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 this October!
(November 1 via Criterion Channel • Dir. David Lynch • 2001)
If you're like me, then you're still riding the high from our amazing Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me screening with Ray Wise and Sheryl Lee and are craving even more David Lynch in your life (although I'm always in the mood for more Lynch, tbh.) So why not keep that high going and revisit (or see for the first time) one of the best films of the 2000s, Mulholland Drive!
– Joe, Digital Media Assistant
(November 6 via Netflix • Dir. Zhang Yimou • 2019)
If you missed it at the festival like I did, this is your chance to see another beautiful and epic visual masterpiece from Zhang Yimou. It's obviously better on the big screen, but do what you can. Turn off the lights, silence your phone, and sit dangerously close to your television.
– Kristopher, Membership Manager
I Lost My Body
(November 29 via Netflix • Dir.
Jérémy Clapin • 2019)
Another festival film that you can catch if you missed it. A sweet and sad story about a lonely young man, interspersed with his own severed hand's journey to reunite. What? Yep.
– Kristopher (again)
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
(November 7 via Netflix • Dir.
Kathleen Hepburn & Elle-Maija Tailfeathers • 2019)
The most emotionally powerful movie I saw at the Festival this year, The Body Remembers... tells the story of two Indigenous Canadian women from markedly different circumstances who find themselves bound together over the course of a tumultuous day. Violet Nelson is amazing in the role of an abused, pregnant woman who is suspicious about the help that this stranger (co-director Elle-Maija Tailfeathers) wants to give, and the film asks vital questions about victimhood and privilege.
– Dana, Grants & Special Projects Coordinator
(November 29 via Netflix • Dir. Mati Diop • 2019)
A gothic romance set in dusty industrializing Senegal, Atlantics was the first film directed by a Black woman to compete at Cannes (just this past year!). The story of Ada and Souleiman's love that transcends wordly boundaries is a gorgeous experience not to be missed.
– Dana (again)
Under the Tuscan Sun
(November 1 via Hulu • Dir. Audrey Wells • 2003)
Stop right here for a movie that was better than the book (jk I never read the book, but the movie is exquisite). Watch as Diane Lane lives out all of our greatest divorce fantasies and (spoiler alert) impulsively purchases a villa in Tuscany. Cameos include Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan, Kate Walsh, Jeffrey Tambor, and dreamy Italian hunk Raoul Bova. Invite your friends over, drink some limoncello, and keep an eye out for ladybugs.
– Amelia, Operations Manager
Mike Wallace is Here
(November 28 via Hulu • Dir.
Avi Belkin • 2019)
In the house where I grew up, 60 Minutes was a weekly ritual, but I didn't fully realize the ways that Mike Wallace impacted investigative reporting and our understanding of our world via longer form news journalism. This film helps from how he (and the rest of the team) shaped the journalism we experience today.
– Cara, Milwaukee Film Festival Director & Education Director
Home for the Holidays
(November 1 via Hulu • Dir.
Jodie Foster • 1995)
Who doesn't love drinking, heavily sighing, fighting, rolling your eyes, and napping your way through a good dysfunctional family holiday gathering?! With Thanksgiving this month, prepare yourself with this delightfully charming and relatable movie about coming together as a family in a small town setting and enduring your loved ones over mashed potatoes and and your weird aunt's casserole. It's like a warm hug of familial chaos and comfort. An allstar cast of Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr, Ann Bancroft, Claire Danes, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott and the unforgettable Geraldine Chaplin as Aunt Gladys (an amazing drunk) perfectly encapsulate the realness of surviving the holidays and the love of your family you didn't choose. CHEERS to you all and GODSPEED on the holidays ahead! xo
****Shoutout to the giant and long Michelin Man puffy coat that everyone's mom wore in the 80s that Holly Hunter adorns for a portion of the movie. Love those coats.
– Rachel, Development Manager
(November 18 via Hulu • Dir.
Olivia Wilde • 2019)
This is one of my favorites of the year (so far) and not enough people saw it in the theaters, so it would make me very happy if you would all watch it now, please!
– Joe (again)
(November 1 via Criterion Channel • Dir.
Brian De Palma • 1981)
Just watched this for the first time earlier this year and was completely blown away. The writing is razor sharp and keeps you guessing throughout the film and (without spoiling anything) the ending is an all-time great that perfectly brings things full circle in a way that few films are able to do.
– Joe (again!)
Crazy, Stupid, Love
(November 1 via HBO Now • Dir.
Glenn Ficarra & John Requa • 2011)
Please ignore your first complusion to hate it because of its terrible name--this movie is so underrated! I went on my first date to this movie, I showed everyone I love this movie, I watch this movie when I'm sick. It has one of the best ensemble casts (Julianne Moore, Steve Carrell, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, John Carroll Lynch) of recent years and maybe even ever? It's almost 2020 and my wish for the new decade is that we are all going to stop pretending that romcoms are inherently bad!
– Ian, Hospitality Coordinator
(November 10 via Criterion Channel • Dir.
Michael Haneke • 2005)
Off the top of my head, there are three movies that made me gasp/clutch my pearls/run around the room in surprise. Caché is one of them.
– Kerstin, Cinema Programming Director
Jingle All The Way
(November 1 via HBO Now • Dir.
Brian Levant • 1996)
Not sure why this is going to HBO Now when it should obviously be on The Criterion Channel, but I'll take what I can get.
– Santa, Gift Distribution Director and confirmed Jingle All the Way stan.