We here at OnMilwaukee are a very pro-"Magic Mike XXL" household.
The sequel, released in 2015, is everything people wanted from the original film – re: handsome men dancing and taking off their clothes under a shower of confetti, dollar bills, Cheetos, etc. – and so much more, a blissfully laid-back road trip with accepting, open-minded guys who just want to follow their art and make women happy, lusciously shot and charmingly performed by all involved (Channing Tatum, Donald Glover, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Joe Manganiello's abs). And does Channing Tatum dance to "Pony"? You bet your god damn handcrafted furniture he does.
So when we heard that, for one of its staff picks, the Oriental Theatre would screen the film – on Valentine's Day weekend, no less, and in gorgeous 35mm – we got excited. And we got SO excited that we got you two tickets so you could join in this glorious movie. That's right; save your dollar bills for throwing at the screen, because we've got a pair of free tickets for some lucky somebody out there.
There is technically a price: words, not money. In order to win, share something you love about Milwaukee – maybe beer or cheese curds or getting a week off of work because nature hates us; whatever you feel – in a post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #MilwaukeeLove. Our favorite post, submitted by 6 p.m. on Friday night, will win the two tickets to the Saturday night screening.
Of course, if you don't win, you should still dance your way over to the Oriental on Saturday night at 7 p.m. and buy tickets to "Magic Mike XXL." It's a delightful movie that's beautiful to experience (and not just because of the dancing shirtless hunky dudes). We look forward to seeing you there; we'll be the ones exploding bags of chips into the air and dancing to "I Want It That Way" with Joey Mangs.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.