SIFF 2011 - Movies I'd like to see or that were picks or that I don't want to see

  • The First Grader - (Africa) Old man goes back to school; Opening Gala.
  • Young Goethe In Love - (Germany) I've always wanted to learn more about Goethe, and maybe learn to say his name right too
  • The White Meadows - (Iran) Lyrical, visual feast apparently, from Iran. I'm usually allergic to a Maryna Ajaja picks, will this one buck the trend? After last year's complete absence of even one film from Iran, I feel like the SIFF Iranian film drought has been broken. There were so many good movies last year too (Persian Cats, My Tehran for Sale)
  • Tribute to Warren Miller at Benaroya Hall - Warren Miller, Northwest native and global icon is an amazing film maker. Unfortunately no "Warren Miller" movie from the last five years has anything to do with him, the name was sold. Don't hold the latest crop of movies against him.
  • Tornado Alley - Looks awesome, but I doubt it's worth a SIFF viewing, probably will come out somewhere else soon.
  • Norwegian Wood - (Japan) They had me at 1960s Tokyo. It's a "love" story though.
  • Beginners - Part of the Ewan McGregor tribute. Unfortunately I'm sailing and won't make this, but it looks good. Widower father comes out of the closet late in life.
  • Being Elmo: A puppeteer's Journey - It's these types of films at SIFF that I usually walk out of going "Wow that was cool"
  • Winnie the Pooh - They'e added emo music to Pooh and called it new? Morbid curiosity and love of bears draw me to this.
  • 3 - (German) They had me at Tom Tykwer, director of Run Lola Run, but it's some whacky love story so who knows.
  • Circumstance - (Iran) Lesbian Iranian love story, I'm sure at least five people die in the movie and some other people get lashings. It's not high on the list, but still.
  • The Mountain - (Norwegian) Lesian Norweigans on a mountain. I'm sure no one dies. It should be a double feature with Circumstance. Okay, I don't really want to see this but I had to comment on it.
  • The Off Hours - (USA) A "pick" by the staff and also a local film (Northwest filmed) This one seems to have a couple of things going for it, could be good.
  • Boy - (New Zealand) A "Pick" - Awkward dad/son story, set in the 80s? New Zealand; it seems interesting, but could be really cheesy.
  • Jucy - (Australia) A "Pick" - "WOMANCE" oh yay.
  • The Trip - (UK) They had me at "The crew from Tristam Shandy" - Improvisation from the UK, it's gotta be good or at least, really , really, really weird. Another plus could be crazy british phrases that make to sense to us yanks.
  • 12 Paces Without a Head - (Germany) They had me at pirates, plundering, Baltic Sea and most importantly, "Booty".
  • Angel of Evil - (Italy) Italian gangster flick. Yeahhhh.
  • Black Bread - (Spain) A "Pick" , but by Carl Spence, so it has 10x value. Sounds pretty much amazing and it's high on the list. He warned that there is simulated harm to animals, but no animals were hurt, so, watch out.
  • Outrage - (Japan) Yakuza flick but I'm sailing during all the showings , so, that sucks.
  • Poupoupidou (French/Swiss) - A crime fiction writer investigates the death of a local celebrity. Too many of the film's marketing material include pictures of a semi naked blonde, so I don't have high hopes, but it makes the list for that reason.
  • We are the night (Germany) - German vampire flick. I can't believe it's not a midnight showing.
  • 12 Angry Lebanese - (Lebanon) - Lebanese prisoners reenact the famous play. It's better than reenacting Michael jackson I suppose. It's on the list, but not high on the list.
  • Blinding - (Canada) - Blind writer, lesbian cop and air force pilot talk about their views of life. Ummmmmm...... so SIFF so SIFF.
  • Flamenco - (Spain) - OKay, this wasn't on the list until I saw the preview. Now I'm like HELL YA FLAMENCO!!!
  • Fly Filmmaking Challenge - (Seattle) I better the heck make it this year!
  • Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life - (France) A "Pick" - Also, looks pretty interesting.
