Sleepwalking leads to some interesting family tensions in our pick today at the MKE Film Festival

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The Milwaukee Film Festival is underway! There are hundreds of movies to choose from and it’s all virtual. Picking movies can be daunting with all that freedom! We want to make it a little easier, so the Cinebuds are going to pick one movie a day that they are excited about. Hopefully that will make it a little easier. If you want to buy tickets, or see other movies go here.

Today’s pick: Los Sonambulos (The Sleepwalkers)

Family tensions come to a boil during a summer vacation in this Oscar submission from Argentine filmmaker Paula Hernández. Luisa’s (Erica Rivas, WILD TALES) teenage daughter Ana has inexplicably begun sleepwalking at night adding strain to her disconnected marriage to domineering Emilio. Beautifully photographed featuring subtly contained performances the film slowly builds to an explosive and cathartic climax.

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Look behind the mask of Mexico’s Luchadoras in this documentary at the MKE Film Festival

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The Milwaukee Film Festival is underway! There are hundreds of movies to choose from and it’s all virtual. Picking movies can be daunting with all that freedom! We want to make it a little easier, so the Cinebuds are going to pick one movie a day that they are excited about. Hopefully that will make it a little easier. If you want to buy tickets, or see other movies go here.

Today’s pick: Luchadoras

Ciudad Juárez is home to some of the highest rates of femicide in the world. Against this backdrop we meet three courageous women, luchadoras (female wrestlers) who fight both in and out of the ring. They fight against the drug violence and misogyny to redefine what it means to be a woman in Mexico. Filmmakers Paola Calvo and Patrick Jasim give us a portrait that is raw, defiant and unflinching, just like the women who make up its heart. Preceded by BLACKFEET BOXING: NOT INVISIBLE Dirs. Kristen Lappas, Tom Rinaldi

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Watch MKE Film Festival darling Krisha Fairchild as an aging cannabis farmer in ‘Freeland’

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The Milwaukee Film Festival is underway! There are hundreds of movies to choose from and it’s all virtual. Picking movies can be daunting with all that freedom! We want to make it a little easier, so the Cinebuds are going to pick one movie a day that they are excited about. Hopefully that will make it a little easier. If you want to buy tickets, or see other movies go here.

Today’s pick: Freeland

Krisha Fairchild returns to MFF as Devi, an aging flower child who gets pulled down to earth after her under-the-table California weed farm is caught without a legal permit. Time is against her as she races to salvage her harvest before her business and way of life becomes a thing of the past. This refreshing character study plays as a companion piece to NOMADLAND, through both spirit and dreamy cinematography.

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Watch this documentary about Black women entertainers who challenged an industry at the MKE film festival

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The Milwaukee Film Festival is underway! There are hundreds of movies to choose from and it’s all virtual. Picking movies can be daunting with all that freedom! We want to make it a little easier, so the Cinebuds are going to pick one movie a day that they are excited about. Hopefully that will make it a little easier. If you want to buy tickets, or see other movies go here.

Today’s pick: How It Feels To Be Free

Yoruba Richen’s latest documentary showcases six Black women entertainers (Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Pam Grier) whose talent and activism propel them into transformative figures in popular culture. Based on the book by Ruth Feldstein, the film chronicles the defiant way in which each woman challenged an entertainment industry that sought to reduce them to marginalized roles and racist stereotypes.

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Opening night of the Milwaukee Film Festival kicks off with a movie about Tom Petty

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The Milwaukee Film Festival is underway! There are hundreds of movies to choose from and it’s all virtual. Picking movies can be daunting with all that freedom! We want to make it a little easier, so the Cinebuds are going to pick one movie a day that they are excited about. Hopefully that will make it a little easier. If you want to buy tickets, or see other movies go here.

Opening Night suggestion: Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Safe

Description: Combining never-before-seen 16mm archival footage and new interviews with colleagues, director Mary Wharton assembles a deep study of Tom Petty as an artist, tracing the creative process for his seminal album, Wildflowers. Fueled by all the hits you know and love, this unvarnished and intimate tribute to an artist gone before his time is not overly mournful but serves as a powerful testament to and document of his creative process.

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Here’s what this month’s Milwaukee Film Festival has lined up

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

Kpolly here. Oh boy, Oh boy, Oh boy! This week on Cinebuds we are talking about the quick return of the Milwaukee Film Festival! I know it feels like only six months ago that we had a film festival. And that is precisely because we DID. But, MKE Film has moved its festival to May and they’re doing it again!

We’ll be talking about some of the great films you can expect from the festival and how to watch, as the festival is virtual this year. 

