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Mid-August Lunch: Mangia Italiano

Mid-August Lunch

{Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto) opens in Seattle Friday, April 30 at The Guild 45th}

Mid-August Lunch is just about the cutest movie I’ve ever seen – which is not something I expected, as it’s billed prominently as “from the makers of Gomorrah”.

In stark contrast to the gritty 2008 crime film, Screenwriter Gianni Di Gregorio wrote, directed and stars in this charming comedy about a man short on cash who makes a deal with his landlord to forgive certain debts IF he’ll accept a guest over the August 15th Italian holiday, Ferragosto.


Weekend Must-See: The Films of Alan Rudolph at SIFF Cinema

Trouble in Mind

This weekend is double-feature goodness at SIFF Cinema during the Next Stop Rain City, The Films of Alan Rudolph. $10 gets you into 2 films per night ($8 for SIFF Members) - so it's a pretty awesome deal.

The impressive list of 6 films includes Trouble in Mind, a trippy 1985 neo-noir set in Seattle (called Rain City in the film). Starring Kris Kristoferson, Lori Singer and Keith Carradine and with music by Marianne Faithful, this is one you definitely shouldn't miss.

Also of note: Alan Rudolph will be personally introducing Remember My Name on Friday, April 23rd.

Click here to check the full schedule and buy tickets!


Latest comment by: Amie Simon: "I haven't seen it for WAYYY too long, and I checked, it's not on DVD (altho I'm sure Scarecrow probably has a copy somehow...). I vaguely remember comparing this to the 1984 film Streets of Fire, but only because I was obsessed with Michael Pare and saw that one ...

Imaginary Watch This: SIFF 2010 Promo Trailer

I can barely contain my fangirl geekdom over this - but in just over a month, the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival starts! I'm deeply in love with this year's promo trailer - the animation is awesome, and every time I watch it, I see something new.

Take a look:

Viva la SIFF!

Latest comment by: Chris Estey: "I'm going to join in with the freak boy geek fandom. Just a few days away, Amie! And that promo is HOT."

Three Imaginary DVDs to see: a dramatic adaptation, royal British romance, and a Best Actor winner

The Lovely Bones: I lamely never made it out to the theater to see this, even though I AM DYING TO. 14-year-old Susie Salmon is murdered and now exists in a dream world where she watches her still-living family fall apart – and her killer (Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci) starting to pick out his next victim. One of my favorite books, I’m imagining Peter Jackson channeled his mastery of female teenage angst a la Heavenly Creatures and turned out something the author and fans of the story can be proud of.


Imaginary Watch This: David Lynch's Interview Project

A little outside of the normal Lynch celluloid, The Interview Project (co-directed by David's son, Austin Lynch and another director, Jason S.) is a more realistic and more personal view of the world.

Austin & Jason are taking a road trip across the US and filming random people - regular, ordinary, everyday people. But what you find contained within each 3-5 interview (with an intro by DL himself) is that everyone has an amazing story to tell, and you can watch them all for free on  There are currently 121 interviews and a new one appears every 3 days.

It's fascinating and inspiring stuff; you should check it out!


Three Imaginary Films to see: a Swedish thriller, Herzog’s latest, and blood gushing out of elevators

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Man som hatar kvinnor) @The Egyptian: Before they whip the American version of this out, you should see this one – because I’m 100% positive it will be superior in every way. I’m not usually into mysteries, but the story of hardcore journalist Mikael Blomkvist and punk-rock computer hacker Lisbeth Salander investigating a murder with several surprising (and creepy) turns is way too awesome not to appreciate. I’m speaking only from having read Stieg Larsson's book, but I intend to get myself out to the theater this weekend to see the film.


My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

{My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done opens Friday, April 9 at the Northwest Film Forum, and plays through Thursday, April 15}

A Werner Herzog film that’s Executive Produced by David Lynch? Ok, you’ve got my attention. This latest offering from Art House guru Herzog is loosely based on the true story of a San Diego man named Mark Yavorsky, who killed his mother shortly after being cast in the role of Orestes in the Greek Tragedy "The Eumenides".

Sounds simple enough: a guy who’s already pretty unstable gets the lead playing a character who kills his mom, confuses reality with fantasy and kills mom in real life – right? But nothing is simple when you put that story into the hands of a man who loves to play with form and style.


Clash of the Titans: Justice? Or Revenge?

Clash of the Titans 2010

{Clash of the Titans opens in Seattle on Thursday, April 1 and is playing at AMC Pacific Place, The Metro and the Majestic Bay}

The 1981 original Clash of the Titans came out at exactly the right time for me to worship it with fangirl enthusiasm, as I was already familiar with Ray Harryhausen’s awesome stop-motion animation via Jason and the Argonauts and two Sinbad movies that played over and over on channel 11. Adding to my adoration was the fact that I was also starting to discover Greek & Roman mythology: stories that my 10-year-old brain absolutely LOVED.

If you haven’t heard, the argument that people who study mythology always bring up about this story is that there aren’t any actual Titans in it. And it’s true – the Greek Titans ruled before the Olympians featured in both versions, and the Kraken is actually a sea monster from Norwegian and Icelandic legend. No matter; I was a sucker for the 1981 film the second the music swelled over the opening credits.

So on to the "remake" – and I put quotes around that because I’m not sure what this is, really. I read that Director Louis Leterrier (the man responsible for The Incredible Hulk and Transporter 2) is a big fan of the original, and tried hard to make sure this was an homage to it instead of a bastardization – so sorry, Louis, but you failed.


Latest comment by: Amie Simon: "Hey John! :) Yeah, the 3D was so obviously tacked on just so they could charge more $. So, so, so, so lame. Makes me sad that this is currently doing so well at the box office. "

Three Imaginary DVDs to see: 60s eye candy, kick-ass shootouts, and time-wasting goodness

An Education: Set in London during the 60s, Carey Mulligan is beautiful and perfect as vulnerable 16-year-old Jenny, who falls for the charms of Peter Sarsgaard’s (HELLO NURSE) very suave and charming – and much older - David. The story plays out pretty typically, so there’s not much surprise here, and I found myself wishing they’d spent more time in Paris, but I still enjoyed watching it (especially all the clothes, cars, and sets) and intend to give it another run through to see if it I like it better the second time around. Bonus: Alfred “throw me the idol, I throw you the whip” Molina as Jenny’s over-protective but easily duped father.


Latest comment by: Hanna: "Your suggestion of the Real Housewives is shocking! However, I religiously watch Celebrity Rehab so I know exactly what you mean. :) SO excited An Education is out on DVD now so I can watch it again! That movie is near perfection."

Imaginary Watch This: Creep

My very good friend Carl Wagoner made a short film last year entitled Creep. Some of you might remember that I recommended it when it played at STIFF (Seattle's True Independent Film Festival) - but for those of you who missed it, he's now put it online for all to see:

And while it's true to I adore Carl and count him among my closest friends, I am telling you now that his short totally ROCKS. I wouldn't recommend it if I didn't think it was great, because that's not the way I roll. Take a look and see how awesome it is.

(The end credits contain one of my favorite Dear John Letters songs too!)