Matt Reviews “Policeman”

Matt Reviews “Policeman”

Of all the films that I saw at the Wisconsin Film Festival, Policeman (or Ha-Shoter in Hebrew) was the most difficult for me to wrap my mind around.  The Israeli film written and directed by Nadav Lapid tells the story of the clashing worlds of a terrorist group and an anti-terrorism police force, although it is more of a … Continue reading

Matt Reviews “The Amateur Monster Movie”

Matt Reviews “The Amateur Monster Movie”

This film begs the obvious question, “How do you evaluate a movie designed to be so bad it’s good?” The Amateur Monster Movie is a genre spoof of the low-budget monster film, and is the first feature film written, directed, produced, co-edited, and starred in by 22-year-old Milwaukeean Kyle Richards.  Contrary to what I was … Continue reading

Matt Reviews “Pink Ribbons, Inc.”

Matt Reviews “Pink Ribbons, Inc.”

Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a documentary about the pink ribbon campaign, and specifically about the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  The film is incredibly timely, as it was released just before the scandal surrounding Komen and the defunding of Planned Parenthood.  For many people, this incident was their first cause to question the breast cancer-funding monolith, yet … Continue reading

Matt Reviews “Girl Model”

Matt Reviews “Girl Model”

Girl Model is an unsettling documentary by American filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin about the unknown (to me, at least) industry of young female models.  The film primarily focuses on two main characters: Ashley (not the director), a former model turned model scout, and the thirteen-year-old Nadya.  The film begins in Siberia, where the modeling agency … Continue reading

Matt Reviews Casablanca

Matt Reviews Casablanca

To start off our epic Milwaukee Day on Saturday, Steph and I finally partook of the vegetarian lunch buffet at Casablanca on Brady St.  I honestly cannot say how we have lived this long in Milwaukee without trying this out.  It’s been suggested countless times, I’ve wanted to go, I have no excuse.  But on … Continue reading

Matt Reviews “Chinese Take-Away”

Matt Reviews “Chinese Take-Away”

Chinese Take-Away, or Un Cuento Chino, is a 2011 Argentinean dramatic comedy by director Sebastián Borensztein.  I caught this film on Sunday night as part of the 34th Annual Latin American Film Series at UWM. The film tells the story of Roberto (Ricardo Darín), a hardware store owner turned bitter by past trauma that we learn about later … Continue reading

Matt Previews the Wisconsin Film Fest

Matt Previews the Wisconsin Film Fest

Well, the Wisconsin Film Fest kicks off today.  Unfortunately I won’t be getting there until Saturday, and as result I’m compulsively watching and rewatching the trailers for the movies I plan to see.  So, in an act of shameless indulgence, I present to you those trailers. Stay posted for reviews of these movies, I don’t … Continue reading

Matt Reviews “Pass the Salt, Please”

Matt Reviews “Pass the Salt, Please”

In preparation for the Wisconsin Film Fest which kicks off tomorrow, I was provided with an advance screener of the  short film Pass the Salt, Please by the film’s writer, Greendale, WI resident Jeffrey James Ircink. The 13-minute film portrays the dinner conversation that takes place one night between an elderly married couple (adeptly performed … Continue reading