Seattle International Film Festival 2010: 05/21-05/30 Week Round-Up

This week’s recommended picks! Go to the website for the Seattle International Film Festival for more details. Between Two Worlds A man returns to his homeland in Sri Lanka — post its 26-year civil war — to discover that the repercussions of war last far beyond wars themselves. SHOWTIMES Mon, May 24 @ 5:00pm (SIFF Cinema) Mon, May 31 @ 1:00pm (Everett Performing Arts Center) The Chef Of South Polar The story of Antarctic researchers turning to eccentric clothing and extravagant foods to cope with loneliness, The Chef Of South Polar (Nankyoku ryôrinin) is feel-good and overflowing with food. SHOWTIMES Mon, May 24 @ 7:00pm (Harvard Exit) Wed, May 26 @ 6:30pm (Admiral Theatre) The Maldives Perform Riders Of The

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Countdown to Zero (2010) Documentary Film Review

Countdown to Zero Director: Lucy Walker USA, 2010 Countdown to Zero shakes off all the dirt, rumors, myths, and outright lies when it comes to the danger of nuclear terrorism. Using John F. Kennedy’s famous quote comparing nuclear weapons to the hanging sword of Damocles as a framework, director Lucy Walker’s documentary sheds light on how relatively simple it is to manufacture a nuclear weapon. The engineering is ancient technology, apparent to any scientist with a slight knowledge of ballistics. The materials are poorly guarded and easily smuggled to the black market. Even the weapons themselves are bought and sold without much hassle. The repeated theme that we are helpless when it comes to the threat of nuclear assault can

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Seattle International Film Festival 2010!

Countdown to Seattle International Film Festival! It begins May 20th and runs through June 13th. We’ll be there, with bells on! It’s going to be yet another great film-going summer in Seattle.

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Oddsac, With Members Of Animal Collective!

Tonight! At the Egyptian in Seattle. Be there or be square. With special guests director Danny Perez and members of Animal Collective. $15. 7pm & 9pm. Tickets available at the door, cash only. Walk up ticket sales and will-call pickup starts at 6pm at the theater. Many more cities announced soon, DVD/iTunes release in June. Ω

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Northwest Film Forum’s Visual Music Series

The relationship between visuals and music are starting to be explored ad nauseum by musicians of all calibers and stages in their careers, but it’s important to take a look back on the forces and individuals who have brought our musical-visual synthesis to its current popularity. Northwest Film Forum’s upcoming Visual Music series will help to do just that. Taking place between April 9th and April 14th, 2010, it will showcase experimental films that pioneered concepts and techniques that are being used today. Says series curator Peter Lucas, “The history of visual music is a fascinating intersection of artists and disciplines. Many people don’t realize that visual art and design expanded into the realm of moving image as early as

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Portland International Film Festival 2010 : 02/25-02/27 Weekend Round-Up

This weekend (plus Thursday)’s recommended picks! This is the last weekend of the Portland International Film Festival, so if you haven’t seen a movie yet, get out there. Forever Enthralled Chen Kaige tells the story of Chinese opera singer, Mei Langfang, who experienced world-wide fame, only to have his career threatened when he refused to sing under the Japanese occupation. SHOWTIMES Tue, Feb. 23 @ 8:15pm (B1) Thu, Feb. 25 @ 7:00pm (C21) The Inheritors The Inheritors takes you behind-the-scenes of the daily lives of hard-working people in Northern Mexico. Often working long hours under rough conditions, entire families partake in labor in order to survive. SHOWTIMES Thu, Feb. 25 @ 6:00pm (B3) Sat, Feb. 27 @ 2:45pm (WH) The

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Portland International Film Festival 2010 : 02/19-02/21 Weekend Round-Up

