Author Archives: Pam Inglesby

Los Angeles Plays Itself: The Game

Can you guess what movies Thom Andersen uses to illustrate the following ideas in his smart and playful video essay, Los Angeles Plays Itself? (Hint: Here’s a list) “Through Union Station’s corridors and grand lobby have passed gangsters, drug dealers, … Continue reading

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Uncle! Uncle!

Five reasons to come see My Uncle at the NWFF, where it’s playing daily through Thursday as part of the Children’s Film Festival: 1. Jacques Tati was the Buster Keaton of France. 2. It was very considerate of Tati to … Continue reading

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A post about a movie about a poem

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness When I saw there was a movie called Howl playing at NWFF this weekend, I kind of hoped it was about werewolves. But it’s actually about “angelheaded hipsters” – … Continue reading

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Lots of Thumbs Up for Daddy Longlegs

It isn’t often that I can say I first heard about a movie showing at NWFF on “At the Movies.” But Daddy Longlegs, the microbudget indie playing through Thursday, has grabbed the attention of all kinds of film critics. Its … Continue reading

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A Dad In Between

To paraphrase Tolstoy, all good parents are alike, but every bad parent is bad in his or her own way. This is certainly true in American movies, where portrayals of wayward moms and dads have ranged from lovingly eccentric (The … Continue reading

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Outsider art at SIFF

To anyone going SIFFing this holiday weekend, I highly recommend Marwencol, a documentary about trauma victim Mark Hogancamp’s unique form of art therapy: he dresses up G.I. Joe and Barbie dolls as people he knows, uses them to act out … Continue reading

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Tati, This Sunday

Jacques Tati directed only six feature films, meaning you could watch his entire ouevre in a day. And what a fun day that would be. I can’t decide if my favorite is Mon Oncle, his bemused meditation on late ’50s … Continue reading

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Headless Woman has critics talking

Seems like every time I try to catch up on some film reading, I run across a reference to The Headless Woman, a dramatic feature from Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel playing at NWFF next week. It’s emerging as one of the … Continue reading

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Thank You, Chef

Within the first ten minutes of the documentary Pressure Cooker, opening Friday at NWFF, I was a little bit in love with all four of its leading characters: a cranky yet caring high school Culinary Arts teacher and three of … Continue reading

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Come Hang Out In A Swedish Backyard

I want to say watching the Swedish film Light Year, screening next week at NWFF as part of an Alternate Cinema series in partnership with SIFF, is like meditation. Then I wonder if it actually is meditation. During the 100-minute … Continue reading

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