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Sunday, June 15, 2008

SIFF 2008: The End

posted by on June 15 at 10:10 AM

It’s the very last day of the festival and I, for one, cannot muster a tear. Thanks for reading, anyway. There are no new films today (unless you count Head-On [9:15 pm at Pacific Place], which is making up for the gay Australian-Greek movie of the same name that mistakenly screened in its place earlier in the festival), but you can’t have possibly seen all the good stuff, so I’m still doing a slate of recommendations.

Start off Father’s Day with Cherry Blossoms: Hanami (noon at Cinerama). We didn’t get a chance to review it, but the Variety review sounds very promising.

Next is your last chance to see Alexander Nevsky (2 pm at Benaroya Hall) accompanied by the Seattle Symphony. Don’t miss.

In the early matinee slot, we recommend Julia Sweeney’s Letting Go of God (4 pm at SIFF Cinema). She should be in attendance.

Feel free to stay at SIFF Cinema for… what I assume is the Golden Space Needle audience award winner for narrative film. (That’s usually what they fill the final TBD slots with, but the official press release hasn’t yet gone out.) Let’s hope, at least, it’s something as unembarrassing as Frozen River (7 pm at SIFF Cinema).

Frozen River

I’m not quite so psyched about the presumptive doc winner, The Wrecking Crew (9 pm at SIFF Cinema). Better than Be Like Others? Better than Trouble the Water? But it isn’t a terrible movie by any means.

Still, we’d suggest that you head to Pacific Place to see that replacement screening of Head-On. Wrap up your festival with a fantastic movie—even if it’s not exactly “new” in the starburst sense.

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Kelly O and Ari Spool give Bruce Banner can of Rize, Bruce Banner drink Rize, freak out, Hulk out, BRUCE BANNER BECOME HULK!

And no, I'm not letting it go.

Posted by The Incredible Sulk | June 15, 2008 3:08 PM

oh sod off crybaby.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 15, 2008 10:45 PM

Be Like Others was a great concept with great footage. that does not mean that it was great filmmaking. Trouble the Water has similar (but less) issues.

still glad for all the work done in covering SIFF, even though i rarely agree with you.

Posted by ironymaiden | June 16, 2008 1:23 PM

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