Fall Film Feast.

September/October was an incredible time for film-related feasting, starting with the Screenwriting Expo in LA, continuing at the Vancouver Film and TV Forum, and ending with the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Through all three, my personal highlight was attending Michael Arndt’s seminar Endings: The Good, The Bad, and The Insanely Great, because he’s insanely great and even autographed my DVD of Little Miss Sunshine.

Here’s a quick overview of what I saw at VIFF:

My Top Five:

The Sandman

Michel Petrucciani (you must be able to tolerate 102 mins of free-form jazz)

Marathon Boy

Surviving Progress

Sushi: The Global Catch

These films were also very good:

First Position
Planet Yoga
Happy Happy
Journey on the Wild Coast
How to Die in Oregon (amazing, I bawled beginning to end.)
To Make a Farm
People of a Feather
Family Portrait in Black and White
Wish Me Away
How Much Does Your Building Weigh Mr. Foster?
There Once was an Island
Footnote (better than it sounds but still a lot of academia)


Like Crazy
Andrew Bird: Fever Year
My Piece of the Pie (though I wanted a bit of a different ending)
Las Acacias (slow but lovely)
Dendera (gave me terrors after)
You’ve Been Trumped (infuriating)

Perfectly Fine:

Mama Africa
Black Bread (disturbing but interesting moral conflict)
Crazy Horse
Nuit #1 (incredible acting, intensely miserable characters)
Burning Ice (sounds better than it is)

And in a category of its own (bizarre french surrealist nonsense with interesting modern dance numbers):

The Fairy

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