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Does ‘The Post’ Seek To Glorify The Press In The Era of Fake News?

Steven Spielberg’s latest drama, The Post, may be a celebration of the free press, but in the age of “fake news” it feels more like an attempt to glorify the press rather than focus on its habit of misrepresentation. The Post tells the story of the The Washington Post and its publishing of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The Pentagon Papers (as they came to be called) was a series of documents detailing the extent of the US involvement in the Vietnam War. Upon learning of the atrocities of the war, military analyst Daniel Ellsberg secretly copied and leaked the documents to the press in the hopes that the public would be made aware of the truth.

Kay Graham (portrayed by Meryl Streep in Spielberg’s film) was the acting publisher of The Washington Post at the time. She inherited the role of sole proprietor following her husband’s untimely death by suicide. Graham not only faced a board of all-male stock holders who were ready to oust her at any moment, but also a more hostile-than-friendly editor named Ben Bradlee (portrayed by Tom Hanks), who reportedly informed her that he’d give his left nut to run the Post, himself. Shortly after Graham came into her new position, Martin Weil (Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk) was sent to meet with Ellsberg to collect the top secret documents in Boston and transport them safely back to Washington. Continue reading

North American Box Office Earnings Down Despite ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Opening

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The wait is over! Fans of the Star Wars saga are flooding movie theaters across the country today as The Last Jedi makes its nationwide debut. Following 2015’s The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi picks up roughly 30 years after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi, and finds a new band of heroes struggling to defeat the evil First Order. But unlike The Force Awakens, which was written and directed by JJ Abrams, The Last Jedi takes on a much darker tone, diving further into character backgrounds and bringing to light the tragic fate of Luke Skywalker and his failed Order of Jedi Knights. That means fans will get to see much more of Mark Hamill in the new film but, given the untimely death of Carrie Fisher, can also expect to see some beloved characters get killed off in the telling. Thus far most critics are hailing writer/director Rian Johnson‘s installment in the series, which is said to be entirely his own, despite what Abrams may have set up with in the previous film. Although The Last Jedi is expected to launch with a worldwide box office haul of roughly $425 million, it will likely not be enough to match the North American Box Office earnings record for 2016. Continue reading

Pornonono Minneseries @ Nomad World Pub

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Location: 501 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis
Hours: Mon-Fri: 4PM-2AM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-2AM

This Thursday, Pornonono will continue their Minneseries at the Nomad. Somehow, the free Minneseries, has continued at the Nomad over in West Bank side of Dinkytown. For those looking for something legitimate, especially on a tight budget, the Nomad is the place to be. Just looking at the lineups in the coming weeks – you better make at least one if not two of these shows. Stay tuned here for some recaps from MADE. We hope to see you out there.

[MADE] Brews of the Week

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It has been a minute since we have featured the KC brewery, Boulevard, on MADE. This week I stumbled across (drank a few bottles) one of the better Double IPA’s on the market.

Boulevard’s Double Wide is absolutely outstanding from start to finish. After opening, pour this one nice and slow, because you will need to with it’s nice head it will leave you. This IPA is rather citrusy, with an apricot taste to it as well. Thick, Bitter, Sweet and strong alcohol all make up this delicious brew. 10/10 would recommend.

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Colorado’s Left Hand Brewery takes the second spot for this weeks Brew of the Week. The St. Vrain Tripel, is one of the cleaner Belgian styled brews I’ve tried in some time. After you let this one sit, the brew appears like a lighter pilsner, but don’t be fooled because it sits at a solid 9% ABV.

Overall, St. Vrain is a very light and sugary sweet Tripel. With notes of green grapes and florally hops, this brew makes for one enjoyable beer. So far, being in the upper Midwest, the Bomber style bottles are the only way to purchase the beer. For $6.99 a bottle, it is well worth it.

Sam Raimi To Direct U.S./Afghanistan War Drama ‘The Outpost’

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Director Sam Raimi, who directed James Franco last year in Oz: The Great and Powerful, is currently involved in several different projects, including a video game adaptation of The Last of Us, and a reboot of The Grudge (which we all wish he wouldn’t do), but he may also be helming a new drama from writers Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson. The project is called The Outpost and is based on Jack Tapper’s non-fiction novel The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, which follows a group of 53 U.S. troops at a base in Eastern Afghanistan that was ambushed by more than 400 Taliban members. The small battle lasted an entire day and resulted in two of the U.S. troops receiving Medals of Honor, the first time since the Vietnam era that two soldiers from the same battle received the honor. Now Raimi is looking to produce a feature film about the incident and possibly direct it as well. Tamasy and Johnson received critical acclaim for The Fighter in 2010 with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, but this new project is still in very early pre-production and no word on who would be leading the cast has been released. We’ll keep an eye out for more news.

[MADE] Brews of the Week

Boulevard’s Sixth Glass

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If you follow the Brew of the Week posts, you may be familiar with our love for Boulevard Brewery in Kansas CIty by now. Perhaps it was because I lived there for sometime, or maybe it is the simple fact that these guys continuously release some of the best beer around.

The Sixth Glass, is a Quadrupel that will knock your socks off and have you snoozing before you know it. This brew is loaded with dark fruits, such as plums and raisins, all while being balanced with some caramel sweetness. The beer is very strong, sweet, and not very hoppy whatsoever. The Sixth Glass will have you feeling great anytime you drink it, as it sits at a whopping 10.5% Alc/Vol. You can find this one in either a 4-pack, or as a bomber for $10 each. . It is worth every last drop.

Batch #6 – CITRA Hopped Double IPA

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You probably have never seen or tasted this home-brewed MADE affiliated beer, but we are putting the plug on this one for a number of reasons. Batch #6 is by far the best brew from the crew, and it certainly will be making rounds at parties and events this summer. Slightly illegal? Yes, but who the hell cares, it is real tasty and they are free. Everything above is in the works and is subject to change, but as their equipment continues to be upgraded, so is the production and accuracy that comes with the new tools.

This Citra based double IPA, is one that can be drank year round, especially in the warmer seasons that are approaching. Batch #6 is backed heavily with a trio of hops: Citra, Amarillo and Nugget hops, making for more of a sweet and florally DIPA. Sitting at a lower 8% Alc. by volume, this DIPA is smoother than a new Tesla as it hits the pallet nicely. Make sure to stay tuned as more changes are to come.

Weekend Classics #15 – Bill Withers

Bill Withers is on our list as one of the great musicians to ever record throughout the 70s. After enlisting in the Navy for nine years, Bill learned to sing and write songs in his off time with the Navy. Once discharged in 1965, Bill made his move to Los Angeles where he soon debuted “Ain’t No Sunshine”. This was just the beginning for Withers, even though he truly did not believe in the music industry being a viable option for work.

In 1971, the release of Just as I am, landed him a Grammy for the Best R&B Song with over a million copies sold that year. In 1972, Bill released his second studio album, thus catapulting his career with hit singles “Use Me” and “Lean on Me”. After touring and performing with the likes of James Brown, Withers changed record labels and joined Columbia records, where he would release a string of successful albums, leading into the early 80s.

While we may not of introduced you to a new artist with Bill Withers, this wonderful sunny Sunday combined with Wither’s soulful grooves, seemed like the perfect day to share some of our favorite jams by Withers. Enjoy.

Stay Tuned Next Week for MADE’s Weekend Classics.