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Vampire Cleanup Department sheer pleasure. Hong Kong comedy adventure about a young man who joins a special branch of the sanitation department. it's sentimental and charming, and the hopping vampires are at turns silly and scary. recommended.
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Weirdos
I get why someone might like it, but I hated the idiot main character, and his Andy Warhol hallucinations couldn't make up for it.
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Becoming Who I Was

Korean-made documentary about a child Rinpoche in Northern India. he's believed to be the incarnation of a Tibetan lama. Of course those monks can't come find him, and he can't go to them. the real story is about his beautiful relationship with the man who discovered him. peronal, raw, and full of stunning landscapes punctuated with their red monk robes. i take back bitchy things ive said about drone cameras. They were used well and appropriately here. the kid's bio mom was a knitter. the village is incongrously full of people wearing really nice hand knits. North American premiere, good Q&A with the director.

Science Fiction Vol 1: The Osiris Child

Throwback Australian SF that was pretty fucking good. Like, original Mad Max good. Creative world-building, well executed, with solid acting. the evil corporation is running their terraforming projects with prison labor...and doing experiments. Divorced dad's awesome little girl is visiting the colony planet. Mayhem ensues. Yes, it is mostly a string of tropes, including the washed-up pilot, the good guy prisoner, and an armored bus, but that's fine. It ended at a good stopping spot, and I would be very happy to see volume 2.
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Handsome Devil
Irish coming-of-age film about the friendship of the lit nerd and the rugby star at a boys' boarding school. this had good reviews but I was wary because it was likened to Sing Street and I didn’t get very far with that one. (Sing Street had this kind of misery porn going on that I couldn't stand long enough to get to the music.) anyhoo, great framing device of an essay about "your most embarrassing moment" and a notable absence of romance. and women, really, but it's the one setting where that made perfect sense. delightfully funny, a light touch with the cringe, and a sweet message. it shows again, worth seeing.
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Heal the Living
accidental bonus film! beautifully made French film about a heart transplant. not my usual, but another pass holder recommended it, and he was right. solid performances, beautiful. I cried.
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Manifesto
this was originally a multi-screen art installation. I would like to see it in that form, but this was beautifully edited. Cate Blanchet plays 13 roles, declaring and commenting on the Manifesto of each of a dozen art movements. (the festival crowd didn’t fully get into it until we got to the Dogme 95 part.) it was wry and funny and visually stimulating. it deserved more focus than I was able to give the late show on a school night.
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The Wedding Plan
A nice Orthodox girl sets the date for her wedding, in spite of not knowing who the groom is. bittersweet and funny, fascinating insight into a culture I don't know well.
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I was so whipped yesterday I forgot to mention Ivan Tasrevich and the Changing Princess. it was a charming anthology of retold folktales done in shadow play style. I, however, was more exhausted than I realized and nodded off here and there. after that, I decided to go home and veg.
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Tea Pets
good-looking Chinese animated film about the usual finding your place in the world and friendship. Pixar's success is about character building. if I don’t have the feels, it doesn't matter how good the animation is. no feels here.
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Small Town Killers
Danish black comedy about some hapless dudes who hire a hitman and then change their minds. it was my kind of awful and wrong, and featured the skinhead and the fat guy from Adam's Apples. I'm starting to wonder if those guys are the Danish Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.
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The Farthest

Fucking awesome doc about Voyager, with director and a JPL engineer from the project for Q&A. There's a showing left. Seattlites should go.
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Beatriz at Dinner
intimate, talky film that felt like a play. blurb gave the impression that it would be a comic ideological clash over dinner, between New Age healer Selma Hayek and wealthy developer John Lithgow. the laughs were spread far apart and, well, there was almost no sparring, just this slow reveal that Hayek's character had a tough life. and no, there's no connection or redemption or change for anyone. very meh, in spite of excellent acting. and the end blows.
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The Fabulous Allan Carr
doc about the larger-than-life producer of Grease, Can't Stop the Music, La Cage aux Folles, and the infamous 1989 Oscars. shiny nostalgic fluff.
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thank the maker, they finally have house lights in the Egyptian. also, this year's preshow music seems to be Awesome Mix Vol 2. (like, the new Hasslehoff song just played.) Fox o-on the run...
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Entanglement
the manic pixie dream girl was never real.
ironymaiden: (siff)
Dawson City: Frozen Time is the best festival-opener I've had in years. it's a doc composed almost entirely of archive footage, the majority of it was buried in permafrost for 50 years. it tells the story of the found films interwoven with the North American history that created those circumstances. if you've watched damaged nitrate film, you know the ghostly swirling patterns of white occlusions. now imagine that they are represented in the sound design, weaving in and out of music by a guy from Sigur Ros. excellent storytelling, remarkable editing, and an evocative telling of the boom and bust of a town that rose out of a gold rush. definition of why I watch movies every day for a month every year.
ironymaiden: (dandelion)
the recent live-action film did not offend me, but it's not going to replace the animated film in my heart.

here's a rundown of the original source, complete with warrior queen.
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The Beatles hit streaming services today.

the digital revolution shooed me away from The Beatles. their best albums were made without track breaks; i can confirm that the break imposed in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/A Little Help from my Friends still makes me scream and curse. between that and the way releases dribbled out over time and under various restrictions it was easier to enjoy all the other music out there.

i have all the feels.

