May 22nd, 2005


entertainment overload (1): the midnight show

Although I had no intention of seeing the new Star Wars movie on opening night, a ticket became available and I couldn't resist. I'd sort of imagined that I'd catch a matinee at the Cinerama after a few weeks, but I'm glad that I went for a midnight show at Pacific Place. There's something about being in a big theater late at night in the middle of the week with die hard fans that magically compensates for certain minor flaws like dialog and acting.

Thinking about it now, I realize that I've seen most1 of the episodes at midnight (or later) shows; so it really was a good way to round things out. And honestly (and somewhat surprisingly), my affection for the series is great enough that even though I know that the new trilogy (especially) isn't good, I still can't help but like the movies. And there's no question that Revenge of the Sith is better than the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones (and possibly Return of the Jedi, too).

Along with the John Williams score and the consistent competency of R2-D2, this one pulls the whole thing together; so I'm happy to overlook all of the silly parts.2

related: Weekend Edition had a neat story about the music of Star Wars this morning [npr].

(1) possibly all but Attack of the Clones?
(2) even the unintentionally hilarious transformation of Palpatine.
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entertainment overload (2): return of the siff

Thursday was opening night of the Seattle International Film Festival, and Carolyn and I went to see Me You and Everyone We Know [#] at the Paramount. Having only been there for shows, I don't think I noticed just how pretty it is inside. Something about the additional light, vaguely fancy people, and non-smokiness definitely contributed. Also, there was a large truck sitting inside.

As I mentioned elsewhere [joshc_media], I really liked the movie. That it would be better than last year's opening night selection (The Notebook) was obvious; so comparing it would be sort of insulting. Anyway, it was really charming and quirky and you should see it when it opens in selected markets in less than a month. And apparently, the people at Cannes agree -- the movie won the Camera D'Or, causing Miranda July to flee Seattle to claim her prize.

The gala was held at the old temporary library space, which was really big. They did a good job of transforming a giant empty space into something partylike. As with most things SIFF, there were huge lines for the food and drinks, but it was still fun. For entertainment, the Radio Nationals and the Posies played and there were videos playing on available surfaces.

No real celebrity sightings, though. A few writers from the Stranger at the party and a possible glimpse of Phil Elverum at the movie.

entertainment overload (3): for the kids

We were supposed to see 2046 on Friday night, but when a friend called to offer seats at one of the V.I.P. tables at the Team Tinkle benefit for the Vera Project and the Service Board, I couldn't resist.

So, after making an appearance at the school picnic, Carolyn and I went to the Showbox to see David Cross, Jon Benjamin, Todd Barry, and friends for some comedy. In reality, "Team Tinkle" functioned more as funny emcees between other comedians and occasionally "destroying" members of the audience. Such as the super-enthusiastic fan wearing a Motley Crue t-shirt and sitting at the closest possible table. For one bit, they took a camera into the V.I.P. section and interviewed the people. Almost no one seemed to have paid for their tickets. Including (possibly) Joe from the Charming Snakes.

Also, the Thermals played for two great and energetic short sets and the guys from Fankick! danced between acts and engaged in some serious man-on-man onstage action.1

(1) I can't wait to see how what that sentence does for the old page rank.