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David Luhrssen

David Luhrssen lectured at UW-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and Milwaukee Area Technical College. He is author of Secret Societies and Clubs in American History, Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen, Hammer of the Gods: Thule Society and the Birth of Nazism, and coauthor of The Encyclopedia of Classic Rock, Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave and Noise in Milwaukee, War on the Silver Screen, Elvis Presley: Reluctant Rebel, A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890, and Searching for Rock and Roll. He has contributed to the American National Biography Online, the Grove Dictionary of American Music and 100 People Who Changed 20th-Century America and has been published in Historically Speaking, History Today, the Journal of American History, and other journals. Luhrssen co-founded the Milwaukee International Film Festival, is a regular contributor to WUWM’s “Lake Effect” program and Managing Editor of Milwaukee’s weekly newspaper, the Shepherd Express.

Reissued on Blu-ray, the Bing Crosby-Bob Hope comedies contain the DNA for Hollywood's buddy-road pictures. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

As baseball season approaches, it's time to reflect on the great baseball movie ever. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: The World Before Your Feet, The Possessed, My Name is Julia Ross, So Dark the Night, Unknown Soldier. Read more

Home Movies

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Hedonism turns into mayhem as a party goes out of bounds. Read more

Film Reviews

NBC-TV’s “’68 Comeback Special” was a sensational restart to a fizzling career that dynamically refurbished Elvis’ image without losing his roots and became a more-or-less timeless artifact. Read more

Album Reviews

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Café El Sol, situated inside the United Community Center, offers delicious fish fry and an all-you-can-eat buffet every Friday. Read more

Short Order

In A Supernatural War, British historian Owen Davies examines a gamut of “supernatural” actions and sightings that accompanied a war of unprecedented technological slaughter. Read more

Books

Janet Malcolm’s essay collection, Nobody’s Looking at You, has no unifying theme beyond her unassuming-yet-willing-to-draw-blood sensibility. Read more

Books

Brie Larson carries the role endearingly in the new Captain Marvel, although beating the odds must be easy if your hands can shoot photon beams at all adversaries. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Oxford professor finds many ways to understand our universe. Read more

Books

Illustrated by prolific graphic novelist Alexandre Franc, Guantánamo Kid: The True Story of Mohammed El-Gharani by Jérôme Tubiana is a story of gratuitous brutality countered by troublemaking by prisoners with little else to do. Read more

Books

Race, the morphing yet consistently troubling question in American history, is unavoidable in Emily Bernard’s life and present on every page of her collection of highly personal essays. Read more

Books

Milwaukee-area native Andrea Bartz will discuss her debut novel, The Lost Night, on March 15 at Boswell Book Company. Read more

Books

Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: Moko Jumbie, The Midnight Man, Band VS Brand, Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco. Read more

Home Movies

Isabelle Huppert is more than she seems in the new thriller by director Neil Jordan. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

New essay collection shows how Hollywood has tried, again and again, to rewrite history. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD: Waterworld, The Revelation of Lee Scratch Perry, The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion and Peppermint Soda. Read more

Home Movies

Traditional codes of honor are frayed in this superb, subtitled Colombian crime drama. Read more

Film Reviews

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