Lots of good films screening this week. Two of my favorites from SIFF including Cherry Blossoms-Hanami and The Secret of the Grain will be showing over the next few days.
But I especially want to recommend folks check out Sita Sings the Blues. Make it a double feature with Cherry Blossoms for a truly excellent day. This is really a perfect festival experience - creative story telling, great music, and many laugh out loud moments. Did I mention the flying monkeys?
You can even view this as a companion piece to Religulous given it's ever present skeptical Greek chorus that goes along for the ride. Like animation? - it's got that. Don't like animation? - you'll be laughing too hard to notice. Want a sad story of modern love gone wrong - check. The only thing this film hasn't got going for it is a guarantee that you'll be able to see it post-festival. I'm hoping she's worked it out but last I'd heard the film maker was having serious problems getting this released - even on DVD.
Three screenings left - 10/5, 10/8, and 10/9. There are no good excuses...
If you're taking my advice you might want to throw in Let the Right One In to close out the evening. A bit bloody, this coming of age and vampire mashup really worked for me - a seriously non-horror loving guy. Fuller review available by searching the blog.