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Friday's Films at BIFF

We were unable to hold an actual Pow Wow, this year.

In its place, I'll post reviews of films that we would have discussed at the Pow Wow in order to help everyone make choices.  Those with high rating in bold.  Please feel free to add comments so that it will feel like we held a Virtual Pow Wow, and use this space to hook up with other members.


7:00 - (BRATTLE) - Soft In The Head - IMDB:  6.3 - Maury, the incomparably patient owner of a homeless shelter, tries to help aimless twentysomething Natalia, who has forgotten what it is to be accountable to anyone.

7:00 - Casting By - IMDB: 7.7 - The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.  With Robert Deniro.

7:00 - Downloaded - IMDB: 7.5 - A documentary that explores the downloading revolution; the kids that created it, the bands and the businesses that were effected by it, and its impact on the world at large.

7:15 - Our Nixon - IMDB:  5.9 - Never before seen Super 8 home movies filmed by Richard Nixon's closest aides - and convicted Watergate conspirators - offer a surprising and intimate new look into his Presidency. "An insular time capsule, and a somewhat snarky tweak, of the country's most complicated president."

8:00 - Prince Avalanche - IMDB: 7.4/RT: 73% - Driven by striking performances from Rudd and Hirsch, Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that's been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship. Funny, meditative and at times surreal, Prince Avalanche features a score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and was shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr was. Loosely adapted from Either Way, an Icelandic film by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson.  "Prince Avalanche marks David Gordon Green's triumphant return to compelling storytelling. Welcome Back, dude."



9:30 - Sightseers - IMDB: 6.7/RT: 88% - Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way - on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina's led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see - the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that separates these wonders in his life. But it doesn't take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina's meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris's dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him the wrong way, over a very jagged edge. (c) IFC Film. " It’s a Monty Python version of “Badlands,” with a dark heart underlying its inspired, if tiresome, nonsense."

9:45 - A Highjacking - IMDB: 7.0 - The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen. TY BURR: "The film works as both a suspenseful nail-biter and a subtle indictment of the profit motive, whether it’s found in a high-rise office building or a Third World motorboat. Recommended."

9:45 - 99% - Occupy Wall Street - IMDB: 3.9 - This unprecedented collaboration of over 100 filmmakers across the country presents a portrait of the Occupy Movement—from personal stories to a larger analysis of the issues—to explore and provide context for the movement’s rapid trajectory


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  • John

    David Gordon Green returns to his George Washington roots. The Highjacking was simply superb.

    April 27, 2013

  • Cindy

    Which movie were u going to be at tonight? It would be nice if we all can go to the same not necessary to sit together.

    April 26, 2013

  • Barry

    Soft In The Head if I can make it on time.

    April 21, 2013

  • John

    Prince Avalanche and A Hijacking

    April 21, 2013

  • Jim L.

    Prince Avalanche and A Hijacking

    April 21, 2013

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