Tonight in Seattle:  

Sasquatch 2015 - Friday: Action Bronson, Flume, Little Dragon, Sleater-Kinney

at The Gorge

Sasquatch Music Festival 2015 - Washington

Starting things off on the right foot Friday evening, Queens rapper Action Bronson rocked a large crowd on the Bigfoot stage as big drops of rain came down. The crowd seemed to actually gain energy once the rain started to fall. Bronson rapped over some crowd favorite beats like Biz Markie’s “Just a friend” before departing the stage eating a plate of food. It takes a lot of swagger to bring your dinner up on stage with you.

Later on the Bigfoot stage Little Dragon brought their dancey jams. The drumming was on point, and lead singer Yukimi Nagano kept everyone engaged by bouncing around the stage, occasionally banging on a drum or shaking a tambourine.

Friday’s headliner Sleater-Kinney played a shockingly under attended set on the main stage. Maybe the younger crowd wasn’t that familiar with them? Sleater-Kinner still put on a great show for those in attendance. Corin Tucker’s voice sounded great bellowing up the hillside.


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SIFF Take: Chatty Catties

Chatty Catties SIFF 2015

After watching Chatty Catties with me, my cat, Frankie, insisted on writing this review. He says that I can’t possibly understand the film’s real meaning since I’m a human and not an oppressed feline like the star, Leonard. So, friends—here we go. It's an imaginary cat takeover! 

Frankie’s Review (as dictated to imaginary amie):
What a masterpiece! I’ve never seen a film so succinctly sum up the struggles of our kind before. Sure, there’s been some talking cat movies, but nothing that even comes close to the truth of this. Watching the real desires and thoughts of cats realized on screen via amazing voice actors filled me with hope that our days of being misunderstood by humans might be coming to an end.

Chatty Catties is primarily the story of Leonard, a beautiful striped tabby who has THE WORST HUMAN EVER.


SIFF 2015: Week Three Highlights

Beti and Amare

A harrowing Korean sea thriller, a sultry sapphic summer romance from Lithuania, and a gorgeous Ethiopian genre mashup are among your best bets during SIFF 2015's final (!) week and weekend (5/29 - 6/7).


Beti and Amare
{5/29 1:45p Uptown}
Intriguing 1930s-set genre pastiche about a young Ethopian woman trying to live a normal life while avoiding Mussolini's troops and local thugs. It's a supernatural romance, existential drama, and revenge thriller all in one. It's also dreamy in the best possible way, with a visual style that frequently stuns.

{5/29 8:30p Lincoln Square}
Horrifying, often punishingly intense sea thriller co-written and produced by innovative Korean genre genius Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, Mother). Even when the psychosis-tinged narrative develops a nasty case of sea-sickness -- and boy, does it ever -- Haemoo sinks spectacularly. Bring the Dramamine.

Mr. Holmes
{5/29 7p Uptown, 5/31 4p Pacific Place}
Ian McKellen plays an elderly Sherlock Holmes in the late 1940s (and, in many time-toggling flashbacks, as early as the late 1910s), living a quiet countryside life with his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her inquisitive young son. In revisiting an unsolved case he worked on toward the end of his investigative glory days, Mr. Holmes confronts the difficulties of aging, of his roles in various fictions, and of (not always) remembering. Entertaining throughout, even when the performances teeter into hammy territory.


Latest comment by: imaginary amie: "oh man. I wanna see Haemoo sooo bad! Love your wrap-ups, as ALWAYS, dear embracey. "

SIFF Interview: 5 Questions (+5 Photos) with Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon on the SIFF 2015 Red Carpet for Cop Car

Three Imaginary Girls got to hit the red carpet last night for An Evening with Kevin Bacon and the premiere of Cop Car at the Seattle International Film Festival with Director Jon Watts & star Kevin Bacon in attendance!! !!! !!! I was somehow able to keep my cool (but just barely) while asking him 5 very important questions.

TIG: If YOU had a cop car, would you leave your keys in it?
Kevin Bacon: Noooo! Definitely not; worst decision ever. He’s [Sherriff Kretzer; Bacon’s character in Cop Car] trying to be cool, but he obviously hasn’t really given it a lot of thought.

TIG: Who would win in a fight: Ryan Hardy [from The Following] or Sherriff Kretzer?
KB: I think Ryan Hardy. Yeah. I think he’s got some moves that the Sherriff doesn’t even know about.

More questions and photos after the jump ...


Latest comment by: imaginary embracey: "

So cool!


SIFF Take: A Brilliant Young Mind

“If beauty is truth and truth beauty, then maths must be the most beautiful thing in the world.”

A pastiche of gorgeous, even sumptuous color and pattern nevertheless maintains a slight emotional buffer, a thin and transparent but ever-present barrier between beauty and the sensation of experiencing that beauty. Drops of red, red blood—redder than a stop light or the red lorry that runs it—retain a rare, fragile beauty, even as it’s clear what they represent. The camera often settles just shy of the expected distance, or just a little too close or too far too the side, and we see things, maybe, perhaps at least a bit, the way Nathan does. Nathan’s a math genius, and on the spectrum. But A Brilliant Young Mindis not a triumph-of-the-savant film, and it’s not about colors. Plot-wise, in fact, it’s pleasantly familiar. Nathan (Asa Butterfield, best known from Hugo) convenes with a veritable nerd convention—musical, mathematical, acerbic, semi-cool, insufferable, autistic, and garden-variety—to pursue a slot at the Internationals Math Olympics. They, and the adults around them, go through their sometimes routine, sometimes extraordinary days trying to figure out how to navigate relationships when relationships are far more inscrutable than the math problems they’re bent on solving.

{A Brilliant Young Mind screens at SIFF 5/28, at 4pm at The Harvard Exit.}