They're not very good at handling them.
Movies & TV - Dec. 2, 2014
Living relic Riverwest Film & Video continues to swim against the stream
Xav Leplae has always kept his finger on the latest in film technology. He remembers when DVDs first came out as the next big thing and VHS before them. When he began studying film, Leplae was fascinated by the possibilities of early pre-camcorder video technology. Yet even with that interest in the newest technology, Leplae has quickly found himself as the owner of one of the city's living relics: Riverwest Film & Video.
Dining - Nov. 29, 2014
Bring your best baked goods to the Milwaukee Cookie Takedown
On Sunday, Dec. 14, Matt Timms will bring his Takedown home cook competition series to Turner Hall Ballroom. In the past, Timms has hosted Mac 'n' Cheese Takedowns in Milwaukee, but this year, he's bringing a much sweeter competition to town: a Cookie Takedown.
Movies & TV - Nov. 29, 2014
"Penguins of Madagascar" is light, fluffy kids' movie fare
It's fitting that cheesy puffs play a significant role in "Penguins of Madagascar." After all, that's exactly what the movie is: a light, airy, instantly disposable but admittedly tasty synthetic snack.
Music - Nov. 28, 2014
Talking music's past, present and future with The Sounds of Time
Time stops for no one. The same could be said for the Milwaukee hip-hop group The Sounds of Time, at least based on their work ethic. The trio - comprised of John Kuester (aka Kid Millions), local producer Sage Schwarm and DJ Deadbeat - began work on their sophomore album, fittingly titled "............Again," right when their first album together was released. Saturday night, however, they'll take some time to celebrate their latest work.
Music - Nov. 26, 2014
Indie rock band King Washington plants its flag in Milwaukee
King Washington - comprised of bassist Billy Lee and guitarists Tyson Kelly and George Krikes - hails from Los Angeles, so it's safe to say the recent hammering of cold winds and sleet isn't exactly something they're used to. The guys are more used to wearing petticoats and frills - their signature outfit - than heavy winter coats. Even with the weather, though, Milwaukee feels like a second home for the indie rock band.
Movies & TV - Nov. 25, 2014
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer to play Friday at the Majestic
Bad news, Marcus Majestic employees; your Black Friday crowds are going to even bigger than usual this weekend. The Brookfield movie house is one of 30 theaters nationwide that will witness the power of a fully operational 88-second "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer.
Movies & TV - Nov. 24, 2014
The Found Footage Festival celebrates 10 years of terrible videos
As the creators of the Found Footage Festival, Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett are no strangers to bad ideas. And they'd have it no other way. For the past decade, that's exactly what Prueher, Pickett and the Found Footage Festival have done: showing people the best of the worst cheap VHS tapes the world has to offer, videos that can often make the tape from "The Ring" seem like a blissful rom-com.
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