Well, we've finally made it. After days of panickedly driving across town to squeeze into your fourth movie of the day, late nights, full meals made of popcorn and Buncha Crunch, watching the pre-show puppy trailer for 48th time (it's still never not adorable!) and placing more votes than an enthusiastic Chicago political pundit, it's now the final day of the Milwaukee Film Festival. But don't cry because it's over; smile because there are still movies to see ... namely these three.
From the early festival buzz, "Raiders!" sounds like a movie that earns its exclamation point – and its subtitle claiming it as "the story of the greatest fan film ever made." After all, how many other cheap home video remakes take over 30 years to finish and are impeccably recreated shot-for shot? The backyard-to-big-screen documentary also comes co-directed by Jeremy Coon, who happened to help produce "Napoleon Dynamite," so the guy knows something about bringing intense geekdom to the movie theater. It sounds like a great crowd-pleaser to end the festival on – as well as a movie that might have you digging around your attic for your old homemade super 8 "Star Trek" episodes.
From a movie made in a backyard to a movie made right in our own backyard – Prairie du Sac and Lodi – the quiet thriller "Uncle John" helps close out the film festival today with its intense story of small-town tensions and reputations. Some locally made productions tend to resemble good intentions rather than good movies, but that doesn't seem to be the case with "Uncle John," which scored rave reviews coming out of the SXSW Film Festival.
We'll stay in our own backyard for "Yoopera!," which is exactly what it sounds like: the seemingly ungodly hybrid of Yoopers and opera. Or maybe not so ungodly, as the opera being put together in the documentary is a legitimately commissioned opera, composed, created and performed by serious artists and inspired by a ve…Read more...