JULY - Media Journal

Here's what I watched and read in July.  

070115 Terminator: Genysis
070215 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
070315 Magic Mike
070315 Tropic Thunder
070515 Inception
070815 Inside Out
071015 Amy
071615 Insomnia
071715 Ant-Man
072415 The Third Man
072515 Southpaw
072615 Paper Towns
072615 Staten Island Summer
072715 Alien
072915 Do the Right Thing

RIP: 3

072515 A Storm of Swords

JUNE - Media Journal

Here's what I watched and read in June.  

060115 Dazed and Confused
060115 San Andreas
060215 Entourage
060615 Point Break (1991)
061215 Jurassic Park
061315 Jurassic World
061615 Red Dawn (1984)
061815 Inside Out
062315 Dope
062615 The Wolfpack
062815 Interstellar
063015 Predator


061515 A Clash of Kings

Yeah, I'm officially reading the Game of Thrones books for the 3rd time.


MAY - Media Journal

Here's what I watched and read in May.  

050515 Avengers: Age of Ultron
050615 The Overnighters
050915 Ratatouille
051015 Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
051515 Mad Max: Fury Road
051815 Mad Max: Fury Road
052415 Slow West
052815 Heat

RIP: 3


The Last Man on Earth - Season 1
Daredevil - Season 1
Bloodlines - Season 1

Mad Max is one of the best movies I've ever seen in my goddamned life.  I gotta highly recommend The Overnighters too, one of the best docs I've seen in a long time.

Lots of travel and homelessness this month before settling into my new place; TV was a great friend.  Will Forte is a fucking genius, Marvel's first hour-long drama was flawed but had some great moments, and Ben Mendelsohn is worth the price of admission for pretty much anything rn imo.

APRIL - Media Journal

Here's what I watched and read in April.  

040115 Fast & Furious 6
040215 Furious 7
040415 What We Do in the Shadows
040615 Furious 7
041015 Danny Collins
041115 While We're Young
041215 The Woman in Gold
041215 Safety Not Guaranteed
041415 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
041515 The Look of Silence
041815 Two Days, One Night
042715 Ex Machina
043015 Ida


041515 Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan
043115 Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

No joke, seeing Furious 7 with all of my best friends the night before I moved away from the city I've lived in for 20 years was an emotional and unforgettable experience.  I spent most of April homeless, so I'm proud I banged out so many flicks.  Got to watch like seven movies with my mom including Ida and Two Days, One Night, glad I got to show her those.  She dragged me to The Woman in Gold and Danny Collins, neither were half bad.  Me and Earl and The Look of Silence were Wisconsin Film Festival screenings, and I got to catch Ex Machina in Berlin, at a rare theater that didn't overdub in German. 

MARCH - Media Journal

Here's what I watched and read in March.  

030715 Chappie
031515 Alien 3
031515 Run All Night
032115 Wild Tales
032315 Out of Sight
032615 Aliens
032715 It Follows
032715 It Follows
032915 Alien: Ressurection


030115 The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss
030215 The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
030215 Small Giants by Bo Burlingham (did not finish)
030615 The Everything Store by Brad Stone
030915 The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss
030915 Zero to One by Peter Theil
031215 The Whites by Richard Price

Short into the year for sure, but It Follows is holding down the early top spot.  I did the rare back-to-back viewing that I used to do so often as a kid.  Let's see how it survives the summer.  

FEBRUARY - Media Journal

Here's what I watched and read in February.  

020415 Atonement
020415 The Killing
021215 Shallow Grave
021315 Night Will Fall
021315 Jupiter Ascending
022015 Eyes Wide Shut
022115 Kingsman: The Secret Service
022215 The Thing (1982)
022415 Escape From New York
022715 A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
022815 Leviathan


020115: Under The Skin by Michael Faber
022115: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
022215: You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers
022215: Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
022415: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
022815: The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Rough month for movies, gotta get those numbers up if I'm going to surpass 200 this year.  The Killing was probably the best thing I jammed this month, never seen before.  Atonement revisit on a plane was rad, watching it on an iPad was not.  A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night was fantastic, glad I got to see it in a theater.

JANUARY - Media Journal

Here's what I watched and read in January.  

010115 Unbroken
010115 The One I Love
010315 Two Days, One Night
010415 The Trip to Italy
010515 Big Trouble in Little China
010915 Taken 3
011015 Selma
011215 The Grand Budapest Hotel
011515 American Sniper
012415 Force Majeure
012515 Predestination
012515 Inherent Vice
012615 Obvious Child
013015 A Most Violent Year
013115 Black Sea

VOD Rips: 6

010415 The Circle by Dave eggers
012415 Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha
012515 Station Eleven by Emily St. Jon Mandel
013015 The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Great end to the month with "A Most Violent Year" and "Black Sea".  V stoked to have seen them both this weekend, and both in theaters!  Really enjoyed Inherent Vice and Grand Budapest Hotel on second viewing as well.  Sex at Dawn was eye-opening and game changing for me, highly recommend.  The Circle and Station Eleven were both really fun reads. 


Favorite Movies of the Year - 2014

2014 was great.  Got to see more movies than I've ever seen in a calendar year before (201!).  Lots of fantastic movie theater experiences too (70mm twice!!!), lots of good festival films (MKE, NY), and lots of great VOD flicks.  Here are my favs y'all.

