LO(VE (2011) Film Review

The visual aesthetics of LO(VE are undeniably impressive to even to the most jaded film-goer.

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Sound Of Noise (2010) Film Review

Directed by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson Sound Of Noise is labeled as a black humor and oddball action film, which it is. More than anything, though, it is a music film – one which celebrates and pays homage to experimental music, as well as avant-garde classical composers. From the hand-drawn opening credits of Sound Of Noise, I knew there would be something punk rock about this film, and there certainly is. A pair of misfits — a music school dropout and a stoic songwriter — enlist four percussionists to join them for a four-movement composition entitled Music For One City And Six Drummers. Executed in true anarchist fashion, the movements take on the form of musical flash mobs,

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SIFF 2011 : Pre-Pre-Preview

SIFF 2011 is upon us. The Northwest’s largest film festival and one of the biggest in the country continues its grand tradition of bringing a vast cornucopia of films to the Seattle area. This year the festival will feature 441 films from countries all across the globe, and will spread them over 25 days at various theaters in the region. 2011 Seattle International Film Festival from Seattle Int'l Film Festival on Vimeo. I don’t have any screeners yet, but I can already point to a handful of movies that I’m incredibly excited for. Cult director Alex de la Iglesia returns with The Last Circus, a blood and guts romp about two warring circuses during the Spanish Civil War. I loved

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San Francisco International Film Festival 2011 : 05/01 – 05/05 Round-Up

If you are looking for films from today, Sunday, the 30th, you can see them here. Below are choice picks for the FINAL week of the San Francisco International Film Festival! Get your butt out there. Full festival details and movie listings here. — American Teacher If you’re an average American, you know that teachers are underpaid and underappreciated. This film certifies this, by chronicling the stories of four teachers throughout the United States. Directed by Vanessa Roth – USA SHOWTIMES Tue, May 3 @ 6:30 (Kabuki) Thu, May 5 @ 3:45 (Kabuki) the ballad of genesis and lady jaye A combination of HD and 16mm, Marie Losier’s first feature film documents a love story between Losier and her former

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Louder Than A Bomb (2010) Documentary Film Review

This review is written just in time for National Poetry Month, which is April of every year. To throw a bit of personal experience into this review, I have to say first and foremost that poetry has been of vital importance in my life, serving as a non-judgmental outlet when I had nowhere else to turn to. Through the positive and the negative, it provided the storytelling framework for me, a struggling individual, to share my stories, without judgment. Louder Than A Bomb, by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, documents the Louder Than A Bomb high school poetry slam, an event which takes place in Chicago every March. Over six hundred students from throughout the city participate in the event

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San Francisco International Film Festival 2011 : 04/28 – 04/30 Round-Up

If you are looking for films from today, Wednesday, the 27th, you can see them here. Below are choice picks for the remainder of this week! Full festival details and movie listings here. — Asleep In The Sun This Argentine film evokes the tag words: “metaphysical mystery,” “canine-crazed,” “soul-deep,” “Kafkaesque world,” “psuedo scientists,” “self-possessed,” and “’50s decor.” It certainly targets a very specific audience, but that audience will love it. Directed by Alejandro Chomski – ARGENTINA SHOWTIMES Thu, Apr 28 @ 3:30 (Kabuki) sat, Apr 30 @ 6:15 (New People) At Ellen’s Age Like Eat, Pray, Love, this film documents what happens when the comforts of the middle-class life are disrupted. Unlike Eat, Pray, Love, this film is less “mall

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Ocean State (2010) Film Review

Ocean State is Ted Ryan’s newest film, following New Yorker, Tim, as he attempts to conquer his phobia of the ocean. To better his chances of following through with his plan, Tim travels to Rhode Island, a place surrounded by the ocean. There, he begins to write an application for grad school, detailing his adventure, tries to deal with his split from his ex-girlfriend, and make friends with the locals. With so much going on right from the beginning, I thought the film was going to be immersive, deep, and intriguing. Unfortunately, the movie never delivers to its potential, leaving the audience wanting more in the end. Visually, Ocean State is quite bland. Action is sparse. Instead, dialogue and interaction

