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10.16.2014 | 71 days ago | Posted at 09:02 AM

Reflecting on the Best Year Yet

By David Luhrssen
The success of the Milwaukee Film Festival has long roots and has grown remarkably in recent years. But 2014 was the year of reaching critical mass. The festival seemed to be everywhere, and not only because it had expanded to seven venues. Word of the event was inescapable. Attendance shot up sixteen percent over 2013.“It’s not just ticket sales but membership,” says the festival’s execut...
09.08.2014 | 109 days ago | Posted at 05:54 PM

15 Days, 150 Feature Films

By David Luhrssen
By some reports, the box office for Hollywood was down 15-20 percent this summer. Are audiences getting sick of seeing the same old heroes escaping from rolling fireballs when they aren’t saving the universe from inside a Spandex jumpsuit? Could competition from Netflix or even YouTube be eroding moviegoing? Fortunately, there are alternatives to tiresome blockbusters as w...
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Normal life paused a century ago in many places when the circus came to town. The performers trouped down Main Street in a cavalcade of wagons heavily carved and gilded. By the 1950s those rolling sculptures were
05.22.2013 | | Posted at 10:36 AM

Milwaukeeans making movies in a hurry

By David Luhrssen
 Absolute freedom sometimes spells paralysis or self-indulgence for artists. A firm deadline can hasten the muse and boundaries can be isometrics for creative muscles. For the seventh consecutive year, the 48 Hour Film Project sets out to do all of those things—and more. “What I found intriguing was the time restriction,” says Jared Stepp, Milwaukee coordinator for the worldwide ...
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Movie Theatre

It’s a landmark as well as a cultural institution. Milwaukee’s only functioning movie palace from the 1920s is an architectural gem—an eclectic blend of the Near East and the Far East. Even the economic decision to split the old theater in three hasn’t diminished the Oriental’s splendor. Although it occasionally makes room...
Monday, Nov. 16, 2009

Oriental Landmark Theatre

With its eclectic detailing drawn from the Near East as well as the Far East, the Oriental was an architectural landmark from the day it opened. Operating since the end of the silent era, it remains M