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Saturday, June 06, 2015

SIFF Sighting: TIG (documentary; USA)

Tassoula reviewed TIG, which screened at the 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival this evening.

You can read the review on her blog.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

SIFF Sighting: THE LITTLE DEATH (comedy; Australia)

Tassoula reviewed THE LITTLE DEATH, which screened at the 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival this evening.

You can read her review on her blog.


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Sunday, May 31, 2015

SIFF Sighting: OUR SUMMER IN PROVENCE (drama; France)

Tassoula reviewed the drama OUR SUMMER IN PROVENCE, which played at the 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival today.

The link can be found on her blog.


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SIFF Sighting: ALL THINGS MUST PASS (documentary; USA)

Tassoula reviewed the documentary ALL THINGS MUST PASS, which played at the 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival tonight.

The link can be found on her blog.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

SIFF Sighting: RACING EXTINCTION (documentary; USA)

Tassoula reviewed the documentary RACING EXTINCTION, which played at the 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival tonight.

The link can be found on her blog.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

SIFF sighting: ONE MILLION DUBLINERS (documentary; Ireland)

Tassoula reviewed the documentary ONE MILLION DUBLINERS, which played at the 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival tonight.

The link can be found on her blog.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cinebanter Special Edition - TASSOULA'S TOP 10 OSCAR PICKS

The mp3 of this episode can be found here.

In this episode, Tassoula shares her Top 10 Oscar picks for 2015.

There are no spoilers, just basic commentary on some of the nominated films, writers, directors, musicians and actors.

In addition, written reviews of several of the films Tassoula discusses can be found here:
Enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cinebanter - TELEBANTER SOLO: Tassoula's Top 10 of 2014

The mp3 of this episode can be found here.

In this episode, Tassoula shares her Top 10 Television Shows of 2014.

There are no spoilers, but basic plot lines of certain shows are discussed ... so you've been warned.

Enjoy!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cinebanter Rewind: DRAG ME TO HELL (2009)

The mp3 of this episode can be found here.

In this episode, a classic, horror-filled Cinebanter episode is revisited just in time for the Halloween holiday.

The breakdown is as follows:
  • 0:00 Intro by Tassoula
  • 0:32 Original 2009 Review of DRAG ME TO HELL
  • 28:54 Credits
We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane!

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Cinebanter Mini Edition: BOYHOOD Q&A

The mp3 of this episode can be found here.

In this mini episode, Tassoula shares audio from the Richard Linklater Q&A that she attended back in May.

If you haven't yet seen the film, please be aware there are spoilers here (as the audience asking the questions had just screened it).

To see if Boyhood is playing in your town, visit the official website.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

An Evening with Damien Echols and Lorri Davis

Damien, Tassoula and Lorri
Damien Echols and his wife Lorri Davis recently came to Seattle to promote their new book, Yours for Eternity, and Tassoula was lucky enough to attend and meet them.

The lecture portion of the evening, hosted at Seattle's Town Hall, is available in audio format free of charge here.

Cinebanter listeners may recall Michael and Tassoula extensively spoke about the documentary trilogy Paradise Lost, which detailed the journey of the West Memphis Three: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley.

The wrongly convicted inmates were released in August of 2011.


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Sunday, July 06, 2014

New Written Reviews Now Available

Tassoula spent the holiday weekend at the movies; see what she thought of all of them with this list of her written reviews:

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Cinebanter Special Edition: SIFF 2014 RE-CAP

A Scene From STILL LIFE
The MP3 file of this episode can be found here.

In this episode, Tassoula re-caps the recent 40th Annual Seattle International Film Festival. She shares her favorite documentary from the event, plus her top three films. The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 Tassoula's re-cap of the festival
• 10:12 Outro

Thanks to Brad Daane, Mark Cummins and Vincent Do for the original music used in this episode, and to the folks at SIFF for granting Tassoula press access to hundreds of fantastic films for the 8th consecutive year.

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Sunday, June 08, 2014

SIFF Sighting: THE ONE I LOVE (Romantic Comedy; USA)

Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) are a married couple going through a rough patch.

Though Ethan gives re-igniting their flame a college try, Sophie still isn't past their troubles, so they agree to couples' therapy.

Their shrink (Ted Danson, perfect for the part) assigns them a weekend away to work on their issues and that's when things start to get weird.

I can't go any further without completely spoiling the film, so I'll just say this is hilarious, thought-provoking, confusing, charming and odd. First-time screenwriter Justin Lader does an incredible job of entertaining while floating the big lingering questions, and all the while making the audience hungry for bacon.

I can't wait until this is released in theaters. I'll be first in line to see it again.

THE ONE I LOVE screened at the 40th Seattle International Film Festival.

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SIFF Sighting: CALVARY (Comedy; Ireland)

If you were told you had a week to live, not because you're ill, but because someone is planning your murder, how would you live out your last days?

Father Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) is faced with this problem when a parishoner notifies him in confession that he suffered abuse as a child at the hands of the Catholic church. Though Father Lavelle was not the abuser, the confessor believes guilt by association is a good enough reason to end the priest's life.

Rather than go to the police, the Father chooses to deal with this threat internally and independently. It's both courageous and stupid.

The entire film then progresses through random conversations, awkwardly funny exchanges and random reflections leading up to the "will it or won't it happen?" moment.

Though the performances are solid, the screenplay fails and by the time the climax is reached, the audience is more apathetic than invested.

CALVARY screened at the 40th Seattle International Film Festival.

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