So, listen to the podcast and then check out www.mkefilm.org/festival to see the full lineup of films this year.  Get ready for a variety of film voices from across the globe and right here at home. From docs to comedies, gritty reality to downright whimsy, short films to feature length. Do you want to watch four films with no dialogue? Sorry, we only have THREE!  High brow, low brow, and all brow sizes in between.  

We hope our introduction to the festival helps you find what you need. But, if not, just check out our festival page or our help page at mkefilm.org/howtofest.

It’s Christmas time for movie lovers! Enjoy!

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Cinebuds weigh in on ‘Shiva Baby’ in their first live episode

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

Cinebuds live!! After three years of talking about it, we finally did a live episode! We went with the movie “Shiva Baby,” which you can watch now on MKE Film’s Sofa Cinema if you haven’t already. 

In “Shiva Baby,” plot-wise, nothing much happens. Our protagonist, played wonderfully by Rachael Sennott goes to a shiva with her family, she sits shiva, and she leaves. BUT there really is so much more to this movie. It captures the claustrophobia of being at a family event and the tiny power dynamics at play between each and every person there. 

“Shiva Baby”

We get into the movie, AND have a long and healthy “What Else Have You Been Watching” segment where I finally watched a weird movie that Kpolly has been raving about for years, we do Q&A’s with the crowd and have a lot of fun. 

Next time we will be in person!  

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‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’ considers the nature of art

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

“The Man Who Sold His Skin” for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars this Sunday. It’s a movie about a Syrian refugee who cannot travel through Europe because of his refugee status, and a controversial artist who is looking to make a statement. The artist tattoos a giant visa on the back of the refugee, which gives him right to travel as a commodity to exhibitions in the places he otherwise could not go. 

“The Man Who Sold His Skin”

It’s certainly a film that’s trying to say a lot. Sometimes it does. I argue that sometimes it doesn’t come through on the claims that it makes. One thing we did conclude is that it is incredibly shot and a wonder to look at. Either way, it gave us a lot to flesh out, about access, geo-politics, and the nature of Art. 

This week, instead of talking about what else we have been watching, me and Kpolly catch up on what we have been reading, which was a real joy as well.

Stream the episode below.

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‘Thunder Force’ lets Melissa McCarthy do her usual thing

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

Kpolly here. While we wait for them to bring my favorite kids cartoon (“Thundercats”) to the big screen, we will have to settle for all other Thunder-related films to watch and review. This week on Cinebuds we discuss “THUNDER FORCE.”

No anthropomorphic cats in this one. This is a comedy superhero film starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer as childhood best friend who, as adults, gain super powers in order to fight a world that has only super villains. Jason Bateman and Bobby Cannavale round out the supporting cast.

“Thunder Force” | Courtesy Netflix

It’s another in a line of films by wife and husband team of McCarthy and director/actor Ben Falcone. The formula is to set up the comedy genius of McCarthy to shine with a loose structure to give her room to go crazy! Does that work?

The film, along with several of the team’s collaborations in the past, is panned by the critics. Is it understandable or is there something of a cult appeal to these pairings? It’s a mystery that only WE can solve!!  

We’ll chat about the film and what else we’ve been watching lately. Don’t forget to check our our “Cinebuds LIVE” episode next Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. on our respective YouTube or Facebook pages. 

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Which has the better franchise, Godzilla or King Kong?

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

It’s the matchup of a century (that they have done two times before, but ignore those). Monster vs. monster, WHO WILL WIN?! Ideally us as viewers, because we get to watch it. But, in this version. Not so much. At some times, yes. When monsters are fighting as promised this movie is a good time. But so much of this movie is trying to achieve buy into the Titan Universe through Hollow Earth Theory and four over-complicated human subplots that try to give agency to the monsters and pose them as both heroes and villains at the same time.

© 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. They do indeed fight | “Godzilla vs. Kong”

This version is fine if you are half watching, but also each franchise has made better versions of this movie. When I saw “Godzilla vs. Kong,” I saw it as an opportunity to go through each series as a whole, from their first movies until now, and decide a winner. 

So on this episode of Cinebuds, not only do we discuss “Godzilla vs. Kong” the movie, we decide a winner on Godzilla vs. Kong as a franchise. 

In both series there are highs. We pick a particular Godzilla movie as the height of both franchises. And there are lows, too. We pick yet another Godzilla movie with interesting casting choices and a “subplot” that supersedes any Godzilla action as either series franchise low. And we pick a winner of Godzilla vs. Kong.

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