Daily Picks for the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival – Part 3
Tickets for the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival are now on sale. To help you out, I’ve set out providing daily picks for the 15 days of the film festival. You can find part one, covering days one to five, here and part two, covering days six to ten, here.
So, we’ll wrap up with the final five days of the festival in this installment.
Day Eleven- LUCKY
The news of the passing of legendary actor Harry Dean Stanton at the age of 91 saddened a lot of fans. I subscribe to the Roger Ebert rule that no film was without merit that had Harry Dean Stanton in it for even one scene. A late career starring role by Harry Dean Stanton was the pick for the day even before recent news, but now it has even more urgency. And, hey, David Lynch is in this too. And it’s the feature debut of John Carroll Lynch who’s a great character actor in his own right. There’s probably not going to be a dry eye in the house.
Backup: AQUARIUS finally makes its way to Milwaukee. By all accounts, Sonia Braga turns in an absolutely stellar performance. Frankly, why not see both in one day.
Day Twelve- COLUMBUS
COLUMBUS is the feature debut of video essayist Kogonada. Set in the modernist architecture center of Columbus, Indiana the film features John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson, both very talented actors, coming to terms with their ailing parents while taking in the sights and discussing architecture. It’s gotten stellar reviews across the board and is really one of the must see films at the festival.
Backup: INFINITY BABY sounds like the blackest of black comedies, a near future where a baby that never ages or cries or requires much of anything from its parents is developed. Yeah, I’m sure it’s not going to have any commentary on commitment issues and lack of personal growth here. With ringers like Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Martin Starr in the cast, I think the expectations are for some solid laughs and introspection.
Day Thirteen: ROCK’N ROLL
We have a case of post-modern midlife crisis at work in ROCK’N ROLL in which real life couple Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet play themselves. He’s trying to regain his useful vigor. She’s going completely method for an upcoming role. You have to figure that it’s not going to work out as planned for either of them. Much to the audience’s benefit.
Backup: THE MILWAUKEE SHOW II promises to be a hot ticket as people turn out to see the latest from Milwaukee area filmmakers. Go ahead and support the local film community, while having a great time in the process.
Day Fourteen: I, DANIEL BLACK
A Cannes winner finally makes it to Milwaukee as we’re given a chance to see Ken Loach take full aim at uncaring British bureaucracy with I, DANIEL BLAKE. Loach is one of the great British filmmakers and he’s lost none of his bite. It’s sure to be a bracing jolt of a film in the midst of the festival.
Backup: THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN sounds like it’s going to be a memorable western throwback with Bill Pullman, as the sidekick, out to avenge the death of a legendary gunslinger, Peter Fonda. If you’re a fan of the classic western, this seems like a sure thing.
Day Fifteen: LANDLINE
LANDLINE has a lot of buzz around it as Gillian Robespierre’s followup to OBVIOUS CHILD. LANDLINE is supposed to be both humorous and emotional as it deals with three women in a family coming to terms with their choices in the 1990s. With no cell phone screen in sight. It should be a winning end to the festival.
Backup: IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE is a journey through Israel to understand the land and people through food. I can’t imagine that this won’t leave everyone hungry and perhaps a bit more knowledgeable about Israel as a whole.
The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival runs from September 28, 2017 to October 12, 2017. You can purchase tickets at the Milwaukee Film Festival website now. If there’s anything notable that I missed in this series, feel free to give it a shout out in the comments below.