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Silly foreigners. That's what they get for not letting people drive in Europe. He should be happy that he wasn't one of the mandatory abortions they have over there.

Posted by It's the feminists and lesbians, stupid | June 17, 2007 5:33 PM

I sense some frustration in your writing. Could you please extrapolate?

Posted by Matthew | June 17, 2007 9:13 PM

Does this guy miss lunch, or is he actually from "Hungary"?

Posted by Sean | June 17, 2007 9:19 PM

apart from the press screenings, I went to siff cinema on only two days. It's a nice theater and all, but us carless people can't quickly get from there to the neptune, or vice versa (ah, it only the 74 ran late into the evening...).

assuming you catch the bus at the right time, you can actually get from the univ dist to bellevue in less than half the time it takes to go from siff cinema to the neptune.

Posted by stinkbug | June 17, 2007 9:24 PM

Apparently no one has heard of this cool invention called the bicycle. Works wonderfully for all but the Bellevue Theater. The wimpy among you can start the day on Capitol Hill and thus avoid having to beat a deadline by riding up the Hill (something I used to do a lot in my pre-fatherhood days).

Posted by Greg Barnes | June 17, 2007 9:35 PM

hey hunry transplant and stinkbug, too: stop criticizing us and our transit. We have the best transit in the world. We have the best transit in the world. We have the best transit in the world. If you actually try to use it and still criticize us, then go ride a bike, nyaah nyaah nyaah.

Posted by Joey | June 17, 2007 9:40 PM

i did use a bicycle at times, but in hindsight perhaps I could have used it a little more, especially since it was a mostly rain-free siff. but in the end, i still don't want to rush from something that gets out of siff cinema and have to cycle to something that starts in less than 30 minutes, especially when i'm hoping to get an ideal seat.

(also, see brian's rant on bicycle parking at siff

Posted by stinkbug | June 17, 2007 11:02 PM

Talk about burying the lead...

Posted by aep | June 18, 2007 3:43 AM

I'm assuming that if you can afford to attend that many siff films (and your scrapped for time (i will not defend metro, but will call you an idiot)), you can afford to take a fucking cab.

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Posted by seattle98104 | June 18, 2007 7:14 AM

a cab from SIFF cinema to Harvard Exit runs ~$10, approximately the price of a ticket. I know only because I faced with the challenge of making that trip with a non-busable time of 45 minutes yesterday afternoon.

The Harvard Exit -- Egyptian -- Pacific Place circuit is pretty walkable and all are on a direct bus line to the Neptune. As nice as it is for SIFF to have their own venue, SIFF Cinema is just a little bit off the grid.

Posted by josh | June 18, 2007 9:19 AM

SIFF Cinema is also a fairly crappy theater. It's really just a lecture hall. Its slope is too long for that small a screen. The sound is mediocre. Broadway Performance Hall was sorely missed this year.

Posted by DOUG. | June 18, 2007 10:11 AM

I happen to know Mr. Deleon and I will offer in his defense three important notices to clarify the situation.
First: The man is pushing 80, if not 90 so bicycling around the city, isn't exactly a cake walk (I sense some ageism igen?).
Second: Mr. Deleon is a critic, not a well paid one either, meaning that his attendance at so many screenings was a prviledge afforded to him for his ability to so eloquently discuss the matters he has in the form of a comped press pass. I will assure you that his wallet can't afford said cab from SIFF Cinema to the Neptune, and is no thicker than yours or mine.
Three: Alex Deleon is as American as grilled cheese. Most of his 80 some odd years have been spent living in this country, albeit his hmetwon is Philadelphia a city whose transportation is indeed actually quite good. Nevertheless I sugegst you avoid the jingoism in order not to make our city look so provincial.

Posted by apttitle | June 18, 2007 11:30 AM

combine all seattle theatres into one multiplex housed in the now-abandoned Key Arena.

problem solved!

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