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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

SIFF 2008: Day 14 Recommendations

posted by on June 4 at 9:01 AM

It’s a weird day—the best movies are all in the matinee slot, and then the evening shows are all strictly for people who have a special interest in the subject matter. It’s a good time to catch up on stuff in theaters if you don’t see anything that immediately catches your eye.

In the matinee slot, we recommend both Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World (which is opening in theaters soon, 4:30 pm at the Egyptian) and the doc Stalags: Holocaust and Pornography (which is not, 4:30 pm at SIFF Cinema).

Stalags: Holocaust and Pornography

Next, get your Indy or SATC fix or just take your chances on whatever interests you. We didn’t love anything, but we didn’t get to see all of it either. There’s a mediocre but somewhat interesting local food doc called Good Food (7 pm at the Egyptian), a short called Hamdi and Maria and a featurette about living in the Occupied Territories called This Way Up (7 pm at the Harvard Exit), a four-part drama about women’s lives in the Indian state of Kerala called Four Women (7 pm at the Uptown), etc.

Next, make sure to avoid Magnus (9:30 pm at SIFF Cinema). The Evangelion remake is playing again, if you’re into the TV series (9:30 pm at the Harvard Exit). We weren’t able to see the quiet Irish drama Garage (9:30 pm at Pacific Place) ahead of time, but it was very well received at Cannes 2007. And there’s always the Johnnie To film Sparrow (9:30 pm at Uptown).

There’s plenty of good stuff tomorrow, don’t despair.

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Good Food looks good, and I found Sparrow charming, but better in the first half. A lot of my friends are seeing Four Women.

The best movie today is actually Captain Abu Raed - which has it's second and last showing at 4:30 pm at Pacific Place - if you buy tickets at the SIFF office below, you should still be able to get some.

Tomorrow, Thursday, will have two great films: Brick Lane and La France.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 4, 2008 9:29 AM

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