"Pacific Rim" - giant robots, giant monsters, giant fun
"Pacific Rim" is the kind of awesome that actually inspires awe and turns grown adults into giddy 12-year-olds, and not merely because the massively scaled monster-on-robot boxing matches deliver on the promise of their concept. It's blockbuster entertainment at its most enthusiastic, passionate and contagiously joyful.
TV notes: "Treehouse Masters" grows
Animal Planet announced this week that its series "Treehouse Masters" will grow by an episode, with an extra airing this month.
Kramp and Mancow talk about radio, God, guns and automobiles
In today's Kramp Cast I talk with Mancow Muller about the status of radio, his unique family's new TV show and whether or not he's witnessed more people that are opposed to God, guns or automobiles.
Milwaukee's Upper 90 Sports Pub to be featured on H2
The Upper 90 Sports Pub will be featured on "All You Can Eat: Stuffed Foods" at 9 p.m. Sunday night on H2.
"White House Down" is all-American dumb fun
It's too bad "White House Down" will always be considered a knock-off of "Olympus Has Fallen" (they both began filming last July), because it's also easily the more entertaining of the two.
Shelby Croft, Luke Sampe leaving WISN-TV
Reporter and anchor Shelby Croft will be leaving WISN-TV Ch. 12 later this summer for a post in Columbus, Ohio. Meteorologist Luke Sampe will also be moving on, heading north to Green Bay to fill a vacancy at the CBS affiliate, WFRV-TV Ch. 5.
Scott Wolf joins TNT's "Perception" and the Kramp Cast
In today's Kramp Cast, actor Scott Wolf and I talk about his new role on TV and life's unexpected turns that have made things better for him as an actor, husband and father. We also have a fun conversation about his past and what kind of reality TV he would actually commit to. He won't be dancing or diving anytime soon, but what about a game of croquet with stars?
Eco-terrorist thriller "The East" takes off in an interesting direction
"The East" is an entertaining and nifty little thriller, as well as a further, more confident step in the right direction for its creative duo, indie darling Brit Marling and director Zal Batmanglij. They have always had good concepts. Now they're even closer to turning them into good movies.
Why did we watch "Skywire?"
Last night, I got roped into (pun intended) the Discovery Channel special featuring Nik Wallenda tight-rope walking over a portion of the Grand Canyon. Maybe you did, too. Maybe you are also asking yourself, as I am, for those two hours of your life back.
Pixar's "Monsters University" graduates magna cum laughter
Pixar is going back to the drawing board for their 14th film. 2001's drawing board to be precise, as they make a prequel to one of their earliest entries, "Monsters Inc." "Monsters University" still won't qualify as one of their finest features, but it might be up there with some of their funniest.
"World War Z" somehow survives its apocalyptic production
So after seemingly countless delays, reshoots and just generally bad news coming from the Hollywood insider magazines, "World War Z" has arrived. And for some odd, miraculous reason, despite all of the off-screen drama, the on-screen drama turned out pretty good. An actual zombie apocalypse breaking out would be less surprising.
2013 Milwaukee Film Festival announces "Earth" as fall centerpiece
This year's Milwaukee Film Festival is still several months away, but the buzz has already begun. This morning, Milwaukee Film - in collaboration with Alverno Presents - announced the centerpiece film of this year's festival, a screening of a rare 35mm print of Soviet writer-director Aleksandr Dovzhenko's 1930 silent film "Earth."
It's clear as black and white: "Frances Ha" is an absolute charmer
Noah Baumbach's 2005 breakthrough "The Squid and the Whale" is a great movie, but it should come with a warning. The dialogue and characters are so cutting and acidic, I was left looking for a Band-Aid when it was all done. Eight years and a couple more scathing features later, Baumbach delivers "Frances Ha," a sweet Woody Allen-esque comedy that his honest, funny, acute screenplays can come with a light, tender touch, as well.
Kramp Cast: This "Mistress" gets down and dirty
In today's Kramp Cast I talk to Jes Macallan of ABC's "Mistresses" about daily romps on the desk at work, doing gymnastics while riding horses, and whether or not jean shorts are a passable wardrobe item.
HBO's 'True Blood' offers more than just bloody vampires
From HBO's True Blood Chris Bauer who plays Sheriff Andy Bellefleur joins today's Kramp Cast to talk about having half-fairy quadruplets while trying to protect the city of Bon Temps from vampires, werewolves, fairies, shape-shifters, demons and more.
"Avengers" assemble for the start of Point Fish Fry & A Flick's 2013 lineup
Point Fish Fry & A Flick announced Marvel's 2012 comic book magnum opus would start the fifth year of their outdoor movie series on Aug. 30.
This Is The End: The party to end all parties
OnMilwaukee.com's Matt Mueller joins today's Kramp Cast to discuss the apocalyptic comedy This Is The End
Adventure lovers should set sail for "Kon-Tiki"
As it turns out, Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" wasn't the only recent Oscar nominee with its eyes set on the high seas. In the Best Foreign Film category, there was Norway's "Kon-Tiki." And while there might not be any disgruntled tigers in sight, the real-life journey of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his motley crew is just as beautiful and wondrous to behold. I guess there's enough ocean in the world for two great waterlogged adventures.
Melissa McCrady leaving Ch. 4
After spending time reporting and at the anchor desk, Melissa McCrady will be leaving WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 at the end of the month.
"Love Is All You Need" needs some new material
A movie called "Love Is All You Need" is clearly a movie that does not mess around. Most films may try to weave the message or theme into the story with some nuance, but not "Love Is All You Need." It's right there in the title: The characters in this movie will learn that love is, in fact, all you need. With a blunt title like that, what else could you possibly expect? Not much apparently.
"Mud" finds greatness in gritty, grimy growing-up tale
"Mud" serves as the third film for writer-director Jeff Nichols, but this one comes with something new: expectations.
No second season of DIY's "Made in Milwaukee"
According to the crew at Flux Design in Milwaukee, its half-hour reality program on the DIY Network isn't moving ahead with a second season.
Kramp Cast: Getting Dirty With The Turtleman
Catching turtles isn't the easiest job, but Ernie Brown Jr. has made a living out of it and you can see him in action on Animal Planet's Call Of The Wildman now in its 3rd season.
Visually impressive "Epic" tells a moderately sized story
Another month, another big, flashy celebrity-filled animated feature hoping to snag a slice of the oh-so-predictable children's movie box office pie. The most recent colorfully drawn entry is "Epic," which comes from director Chris Wedge, the brains behind the original "Ice Age." And, much like its title, "Epic" is oddly bold and bland at the same time.
Silly magician heist thriller "Now You See Me" shouldn't be seen
The star-studded cast of "Now You See Me" almost manages to sell the film's absurdity, but director Louis Leterrier ("The Incredible Hulk," the "Clash of the Titans" remake) and his trio of writers are never willing to leave stupid enough alone. It's a dim bulb slight of hand that'll likely leave viewers feeling slighted.