"Scream VI." A new "John Wick." The animated "Super Mario Bros." The movie schedule across the next few months is filled up with big names – but if you live anywhere in and around Milwaukee, the biggest name is the Milwaukee Film Festival, which will return to screens across the city for two glorious weeks starting April 20. And for those who weren't already hyped, the festival announced two more early selections for its 2023 lineup: a pair of cult classics with "The Doom Generation" and "Losing Ground."
The first new repertory selection is the uncensored director's cut of "The Doom Generation," writer-director Gregg Araki's ("Mysterious Skin," Smiley Face") 1995 underground favorite about a trio of disaffected misfits (Rose McGowan, James Duval and Johnathan Schaech) on a misanthropic road trip of violence, sex and discovery through a borderline-apocalyptic America. The movie received polarizing reviews back in its initial release (coming out in the shadow of the superficially similar "Natural Born Killers" just the year prior didn't help) but has continued to grow a cult following over time – and now it's returning in its original form first seen at its raucous Sundance debut almost 30 years ago.
The other newly revealed Milwaukee Film Festival throwback selection is "Losing Ground," Kathleen Collins' 1982 acclaimed and newly restored melodrama about a married couple crumbling apart over the course of a summer vacation. The film – one of the first directed by an African American woman – was mostly overlooked in its time, never given a proper theatrical release beyond film festivals, but thanks to recent restorations, "Losing Ground" has finally found its audience and claimed its place in history, getting selected to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 2020.
"The Doom Generation" and "Losing Ground" join fellow repertory pick "Metropolis" in the Milwaukee Film Festival's 2023 slate, announced as the event's first revealed selection last month.
While you'll have to wait just a bit longer for the full film lineup, all-access passes and ticket packages for the 2023 Milwaukee Film Festival are on sale right now – and at a discount before Friday, March 17. To purchase passes and ticket packages, visit Milwaukee Film's website. And for more updates on the film festival, running April 20 through May 4, stay tuned to OnMilwaukee.
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.