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SIFF 2015: Week One Highlights

Our beloved movie gorge-a-thon kicks off tonight with Spy, an amusing Paul Feig / Melissa McCarthy collaboration that spoofs and reveres great spy thrillers. It’s big and boisterous, and will play very well to the back of the (very large) house at McCaw Hall. Many cinematic experiences will follow over the subsequent 24 days, and […]

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IT FOLLOWS

“It’s slow, but it’s not dumb.” ~ Hugh, IT FOLLOWS Imagine going on a date with someone you really, really like, enjoying a romantic lakeside talk, cozying up in the car for some hot sex—then having that person drag you out into the middle of nowhere, tie you to a chair, and explain that by […]

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Happy Christmas

I’m not sure if Director Joe Swanberg intended for Happy Christmas to pass The Bechdel Test, but I’m happy to report that Happy Christmas DOES, indeed, have two women in it (that have actual names) who talk to each other, about something other than a man. This is yet another Swanberg film that is essentially […]

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Beyond the Fest: SIFF films that will (hopefully) open soon


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With over 400 films playing the 40th Seattle International Film Festival, there was NO WAY I was going to be able to watch and write about what got me into those theater seats before the festival was over—or, more importantly, before they screened for the last time during it. Here’s a quick list of films […]

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Best of SIFF 2014 series {6/12-6/19}


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If for some reason over the past month you’ve missed the TIG SIFF team’s extensive coverage, overlooked the ’round-the-block queues at some of our fine local movie houses, and/or remained oblivious to the palpable cinematic energy felt throughout the 206 and surrounding area codes, you’ve been at least vaguely aware that our local cinema megathon was […]

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SIFF Review: The Family Picture Show


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This program is a highlight of the festival every year: 12 diverse short films united only by their appropriateness for all ages. Most but not all are animated, but you certainly needn’t be a child or a parent of children to enjoy the suite. My 4-year-old daughter, 7-year-old son, and I went to see it […]

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SIFF 2014: Week Three Highlights


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SIFF 2014 is lurching along into its final week, and there’s still time to catch up on your cinema (over)consumption if you’ve yet to partake. I can’t protect you from the well-meaning but terrible pre-film bumpers imposed on audiences at each screening — the membership and Egyptian ones are particularly egregious, more so when viewed more than one time […]

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SIFF 2014: Week Two Highlights


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Capitol Hill (both the 1960s and 2010s varieties), a freaky alt-reality Paris, and dear ol’ Sesame Street are among the cinematic destinations awaiting you during SIFF 2014’s second week (5/23-5/29). DON’T MISS: Difret {screens May 24 at 3pm in Renton} After being abducted and raped, a rural 14-year-old Ethopian girl (Tizita Hagere) shoots and kills […]

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SIFF Review: Willow Creek


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Holycrap, you guys. I was not expecting to get completely and totally sucked in by Willow Creek, especially because Director Bobcat Goldthwait has been calling it, “The Blair Squatch Project.” But 10 minutes in, I was ALL in, and even though the premise is ridiculously goofy, the film itself falls firmly in the horror genre. (more…)

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SIFF Review: We Are the Best!


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If you’re free for some SIFFIng at 4:30 today, I’ve got one to recommend highly. We Are the Best! follows 3 teenage girls through roughly a school year in 1982 Stockholm. Despite the age of its protagonists—13, all—and the fact that instruments are involved, it’s not really about Growing Up, or Finding Your Voice, or […]

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