Tonight in Seattle:  

Three Imaginary DVDs to See: gorgeous stop-motion, exploding corporate drones and some things to know (about her)

Now this is what I’m talkin’ about – a TON of stuff on DVD that I want to see (and buy!).

Coraline

Coraline: Admittedly, I’ve never read the Neil Gaiman story (although it’s sitting on my bookshelf now) – but I am a fan of all things animated, particularly stop motion. And this film did not disappoint. In case you haven’t heard: Precocious child Coraline moves to a new house. Being semi-ignored by her parents, she explores and finds a mysterious door that leads to another dimension where everything is great – you know, until it isn’t.

This film is dark, creepy, beautiful and just plain awesome. It also pretty much proves that director Henry Selick should only do stop motion animation (Monkeybone, anyone?? gah). Even better, there’s a deluxe DVD edition with the 3D version – and 4 pairs of glasses. Coraline-watching party at my place, anyone?

Visioneers: I know this played at SIFF – but I’m forgetful of the year. We’ll just say 2008. I only know that I really wanted to see it, but it didn’t fit into my schedule. Zach Galafianakis stars as a man trying to avoid the current world epidemic – blowing up from corporate stress (doesn’t sound that far-fetched, does it?). Given that I work in a cube-farm, I feel like it’s my duty to check it out. Plus, I love Judy Greer.

2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle): French New Wave master Jean-Luc Godard introduces us to Paris life in 1967, by way of following suburban housewife Juliette Janson into her double-life as a prostitute – up close & personal. I haven't seen this one either - but I am very curious.

I thought you were there when a couple of us TIG peeps saw "Visioneers," Amie. I guess not, but without getting mean on it, there could be a reason you wouldn't remember it -- I love Zach, and it had some funny moments, but it was really painful to sit all the way through. Maybe seeing it drunk with friends late at night would help, but not early in the day with the mostly serious SIFF crowd. OK, even drunk, I'd probably think it was terrible.
Oh dang. That's too bad. Maybe I should retract and recommended Pushing Daisies, Season 2 (and the final season) instead. :)
Coraline is a masterpiece. I rarely buy DVDs of anything not made-for-TV (big-screen spoiled) but I'm seriously considering investing in that set.

I enjoyed the first season-and-a-half of Pushing Daisies; after that the narrative lost its way, but the show was always interesting visually. And if you're a fan of creator Bryan Fuller's other short-lived show Wonderfalls, season 2 has the coolest surprise ever. All I'll say is there's a supporting character crossover. It had me geeking out for days.

I haven't seen Visioneers yet (heard wildly mixed takes on it) but if you're on the Netflix it's available for instant streaming.
I agree PD Season 2 lost something - and I totally believe it's because they lost focus on THE AUNTS, who are the raddest of the rad (I was Aunt Lily for Halloween last year). But, they brought them back and wrapped everything up nice & neat with the last 2 episodes, and I love that! The Director/Creator has promised that there will be some follow-up, movie or possible move to cable. I can only hope.
I agree - Aunt Vivian and especially Aunt Lily (Swoosie Kurtz being bitchy, what's not to love) were the most interesting characters. The wrapup was a little *too* nice & neat for my taste, but I guess I was glad to have closure (which we never got with the great Wonderfalls).

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