Jason Fuhrman previews an animated short screening tonight at MMoCA’s final Rooftop Cinema this summer. He argues that 663114 develops a theme frequent in the work of Japanese animator Isamu Hirabayashi: the complex relationship between humans and their environment.
A stylistic tour de force, Bertrand Bonello’s audacious Nocturama captures the alluring emptiness of modernity with extreme realism and clever experimental flourishes. Jason Fuhrman shares his response to the Wisconsin Film Festival screening.
Jason Fuhrman reviews the Academy Award winning The Salesman ahead of its return at the inaugural Wisconsin Iranian Film Festival this weekend. A seamless blend of cinema and the theater, Asghar Farhadi’s complex, enigmatic and multi-layered drama intimately examines the fissures in a middle-class marriage about to collapse.
Edwanike Harbour looks at Alex Ross Perry’s interweaving portrait of Brooklynite malaise, Golden Exits, screened at the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival.
Jason Fuhrman shares his notes on Maria (and Everybody Else) and The Donor, two films screened during the opening weekend of the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival.
James Kreul shares some preliminary thoughts on the first half of the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival. Topics include admitting what he missed in his previews; applauding students for affirming their own brand; and spinning a “tale of two festivals.”
James Kreul surveys the Big Docs at the Wisconsin Film Festival, completing the third part of our overview of 2017 Festival programming.
James Kreul finally delivers the Big Indies preview, after being torn by long internal debate about how much to rip into Sylvio.
Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) returns with a portrait of a community-driven Chinese-American family caught in the middle of the mortgage crisis backlash in Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. New contributor Nicole Rogers reviews the film as part of our 10-day Wisconsin Film Festival preview.
Hong Sang-soo’s charming absurdist allegory Yourself and Yours takes a modern look at the renewable spirit of romantic love, the fluidity of self and identity, and the idea that maybe we should all just get a drink and get along. Emily Caulfield reviews the film to continue our 10-day Wisconsin Film Festival preview.