If a movie passes the Bechdel test, it features at least two women talking to each other about a subject besides a man. There are more of those films than there used to be, but they’re still not a given in Hollywood.
However there are signs of a significant shift of sorts to more older women playing key roles. It’s a trend that our film contributor Dave Luhrssen has taken note of.
After the mass shooting in Roseburg, Ore., last week, the national media gave a lot of attention to the fact that the local sheriff, John Hanlin, is an ardent supporter of gun rights. He'd written a letter to Vice President Joe Biden shortly after the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre of schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., saying gun control was not the answer. In the letter, Hanlin pledged not to enforce gun regulations he believed to be unconstitutional.
What wasn't widely reported was how common views like Hanlin's have become in law enforcement.
Every year the Catholic, liberal arts college for women on Milwaukee’s south side hosts a community conference. Alverno psychology professor Joyce Tang Boyland was part of the team who put together this year’s A Tapestry of Sustainability event.
The conference takes place all day Friday on the Alverno College campus and folds in speakers, including former Milwaukee mayor John Norquist.
Detroit was once the industrial heart of America, the giant of the world’s auto industry, and the driving beat of Motown. As the city narrative goes, those days have passed and the city sits like a veritable ghost town on the left bank of the Detroit River.
Republican legislative leaders on Wednesday introduced a bill that would dramatically rebuild the Government Accountability Board.
The current panel is comprised of nonpartisan judges who oversee state elections and administer ethics laws.
The new board would be split into two commissions. One would handle elections, the other ethics. Commissioners would be partisan positions appointed by the governor and both parties in the legislature.
Closing out the Milwaukee Film Festival is a documentary about an adaptation of a film. The movie at the heart of it all is the 1981 classic - Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was a film that so impressed a couple of Mississippi kids back in the ‘80s that they set out to remake the movie, shot for shot. However, they ended up one scene short.
The Milwaukee Film Festival is into the homestretch, with two more days of short and feature-length films at a variety of locations.
The festival has attracted thousands of film buffs, among them Lake Effect essayist Joanne Weintraub:
I’ve never run a marathon, but for the last 2 weeks I’ve been sitting through one. Determined to get the most out of my prized Milwaukee Film Festival all-access pass, I’ve put myself on a rigorous high-popcorn diet and pledged to watch as many movies as I can take in 15 exhausting days.
The Milwaukee Film Festival continues at various theaters across the city this week, and if you are looking for a thriller with a Midwest sensibility, Uncle John will keep you on your toes throughout.
Some of you may remember actor John Ashton for his character roles in the Beverly Hills Cop or Midnight Run films, but in this independent film Ashton becomes the focus of attention as a quiet Wisconsin carpenter…and murderer.
Twenty years ago, seven municipalities along Milwaukee County’s north shore entered into a virtually unprecedented collaboration. The communities of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay merged their fire and emergency responder programs and together created the North Shore Fire Department.
In the 1960s, lining urban rivers with cement was considered to be state-of-the-art storm water management. But the practice proved otherwise, in places like Milwaukee's south side where the Kinnickinnic River flows.