For a goal-oriented person like me, a program full of nearly 140 movies with a corresponding schedule is like a To Do List.¬† Or more like a menu for a really hungry person where everything looks so delicious, but you've only got so much room in your belly to work with.
I've had practice for this challenge, so I'm ready.¬† I discovered just what a boon of interesting entertainment an international film festival can be when I lived in Chicago.¬† Each year, I'd anxiously anticipate the release of the Chicago International Film Festival‚Äôs chunky program, poring over the details of each film -- the country of origin, the plot line, the actors, directors, and producers.¬† I'd grab a highlighter and start marking must-sees and maybes, cross-referencing them with the schedule to figure out just which ones I could make time for.
That habit has carried over to the Milwaukee International Film Fest.¬† For the second year in a row, the highlighter has come out and my program now resembles a Day-Glo coloring book.¬† For me, my schedule is the great decider, because if I had the time, I'd just grab the super-jumbo bucket of popcorn and sit through about three films in a row.¬† Each night.¬† A full-time job and several extracurricular obligations makes leisure time a little tighter than that.¬† So, I went right to the source to help me plot out my MIFF movies.
In chatting with Mark Metcalf, who is a member of the MIFF Executive Board and part of one of the MIFF committees who selects the multitude of films, I took the opportunity to compare notes on movies we're both interested in.
you're invited to take a look at my list and Mark Metcalf‚Äôs list and see if you can narrow down your own to a dozen or so cant-miss flicks now through October 29th.
The films that I'll be making time for are:
"Stripes," the Bill Murray military comedy film.¬† Strange listing?¬† Not when the festival spotlights actor,…Read more...