Tiffany (stiffany) wrote in seattle_filmnut,

SIFF - Week 1 review

so this community is dead but I thought I'd give it a go anyways! =) I've been enjoying the SIFF very much so far. I have been to five movies and I thought I'd post my reviews of some if no one minds, heh.

I saw Yasmin on Saturday night. I'm guessing it was the weather, but the people-watching was a bit dull for a Saturday night on Capitol Hill. I was rather disappointed. Only one person decided to roll down their window and yell, "YEAH STAR WARS!!!" at the line, heh. The movie was as great as I expected it to be, however, the ending left a lot to be desired. It was a short flick so I wish the director would have added another half an hour and tied up some lose ends. I gave the movie a 4 out of 5 overall.

Sunday I caught No More Tears Sister before I went to work. I had never heard of Dr. Rajani Thiranagama before I saw the movie, but I was very moved by the story of her and her family. She and several members of her family were Sri Lankan political activists in the 70s and 80s. Her older sister was the first female Sri Lankan political prisoner. The story was captivating, but the movie itself was a bit dull. An aspect I found very interesting about it was that one of her daughters played her in the re-enactment parts of the movie. That must have been VERY difficult. I gave the movie a 4 out of 5 overall.

Monday I went to a couple of movies after work. I saw Shake Hands With the Devil. Wow. Fucking AMAZING!! I was so stunned that the tears that wanted to fall just would not escape my eyes. There was one part that it felt like the flood gate opened and they all came running out at the same time. It was the documentary based on the book by Romeo Dallaire (who was portrayed by Nick Nolte in "Hotel Rwanda") and his first journey back to Rwanda in ten years. Wow. It was fucking fabulous and it truly earned it's score of 5 of 5....I sure hope it wins the Golden Spaceneedle for Documentary this year.

Then I ran across the street and saw La Sierra which I really liked! After seeing something as powerful as Shake Hands With the Devil it was much easier to sit through. I was intrigued by the "norms" that were shown in the movie. It was normal to be married, a mother, and possibly a widow by the time you are 16 in this area of Columbia. The movie was sad in the sense that the people featured in the movie had no desire to escape their surroundings. No one questioned what else was out there in the world that might have been better. That part was odd to me cause I've always had that question everything mentality. I was a little more than offended by the audience reactions too. I expect that people who come to the SIFF at 9pm on a Monday for a Columbian documentary are going to be a little more open-minded than the average movie go-er....but I was proved wrong. There was a lot of laughter at the girls and their number of pregnancies. There were seriously a couple of times I wanted to get up and start yelling, but it would not have changed anything. I gave the movie 4 out of 5 overall.

Wednesday I saw another drama. It was a Slovenian flick called Beneath Her Window about a dancer who is in a rut and falls in love with her stalker......LMFAO....yeah, it hit a little too close to home to NOT see....except I don't have a stalker, lol. It was ok, I liked it but I was tired when I saw it so I wasn't totally into it. It had a Short before it that was hands down the WORST piece of shit I have ever seen! I gave the Short a 1 of 5 and that is the first time if four years I have ever given a rating of 1!!! I gave Beneath Her Window a 3 of 5 overall.

I saw another short film before a movie, but I can't remember which feature it was attached to....I think it was Yasmin but don't quote me. The Short was The Moor and it was great! It had the guy from Candyman 2 in it, hahaha, and a lady that I think I recognized but I couldn't place her. I enjoyed it very much and gave it a 5 out of 5 cause I was totally engrossed for the entire 20 minutes. I thought it was worth mentioning in case anyone around here is into shorts.

So that's all for now, let's see if that breathes any life into this community. =)
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