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Well, it turned out I only went to see one more film. I had planned to go and see a Pakistani road trip film on Thursday, but the day was so beautiful I spent it out in the sun instead. Saturday I missed a film I really wanted to see because I had to work :-(

Racing Extinction is a documentary on the rate at which species are currently going extinct, and the different ways in which human activity can cause it. It focuses on a number of different species to illustrate its points, andn particular on the attmpts to the get the manta ray listed on CITES Appendix II.

The main problem with this documentary is that it tries to cover too much. Illegal fishing, climate change, ocean acidification - each one of these would fill a documentary on its own, and in spreading itself too thinly, everything remains rather superficial. There's no real depth to the coverage of most issues, there was no information here that I didn't already know, and I felt it could have done more if it had tried to do less. It finally made an impact towards the end with a focus on one specific action that really showed how people reacted to being informed. 7/10
tiggymalvern: (want to see - D)
SIFF arrived again for the year! And so did [livejournal.com profile] teaforme, who came to stay with us, which meant we went to see a lot of films in a short time, and none of them got written up. Normally I do a post after every three films or so, but not this time...

Films, the details )
tiggymalvern: (embrace the darkness)
I've only watched two more films since the last report. I did intend to see another, a drama about a transgendered person, but there was a major accident and after taking 25 minutes to travel two miles, it became clear I wasn't going to make it, so I turned around and went home.

The last of 2014 )
tiggymalvern: (charles-erik good isn't it?)
Three more films under the cut. There should have been four, but the one we tried to see on Sunday had technical issues and the screening was cancelled. There's usually one film I see each year that has glitches and gets delayed, but this is the first time I've known them to give up. So down below, it's one fictional film and two documentaries.

The Ones That Showed )
tiggymalvern: (want to see - D)
It's the 40th year of the Seattle International Film Festival, and we're off again. I know, I know, I want to get out and see the world in the sunshine, and I also want to shut myself inside darkened cinemas. It's a contradiction. If only I was one of those people who could dedicate myself to one interest, instead of wanting to do everything.

Behold, the films so far )
tiggymalvern: (symmetry)
The festival has ended for another year (apart from the usual week-long 'best of' showcase), so here's the last of my selection.

Reviews Here )
tiggymalvern: (want to see - D)
The SIFF bonanza began on Friday, and yesterday I went to see two films to kick off my festival.

The film madness begins. )
tiggymalvern: (action!)
Just one more film to add, the documentary We Are Legion about the origins and actions of the Anonymous group of web activists.

The Story of the Hacktivists )
tiggymalvern: (embrace the darkness)
Three more films this time - a Spanish werewolf romp, a drama about the battle for native rights in Brazil, and a documentary about the Texas State Board of Education.

Keeping things all mixed up! )
tiggymalvern: (want to see - D)
Three more films from this week - a documentary on birdwatching in Central Park, a documentary about an identity theft, and a French romantic comedy.

Variety is the Spice! )
tiggymalvern: (charles-erik cab)
5 more days, 5 more films! I've already surpassed my total number from last year, when I was feeling apathetic. Details below, since nobody reads these but me anyway.

All Kinds of Atrocities )

SIFF 2012

May. 21st, 2012 10:56 am
tiggymalvern: (action!)
The Seattle International Film Festival is back! I saw three films the first weekend - one documentary, one Ghibli animation, and one more conventional film.

SIFF the Start )

SIFF 2011

Jun. 30th, 2011 10:52 pm
tiggymalvern: (Default)
The Seattle International Film Festival came and went again this year. I actually saw very few films this time around. Partly that was because I had a lot of work scheduled during the festival, and partly it was because I just wasn't grabbed by many of the films as I browsed the listings.

Another influence was the traffic. The very first film I attempted to see was a documentary on the Earth Liberation Front - I allowed over 90 minutes to make what is usually a 25 minute drive outside rush hour and still didn't get there. After that, I decided I wasn't prepared to spend 2 hours sitting in the car to watch any film that started between 5pm and 8pm, and vetoed the lot. (As it happened, I wouldn't have seen the documentary anyway, because that showing was stopped due to a bomb scare, but the principal of the traffic stood.)

So for my own filing system, and anyone else who might be remotely interested, here are the 5 films I did see. )
tiggymalvern: (ready to roll)
Four more films to finish off SIFF 2010 for me - I'm out of town for the last few days, so I'll miss some goodies :-( This time up, Swiss sci-fi, a Belgian film I really can't summarise, a documentary about the cold war battle for information, and a Czech WWII drama.
ETA Now with fresh new paragraphs!

Home stretch )
tiggymalvern: (good to be a lunatic)
Three more films for my almost-last entry of SIFF 2010 - the latest Jackie Chan film, a drama about gay Neo-Nazis and an Icelandic thriller.

Variety is fun! )
tiggymalvern: (what world?)
Two more films since the last update, an Indian comedy and a documentary about a WWII spy.

Films here (no I'm not feeling inventive this morning) )
tiggymalvern: (WYGIWYS)
An Australian musical, a documentary about academics, and a restored Polish 1960s classic.

Quite a Mixed Bag )
tiggymalvern: (want to see - D)
Three more films for those who like to wade through reviews.

Two Iraqi films, and a documentary about twin sister lesbian entertainers from New Zealand. )

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