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San Francisco International Film Festival 2011: 04/24 – 04/27 Round-Up

This week’s San Francisco International Film Festival round-up is quite beefy, so we’re splitting it into two parts! For now, what you can see from Sunday through Wednesday. — Asleep In The Sun This Argentine film evokes the tag words: “metaphysical mystery,” “canine-crazed,” “soul-deep,” “Kafkaesque world,” “psuedo scientists,” “self-possessed,” and “’50s decor.” It certainly targets a very specific audience, but that audience will love it. Directed by Alejandro Chomski – ARGENTINA SHOWTIMES Sun, Apr 24 @ 8:45 (Kabuki) Thu, Apr 28 @ 3:30 (Kabuki) sat, Apr 30 @ 6:15 (New People) At Ellen’s Age Like Eat, Pray, Love, this film documents what happens when the comforts of the middle-class life are disrupted. Unlike Eat, Pray, Love, this film is less

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Contest: Win A Prize Pack For Hanna!

REDEFINE is pleased to announce we are giving away this prize pack for Hanna, which opened nationally in theatres earlier this month. “Adapt or die!!!” reads the tagline for the film, and one can’t accuse Hollywood of not being dramatic enough in this action thriller involving a young girl raised to be the perfect assassin. With an underrated cast featuring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, this is an unusual coming-of-age tale directed by Joseph Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice). One (1) Winner will receive the following prize pack: – Unisex T-shirt – Grey Hooded Sweatshirt – Skullcandy Earbuds – Micro Fiber Cloth – Bumper Sticker – Dropcard to download the full album (by The Chemical Brothers; details below) TO

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San Francisco International Film Festival 2011: 04/21 – 04/23 – Opening Week Round-Up

The San Francisco International Film Festival opens on the evening of Thursday, April 21st. Here are our recommended picks for the opening days, April 21st through April 23rd! Full festival details and movie listings here. — the colors of the mountain Soccer is a way of life in Latin America. What happens when soccer-playing youth come too close in contact with contended territories? The Colors Of The Mountain explores that idea. Directed by Carlos Cesar Arbelaez – COLOMBIA SHOWTIMES Sat, Apr 23 @ 1:00 (Kabuki) Sun, Apr 24 @ 6:30 (Kabuki) hot coffee Do you remember when a foolish (or is it brilliant?) consumer spilled hot coffee and turned around to sue McDonald’s for millions? Director Susan Saladoff does, and

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Evan Meaney Installation + Talk @ Place Gallery

Tonight, at PLACE in Pioneer Place Mall in Portland, an exciting talk and installation hosted by Grand Detour, with well-known glitch artist, Evan Meaney. Grand Detour is going back to the mall to present the multi-channel, glitch-happy, science-tastic videos of Evan Meaney, including an installation of his most recent project, the ceibas cycle, at PLACE Gallery in the Settlement at Pioneer Place. The exhibition will run from April 16-30. Meaney will give an artist talk around the issues of his work on Saturday April 23, and follow with a screening of both his own past projects and inspiration from his self-appointed “spirit animal”, Hollis Frampton. the ceibas cycle is a ten-part, multimedia exploration of ghosts, glitches and the aesthetics of

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The Good Soldier (2009) Film Review

The Good Soldier follows the plight of Sean Roberts, a civilian in the UK who seeks something different in his life. Through a series of events, he finds himself fulfilling his desires by becoming part of a militia — something he’s been musing about since the beginning of the film. Although he is warned about the dangers of joining by his elder friend, he ignores it, to instead fulfill his assumptions of what patriotism and glory are. This all sounds well and good, but unfortunately, this simple synopsis describes more about the film than watching it actually reveals. There are reasons why there is a formula in filmmaking, and The Good Soldier is a perfect example of what happens when

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