I hope you got some sleep yesterday, because the two of the three picks for Day 10 of the Milwaukee Film Festival are going to keep you up late – and, in the case of one selection, on your feet.
As the centerpiece selection for the entire Milwaukee Film Festival, there's a good bit of pressure on "Peace Officer" to deliver. Can this doc do it? Based on the buzz (the movie won not just one but two awards at SXSW) and the extremely timely subject matter of police militarization – one many reports say the film handles with a rare even-handedness – it seems like a good bet.
"Peace Officer" shows tonight at 7 p.m. at the Oriental Theatre.
"Stop Making Sense"
What should you do after watching a heavy, ripped-from-today's-headlines documentary? Well, for one, learn more and move to action in the hopes of making the world a better and safer place for everyone. But maybe RIGHT afterward, you can stay at the Oriental Theatre, let loose and dance away the day's concerns to the contagious beat of the Milwaukee Film Festival mainstay "Stop Making Sense." It'll be the perfect way to have a night but cerebral and celebratory, educational and ear-ringing.
"Stop Making Sense" shows tonight at 11 p.m. at the Oriental Theatre.
There's a Stage Five Clinger, and then there's whatever the hell is going with the lead character in "Nina Forever." After his girlfriend sadly dies, the guy finally starts dating someone new and moving on ... but every time the two start consummating the thing, the ghoulish ghost of his ex bloodily summons herself from the afterlife to provide some undead play-by-play commentary and unwanted encouragement. It sounds completely morbid and dark and zany bonkers – and therefore perfect for a Cinema Hooligante midnight movie.
"Nina Forever" screens tonight at midnight at the Oriental Theatre, as well as Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 9:45 p.m. at The Times Cinema.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.