  • Hurricane Kalatozov - (France) A documentary on the filmmaker. Very SIFF. I'm sure this will be good.
  • PressPausePlay - (Sweden) A "Pick" - A documentary about art in the digital age. It seems pretty cool.
  • Bobby Fischer Against the World - (USA) I've always wanted to see a documentary on Bobby Fischer, such an icon, and it seems like he had such a difficult life.
  • The Green Wave - (Germany/Iran) Probably a must see, but also probably really depressing.
  • Holy Rollers: The true story of Card Counting Christians - (USA/Seattle) WTF?? Card counting christians trying to put casinos out of business for god. Oh god. SO SIFF!
  • Black Venus - (France) "Hottenton Venus" true story from France. Very disturbing stuff. I've always wanted to know more about this. Looks very "difficult".
  • How to Die in Oregon - (USA) - A "pick" - Looks difficult, moving and a must see. Unfortunately I'm sailing during all the showings. Ghaaaaaa!!
  • Mondays in the Sun - (Spain) Out of work shipyard workers. Not high on the list, but it's there.
  • The most important thing in life is not being dead - (Swiss/Spanish) - The preview looked amazing, but the references to Bunuel, Burton, Marquez make me worried. However, it seems like a really good one.
  • My So-Called Enemy - (USA) Palestinian and Israeli teenagers. I'm sure it will be depressing but also interesting.
  • Another Earth - (USA) A "pick" Looks awesome. There's a parallel earth, and the character gets to relive part of her life?
  • The Darkest Matter - (USA) Lord of the flies in space. What could be better?
  • Spud - (South Africa) A "Pick" - John Cleese in a coming of age story. It's on the list, but not very high on the list.
  • Love - (USA) If this movie is 1/2 as good as the trailer, it could be a new favorite. Sci-Fi, space station, weird imagery, time travel thing.
  • Project Nim - (UK) Chimp's journey. So SIFF>
  • Bibliotheque Pascal - A "Pick" but by Ajaja. Must avoid, and yet, i'm drawn to it.
  • Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool place - (USA) - Another movie about the 60s? Really?? really? Why why.
  • Amador - (SPAIN) - A "pick" - Moral dilemma, blah blah, but these spanish movies are usually so good.
  • King of Devil's Island - (Norway) - Norweigan films are so weird. This seems interesting.
  • Kosmos - (Turkey/Bulgaria) - A "pick" A strange man drifts into a snowbound town and disrupts its existence. It just SOUNDS good.
  • The night of counting years - (Egypt) - A "Pick" and, this is a MUST SEE, it's a re-mastered copy of a movie that has probably not been seen in the US since 1969.
  • Qarantina - (Iraq/Germany) - Seems timely to see a movie about iraq that isn't directly about war.
  • Tilt - (Bulgaria/Germany) - There's a pinball machine in the promo photo, so , it makes the list.
  • Trollhunter - (Norway) - Okay, it has trolls and it's from Norway. This is going to be good.
  • The Whisperer in Darkness - USA - They had me at from "The makers of 'The Call of Cthulu'"
  • Mama Africa - (Africa/Germany/Finland) - A "pick" I'm sailing during all these times.
  • Sound of Noise - (Sweden/France) - A "Pick" - Oh my god, this sounds SO GOOD. MUSICAL TERRORISTS being chased by a tone deaf detective. And it's from Sweden of course.
  • Karate-Robo Zaborgar - (Japan) - A sequel to robo Geishas. Oh yeah. Midnight showing baby.
  • Last mountain - The coal mining documentary. Looks so sad, and so good.
  • Simple Simons - Strange norweigans... always good, but this looks like the cheese factor could be really high.
  • Etc:
  • Some soccer movie about chile
  • Some documentary about sushi
  • Red Eagle, Hong kong-ish action flick
  • Gerard Depardiue is gigantic and hangs out with an older lady in "margaritue"
  • Being Earnest - I think it will be in other theaters later?
  • Shut up little man - San francisco audio tape thing
  • A Russian Ganster flick about video games or something

I have to whittle this down to 10 or 12 movies over the course of the month!? hahahah yeah right.

Oh yeah, short films package.

Luckily, I can't make many of these showings, so that helps.

Oh yeah, secret festival.