Here’s a smattering of reviews that are up way too late for you to take advantage of, but nonetheless you should know about (for better or for worse). All these films were screened at the most excellent so far 2011 Seattle International Film Festival. Vallanzasca -...

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche Written by Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix Starring Yahima Torres, Andre Jacobs and Olivier Gourmet Black Venus is a film centered around the life and death of South African woman Sarah Baartman. Nicknamed Hottentot Venus, Baartman was exhibited as a freakshow attraction in 19th century Europe and lived a life that was unbefitting for even the vilest of human creatures. Her "career" began in Britain, where she was a performer wearing tight garments which showed off her enlarged bosoms and buttocks to a relatively poor British audience. The performance soon enraged the British community, however, resulting in much controversy and the show's eventual export into to the homes of the French upper-class. What Black Venus grimly captures is not the glitz and glamour of "show business," but what happens when a naive young woman is misled by the promises of opportunity. The film explores the worst capabilities of human beings and their yearnings to manipulate and take control of others; it addresses multi-tiered issues of race, class, and opportunity and does so with faithfulness to realism, even when realism is uncomfortably atrocious.

The opening scene of How To Die In Oregon appears to capture the birthday celebration for an elderly member of a family. But one quickly realizes that this isn't the celebration of the continuation of life, but the celebration of a man's life -- as...

Here's a peek into what's coming up at the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival. You can buy all tickets at www.siff.net. Pinoy Sunday (2010) Taiwan, Directed by Wi Ding Ho It’s The Puffy Chair but in Taiwan. Which makes it better than The Puffy Chair. But not by...

Natural Selection Directed by Robbie Pickering, Starring Rachel Harris, Matt O'Leary USA, 2011 Natural Selection took this year’s SXSW Film festival by storm, winning multiple awards in a crowded field including Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay and the Grand Jury Prize. With confidence bolstered by such a decisive...

Finisterrae Directed and Written by Sergio Caballero Lecha, Cinematography by Eduard Grau Spain, 2010 What exactly is Finisterrae? Dadaist art project? Absurdist bildungsroman? Destructionist popcorn flick? Whatever its inevitable classification may be, it will arrive there surely by accident. Filmed as nothing more than a few beautifully captured...

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Directed by Tsui Hark and starring Andy Lau, Li BingBing, Carina Lau China, 2010 Loosely based on the adventures of historical figure Di Renjie, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame is a fun and fantastical mystery/thriller...

The visual aesthetics of LO(VE are undeniably impressive to even to the most jaded film-goer. ...

SIFF 2011 is upon us. The Northwest’s largest film festival and one of the biggest in the country continues its grand tradition of bringing a vast cornucopia of films to the Seattle area. This year the festival will feature 441 films from countries all across...

And so another year's Seattle International Film Festival comes to a close. You might be saying "Hey! You only watched like eight movies? What kind of publication is this?!" Tut tut, readers. We here at Redefine watched a boat load of movies! We just...