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Saturday, June 14, 2008

SIFF 2008: Two Days Left!

posted by on June 14 at 10:00 AM

Technically this is the closing night of the festival (meaning you get to “enjoy” the silly and blithely jingoistic (verging on racist) closing-night gala selection Bottle Shock [6:30 pm at the Cinerama]), but never fear—there’s another full day of programming tomorrow.

In the early matinee slot, we recommend The Fairytale of Kathmandu (11 am at Pacific Place). If you’ve already seen that, you might try The Island of Lost Souls, because if you’re going to see a Danish kids’ adventure film on a Saturday morning, it might as well be at the Cinerama (noon).

Next, head directly to the inspirational (and tremendously depressing) education doc Accelerating America (1:30 pm at SIFF Cinema). Already seen it? Try Days and Clouds (1:30 pm at Uptown) or Dan Ireland’s new movie, Jolene (2:30 pm at Cinerama). I haven’t seen it because I can’t bear to face a road trip movie called Jolene that doesn’t have Dolly Parton on the soundtrack.

Next, skip Lakshmi and Me—but only because it plays again tomorrow morning—and head to the restored Cassavetes film Faces (4 pm at SIFF Cinema).


Next, you should probably eat dinner and discuss (“What’s Yr Take on Cassavetes”: Best Le Tigre song ever?). There are OK movies in this slot, but nothing stunning, unless you have tickets to Alexander Nevsky (8 pm at Benaroya Hall).

Finally, head back to SIFF Cinema for Emmanuel Jal: War Child (9 pm). It’s another world politics doc, but compared to the stunning Trouble the Water, which I saw last night (Trouble My Dreams is more like it), War Child is downright upbeat.

Skip Donkey Punch (midnight at the Egyptian). Seriously? Who calls their movie Donkey Punch?

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Hi Annie, I just wanted to say that I really appreciated all your hard work the last few weeks giving SLOG readers information about the movies each day, providing reviews, and providing suggested schedules. I'm impressed with your energy and passion and I think that you are a lively, entertaining, and good writer. Thank you.

Posted by PopTart | June 14, 2008 11:19 AM

Yeah, thanks for all the coverage. By avoiding your totally predictable picks I was sure to see some pretty memorable stuff.

Posted by Jimbo | June 14, 2008 11:39 AM

um thats one of the shittiest le tigre songs, well besides their entire last album.

Posted by um | June 14, 2008 12:22 PM

Thanks, 1&2. Jimbo--I understand you disagree with my opinions, which is fine--but seriously, a significant proportion of the movies we reviewed at SIFF had not been written about anywhere else beforehand (Accelerating America, Letting Go of God, to name just two from this weekend). I don't really see how those picks and pans could've been "predictable," unless you judge your movies exclusively on their subject matter.

Posted by annie | June 14, 2008 3:14 PM

Saw Cherry Blossoms last night. First time in awhile that a movie made me teary.

Posted by Samson | June 14, 2008 4:04 PM

If "hard work" is making snarky comments to show how clever and informed you think you are; rather than providing insight and a point of view, then Annie is indeed the hardest worker of all.

Posted by angryrabbit | June 14, 2008 5:26 PM

Look, it is hard writing a review that allows you - the audience - to decide if you should ignore annie's recommendation - the sign of a great review is it lets you decide from the reviewer's words, if you should see the movie anyway.

I for one may disagree with some of annie's choices, but I find her reviews helpful in deciding what to watch - even when I disagree with her.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 15, 2008 10:50 PM

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