***

once upon a time, videodiscs competed with VCR for the home video market. my family lived beyond the reach of cable tv lines, could get a whopping four tv channels over the air (and ABC was always snowy), and couldn't afford one of the giant satellite dishes of the day. it took an hour+ round trip to get to a video rental place. enter Columbia House.

we developed a pretty extensive collection of those heavy plastic-cased discs.* and the club thing meant that occasionally they would throw in random documentaries for free. so The Compleat Beatles arrived at our house unbidden. no one in my family was particularly into The Beatles (mom was too old, dad was into new folk, my brothers loved heavy metal, and while my sister owned The White Album and the red & blue compilations, she passed them to me without a backward look.) the doc hooked me with its exhaustive soundtrack and excellent storytelling. i watched it over and over, and in retrospect i can credit it (and another freebie, Girl Groups: the Story of a Sound) with both the formation of an independent taste in music and my love of documentary film.

The Beatles, with their evolving sound and differing writing styles, set me up for appreciating a variety of music. they had songs for when i was happy, songs for when i was depressed, songs for when i was angry, songs for whimsy, and songs for being rebellious and horny. songs that were basic, songs that were baroque. Sgt Pepper on my walkman was the soundtrack of the constant car trips to care for my declining grandmother. i wrote lyrics from White Album songs all over school notebook covers. the soundtrack of my first kiss was American Pie, but that boy used to sing Michelle to me.

***
so i played Sgt Pepper this morning when Rhapsody offered it to me. how it aches. i raged against that stupid track break. i shed a tear in memory of fellow fan [livejournal.com profile] markbourne. and i thought about how She's Leaving Home set me on the road away from the farm.







*we even got a custom cabinet for them. my parents still have them, although i don't know that they hook up the player much since my niece and nephew have outgrown Thunderbirds and Goofy Sports. i still know exactly where to get up and flip over Raiders of the Lost Ark.
ironymaiden: (bunnies)
Yesterday was a a good day. Morning: Knitfit. Afternoon: Dog & a nice second lunch. Evening: silly movie and snuggles.

I bombed through the marketplace at 8:30 and got everything on my list, plus one little treat for [livejournal.com profile] mimerki. I even got to nerd out over SIFF with Ilga and Mike from Edgewood Gardens.

my class was on on ergonomics for knitters. Great stuff. Alas, the big takeaway is that knitting requires us to do some bad things. The best way i can help is to not harm myself while using the computer. (And sit well. I need a better chair.)

C picked me up outside and I snarfed down a bag of Dick's as we drove to Kent. this rescue partners with a kennel there. The lady at the kennel was great.* We got to take the dog for a walk, play a bit, and do a greet with another dog. Everything went well. She's energetic but gentle, not fearful, and interested in people. She's beautiful. Smaller than our ideal**, for sure. But not too small. she feels like a plush toy. (If Molly was a Gund, this one is more of a Steiff.) Her dog-dog socialization is actually pretty great. We said yes and we're prepping the house. It isn't real until we get possession, but it's the closest we've been. I floated through the rest of the afternoon.

we had some extra time left on the car, so we went to Chinook's and got second lunch (first for C) and hot drinks and watched the rain fall on the fishing fleet.

later we collapsed on the couch and watched Jupiter Ascending. there was so much cool shit there packed into too little time with no character development and unbalanced exposition. Imagine if the entirety of The Matrix was smooshed into the first 40 minutes of a 2 hour film containing all of the content from the trilogy - but without shortening any action sequences. it could have been a really fun space opera book.

As it was? My inner 10 year old thinks the flying werewolf space boyfriend is cool, but she would have stopped cleaning toilets.

*being backstage at the kennel made me sad. shelters in Western Washington are either cheerful and shiny or kind of clinical. this was scruffier, older. kind of the difference between a community center and in-home daycare.

** she's from Korea - rejected by a meat rancher because her carcass would be too small. she looks like an oversized Shiba Inu.
ironymaiden: (dandelion)
the movie adaptation of The Martian is pretty darn good. i could pick some nits, but any movie that mentions Glorfindel gets points with me.

iZombie is on Netflix. knitta D thought i would like this one. i've watched a couple episodes, and so far it is very reminiscent of Veronica Mars, if Veronica was a zombie and her white ex-boyfriend with short brown hair seemed to have no character beyond "loves protagonist" (okay, i guess that *is* Duncan). might be the start of something good. trying to decide if i should look up the comics.

also on the potentially good media front, Agents of SHIELD is kickass so far. {{{Fitz-Simmons}}}

i am in a time warp where the new Rock Band is out and cleolinda is recapping the latest Twilight book.

i went out for breakfast with C this morning. getting to do that every so often is really good for me.

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