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two press screenings - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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two press screenings
This morning's 10 am SIFF press screening was restricted to accredited press only, so "J" and I didn't have to rush downtown for films. We did end up in a bit of a rush, however. I got somewhat caught up in what I was doing, and we ended up getting out of the house without much time to get to the theater.

Rather than finding a less-expensive theater just outside the downtown area, we only had time to park in the Pacific Place parking lot. I let J out of the car to go ahead, and then circled around into the depths of the Earth for a place in the busy lot. As it turned out, we didn't have to pay a lot extra to park downtown; it was $17 there, instead of the $15 halfway up Capitol Hill or $10 all the way up. (And the $10 lot was permit-only the last time I tried to park there, so it's not a reliable solution.)

The noon film was the US film The Hero, which stars Sam Elliott as an aging actor known mainly for a single great film, a Western also titled The Hero, released in the 1970s. It's an almost-good comedy-drama-romance, with some really good acting.

The 2 pm film was the Japanese film After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku), was a family drama about a novelist, private detective, and compulsive gambler spending time with his mother after his father's death, and also meeting his sister, his ex-wife, and his young son. It's slow-moving, but surprisingly good.

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