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Seattle Film Fest 2011: “High Road,” Reviewed (photo)

Seattle Film Fest 2011: “High Road,” Reviewed

“Maybe we could make a drinking game out of this,” Matt Walsh told the crowd at the Seattle Film Festival. “Every time you see a comedian onscreen you like, drink a beer.” No one could legally take the Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder and Todd Phillips regular up on his offer, as the Neptune Theater doesn’t […]

Seattle Film Fest 2011: “The First Grader,” Reviewed (photo)

Seattle Film Fest 2011: “The First Grader,” Reviewed

The media is a double-edged sword in “The First Grader,” a feel-good film that’s surprisingly self-reflexive if one strays to think beyond the narrative director Justin Chadwick and writer Ann Peacock unfurl. Based on a true story, the film’s main character Maruge (Oliver Musila Litondo) simply wants an education after spending many of his 84 […]

Five Things to Look Forward to at the 2011 Seattle Film Festival (photo)

Five Things to Look Forward to at the 2011 Seattle Film Festival

It would be easy to call the Seattle Film Festival a “best of fest,” a collection of the world’s most impressive films culled from nearly every festival that happened since the 36th edition of the festival ended last June. In purely relative terms, Seattle doesn’t boast a ton of world premieres amongst the 441 films […]

Will Digital Projection Convert Arthouses Right Out of Existence? (photo)

Will Digital Projection Convert Arthouses Right Out of Existence?

While heading up the Northwest for the Seattle Film Festival, it was hard to miss the attention-grabbing headline of this week’s Portland Mercury, “Celluloid Cemetery,” noteworthy to cinephiles not only because of its subject matter, but because Portland is a place where passion for film is strong enough to land the wonky technological transformation of […]

Five Alternate Endings That Could’ve Ruined Contemporary Film Classics (photo)

Five Alternate Endings That Could’ve Ruined Contemporary Film Classics

Up until the advent of DVD, alternate endings could only exist in the audience’s imagination or as the product of movie industry lore. Few were ever seen beyond the studio’s gates, the general public never knowing that Deckard was outed as a replicant in the final minutes of the original cut of “Blade Runner” or […]

“Hesher,” Reviewed (photo)

“Hesher,” Reviewed

Hesher is a strangely forgettable film, made even more strange since its final shot is of graffiti that reads “Hesher Was Here.” That’s not a spoiler – Hesher leaves an impression everywhere he goes whether he’s going to return or not. As played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, he’s a nihilist who breaks into people’s houses to […]

“Make Believe,” Reviewed (photo)

“Make Believe,” Reviewed

At one point in “Make Believe,” the mother of the aspiring 17-year-old magician Krystyn Lambert describes her daughter as finding a home in magic since “it’s a little world of oddballs.” Ordinarily, Krystyn wouldn’t fit the profile. Compared at one point to Britney Spears for a combination of looks and talent, the blonde from Malibu […]

Paul Feig Walks Down the Aisle With “Bridesmaids” (photo)

Paul Feig Walks Down the Aisle With “Bridesmaids”

Paul Feig is nothing if not open. As the author of two wonderfully observed memoirs – “Kick Me,” covering his childhood and “Superstud” chronicling his twenties, with his TV series “Freaks and Geeks” to semi-autobiographically fill in the rest of his early years — he’s let audiences grow up with him. With sharp, self-deprecating wit […]

Tribeca 2011: Cédric Klapisch Shares His “Piece of the Pie” (photo)

Tribeca 2011: Cédric Klapisch Shares His “Piece of the Pie”

In the past two decades, Cédric Klapisch has become one of the most internationally renowned French directors due in large part by making the entire world part of his films, even if they take place in a single location. In his wildly successful “L’Auberge Espagnole,” he traveled to a Barcelona apartment building where a group […]

“Steel” Yourself for Vin Diesel Rapping, Breakdancing in the ’80s (photo)

“Steel” Yourself for Vin Diesel Rapping, Breakdancing in the ’80s

Almost like the midterm elections, America has the opportunity approximately every two years to consider Vin Diesel. He is an elusive movie star, much like Chris Tucker, who has made it easy for audiences to quantify their thoughts about him around the release of the latest entry into the franchise that made them famous and […]