My Brother the Devil

United Kingdom. Recommended.Let this be the occasion for me to bitch about the movie descriptions in the various SIFF guides. For a start they can be completely misleading. In this instance the blurb contains a spoiler, that mortal sin of movie guides, presumably in order to appeal to a niche audience. This one is especially… Continue reading My Brother the Devil

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Oslo, August 31

Norway. Total drag of a movie.Our bias against Scandinavian movies is reinforced. Really depressing movie with no discernible point, and the most rudimentary and meaningless story telling.   Movie that follows this one guy around for a day. There are movies that do this wonderfully and we love. This is not one of those. Its like… Continue reading Oslo, August 31

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Kill Me

 Germany. Recommended.A buddy movie. An escaped convict is assisted by a depressed teenaged girl who demands only that he agree to kill her once he is clear. Pretty great premise. One of the first things I thought about in watching this was, hey, its present day Germany, where can you run to? The highly civilized… Continue reading Kill Me

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Trial on the Road

 Russia. RecommendedThis was filmed in 1971, and has a much older feel to it. Black and white movie. Set in the winter of 1942 among partisan fighters against the Nazis. For some reason the Soviets banned this movie. Not sure why, it makes the Russians seem pretty heroic which, indeed, they were. Pretty much a… Continue reading Trial on the Road

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L’Afrance

 France. Meh.OK, Marion liked this movie a lot. I would have left early, and compromised by taking a nap. Highly educated Senegalese in France endlessly debating whether ‘tis best to stay in Europe and have, like, a life or to go back and help fix the broken country. The leading guy keeps sweating his illegal… Continue reading L’Afrance

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Valley of the Saints

 India. Recommended. There are several things going on in this movie. It is set among the people who live and work on Lake Dal, which has been a resort area since the days of the Mughals in the 1600’s. Of course, it is dying from all the humanity, and that is one story line. It… Continue reading Valley of the Saints

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The Intouchables

 France. Recommended.First off, François Cluzet has quite a resemblance to Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman would probably take this role, which must be a challenge for an actor: he can’t move his body, all his acting was from the neck up. On one level this is a pretty standard heartwarming story with some standard plot elements. Rich… Continue reading The Intouchables

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Daas

Poland. Highly recommended.I liked this more than anyone else I have talked with. I think it compares favorably to “Chinatown”, but I got a weird look when I said that.  A movie about a major historical event that I never really heard of. Set in 1776, of all years, in Vienna centered on a cult… Continue reading Daas

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SIFF Diary 2011

Here is my SIFF diary for 2011 festival 2011 SIFF diary. This is a pdf that will upload to your downloads page.

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SIFF Diary 2011

OK, so the reason I started this blog is to post commentary about every single movie I see at the Seattle International Film Festival. It starts next week. I did this last year on Facebook, and came to fundamentally dislike, as well as never quite understand, Facebook. Just to begin, here is a re-post of… Continue reading SIFF Diary 2011

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