1. Interstellar
2. Birdman
3. Blue Ruin
4. Under the Skin
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
6. Coherence
7. Only Lovers Left Alive
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
9. Whiplash
10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
11. Frank
12. Starred Up
13. Ida
14. Locke
15. Edge of Tomorrow
16. Nightcrawler
17. Listen Up Phlip
18. How to Train Your Dragon 2
19. The Lego Movie
20. The One I Love


Two Days, One Night
The Babadook
20,000 Days on Earth
Stray Dog
The Rover
Jodorowsky's Dune

2014 Movie Journal Data

Total movies viewed: 200

New Viewings: 162
Re-watch: 38

1st Movie: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues on 1/1/14
Last Movie: Foxcatcher on 1/27/14

Home Viewing

Apple TV: 45
Blu-Ray: 25
iPad: 20
Netflix: 10
DVD: 6
Computer: 3
HBO-Go: 3
Bootleg DVD: 1


The Oriental: 24    
iPic: 14
Marcus Northshore: 11
Marcus Majestic: 10
UWM: 6
Mayfair: 5
The Downer: 4
Sundance Cinemas: 2
Fox Bay Cinema Grill: 2
The Ridge: 1
Navy Pier: 1
UA Union Square: 1
Real Art Ways: 1
Arclight Hollywood: 1
Star Cinema Fitchburg: 1
Walter Reade Theater: 1
Platinum Cineplex, Phnom Penh: 1
The Flicks 2, Phnom Penh: 1

Drone Flight Over Skid Row

I almost dumped mine into the Milwaukee River yesterday when the GPS failed and it tried to land.  These guys had a much more harrowing experience with theirs.  The last ten seconds of this video are terrifying, and fucking awesome.  I also love the back and forth with the cops, before and after they realize these guys aren't threats.  See?!  Cops are cool sometimes.  Although, I wonder if they issued a ticket for flying.

Underwear Bike Ride

Man, what a blast this was.  I'd been trying to shoot it since I heard about it a few years back, and I finally got in on the last sesh of the year.

Before I met with founder/organizer/main dude Steve Roche to talk about how we were going to document this thing, I had a whole treatment fleshed out in my brain about a short film revolving around him, the history of the ride, and his motivations for starting it.  Steve was open to the idea, but I could tell he wanted the focus to be on the ride, and not so much himself.  In so many words, he told me the ride had evolved into something bigger than he had ever imagined, and it was the real story here.

We recorded an audio interview, and I'd hoped to lay some of what Steve said underneath footage of the ride, but it just didn't work great in the edit.  For me, the ride was this euphoric two-hour blur; one of those unforgettable summer nights that feels like a dream when you think back to it.  I wanted the piece to reflect that feeling as much as possible.  Before editing this, I'd used like three crossfades in my entire "career," must have used 10 times that in this piece.  There were just too many beautiful smiling faces, and boobs, and buns, and bikes, and shots of the city, and the party; had to smear it all together to make it work.

Anyway, I still wanted to share some of the great things Steve had to say:

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Moving to Milwaukee, one of the earliest things that made me feel really at home, was just going on group bike rides with friends - exploring the city, meeting new people - and I just wanted to help facilitate that feeling for others.  Giving them something to make them just love life, and love living in this city.

I love being able to take ppl to areas of the city they’ve never been to.  Empowering them, not only in their own bodies, and what they’re capable of, but empowering them and encouraging them to cycle more in this city, and showing them an enjoyable way to do so.  

There are so many diff ppl that come on this ride.  Any demographic that is distinguishable about someone is just thrown out the window, and you just kind of are who you are, just another amazing beautiful person participating in this event. 

People need to make time for themselves, and to have moments like that that make them feel really happy, and alive, and this is an excuse for that.  Hopefully that’s a feeling that they feel and take home from an event like this is like: “I can do anything.  I can do this.”   -Steve Roche


Hugest shout out to Kevin Ward who agreed to push me around on his bike like an hour before the ride began, and before even meeting me.  He made this entire thing possible, and I can't thank him enough.  

Also, huge shout out to Adam Sarkis and Gen Longoria for driving around and grabbing shots of the giant half naked mob rolling by.  Check out Adam's production company: Hi, Pressure Moving Content.

Check out more about the ride, and future rides at MKEBKE.com.  Looking forward to riding again when it gets warm out, but this time without my camera, and most of my clothes.

And I want to thank Steve Roche again, for making something so unbelievably beautiful.  This video could never do justice to just what an amazing time I had that night.  I encourage everyone who's never been to come along next summer.  Peace!



-I shot on the Canon 5DMKII from the front of Kevin's Bullitt bike.  There wasn't even enough room for my long ass legs in front of me in a seated position, but somehow I managed to fit my camera bag in there too, so I could switch between my Rokinon t/1.5 24mm and 35mm Cine lenses, as well as my Zeiss f/1.4 85mm.  Camera was mounted on a modified "Advanced Extreme 17 " Gini-Rig with follow focus and Small HD DP4.  Those Rokinon lenses are fuckin sick.  I bought them before heading out with Misery Signals to shoot the last installment of the Transmissions video series.  Fantastic in low light, and the fact that they come with follow focus rings on them rules so hard.  Changing lenses while bombing down a busy street with cars flying by left and right, and a light rain falling, was pretty insane. 

-Adam shot on a Canon 7D, and I think he was rocking my Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 for a while.  Sick lens in low light. 

-Gen shot on a Canon T2i.  

-We also had a GoPro Hero 3 Black mounted to the back of Steve's helmet.