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One Reel Film Festival

I've attended the last three years' One Reel Film Festivals, and this was the first that didn't prove completely underwhelming. (Maybe that's because I only attended three programs aside from the Monday night Best of the Fest culmination.) There was some really good stuff on hand, but I'm still not sure attending the biggest short-cinema […]

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Lost in Translation and Matchstick Men

Let the Oscar® season commence. Here we have two wonderful movies, both opening September 12 at a Landmark Theatre near you, both concerning a platonic relationship between an older man and a younger woman, both featuring a rendition of the Roxy Music song "More Than This", both containing a funny scene in a strip club. […]

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Friday Night

If you've seen Beau Travail, and especially if you like boys, you're probably well aware that director Claire Denis is a fantastic sensualist. Her masterpiece is a hot and existential movie loaded with toned, sun-drenched lads at a French Foreign Legion outpost in Africa; there's nary an unsexy frame to be found. In her wonderful […]

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Blue/Orange and The Goat

Blue/Orange "You're naïve, and you're beginning to get on my wick", 7/25-8/24, Intiman Theatre An enigmatic London psychiatric patient (utterly fantastic Sylvester Foday Kamara) claims to be the son of an infamous African dictator — and his story becomes unnervingly plausible. An earnest young psychiatrist in training, Bruce (Ian Brennan), butts heads with his seasoned […]

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The Magdalene Sisters

When we first meet Bernadette (fantastic Nora-Jane Noone), two young girls are competing over which will have the privilege of brushing her lovely dark hair — a touching, delicately-presented demonstration of admiration. But soon Bernadette has been committed to one of the Magdalene Laundries (correctional convents for "wayward" girls, thus the namesake), and we witness […]

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Swimming Pool

François Ozon is not a household name in the United States, and probably never will be. But I'm here to tell you that the eclectic French filmmaker to whom that moniker belongs has produced some of the most vibrant, disturbing, original cinema of the past decade. If you haven't seen his ruthless and wacky Sitcom, […]

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Intolerable Cruelty

{Editor's note: I don't completely agree with Imaginary Harris' assessment of the new Coen Brothers film Intolerable Cruelty (I think it's definitely lackluster for the usually sparkling Coens, but not a totally wasted effort), and I certainly don't concur about Chicago being obnoxious (in fact, it was one of 2002's best films), but we're all […]

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SIFF 2003 Picks and Previews

SIFF brought me to Seattle. It's true – I came for a visit on opening weekend in May 2000, and by the time the festival had ended that June, I'd moved here permanently. My point? The sheer magnitude of our city's main film event is staggering. SIFF is a colossal mamma jamma! It's the largest […]

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American Splendor

Have you seen Terry Zwigoff's Crumb (freaky doc about underground comic artist R. Crumb) and Ghost World (based on the underground-ish graphic novel by Daniel Clowes)? Well, I'm no comic book expert, but I kept thinking of those two notable flicks as I beheld American Splendor, one of the most inventive films of 2003. 'Tis […]

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