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Readers Blog: Schmoo On The Movies

What to See at the MKE Film Fest - Sunday - 9/27

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Each day of the Milwaukee Film Festival, I'm going to have a recommendation for something people should see. I know there are an aimless bunch of you who want to attend the fest, but still don't have everything pegged down as far as what you're going to see. This is for you.

Look for my recommendations a day prior to when they play. So, here's what you should see tomorrow - 9/27:

Conspicuous is my missing recommendation for today 9/26. I apologize for this, but time was an issue. Hopefully, plenty of people are able to come out for my intended-pick The Redemption of General Butt Naked, which plays at 4:45 at the Oriental Theatre. 

Here's a description: 

"The Redemption of General Butt Naked tells the story of Joshua Milton Blahyi - aka General Butt Naked - a brutal warlord who murdered thousands during Liberia's horrific 14-year civil war. Today, the General has renounced his violent past and reinvented himself as Evangelist Joshua Milton Blahyi. This riveting and unsettling portrait takes viewers on Joshua's crusade to redeem his past, as he confronts his victims and attempts to rehabilitate the former child soldiers who once fought for him."

As for tomorrow...

An Earthly Paradise for the Eyes:

"Euphoria fills the air in the spring of 1968 as a wave of democratizing reforms sweeps Czechoslovakia, letting locals glimpse the sexual revolution. But by the end of the summer, the Iron Curtain has descended again, bringing Soviet tanks to quash the people’s newfound liberties. Martha, a production coordinator at the Prague film studios and mother of two teen daughters, clings tightly to the joy she found during those few months, corralling boyfriends and nurturing her free-spirited nature."

A strange title-translation, I know, but a solid film. The performances are great all around and the period aesthetic is very authentic. Earthly Paradise has a wide scope in tone and subject, providing laughs and high drama through multiple decades of Czech political turmoil. 

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mudDHI4RGj4 (sorry I couldn't find an English one)

The film begins at 5pm at the Ridge Cinema in New Berlin. 

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