Tonight in Seattle:  

Three Imaginary Films to see this weekend

I can’t even pretend to recommend the newest Sandra Bullock disaster, no matter how much I love Ryan Reynold’s acting body. Nor can I point you to Year One, despite my undying devotion to Michael Cera.

That said, there is one mainstream(ish) flick playing this weekend that has my interest: The Sam Mendes “please forgive me for making Revolutionary Road so depressing” sweet romanctic comedy Away We Go. It stars one of my favorite SNL Alums, Maya Rudolph, and the ever adorable John Krasinski (I think he’s on a show called The Office or something) as an expectant couple who take a journey across the US to figure out the perfect place to settle down and raise their family.  

I don’t know what it is about this one, but every time I see the preview, I feel like I need to go see this IMMEDIATELY. So, you should too. I mean, just watch it:

It’s playing at the Guild 45th and Pacific Place this weekend. There, I just made it easy for you to go get tickets.

There’s a lot of good stuff happening at SIFF Cinema as they launch their Best of SIFF ’09 series – but if I have to pick one to recommend, it’s gotta be talhotblond. I can’t really say too much about it without ruining it, but trust me. You have to see this one to believe it. Hopefully some of you don’t have to work or can leave early to catch it at 4:30pm today.

And of course – I have to mention the BIG ONE – Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro. Look, I’ll be honest; I am not a fan of Vincent Gallo, and I never have been. I know plenty of people who love that guy, but I just do not think he can act. That said, I fully admit my Gallo-spite may have colored my view of the film. So I’ll simply say this: it’s strikingly beautiful, Maribel Verdu is amazing, and Alden Ehrenreich did a fine job (even though he looks so much like a young Leonardo DiCaprio that I sometimes got distracted).

Love Coppola? Go see it at the Harvard Exit this weekend. You’ll probably adore it as much as the SIFF audience I saw it with seemed to.  

I saw Away We Go when Dave Eggers was in town with his wife to talk about writing it at Harvard Exit. I love Dave Eggers, he is a special man who does special things.

Anyway, it was awesome and I will go see it again, I've never really seen a film whose main characters aren't the center of the conflict that needs to be resolved. I was totally impressed by the effectiveness of this unconventional plot arch. So good.

Good to know! I'm glad it's not just the preview tricking me. :)

I love everything about this film, except the presence of Maya Rudolph. I've never found anything she's done the least bit funny or interesting, so I'm hoping I can enjoy the movie despite her.

Her voice is Joanna Newsom-level shrill to my ears.

Yeah, I was worried it was just the preview fooling me. "Oh look at John Krasinski! He's so adorable, even with an ugly beard!" Glad to hear it's actually a good movie. I'll be seeing it as soon as possible.

Because of your excellent taste (which I totally trust) I am planning to see "Away We Go" this weekend then! Thanks for the terrific round up!

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