This weekend’s recommended picks! Go to the website for the Portland International Film Festival for more details. A Town Called Panic An insane surreal stop-motion animated fantasy film featuring toy figurines doing all sorts of things in all sorts of settings. SHOWTIMES Sat, Feb. 20 @ 3:45pm (B3) Sun, Feb. 21 @ 7:45pm (B1) Chameleon This Hungarian film follows a Gábor, an office cleaner who thoroughly analyzes the garbage of those he works for. Using garbage as a guide, he carefully targets vulnerable women to take advantage of, but has a conflict when he finally falls in love with one of them. SHOWTIMES Sun, Feb. 21 @ 6:45pm (B4) Tue, Feb. 23 @ 6:15pm (B3) Wed, Feb. 24 @ 7:15p

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The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008) Film Review

From its opening train hijacking sequence to its creative opening credits, The Good, The Bad, The Weird seemed like a film that would be right up my alley. The first few minutes were so enjoyable that I was quite sure that the goofy, highly stylized film would be one of my new favorites. Well, that was shooting a little too high. While it was in fact very close to being a perfect over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek masterpiece, it fell slightly short — an unfortunate situation, considering the film is very obviously the collaboration of people who know what they’re doing. First and foremost, the film succeeds in a fundamental way with fantastic character development. Familiar Korean actors fill in the roles impressively,

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Terribly Happy (Frygtelig Lykkelig) (2008) Film Review

Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz Terribly Happy opens with an outrageous narrative the film claims is based off of true events. In a small town, farmers discover that their cows are sinking into the grass fields, because the fields are really part bog. One cow gets stuck in the boggy field and is eventually dug out. Once it is, though, it gives birth to a calf that is half-human and half-bovine, and all of the women in the town become greatly distressed. The cow has to once again be sunk into the bog for the mental sanity of the people in town. Ridiculous! Through the years, I’ve taken quite a liking to the black comedies exported by Scandinavian countries. Not

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Portland International Film Festival 2010 : 02/12-02/14 Weekend Round-Up

This weekend is a big weekend for movie-going consumers in Portland. It’s the first weekend of the Portland International Film Festival, and it’s Valentine’s Day. Here are a few of our recommended picks! About Elly An Iranian drama that explores what happens when a group on a weekend getaway realize that one of their travelers has gone missing. The most powerful moments in this film lie in the clash between traditional values and modernity, and the film provides a detailed look at gender roles and husband-wife relations in Iran. SHOWTIMES Sat, Feb. 13 @ 3:15pm (B3) Sun, Feb. 14 @ 1:45pm (B4) Sun, Feb. 14 @ 7:00pm (B4) Cooking History Czech filmmaker Péter Kerekes takes sneak peeks into the lives

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Portland International Film Festival 2010: Opening Night – I Am Love

Tomorrow night is the kick-off party and film for the Portland International Film Festival. For just $25 (or $20 if you’re a PAM member or Silver Screen Friend), you can socialize with Portland’s film elite and see Tilda Swinton star in the film, I Am Love (Io sono l’amore in Italian). The film follows a wealthy industrial family, the Recchis, as they celebrate the birthday of the grandfather of the household. Set against beautiful backdrops glowing with opulence and affulence, Italian director Luca Guadagnino explores a wide range of emotion — and what it is to listen to one’s heart against odds. Head on over to the PIFF website to pick up your passes for the event now. It’s tomorrow.

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Launderette Short Film Review (2010)

Launderette is a short film that takes place in a laundromat — a place that can feel stale and depressing, yet always seems to capture a strange charm when viewed through a lens. UK director Bertie Telezynski‘s short film, with cinematography by Alex Nevill, is a personal look at the lives of those who visit the laundromat. By asking laundromat patrons personal questions that skip past inane “small talk” and delve directly into the innermost thoughts of strangers, Launderette manages to capture opinions about beautiful things and memorable childhoods. Many of these questions are fraught with discomfort due to their personal nature, and it’s remarkable that the strangers generally complied with answering. One can’t help but respect the filmmakers for

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