Milwaukee Film Fest 2011’s fifth day was filled with more of what audience’s have come to love and know about the festival. Mainly, it’s the fact that what seperates the fest from small town festivals elsewhere in the country is that these films are of rare quality that mainstream audiences don’t normally get to see. Here’s what Milwaukee Movie Examiner saw on day 5.
The Redemption of General Butt Naked: Funny title for a very serious, gripping, and tough documentary. The film focuses on the civil war of Liberia. General Butt Naked was a warlord who fought naked and butchered numberous Liberian civilians. He believed voodoo gave him the power to fight naked and not get killed and through voodoo butchered his kills in hand-to-hand combat. Butt Naked left the war early and found Christianity. Through his newfound faith he tries to find the foot soldiers he recruited and save them from the poverty and despairing lives they were living. The very lifestyle he created by recruting them in the first place. Not only does he want to save them but he seeks forgiveness from them and from victim families. One question the film asks is that does his new found religion save him from the Hague? Should it or do the victim’s families deserve justice beyond forgiveness? Also, the film asks is his religion real or is it just another form of self aggrandizement? Fascinating, raw, and thought provoking, yet it is a film that because of it’s subject matter and content that will not be for everyone. Rating: 5 of 5.
Official site: http://www.generalbuttnakedmovie.com
Tuesday, September 27th 9:45 Ridge Cinema
We Need To Talk About Kevin: An unconventional psychological thriller that becomes something different as it goes along. Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly star in this unpredicatable and hard to categorize film. A film that surprises it’s audience every step of the way. The film starts off as if it were a David Lynch film that one needs to piece together but eventually things start to make sense and it all leads to a startling conclusion. The less you know about this one the better. Tilda Swinton gives a wonderfully understated and nuanced performance. A film worth looking for when it’s in wider release later this year. This one stands apart as one of 2011’s very best and the sold out crowd was overwhelmingly receptive. Rating: 5 of 5.
There are no additional showtimes for “We Need To Talk About Kevin”. IMDB states the film is set for limited release on December 2nd.
Hermano: A young boy hears what he thinks is a cat on a way to a birthday party with his mom. Behind some rubbish they find a baby. The two boys are raised as brothers where the two share a deep love for soccer. Had it stopped there it could have been an interesting and intriguing film as it were but instead the film descends into tragedy. The older brother is connected to the underworld of Venezuela and it has tragic ripples that extend to the family. Instead of becoming an original lightheated drama, it becomes just another crime tale. It’s unfortunate but on the plus side the Venezuelan locations are wonderful and the acting is strong. Rating: 3 of 5.
There are no additional showtimes for “Hermano”. Go to http://www.musicboxfilms.com/hermano for more information on the film.
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