A robust summer schedule of cinematic fun awaits you this week, so without further ado…
Monday July 29: Ted
8:30 p.m. @ Brocach’s Irish Pub (Free! 21+)
A film I am recommending solely based on the fervor of its love for the 1980 sci-fi masterpile (oh yeah, we’re trying to coin some new terms today) Flash Gordon, Ted is the latest installment in Brocach Irish Pub’s summer movie series that takes place Monday evenings on their patio (rain or shine, and my morning soil-taste suggests a cool yet dry day). So if you’re 21 or older and you happen to like Seth MacFarlene’s brand of comedy (PSA: you may be sexist) support your local businesses/troubling drinking habit and come enjoy a mildly amusing comedy but savor the Flash.
Tuesday, July 30: A Blood Red Sky
9 p.m. @ Times Theater (Tickets start @ $15)
If you’re a fan of A&E’s Paranormal State or if you just have that haunted game on lock, chance are you’re familiar with Chad Calek. A man whose bounty of evidence for the existence of the paranormal proves quite compelling, Calek has a new documentary that he’s touring the country with, and Tuesday night is your chance to rub elbows with metaphysical royalty as Calek and his co-stars present his experiment, which as far as I can tell from this trailer involves going to a creepy English castle and ingesting mind-altering narcotics. Needless to say, I’m on board.
Wednesday, July 31: Waikiki Wedding
7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.) @ Charles Allis Art Museum ($7/5/free for General Admission/Seniors and Students/Museum members)
Charles Allis’ tribute to Bing (the “first cool white guy,” not the “first cool search engine”) continues with this effervescent slice of romance and comedy, where Bing plays a cool-as-ice company man who holds a beauty contest with the grand prize being a trip to Hawaii. Unfortunately, the winner of this contest is not enamored with the locale, so Bing has to get his hustle on and show her the true romantic Hawaii before…she doesn’t sleep with him? The stakes aren’t exactly clear, but I guarantee an amiable time at the movies. In lieu of a trailer, enjoy Bing crooning the heck out of “Blue Hawaii” from the movie below (underneath this paragraph, not a scene from the haunted submarine movie, to be clear).
Friday, August 2: Pulp Fiction
Midnight @ Times Cinema
Midnight movies are back at the Times! While it’s not the Friday Night Freak Show, it’s definitely a start, so let’s support this venture of rebuilding a cult movie culture in Milwaukee so screenings of midnight movies become a consistent presence in our filmscape. Pulp Fiction is awesome, anyways, so smuggle in your favorite pocket watch and enjoy the movie that brought QT to the mainstream. There’s a twist and costume contest with a Lakefront Brewery grand prize beforehand, so this is also a great chance to get some extra use out of your gimp costume.
August 3/4: Moby Dick
10 a.m. @ Rosebud Theater (also screens Thursday, Aug. 1 @ 9:30 p.m.)(Tickets $9 each)
An irreverent feature-length ode to Melville classic told entirely through puppets? Filmed and produced entirely in Milwaukee with over 40 local voice talents on display throughout, Ryan Lowe will be showing off the felt fruit of his creative loins this week at the Rosebud and the results appear to be commendable and a great way to close off your week of movie-going in the Milwaukee area.