Review: LOLA @ Wisconsin Film Fest, Apr 4 & 8

Lola (Jacques Demy, France, 1961, 90 min) Wisconsin Film Festival, Friday April 4, 12:15pm & Tuesday April 8, 5pm» Lola deviates from the normal into the unreal. It starts with one man sulking about his boring existence and ends two days later with every character’s life significantly altered. Throughout the film the characters continuously cross […]

Review: NOBODY’S DAUGHTER HAEWON @ Wisconsin Film Fest, Apr. 5 & 8

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea, 2013, 90 min) Wisconsin Film Festival, Saturday April 5, 9:15pm & Tuesday April 8, 3:00pm» As I mentioned in my post covering some of this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival’s “Big Auteurs,” Hong Sang-soo was previously a blind spot in my movie watching history. I was intrigued by descriptions […]

Streaming before #wifilmfest: Other Films by Festival Directors, Part 1

The Madison Film Forum is committed to providing you with opportunities to stream interesting movies and provide a wider context around the area’s theatrical screenings. With an eye toward this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival, we thought we would provide a resource whereby you would have “one-stop shopping” to look at other films by directors whose […]

Check Out Wisconsin Film Festival Spotlights from Rob Thomas

In addition to coverage from our partners Arts Extract and LakeFrontRow, be sure to check out Rob Thomas’s Wisconsin Film Festival Spotlights at his Madison Movie blog. Rob will be writing about one film each day between now at the start of the Festival on April 3. That’s on top of his responsibilities at Capital […]

Review: CAIRO DRIVE @ Wisconsin Film Fest, Apr 8 & 9

Cairo Drive (Sherief Elkatsha, Egypt, 2013, 77 min) Wisconsin Film Festival, April 8, 6:30pm & April 9, 3:45pm» Cairo Drive captures the streets of Cairo, Egypt from 2009, before the first Egyptian revolution, to 2012, around the first presidential election. This documentary is the third by Sherief Elkatsha, whose previous work similarly focused on Egyptian […]

Jimbo’s Mock Draft: Navigating the #wifilmfest Schedule

The problem with most Festival highlight articles (including ours) is that they don’t take into account the reality of what is actually available at a given time and what you might miss that plays opposite of a film you end up seeing. With the current downtown / Sundance split, and 10 to 15 minute intervals […]

Review: ILO ILO @ Wisconsin Film Fest, Sat Apr 5 & 6

Ilo Ilo (Anthony Chen, Singapore, 2013, 99 min) Wisconsin Film Festival, April 5, 9:00pm & April 6, 1:45pm» Anthony Chen’s debut feature, Ilo Ilo, won the Best First Film prizes at the Cannes and London Film Festivals. It is a quietly observant film that examines the struggles of a Singapore family and their Philipino maid […]

A Fun Way to Prepare for THAT GUY DICK MILLER

I think we’ve all had the “Oh, yeah, that guy” moment regarding Dick Miller, the subject of That Guy Dick Miller at the Wisconsin Film Festival. He’s in so many films that we almost instantly recognize him even though we often don’t know or we forget his name. I recently had a similar moment and […]

The Big Docs at the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival

Documentaries! The Wisconsin Film Festival will showcase documentaries with subjects that range from films about scientific discoveries, to small town problems, to inspirational stories of surprising heroes. Here is a quick survey of some highly anticipated docs plus the ones that peaked my personal interest. Manakamana (Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez)» In Nepal, filmmakers Stephanie Spray […]