Why isn’t Joe Swanberg doing a TV show? I say this without intending the slightest dis whatsoever. Swanberg’s improv-heavy, character-driven stories, done quickly, seem to be perfect for the new Golden Age of television. I would so watch “Drinking Buddies” every Sunday night on Showtime.
“Drinking Buddies” plays Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, OCt. 5 at 9:30 p.m. at the Marquee Theater in Union South, 1208 W. Dayton St. R, 1:30, three and a half stars out of four. FREE!
While I admire the UW-CInematheque for its mission to bring unusual and challenging films to the big screen, I fear it may have gone too far with “Drinking Buddies.” A romantic comedy set in the world of craft brewing? Who’s going to want to see that in Madison?
The truth is, of course, lots of people, especially since Joe Swanberg’s film is so good, simultaneously grounded in real emotional behavior and effervescent in its comedy. And it doesn’t hurt that the Cinematheque is screening it at the Marquee, where you can bring in a great craft beer purchased downstairs at the Sett.