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Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

William Gibson's cyberpunk novel turns 30

William Gibson, one of the most innovative science fiction writers of the last 30 years, invented “cyberpunk” with the publication of his novel Neuromancer in 1984. Since then, cyberpunk has become a pervasive influence on rock music and films, impacting style and content. Musicians and filmmakers such as Sonic
02.18.2013 | | Posted at 10:58 AM
By David Luhrssen
 The word “film” will probably survive to describe a particular form of motion picture, but the physical medium of celluloid film is going the way of hand-illuminated parchment after Gutenberg. Whether that’s progress or a backward step is an intensely held matter of opinion among those who make “film.” In the documentary Side by Side, Keanu Reeves interviews prominent directors on...
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

Hunting Osama bin Laden

 Kathryn Bigelow upset the odds in 2009 when her indie-scale, grunt-level look at the Iraq War, The Hurt Locker, knocked aside her ex-husband James Cameron’s 3D extravaganza, Avatar, at Oscar time. Although her latest
Monday, Aug. 27, 2012
America's Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) may have closed its doors, but the Milwaukee institution recently opened a window to the world by relaunching as a virtual museum...
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Local restaurants serve the ship's last meal

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest maritime tragedies in history: the sinking of the RMS Titanic, a disaster that killed more than 1,500 people. To commemorate the anniversary, two Milwaukee restaurants are hosting...
04.25.2010 | | Posted at 04:57 PM

Thoughts on Hollywoods Best Seller

By David Luhrssen
Although Avatar can never be as impressive on small screens as in theaters, and many 3D fans will never fully accept it in 2D, the Oscar-winner has been released for home viewing in the popular package of the moment�a set containing both a Blu-ray disc and a DVD. Even scaled down, Avatar�s virtues remain apparent. Director James Cameron was always keen to push the limits of technology i...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Helping me get the taste of "Avatar" out of my mouth ...

By Ken Brosky
Upon leaving the theater last night, I found myself oddly perturbed. James Cameron spent ten years on AVATAR, and yet the script wasn't very well-written. My intellectual sparring partner asked me what, exactly, I expected from a science-fiction movie. Well, to be entirely honest, I expected a story. I expected, in addition to fantastic, amazing special effects (which it delivered!), good dialogue...
Friday, Dec. 18, 2009
You might recall a little film by the name of Titanic. The vehicle arrived in1997 with the stench of failure attached to it. Originally scheduled for the summer blockbuster season, the release had been delayed for months, usually a portent of disaster. Its director, James Cameron, had locked horns with studio execs as he obsessively-compulsively fixated on post-production reediting. The film ran way over budget...

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