Archive for February, 2008

Paris is burning!

February 11, 2008

It’s unlikely that Paris Hiilton’s name will ever appear on this blog again, but I had to comment on her meager opening at the box office this weekend with THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE, which grossed a per screen average of $225 for the weekend. Now let’s examine that… if tickets at your average movie theatre are about $10 these days, that means a mere 22 people came to see this film all weekend. Fortunately HOTTIE doesn’t appear to be screening in Seattle. So I looked a few reviews of the film just to get a sense of how truly terrible Hilton’s latest is. Probably some of the funniest pull quotes in the history of cinema.

Here they are, I hope you enjoy them:

Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman
“The Farrelly brothers could burp out a movie funnier than The Hottie & the Nottie, a farce of corrupt stereotypes that’s never more grotesque than when it pretends to be more than skin-deep.”

New York Post Kyle Smith
“Great actors make the craft look easy. In the Paris Hilton comedy The Hottie and the Nottie, acting looks very, very difficult. ”

New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman
“You’ve got to admire Hilton’s complete conviction in herself as the center of all that is beautiful and good. And maybe such unwavering self-regard is actually kind of hot. Or not. ”

Rolling Stone Peter Travers
“That generous half star rating I tacked onto this comedy abomination is all for Paris Hilton. Come on, it takes guts (or gross dim-wittedness) to appear on screen again after “House of Wax.” ”

ReelViews James Berardinelli
“A cinematic excursion so horrific that it’s an insult to bad movies to call it a bad movie. ”

Variety Dennis Harvey
“Paris Hilton has already ushered a remarkable three features into the Internet Movie Database’s “Bottom 100.” The Hottie and the Nottie will make it an even four.”

The Onion (A.V. Club) Keith Phipps
“How is Paris Hilton in her first starring role to receive a national release? Pretty bad, actually. She’s limited to a single, all-too-familiar expression of smug self-satisfaction, and she delivers her lines in a tone somewhere between “seductive” and “dish-soap commercial.” ”

TV Guide Maitland McDonagh
“Preposterous, disingenuous, remarkably unfunny and genuinely distasteful.”

Village Voice Nathan Lee
“Crass, shrill, disingenuous, tawdry, mean-spirited, vulgar, idiotic, boring, slapdash, half-assed, and very, very unfunny. ”

Miami Herald Connie Ogle
“The most astounding thing about this abysmal comedy — aside from the fact the studio actually allowed critics within a mile of it — is that it’s so ghastly it is beneath even the meager dignity of Paris Hilton.”

Los Angeles Times Sam Adams
“It’s not like Paris Hilton to rise above her material, but The Hottie and the Nottie sinks so low that all she has to do is stand upright.”

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One more death…

February 9, 2008

RIP Polaroid film. There’re going digital… only digital:(

My Effortless Brilliance fundraiser

February 8, 2008

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Lynn Shelton’s jetting off to Austin for the premiere of latest feature, My Effortless Brilliance. And to raise money so the cast and crew can make the trip, she’s throwing a fundraiser. Come be the first to see the behind the scenes doc. and very likely some music.

Some Children’s Fest outcomes

February 6, 2008

This just in (sort of…it came in yesterday but I’m just getting around to it now. Sorry, those of you in anticipation) from Children’s Film Festival Seattle Director Liz Shepherd:

The 2008 festival is wrap! We have just completed a thrilling 10 days of films, fun, and families. Our festival, now in its third year and bigger and better than ever before, drew enthusiastic audiences and glowing press.

Now we are excited to announce prizewinning films selected by the Children’s Jury of Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2008.
BEST FEATURE FILM
The Robber Hotzenplotz (Gernot Roll, Germany)

BEST SHORT LIVE ACTION FILM
The Piano Lesson: A Comedic Opera (Erahm Christopher, USA)

BEST SHORT ANIMATED FILM
Aston’s Stones (Lotta Geffenblad, Uzi Geffenblad, Sweden)

NORTHWEST FILMMAKER PRIZE
Cookies For Sale (Wes Kim, Seattle)

GLOBAL ZOOM AWARD
For the film that best promotes intercultural understanding
Luna: Spirit of the Whale (Don McBrearty, Canada)

MOST POPULAR FILM OF THE FESTIVAL
Selected by audience vote
Cookies For Sale (Wes Kim, USA)

The kids made some awesome short films in our festival workshops! As is tradition, their work was shown during the closing night ceremony of the fest, but here’s a link to one of the productions:
http://www.ringwormindustries.com/legend.htm

Hopefully I’ll be able to put up some more stuff as it rolls in…

Skin,Skin at SIFFBLOG

February 5, 2008

Kathy Fennessy  at siffblog gives a little preview of this weekends film SKIN,SKIN screening in our SISU CINEMA: Nine from The Finnish New Wave series.

Point Break Live! resurfaces

February 5, 2008

Point Break Live! that amazing train wreck of a live show that premiered at NWFF’s Little Theatre in 2003 has had a quite a life in New York and Los Angeles.  BoingBoing posted this video profile of a Johnny Utah hopeful.

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LYNN SHELTON IN SXSW!

February 5, 2008

It’s super Tuesday, I know…. but there’s till room for film news. Today SXSW released its slate of films and Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton‘s latest  MY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE is among those films in competition. We screened part of the film back in October as part of Local Sightings, and we’re extremely excited to see how it fares with the crowd down in Austin. Congrats Lynn!

To Olmypia 4Culture

February 4, 2008

The trip to Olympia in support of 4Culture went well. The majority of the audience was there because of the 4Culture bill, and there was unanimous support for it among those in the room. The inside word is that the bill will get out of committee, and then, hopefully, be up for a full vote in a few weeks.

Be sure to contact your congressperson with your opinion, and look for updates here.

Woody Allen ByDesign

February 1, 2008

As our next calendar approaches quickly, I’ll tip the hat to one title coming up. The calendar kicks off on Feb 29 with Woody Allen’s HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, presented like other recent Allen titles at NWFF in a new 35mm print. Most Woody Allen fans know of Allen’s fetishistic love white Windsor font on a black background (see above). Today I stumbled across Kit Blog’s discussion of the font. He’s the only filmmaker I’m aware of, who has so wholly embraced a single font and made it a part of his auteurist stamp. Are there other’s whose font fetish I’m missing? Please let me know.