Final Weekend Round-Up

Note: The Closing Night Movie & Gala will be covered in a separate post. Friday, April 22 The Passenger (Raul Cerezo, Fernando Gomez, 2021, Spain, 90 min) -- 9:30PM @ Pac Place 11 Photo courtesy of SIFF Of all the venues I've been to, Pac Place is the hardest to take pictures in. So, since … Continue reading Final Weekend Round-Up

Mid-week Roundup

Tuesday, April 19 Phantom of the Open (Craig Roberts, 2021, United Kingdom, 106 min) -- 4:00PM @ Egyptian Photo courtesy of SIFF The positives of Phantom of the Open are that it's funny and features strong acting from Mark Rylance and Sally Hawkins. The negatives are that the plot follows familiar beats in this tale … Continue reading Mid-week Roundup

Monday Mayhem

If I told you I saw three great films in one day, would you believe me? And yet the riches reaped on Monday dwarfed the amount of rain that fell that afternoon. The King of Laughter (Mario Martone, 2021, Italy/Spain, 133 min) -- 12:30pm @ Uptown 1 Photo courtesy of SIFF First we start with … Continue reading Monday Mayhem

Weekend Roundup

Saturday, April 16 Children of the Mist (Hà Lệ Diễm, 2021, Vietnam, 92 min) -- 9:30pm @ Pac14 Photo courtesy of SIFF This movie disturbed me so much that I accidentally ripped through the wrong number when voting on it. This documentary starts with a young girl named Di, walking through a cucumber patch and … Continue reading Weekend Roundup

Press Screenings: Day Four

For people who were hoping to hear about day two and three of the press screenings: sorry, I wasn't there. But I was there for day four, and while I was hoping for Aloha Thursday vibes, only a few of us brought the love. Sublime (Mariano biasin, 2022, argentina, 100 min) Photo courtesy of SIFF … Continue reading Press Screenings: Day Four

Press Screenings: Day One

Along with other changes to the 2022 Seattle International Film Festival from past years is that, instead of press screenings starting a couple weeks early and ending the final week of the festival, they’re only running April 11-14, while the festival proper begins the night of the 14th and runs through the 24th. Due to … Continue reading Press Screenings: Day One

Cumberbatch’s Hamlet

When I spent a semester abroad in London (fifteen years ago!), I saw William H. Macy in American Buffalo and Ralph Fiennes in Richard II, experienced A Midsummer Night's Dream and Othello at the Barbican, and even took a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to see a Restoration comedy. Back then, that was the only way to see live theater performances. … Continue reading Cumberbatch’s Hamlet

One Day, Six Films — Thursday, May 21, 2015

At Ebertfest, I once saw four films in one day.  During the fourth film, time vanished, reality regressed to dreams, and I left the theater unsure where I was.  During SIFF this year, I saw five films last Wednesday (and am planning on seeing five today).  The next day, I did one better.  Somehow, the films remained … Continue reading One Day, Six Films — Thursday, May 21, 2015