Milwaukee goes "Portlandia"
There's a new YouTube video out that gives Milwaukee a "Portlandia"-type introduction. It's pretty cool, so I thought I'd share.
Get the bare bones on adult filmmaking
Madison Young, an award-winning filmmaker, performer, director and writer, is hosting a workshop on Saturday, April 13 at Tool Shed, 2427 N. Murray Ave.
"Evil Dead" remake a fairly groovy gore-filled freak-out
Fanboys, you have nothing to be afraid of. Maybe I should rephrase that, since as a horror movie, "Evil Dead" has to plenty of squirm-inducing, cringe-worthy material that will likely have even some of the thicker-skinned gorehounds watching the movie through their fingers. When it comes to the legacy of the beloved low-budget cult classic "The Evil Dead," however, there is no reason to be scared.
Brainless "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" a real American zero
So far this year, all the big blockbuster action movies - like "A Good Day to Die Hard" and its slightly more tolerable cousin "Olympus Has Fallen" - act as though they have a license to kill brain cells. Worst of all, they only provide marginally diverting action to make up for it. Now there's the long awaited "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the most mind-numbing of the bunch.
Say yes to the authentic Chilean political drama "No"
"No," director Pablo Larraín's Academy Award nominated Chilean film, isn't simply set in the late '80s. It feels like you've been just dropped into the '80s for two hours. The movie has a marvelous sense of place and time, while also telling a story about the mixing of politics and advertising that feels as relevant as ever.
Film critic confessions: I walked out of "InAPPropriate Comedy"
This past weekend, I did something that I've never done before. It wasn't professional. I'm not proud of it. But simply put, it was something I felt I had to. I walked out of a movie.
Bob & Brian Radiothon auctions naming rights to The HOG
Ever wanted a radio station named for you? Here's your chance. You can bid on the naming rights of 102.9 The HOG for a day as part of the annual Bob & Brian Radiothon for the MACC Fund, which takes place on April 1-2.
Milwaukee Film Festival opens call for entries
Milwaukee Film is now accepting entries for the fifth annual Milwaukee Film Festival, which will take place Sept. 26-Oct. 10.
"The Gatekeepers" a riveting insider's look into the cost of security
At first glance, "The Gatekeepers" may sound simply like news on the big screen, but it's far better than that. It's as informative as a journalistic piece but has the urgency, complexity and momentum of a thriller. Moreh provides a remarkable insider's look into the struggle for peace in the Middle East, but the costs to the country and to these men's souls sound eerily close to home.
Don't pick up "The Call"
How did Hollywood reward director Brad Anderson's creepy, moody work on films like "Session 9" and "The Machinist"? By tossing him "The Call," a generic and cliché high-concept horror/thriller with little to offer in terms of brains or thrills. Considering the talent on screen and behind the camera, it makes me more sad than mad.
BAAM gets greasy
I finally checked out Turner Hall's Beer And A Movie (BAAM) series last night at Turner Hall for the "Grease" sing-a-long. I squeezed into a pair of leather pants I have not worn in years in solidarity of the show, and despite the 8 p.m. start time, I took my kids because one of them loves this movie as much as I do.
"Emperor" fights a losing battle against its own story
During one early meeting with a Japanese government official, "Emperor" star Matthew Fox declares, "I don't need a history lesson." Thanks to its lifeless and distracted storytelling, that's unfortunately all "Emperor" can really provide.
Aaron Rodgers, David Gruber and Jeff Gordon
I came across three great videos today. They feature Aaron Rodgers, David Gruber and Jeff Gordon.
Have you ever met a TV or movie idol?
Milwaukee Bucks center Ekpe Udoh recently had a dream come true when he finally tracked down former Golden Girl Betty White on the Bucks' most recent West Coast trip. Have you ever met a TV or movie idol?
"Dead Man Down" is dull, dumb and dead on arrival
There is a lot going for "Dead Man Down," which makes it hurt even more to report that it's not a good movie. It's a dull, brain-dead film that worse yet has art house aspirations, which in turn make it seem even duller and even more brain-dead. Consider it an intensity-free, intrigue-free thriller in the vein of "Drive." You could call it "Crawl."
Hunger documentary "A Place at the Table" doesn't go for the gut
A great documentary should leave the audience feeling something. Whether the feeling is anger, fascination, amazement, motivation or some other strange combination of emotional responses, a documentary should stir its viewers. So why does "A Place at the Table" fall so flat in that regard?
"The Last Exorcism Part II" is pretty much as dumb as it sounds
"The Last Exorcism Part II" is a title that screams, "We were not expecting to make a sequel." But here we are, with a limp horror sequel that packs on the dumb dialogue and cheap shocks with none of the scares.
Prequel to "Oz" a charming trip back down the yellow brick road
There's no place like the original "Wizard of Oz," but director Sam Raimi's creative new vision is certainly still worth a visit.
"21 and Over" manages to entertain despite itself
Consider "21 and Over" the light beer of comedies: It may not be the most unique or best of brews, but for cheap satisfaction, it gets the job done.
UWM Union Theatre screens "Barbara," one of 2012's best
German director Christian Petzold's Cold War drama "Barbara" may have taken its sweet time getting to Milwaukee, but considering its hushed power and emotion, it's better late than never.
"Snitch" a dull fraud posing as an action thriller
I'm supposed to be writing a review for "Snitch," the latest action thriller starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but there's only one thing on my mind: a beard.
Cast of "The Walking Dead" brings Riverside crowd to life
The cast and crew of AMC's hit television show are used to working with stumbling, lifeless corpses. Rowdy, liquored up Milwaukeeans, on the other hand, are a very different story. At least that's the way it seemed as a large crowd of vocal fans welcomed TV's zombie fighters to the Riverside Saturday night.
"Safe Haven" offers no protection from Sparks' clichés
An astute audience member paying attention during the opening credits of "Safe Haven" will notice the film is the first product from Nicholas Sparks Productions. Yes, it seems Sparks has turned his brand of weepy predictable romantic drama into a certified business, and that's exactly what "Safe Haven" feels like: business.
"Quartet," "Stand Up Guys" put spotlight on our on-screen elders
If "The Last Stand," "Bullet to the Head," "A Good Day to Die Hard" and "Amour" weren't enough to convince you that 2013 is the the year of the geriatric, "Quartet" and "Stand Up Guys" are also out to show Hollywood's elders greying with grace. Well, at least one of them does.
"Identity Thief" steals overqualified cast's time (and the audience's)
"Identity Thief" is ugly because of the way it treats its characters, its cast and, by the film's end, its audience. When it's not ugly, it's frustrating, and when it's not frustrating, it's merely dull. The new comedy is a lot of things; funny is unfortunately not one of them.