Daily Picks for the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival – Part Two
Tickets for the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival are now on sale with the film festival opening this week. 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.
So, let’s continue.
Day Six – Tuesday, October 23 – MADELINE’S MADELINE
MADELINE’S MADELINE has tremendous buzz and a trailer full of style and energy. If you’re interested in the cutting edge of cinema, everything points to MADELINE’S MADELINE being amongst the most innovative films of the year.
Alternative: THE UNAFRAID looks like it represents the ethos of the Cine Sin Fronteras program very well. It’s an of the moment documentary involving the unresolved nature of the DACA program. THE UNAFRAID calls for a late, extended lunch, but there are worse things on a workday.
Day Seven – Wednesday, October 24th – SUPER SECRET MEMBERS-ONLY SCREENING
There’s one screening saved for members of Milwaukee Film. Only a handful of people know what it is, but past screenings have involved the likes of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, SHORT TERM 12, and FACES PLACES. Given what’s playing the festival this year, there’s the potential for something really high profile. GREEN BOOK? ROMA? THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND? THE FAVOURITE? IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK? Something else? You have to become a member to find out. So, why aren’t you a member?
Alternative: If you want to aim for certainty, may I point you in the direction of LITTLE WOODS from the Black Lens program? With Tessa Thompson and Lily James, it features two quickly rising stars in lead roles and promises to be an emotionally affecting film.
Day Eight – Thursday, October 25th – EVERYBODY KNOWS
Asghar Farhadi has already directed two Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award winners with A SEPARATION, in my opinion the best film of the decade, and THE SALESMAN. EVERYBODY KNOWS stands a good chance of extending Farhadi’s winning streak with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem starring. It’s only playing once at the film festival, which makes it a hot ticket.
Alternative: In case EVERYBODY KNOWS proves to be too daunting a ticket, LOVE, GILDA is a documentary about the late, much beloved comedienne is playing too. I doubt that there will be too many dry eyes in the house.
Day Nine – Friday, October 26th – WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
The second weekend kicks off with a Spotlight presentation of WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY. A lesbian comedy about everybody’s favorite reclusive poet, that may or may not be true? Starring Molly Shannon? And the promise that it won’t be a stuffy prestige picture? Sounds like a blast.
Alternative: Maybe instead of a lesbian love story, you’re in the mood for a lesbian battle for survival, in which case I suggest WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE. Apparently, when the male lead had to drop out of the production of the thriller, they simply hired a woman to replace him without changing the script. The result is bound to overturn stereotypes of all kinds.
Day Ten – Saturday, October 27th – WESTERN
I expect many people have plans for the weekend before Halloween. So, let me suggest a film early in the day Saturday so that you can get about you’re Halloween festivities in WESTERN. WESTERN looks to be a thriller exploring conflict between native Bulgarians and imported German workers, fueled by testosterone and national pride. From the producers of TONI ERDMANN, I expect many of the same themes, albeit in a much more series style, probably erupting into western-style violence.
Alternative: For those going out Saturday night, if you’re looking for a party, you can’t do any better than the dance party that is STOP MAKING SENSE. It’s an annual tradition. Don’t worry about seating, find yourself a partner and dance away to the Talking Heads. I expect laps to be run during “Life During Wartime”.
We’ll be back tomorrow with a look at days eleven to fifteen of the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival. The 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival runs from October 18, 2018 to November 1, 2018. Information and tickets can be found at Milwaukee Film’s website.