SIFF Mr. Demented and Mr. Big
posted by June 4 at 13:03 PMon
Saw my first John Waters film on a big screen yesterday thanks to SIFF. The director gave a charming pre-film interview, dancing gracefully with a somewhat befuddled interviewer, and made me wish I hadn’t turned down a ticket to his appearance at Benaroya last night. Cecil B. Demented is silly fun, as I’m sure you all know. The costumes and vampy makeup (especially on Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Satanist) were my highlight.
Then a well-timed Metro 49 whisked me through the downpour to Harvard Exit for Mr. Big, a look at the confession-coercion techniques employed by Canadian Mounties and how they lead Sebastian Burns and Atif Rafay to life sentences for the 1994 murders of the Rafay family in Bellevue. The documentary is chilling and aesthetically stark. It plays again tomorrow at 4:30 at McCaw Hall.
Harvard Exit tip: Theater employees will let you carry coffee in, and Joe Bar across the street makes fantastic foil-wrapped carry-out crepes that slip easily into a purse or pocket.