Every month, a bunch of new films and shows are uploaded to streaming services for you to binge watch until your eyes pop. But how to sort through such an overwhelming list? Much like Fantine in Les Misérables, we here at Milwaukee Film have streamed a stream in times gone by. Here's what's coming your way in November!
(November 1 via Netflix • Dir. Sandi Tan • 2018)
She’s quirky, bold, and a little bit of an asshole. Director Sandi Tan tells the story of how she and her misfit friends went about making the first Indonesian indie film - one that mysteriously disappeared shortly after shooting wrapped. The rediscovery of the reels, and the whereabouts of the original Shirkers film director, sends Tan on an adventure across the globe to reconnect with with friends and confront the past. Billed as a kaleidoscopic, punk rock ghost story, Shirkers the documentary is likely far better than the original film Tan set out to make 25 years ago.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
(November 16 via Netflix • Dirs. Joel & Ethan Coen • 2018)
I want Buster Scruggs/
Scruggs is a guy who can get some love from me/
Hanging saddle side on his pony ride/
Tryin' to holler at me
– Tom, Communications & Social Media Manager
(November 1 via Showtime • Dir. Donald Petrie • 1988)
I watched this recently in a double feature with MYSTIC RIVER (haha I'm soooooooo funny...) and MYSTIC PIZZA is far and away the superior film. It has it all! Julia Roberts' beautiful hair! Hot dads! Criminally underrated actress Lili Taylor! PIZZA!!!! Sorry, Clint Eastwood, but this is one shootout you did not win.
– Kerstin, Programming Manager
(November 12 via Hulu • Dir. Crystal Moselle • 2015)
It’s not every day that a film can weave together cardboard-and-duct-tape tributes to classic cinema, clear-eyed celebration of youth, and heartbreaking family trauma but Crystal Moselle makes it seem natural in her fascinating debut feature. One of the strangest, most affecting documentary stories in recent memory, The Wolfpack is as much a case for the power of art as it is an exploration into the fractured lives of an unusual brotherly unit. The events shown are best taken in with as few spoilers as possible but any film buff, doc head, or loving sibling will find plenty to enjoy as they tumble down this particular rabbit hole.
– Justin, Guest & Alumni Relations Manager
(November 12 via Showtime • Dir. Noah Baumbach • 2012)
Aaaah to be young and free (yet sublimely lost) in your 20s in new york. How I wish I had a black and white montage of myself running around the city to David Bowie's "Modern Love" - but I don't so watch this movie instead. My love for Greta Gerwig is eternal.
- Rachel, Development Manager
(November 1 via Amazon Prime • Dir. Roger Kumble • 1999)
Shakespearean level revenge and betrayal, stepsibling not-quite-incestual-but-still-super-weird relationships, bets and rivalries, sexual tension, and a pretty iconic kiss scene. Add Selma Blair, Reese Witherspoon, and Sarah Michelle Gellar in all their late nineties glory, and you have Cruel Intentions. This definitely makes the list of films that helped an entire generation of queer girls realize they were into girls and simultaneously confirm that teenage girls are the worst.
– Molly , MFA Programs Manager
(November 1 via Hulu • Dir. Thomas Morgan • 2017)
Documentary about a woman who has spent her entire life in a Lebanese refugee camp. She dreams big, bands together with a crew of awesome women and they become entrepreneurs! Beautiful movie about finding a creative outlet, fighting for and building an economic home for oneself.
-Mary, Volunteer Coordinator
King of the Hill
(November 1 via Hulu • Created by: Mike Judge • 1997-2010)
In the time since King of the Hill was last streaming, I ended an engagement, lived cross-country, moved to Milwaukee, married a fellow film festival nomad, and had our own Milwaukee Film Festival baby. Long story short, I've been waiting a long time to have unlimited streaming access to one of history's greatest animated series.
–Amelia, Operations Coordinator
(November 1 via Showtime • Dir. Rick Famuyiwa • 1999)
A rom -com told through the narration of Mike played by Omar Epps of three friends who grew up in Inglewood, CA. On the day of Roland's (played by Taye Diggs) wedding, viewers get to watch as the men tell their stories about growing up and the lessons they learned over the years.
–Niña, Public Ally
(November 10 via HBO • Dir. Greg Berlanti • 2018)
If you loved Nick Robinson in Jurassic World (didn't everyone?!) then this is the extremely different movie perfect for you! It will make you all kinds of mushy--just as the dinosaurs made people when they destroyed the island.
-Ian, Hospitality Coordinator
The Great British Baking Show: Collection 6
(November 9 via Netflix • Dir. Various • 2018)
It is the return of the most delightful thing to ever fly through the airwaves and reassemble itself for sight and sound on a screen. It's so heartwarmingly pleasant it's probably convinced many people that they should quit their day jobs to pursue their passion for delicious baked goods by becoming a full time baker. Or perhaps that was just me.
- Katlyn, Graphic Designer/Baker/Light of my Life