We really only write wedding related articles, with the exception of the Milwaukee Film Fest. It’s one of our favorite times of the year!
Not only are there hundreds of amazing films being screened over the span of 2 weeks (Oct. 17 – Oct. 31), but there are panel talks about films and community issues, launch parties, after parties and local live music at Hacienda Brewing every night of the week. Check out Milwaukee Film on Facebook for more info on events.
Here are our film picks for an awesome Date Night along with their film trailers, but be sure to check out www.mkefilm.org for more info and clear your schedule for the entire #2019MFF!
1. Top End Wedding
We are super excited to be partnered with a more than appropriate and very fun film about a wedding in Australia. A love story just perfect for date night.
Lauren and Ned are all set for their perfect wedding in Australia, except for one small problem—the bride’s mother is missing. When the couple take off on a road trip to find her, their journey leads them down a road of discovering much more, including familial bonds and Aborigonal roots.
2. Shorts: Date Night
We love the Milwaukee Film Fest “Shorter Is Better” program which includes a selection of shorts for Date Night!
Relationships of all kinds get the spotlight here—whether they’re just starting out, just breaking up, smooth sailing for 20 years, or rocky roads ahead. Whatever your relationship status, join us for this celebration of the roller-coaster of love—the good, the bad, and all that’s in between.
3. Carmen & Lola
A story set in the backdrop of lavish weddings and colorful street art, these two young women navigate their way through young love in a community that is less than support of them. A bit more on the serious side if you’re looking for deep conversation after.
Film Description: Carmen and Lola are teenage girls falling in love for the first time as they contend with homophobia, generational divides, and racism in their conservative Roma community. Teeming markets, a lavish Roma wedding, and colorful street art serve as the backdrop to their growing young love. This coming-of-age drama showcases young love and the challenges of following your heart when your family and community have a different definition of success and happiness than you do.
4. Greener Grass
Oooo… this one looks like a funny film!
Film Description: In an overly colorful, deliciously warped version of suburban America that feels like The Stepford Wives met David Lynch at a lawn party and then snuck off to do acid, writer/director/stars Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe play soccer-mom frenemies in deranged competition with one another. Golf carts, braces, golden retrievers, soccer balls, and yoga teachers all play way bigger roles than you’d expect, and SNL’s Beck Bennett co-stars in this demented, original vision.
5. First Love (Hatsukoi)
A dark action film with many twist, First Love looks to be an edge of your seat film.
A boxer with a brain tumor and a call girl who sees ghosts fall in love one night in Tokyo and then fall headfirst into a drug-smuggling adventure in this action-packed wild ride through the crime-ridden nighttime. Creative and colorful, this film is overflowing with splashy visuals and outrageous scenarios. Takashi Miike is the quintessential auteur of late-night international film, and First Love is him at his anarchic, over-the-top best.
6. Shorts: Stranger Than Fiction
Another shorts program (seriously — check out all of the shorts programs if you are having trouble deciding) the Stranger Than Fiction is a fun one that will have you talking long after the films are done.
Why make up a story when the wildest ones are happening around us? Whether it’s a career as Nicolas Cage’s stand-in, a life spent exploring an uncharted cave system, or the need for female-driven taxis in India, these short documentaries prove that fact is definitely stranger than fiction.
7. Olympic Dream
A comedy, sports inspired rom-com, this film stars Nick Kroll of The League and Big Mouth, and is sure to be funny and heart warming. Check out this interview of the films co-stars.
In the tradition of Bull Durham, which deftly combined sports movie and rom-com, comes a film that really sets the scene. Taking place at the 2018 Winter Olympics (and with many real athletes making cameos), Olympic Dreams tells the story of a cross-country skier (Alexi Pappas) falling in love with an Olympic Village doctor (Nick Kroll). What ensues is a funny, heartfelt, unique look at how the international values of the Olympics can foster meaningful human connection.
A young love story set in the magical and confusing year between high school and college, this film explores what it’s like falling in love while dramatic life changes happen simultaneously. Check out a clip from the film below.
Harlem teenager Ayanna is getting ready for her freshman year of college, but when she meets and falls for Isaiah, her last summer as a kid turns into a lesson on the complexities of navigating a very grown-up world. Looking at the heights and depths of the love between two young adults, this intimate love story is a poetic and quiet coming-of-age story.
9. Straight Up
A gay man dates a woman and funny situations, conversations and experiences ensue. Check out a short clip from the film below.
Todd is an insecure gay man in L.A. whose overwhelming insecurities around dating bring him to a solution: dating women. What ensues is a hilarious and heartfelt love story, bringing a millennial lens to the classic rom-com genre. With razor-sharp wit, a steady stream of cultural references, and never-ending one-liners, this fast-paced and fast-talking queer film challenges us to think about what gay and straight really mean.
10. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
A sucker for documentaries, in particular ones that focus on music, this film featuring musical icon Miles Davis is one we plan to check out for our own date night. Would be the perfect time to catch the nightly #MFF2019 live music at Hacienda Brewing Co. after the film.
Few musicians have undergone as many stunning transformations as Miles Davis, changing the sound and trajectory of jazz and popular music several times over. Multi-MFF alum Stanley Nelson (two this year alone) deftly explores the stories behind Davis’ ever-changing sound. Pairing the artistry of Nelson, one of our preeminent documentarians, with the sultry heat of Davis’ music makes for an experience that hits all the right notes.
Still having trouble selecting which films to see? We suggest picking up a program from one of these locations. See you at the movies!