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SIFF 2008 recap

There wasn't an Emma's Bliss for me at SIFF 2008. You know, the singular moment that rocks your existence, that you know you'll remember always, that makes all festival-going inconvenience worth it all, that you're always prepped to talk about when friends ask what your favorite was. I topped out at 50 films this year, […]

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SIFF '08: week three (and final weekend!)

Friday, June 13 was a lucky SIFF day, with two live-scored archival films providing a nice break from traditional festival venues and fare. My evening began with Alexander Nevsky, about the titular 13th-century Russian prince who led a ragtag army against a Teutonic invasion, which screened at Benaroya Hall along with a thrilling performance of […]

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SIFF 2008: Bottle Shock

When Bottle Shock, the closing night film at the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival, was screened for critics, it was obvious that I had seen this film before. So have you. Filmmaker Randall Miller uses nearly every cliché in film imaginable: a family business with a proud but stubborn father, a slacker son who still […]

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SIFF 2008: Tulia, Texas

{Tulia, Texas plays at the Seattle International Film Festival on Monday, June 9 at 7pm at the Harvard Exit.}  Tulia, Texas is a town outside of Amarillo with about 5,000 people who call it home. It is the county seat of Swisher County, a completely dry county and one in which over 70% of voters […]

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SIFF '08: week two

I have found a summer obsession and its name is Savage Grace. The film — starring Julianne Moore as Barbara Baekeland, a real-life artist and socialite who married a Bakelite plastics heir in the '40s, lived a charmed jet-set existence in the '50s and '60s, and was murdered by her son (and, ahem, sometime lover) […]

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