When I sat down to select the movies I would most recommend, I found it difficult to stick with one theme. My interests are eclectic, guided by my own personal tangle of interests. So here are my top five, with some explanation as to why I chose them.1)
Because I’m obsessed with tricky mothers
I’d go see Scary Mother just because of the title, but the plot line sounds even more compelling — a woman who abandons her family to immerse herself in her writing. This movie was made in Georgia, the country, not the state, by first-time director Ana Urushadze. That’s all I know, but I’m in.
- Monday, Oct. 29 | 5:30 p.m. | Oriental Theatre West
- Wednesday, Oct. 31 | 9:30 p.m. | Fox Bay Cinema Grill
Because Miranda July is so interesting
I wouldn’t say that I’m a huge fan of Miranda July — writer, performance artist, director of Me and You and Everyone We Know and married to Mike Mills, director of 20th Century Women — but I find her vastly interesting. And that’s why I’m going to check out Madeline’s Madeline, about a young girl who is involved in an experimental theater group and is being urged to investigate her tricky relationship with her mother (starting to see a pattern here?), played by July.
- Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 6 p.m. | Times Cinema
- Thursday, Nov. 1 | 3 p.m. | Oriental Theatre East
Because I lived through it
In 1985, I was a kid from Indiana living in NYC and trying to figure out who I was. Around that time, many of my friends started to get sick and die of AIDS. The film 1985 tells the story of Adrian, who returns to his Texas home after three years in New York and struggles with whether to reveal his sexual orientation to his parents, while dealing with his own terminal diagnosis. This story is so familiar to me, I don’t know how I could not go see this film.
- Friday, Oct. 26 | 6:30 p.m. | Times Cinema
- Sunday, Oct. 28 | 10 p.m. | Oriental Theatre East
- Tuesday, Oct. 30 | 4 p.m. | Fox-Bay Cinema Grill
Because it sounds fun
Nathaniel Kahn is an excellent documentarian. My Architect, his film about his father, Louis Kahn, hits all the notes — informative, personal, entertaining, poignant. So I’m very excited to see how he handles artist Jeff Koons in The Price of Everything. Koons is an unusually smart, articulate and charming dude, so I feel confident that this one will leave me smiling.
- Sunday, Oct. 21 | 3:30 p.m. | Jan Serr Studio Cinema
- Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 1 p.m. | Oriental Theatre East
- Sunday, Oct. 28 | 3:30 p.m. | Fox-Bay Cinema Grill
Because it’s tradition
I may only have a couple of years of Milwaukee Film Fest attendance under my belt, but I learned early on that skipping the screening of Stop Making Sense is like not showing up for Thanksgiving dinner with your family. You go. You sing. You clap. You dance. Rest, and repeat next year.
- Saturday, Oct. 27 | 9 p.m. | Oriental Theatre Main