Milwaukee Film Festival adds ramen, award winners and alien lovin' to its lineup
Milwaukee Film's rollout of festival selections continues today with another nine movies added to the annual fall celebration of cinema – complete with intense board games, global award-winners, famous comedians, chickens, a "ramen western" and a love story between a man and the sexy alien that abducted him.
Hollywood, telling the same ol' stories, amirite?
Anyways, here are nine more movies you'll want to watch when the Milwaukee Film Festival opens its curtains next month.
Get ready for the ultimate battle between man and machine, taking place on the battlefield of ... an ancient board game? The documentary "AlphaGo" tells the story of one of the world's best Go players facing off against AlphaGo, a Google-developed artificial intelligence created to outplay and outsmart any human mind. Who will win – and does anyone else think this sounds like a real-life prequel to "The Terminator"?
A "Pan's Labyrinth" taking place close to home, director Anne Hamilton's "American Fable" follows a young girl's concerns about her family's Wisconsin farm at risk of foreclosure suddenly manifesting as an eerie horned creature creeping along the land's borders and a man locked away in a silo on the land's outskirts.
Okwui Okpokwasili's bravura one-woman show – an autobiography about two young black girls in 1980s New York – makes its move from the stage to the screen in this Art & Artists documentary selection, capturing the performance as well as the behind-the-scenes craft and process that brought it to life.
"I, Daniel Blake"
The latest film from English director Ken Loach ("The Wind That Shakes The Barley," "Kes"), "I, Daniel Blake" chronicles its title character fighting through British bureaucracy after he's denied his welfare benefits while recovering from a heart attack. It's more than just a class-centric tearjerker, however, as the drama won the coveted Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
An A-grade list of comedy stars – including Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Martin Starr – joins together for "Infinitely Baby," an absurd comedy about some stem cell research that creates a baby that never ages or cries, a marketing goldmine for Ben (Kieran Culkin) who has his own issues with growing up.
"Love & Saucers"
It's just another classic Hollywood love story: Man is abducted by alien. Man falls in love and has sex with alien. Man loses alien. Brad Abrahams' even-handed documentary – that's right; it's a documentary, not some screenwriting creation – proves that sometimes reality is indeed stranger than fiction.
We've already got one documentary about a battle over a board game, so why not a doc about a contest for the finest ... chickens? "Pecking Order" flies to New Zealand to meet the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club, whose members have gathered for almost a century and a half to find whose fowl is the finest. It may sound like a lost Christopher Guest mockumentary, but it's all real.
Orthodox Jewish girl Naomi Kutin's secret identity? "Supergirl," an immensely talented competitive powerlifter who's breaking records even before she hits her teenage years. This Sportsball! selection follows the impressive athlete as she battles not only the weight piled on the lifting bar, but the weight of growing up.
It's a classic cinematic combination of ramen and the western genre in the beloved 1985 genre-smashing, hunger-inducing saga of "Tampopo," following some ramen ronin as they quest for the perfect bowl of noodles. Slurp down this satisfying cinematic adventure – and then slurp down some ramen for yourself, because "Tampopo" is guaranteed to get your stomach growling.
With these new additions, last week's nine picks and the centerpiece selection, Erik Ljung's "The Blood is at the Doorstep," the Milwaukee Film Festival's lineup is finally beginning to fill up – and Milwaukee Film is not even close to done.
Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more movie announcements and updates as they are announced. The Milwaukee Film Festival will run Sept. 28 through Oct. 12.
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