The Night Stalker at SIFF 2016

Imaginary SIFF Interview: Megan Griffiths

I was super stoked to to see that Megan Griffiths’ latest film, The Night Stalker, was premiering at SIFF this year! The film is about terrifying serial killer Richard Ramirez, and does an excellent job shifting between past {1985} and near-present {2013} to give us a good look at both the man himself and a character who’s obsessed […]

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6 friends gather around a picture in Clea DuVall's The Intervention

SIFF Take: The Intervention

In actor Clea DuVall’s confident directorial debut, a group of thirtysomething friends and their partners gather for a Big Chill-esque weekend retreat with a decidedly ill-advised mission: to convince their painfully unhappily married friends to divorce. Naturally, they’re all avoiding their own relationship-sized room elephants, so once meddling is unleashed, the shockwave spares no one. […]

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Scene from The Tenth Man, with Ariel driving an old yellow car while wearing a Purim crown

Recommended SIFF: The Tenth Man

You’ve got the middle-age doldrums. You plan to take your girlfriend to go visit your father in Buenos Aires. But your girlfriend bails. You show up at your dad’s Foundation, where all of the Jews in the neighborhood go to get help with everything—meat, shoes, medication, wigs, sanctuary. He’s not there. He’s out helping. Just like when […]

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Recommended SIFF: Girl Asleep

Oh, such a fun and funny film is Girl, Asleep! It’s got lots of Wes Andersonian mega-quirkiness, but derivative it’s not. Shy Greta just started a new school, and now she has to navigate the halls where the Queen Meanie has twin Amazonian henchwomen and her goofball best friend has a crush on her and […]

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SIFF Take: Alone (Hon-ja)

Oof, what a mess of a movie. The first part feels like it might be a worth-it kind of mess. It’s like a jumbly mashup of Groundhog Day, The Shining, and Edge of Tomorrow with a gritty Escher overlay (which sounds hella cool—get on that one, students). Su-min, a photographer, witnesses a murder and then […]

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The Lure

Recommended SIFF: The Lure

For the first 15 minutes of The Lure {Corki Dancingu}, I felt like I was watching a David Lynch movie on Acid. This New Wave musical nightmare romance is about two young mermaid sisters who find themselves in an ’80s style nightclub. When the creeptastic owner suggests they star in a new musical striptease {striptail?} act, they decide to […]

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Paths of the Soul

SIFF 2016: week two highlights

Gritty adolescence, Turkish kitty-cats, and the resurrection of Dawn Wiener are all on tap in your best bets through 6/2. DON’T MISS: Kedi {5/28 3p Uptown; 5/30 12p Uptown} I’m completely with Amie on this touching and exquisitely beautiful documentary. Cats have had free rein over (and, some may argue, actually ruled) the streets and homes of Istanbul for […]

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As You Are at SIFF 2016

Recommended SIFF: As You Are

The beautiful thing about As You Are is the way it mashes up a police investigation with a solidly authentic feeling coming-of-age story set in the ’90s. Sounds weird, right? But it totally, totally works. I was hooked from the first VHS-framed interrogation scene, and then fell right back into high school memory mode once it moved to the relationship between […]

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LUCERNE FESTIVAL am Piano: Klavier-Konzert 2: Leif Ove Andsnes dirigiert vom Klavier aus das Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Beethovens Klavier-Konzerten 1 und 5.
Luzern, den 26.11.2014
Copyright: LUCERNE FESTIVAL/ Priska Ketterer

SIFF Take: Concerto: A Beethoven Journey

Ludwig van Beethoven, in his early career, was far better known as a pianist than as a composer. He began performing when he was around 7, and by the time he was in his early 20s he’d established himself as a skilled improviser in Vienna, a town that at the time was like Hollywood for […]

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Author Greg Vandy and Mudhoney's Steve Turner

26 Songs in 30 Days: Greg Vandy’s book about Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs

A history book by local authors about music created in the Pacific Northwest? Of course I was going to read to 26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest by Greg Vandy and Daniel Person, and of course I was going to like it. It […]

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