SIFF, Week Two: 25th Hour (United States, 2002, 135 mins)

As part of my double-header on Saturday night, I saw 25th Hour, part of SIFF's tribute to Edward Norton's career.  As a bonus, he would be introducing the film.  Apparently, I wasn't the only one who heard the news:The lineStill, because no one likes sitting next to strangers, I got another excellent seat, about five … Continue reading SIFF, Week Two: 25th Hour (United States, 2002, 135 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)

SIFF, Week Two: A Tribute to Edward Norton (including a screening of Leaves of Grass)

ACT IIt's been raining a lot lately.  When I got on the bus to see A Tribute to Edward Norton, it had started drizzling.But then Edward Norton cameth, and the clouds disperseth, and the sun shone....I wish.By the time I got to the movie theater, it was pouring outside.  As you can see, though, that … Continue reading SIFF, Week Two: A Tribute to Edward Norton (including a screening of Leaves of Grass)

SIFF, Week Two: Mother Joan of the Angels (Poland, 1961, 110 mins)

I entered SIFF cinema hacking and trying to form words.  Damn pollen allergies.  Luckily, there was a water fountain there, and luckily, my super dry throat did not bother me during the film.Jerzy Kawalerowicz, the director of this film, died in 2007.  The SIFF staff member who introduced Mother Joan of the Angels told us that … Continue reading SIFF, Week Two: Mother Joan of the Angels (Poland, 1961, 110 mins)

SIFF, Week One: My Year Without Sex (Australia, 2009, 96 mins)

I wasn't sure how I would react to this film.  It is, after all, about the year after a woman suffers a brain aneurism, and I watched it on the same day that my mother told me one of her friends had died recently from what was probably a brain aneurism.  She was at her … Continue reading SIFF, Week One: My Year Without Sex (Australia, 2009, 96 mins)

SIFF, Week One: Winter’s Bone (United States, 2010, 95 mins)

On a day that feels more like winter than spring, how appropriate that I see a movie with the word "winter" in the title.  As I followed the line of moving ticket holders, I saw SIFF volunteers (staff?) taking photos of two women. one with her arms around the other.  I found out from the … Continue reading SIFF, Week One: Winter’s Bone (United States, 2010, 95 mins)

SIFF, Week One: City of Life and Death (China, 2009, 129 mins)

In the book The Rape of Nanking, the late Iris Chang lamented the fact that Hollywood had not made a single film about this event, one of the worst atrocities of World War II, even though it was prime material for a movie ala Schindler's List.  Hollywood has still not made a film on this … Continue reading SIFF, Week One: City of Life and Death (China, 2009, 129 mins)

My First SIFF movie: I Am Love (Io Sono l’Amore) (Italy, 2009, 120 mins)

As often happens in Seattle, it was raining as I got on the bus to go see my first SIFF film, the Tilda Swinton vehicle I Am Love (she also served as an executive producer on the film).I planned to get there at 6:30, since the movie started at 7.  Then I saw the crowd from … Continue reading My First SIFF movie: I Am Love (Io Sono l’Amore) (Italy, 2009, 120 mins)

SIFF Opening Night Gala, Part Two (Text)

Now that you've seen some pictures from the May 20th Opening Night Gala, it's time for the rest of the story (as Paul Harvey would say). It all started with a transfer.  I had just grabbed an issue of The Stranger, Seattle's free alternative newspaper, which had a full SIFF guide inside, along with synopses … Continue reading SIFF Opening Night Gala, Part Two (Text)

SIFF Opening Night Gala, Part One (Photos)

SIFF officially started tonight with an opening night gala at Benaroya Hall in Downtown Seattle.  Here's a photo of us volunteers during a lull in the action.The movie playing tonight was The Extra Man, starring Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes, and John C. Reilly.  The directors are Shari Springer and Robert Pulcini (who did American … Continue reading SIFF Opening Night Gala, Part One (Photos)