A Quick Look at SIFF's 2015 Gala & Party Movies
P and I have the Gala & Party passes for SIFF again, and that'll get us into the following:
- Opening Night: “Spy” (Most commercial opening ever?)
- Centerpiece: “End of the Tour” (Jesse Eisenberg interviews Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace; from the director of “The Spectacular Now”)
- Closing: “The Overnight” (Seattle couple in LA)
- First Saturday: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (Sundance audience and grand-jury prize winner; 8.4 on IMDb)
- Second Saturday: “People, Places, Things” (Jemaine Clement as comic book artist and single dad)
- Third Saturday: “Eisenstein in Guanajuato” (a biopic by ... ouch ... Peter Greenaway)
- Gay-La: “Tangerine” (“scrappy transgender prostitutes”)
- African Pictures: “Excuse My French” (Egyptian box office smash; 8.0 on IMDb)
Of these, I'm most looking forward to “Me and Earl” and “Excuse My French.” Not a Greenaway fan. “Scrappy transgender prostitutes” sends off alarm bells. Opening and closing seem particularly middle-of-the-road. Fingers crossed on “End of the Tour.”
Anyway that's already eight movies—if I go to them all. But what else looks good?
Here's how I handled it last year, with mixed results.
Maybe I just like coming-of-age stories.