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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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I'm not going to let it disappoint me that SIFF's Opening Night selection, the Argentinian flick Valentín, isn't a masterpiece. It's eager to please and it means well – really it does – and I'm sure lots of people will buy into the feel-good Mirimaxiness of it all. But I didn't. Alejandro Agresti's semi-autobiographical tale […]

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I Capture the Castle

In a minute I'll get to gushin' about this beautiful, enchanting film, because I'm chompin' at the bit to heap limitless praise upon it… so I'll just get the minor criticisms out of the way first. There are a few plot obscurities — it's adapted from a lengthy Dodie Smith novel, and at times essential […]

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Down with Love

I love me some Ewan McGregor. He's hot, he's Scottish, he's really quite talented, and he has no qualms about getting all-the-way nekkid for the sake of his art. Or maybe he's just an exhibitionist, but who the hell cares? I'm sure you'll recall that the boy simply could not keep his well-proportioned dingdong in […]

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Finding Nemo

I'm a sucker for Pixar movies, despite the unnecessary Disney cheese that invariably accompanies them. Toy Story II (which included an eye-roller of a Sarah McLachlan song) and Monsters Inc. (even with that cheat of a happy ending) are my favorites. They embody everything good about the big-budget CGI-animation genre: strong characters you believe in, […]

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Thirteen, The Other Side of the Bed, Cabin Fever

San Fernando Valley teenager Nikki Reed co-wrote and co-stars in this gritty and unnerving film based upon her own experiences as a seventh grader. Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood) is a seemingly well-adjusted 13-year-old (big into poetry and stuffed animals and tween-geekiness) who yearns for larger status: she idolizes the sassy class hoochie-momma, Evie (Reed herself, […]

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The Man Without a Past

We now return to our regular programming — Scandinavian film reviews. Look, what can I tell you? When something as amazing as Finland's The Man Without a Past comes along, one can't help but forsake the stars & stripes yet again. It's the story of a droll Helsinki man (Markku Peltola) who loses his memory […]

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Raising Victor Vargas and Manic

OK folks, one more stab at patriotism and I'm done. Two newly-released domestic films deserve props before I get goin' with SIFF coverage. Raising Victor Vargas (out now) and Manic (opens mid-May) have both wowed Park City audiences (but in different years), they're both products of the USA, they're both teen-centric, and they're both playing […]

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A Mighty Wind and Confidence

Stop calling me anti-American. I do see domestic cinema from time to time — I mean, the best film of 2002 was made right here in the US of A. The recent release A Mighty Wind and the upcoming Confidence (April 25) were too, and they're worth a less urgent gander. Nowhere near the league […]

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