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Linda’s Best of 2008

Linda’s Best of 2008

10 movies that I really liked in 2008… Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) – Though other vampire movies got a lot more attention and more box office (*cough* Twilight *cough*), this somber, melancholy, and strangely sweet Swedish film made a love story between a 12-year-old..

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Linda’s Best of 2007

Linda’s Best of 2007

No Country for Old Men – This perfectly-made Coen Brothers film astonished me with its dusty, Texan look, its wry and sad tone, its shocking violence, and its unresolved ending. If this wins Best Picture, it will be the first time in years (if not ever) that I completely and..

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Eric’s Best of 2007

Eric’s Best of 2007

Romance and Cigarettes.. The most delightful and original movie of 2007 was made in 2005. It breaks the rules, and your heart. Silly, but never ridiculous. There Will Be Blood. P.T. Anderson’s epic oil drama explores human darkness as black as, well, oil. Daniel Day-Lewis, man. Black Snake Moan. Perfectly..

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You can call me Harry Poseur

You can call me Harry Poseur

How could you not be caught up in the frenzy of Harry Potter-mania in this last week? Now, I, for one, have only read the first book, but I have seen all the movies. Hey, now… don’t think that I didn’t hear you scoff! OK, so I did roll my..

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Jennifer’s Best of 2006… and 1986!

Jennifer’s Best of 2006… and 1986!

Here we are at the end of another lackluster year at the movies. Out of all the releases in 2006, I was passionate about seeing only three: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, The Lake House, and Rocky Balboa. I watched Pirates twice, bought a t-shirt, a key chain,..

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Linda’s Best of 2006

Linda’s Best of 2006

10 movies that I really liked in 2006: C.R.A.Z.Y. – A fabulous, funny, rich, tearjerker coming-of-age film that won a slew of awards in Canada, played film festivals, then inexplicably went straight to video in the US.   Gypo – A no-budget flick, the first UK film with Dogme95’s stamp..

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The Raftman’s Razor… or one screenwriter’s whirlwind experience on the film festival circuit

The Raftman’s Razor… or one screenwriter’s whirlwind experience on the film festival circuit

For me, one of the treats of this year’s film festival season was hearing the saga of my friends’ short film The Raftman’s Razor first getting accepted at the Sundance Film Festival, then barrelling through the festival circuit, reaping not only audience awards, but critics’ awards as well. Screenwriter Joel..

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BBC2 dips into the sexy side of Victorian England: Tipping the Velvet author Sarah Waters

BBC2 dips into the sexy side of Victorian England: Tipping the Velvet author Sarah Waters

2002 has turned into quite a banner year for Sarah Waters. At 36, the Welsh-born, London-based writer found herself to be the youngest author on the 2002 shortlist for literature’s prestigious Booker Prize for her latest work, the twisty Victorian mystery Fingersmith. Though this recognition garnered much attention for the..

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The Scent of Rain: A Conversation with Christine Jeffs and John Toon

The Scent of Rain: A Conversation with Christine Jeffs and John Toon

“When the rain came, it came first as the scent of rain…” – Kirsty Gunn, Rain Like a slightly faded and worn photograph from the seventies, Christine Jeffs’ new film Rain, based on the acclaimed novel by Kirsty Gunn, is a hazy dream of a coming-of-age story. Looking at the..

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Moby Octopad’s L’Hippocampe Rendezvous: Yo La Tengo and the Documentaries of Jean Painlevé

Moby Octopad’s L’Hippocampe Rendezvous: Yo La Tengo and the Documentaries of Jean Painlevé

As much as Seattleites like to grumble about Paul Allen’s bloated architectural monstrosity, the Experience Music Project (or EMP), one can’t help but appreciate the musical treats that the museum has been sponsoring around town. One of the latest offerings to try to win over the public is the Music..

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