Oscar Nominated Shorts — Documentary

I've only seen the nominated documentary shorts one time previous, when the subjects (in order) were: a video showing a drone strike on journalists in Baghdad, the shameful history of throwing acid in women's faces in Pakistan, the aftermath of the Sendai earthquake and tsunami, and a barber in Birmingham who marched for Civil Rights … Continue reading Oscar Nominated Shorts — Documentary

SIFF 2016: Highlights and Observations

Opening Night Gala (Thursday, May 19) For the first time in the seven years I've attended the festival, opening night didn't have great weather. It also didn't have any guests from the opening night film, which makes me wonder if there was a Q&A after the movie ended (the cast were still enjoying the society in … Continue reading SIFF 2016: Highlights and Observations

SIFF, Week Three: Last Train Home (China/Canada-Quebec, 2009, 87 mins)

Along with A Tribute to Edward Norton, this movie was supposed to be a Seattle Cinema Club Meetup, organized by me.  Three other people had said they were going.  When I checked after the movie had played, two of them had canceled.  I never saw the third person, maybe because he didn't see my Starbucks … Continue reading SIFF, Week Three: Last Train Home (China/Canada-Quebec, 2009, 87 mins)

SIFF, Week Two: Garbo: The Spy (Spain, 2009, 89 mins)

When I saw My Year Without Sex, I almost missed the beginning of the movie.  With this film, I almost forgot to bring my ticket.  And then the bus almost forgot to stop for me. Apparently, it was a good day for movies, as there were a lot of people, both at this screening and at … Continue reading SIFF, Week Two: Garbo: The Spy (Spain, 2009, 89 mins)