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Friday, February 27, 2009

 

Lessons learned from this year's PIFF




The Portland International Film Festival came to an end last Sunday. This was my first year covering it as a member of "the press." Here's a quick, belated wrap-up:


  • Number of films I saw out of 80 or so films screened: 9.5.


  • Wait, what's the .5 for? I walked out on a press screening of Everlasting Moments after the film broke halfway through. Yeah, yeah, yeah, some online film critic I am. What can I say? The sun was shining outside and I decided my afternoon might be better spent hiking down to Powell's instead of watching a very slooooow film about a Swedish mother and her passion for turn-of-the-century photography.


  • The number of films my friend Dan's father, a member of the Film Center's Silver Screen Club, saw this year? Over 40.


  • How did he manage that? I have no idea but I think it may involve a combination of retirement and amphetamines.


  • What did he think of that really depressing movie about the actors in the factory? He actually liked it.


  • The best film that isn't Coraline I saw this year: The Baader Meinhof Complex.


  • The worst film that isn't Coraline I saw this year: Karamazovs.


  • The biggest "You'd Never See That in an American Movie" moment of the fest: The last two minutes of Mermaid.


  • Total estimated viewing time of unpleasant middle-aged nudity in the films I saw: At least 20 minutes.


  • Number of Silver Screen members that hissed at me like a snake after I made the mistake of sitting in front of them at a press screening: 1.


  • Number of awkward encounters involving Teri Hatcher: 1.


  • Would I do this again next year: Absolutely.


  • Click here for the Portland Mercury's festival wrap-up.

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