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Female Coming-Of-Age Tales: A Three-Way Film Review of La Sirga, They’ll Come Back, and Tall As The Baobab Tree

Defined by Merriam-Webster as, “The attainment of prominence, respectability, recognition, or maturity,” “coming-of-age” is widely considered a point in every young person’s life when they walk the precarious edge between being a child and being an adult member of their community. This edge might be magnified by any number of given plot turns – be...Read...
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Portugal. The Man – Modern Jesus Music Video (MV of the Week + Interview w/ Zach Carothers)

Stemming from a road trip director AJ Rojas took that spanned over a dozen states, the music video for Portugal. The Man‘s “Modern Jesus” is purposely treated to alternate between hi-def and lo-fi, as is paralleling the fascination which can be found in middle America’s often gritty underbelly. A cast of memorable characters appear to...Read...
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Northwest – Nordvest Film Review (Denmark, 2013)

Michael Noer is a gritty realist, concerned with the unstoppable inertia of the city. Crossing back and forth between documentary and fiction, Noer sees no line between the constructed plots of his films and the real-life social fissures in Danish society. His depictions of the malfunctioning systems that entrap youth into a life of crime...Read...
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Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) 2013 Preview: Films We’re Looking At Potentially Being Excited About

Due the unfortunate fact that we are merely human and Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is just beginning its three-week film rampage, we’ve sifted through the Festival’s gigantic catalog to come up with the best films of the bunch — or so we suspect. SIFF is annually guaranteed to have a mixture of some of...Read...
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Maserati & Caspian Comparative Live Show Review: Post-Rock’s Variable Manifestations

Many people in the United States will say that post-rock has played itself out — but to just go ahead and label things as straight up post-rock is really the more played out aspect of the criticism, for what exactly makes post-rock? Generally speaking, it’s instrumental music prone to rising crescendos and plummeting musical valleys....Read...
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Botanica By MOMIX Live Dance Performance Review

Upon first seeing the trailer for Botanica, I thought: here it is, a performance that might actually make use of the exciting psychedelic potentials that movement has to offer! Botanica breathes like a nature painting come to life, rooted in hypercolored projected imagery and manipulation of the human body through the use of unusual costumes...Read...
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Portland International Festival 2013: Festival Preview & Picks

The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is upon us again, and we have whittled down their list of 100+ international shorts and full-length films to summarize the most interesting, socially-conscious, and boundary-pushing of the bunch. This year’s festival runs from February 7th through the 23rd, beginning with an Opening Night celebration featuring Blancanieves, a silent...Read...
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Decibel Festival 2012: Robert Henke, Biosphere, The Sight Below Live Show Review (Optical Series)

Now in its tenth year, Seattle’s Decibel Festival has grown from a tiny electronic celebration to a world-renowned music festival without sacrificing attention to detail along the way. From fabric wristbands to the notable lack of corporate sponsors — save for ones that directly affect the electronic music scene in some way — Decibel has...Read...
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Almanya – Welcome To Germany (Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland) (2011) Film Review

During the 1960s, a flood of immigration brought thousands of Turks from their homeland to Germany, with promises of well-paying career opportunities. Without cultural context, one might find such a German and Turkish association to be bizarre — but when given historical context, which the heartwarming and humorous Almanya — Willkommen in Deutschland provides, one...Read...
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