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Apollo capsule in a desert surrounded by parachutes

Recommended SIFF: The Landing

It is all but impossible to talk about The Landing, a film by the Dobson Brothers, without detracting from the experience of watching it. I went in without preconceptions and was very glad to have done so. Nominally, it is about an Apollo mission, but it’s far more adroitly about the relationship between perception and […]

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American Folk

SIFF 2017: closing weekend picks

Hey, SIFF procrastinators! The next few days offer your last chances to partake in 2017’s grand cinema binge… until the “best of fest” program rolls around next weekend at the Uptown. (No idea what will be included in that lineup, but I’ll preview it for you when I find out.) In the meantime, I can […]

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The Blackett sisters from Swallows and Amazons

SIFF take: Swallows and Amazons

My children wholeheartedly, enthusiastically, and loudly captial-L Loved Swallows and Amazons. In the estimable tradition of The Boxcar Children or The Bobbsey twins (and based on a beloved book), it exists in a world where children are competent to  not only undertake unsupervised extended sailing-and-camping trips but also to thwart international spies. In some ways, […]

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Suzzane Ciani

SIFF Review: A Life in Waves {June 7}

Remember that tinkly “pop ‘n’ pour” sound on ‘80s Coca-Cola commercials? Or the jingle for Atari? How about the robotic beckoning voice of the Xenon pinball machine? All of those were the work of Suzanne Ciani, Goddess of the modular synthesizer. A Life in Waves details how Ciani discovered electronic music while studying classical piano […]

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Promotional poster from the web series Rocketmen

Recommended SIFF: Rocketmen

Standing on a rooftop in downtown Seattle, for decades untold (well, somewhat told—since the 30s anyway), a squadron of patriots has stood/sat/played badminton, awaiting the signed triplicate forms that would ever-so-occasionally launch them into duty. They are brave. They are dapper. They are… The Rocketmen! Yeah! More specifically, the Department of Municipal Rocketry. Founded as […]

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