The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind (and, in our opinion, the coolest—screening everything from alluring art flicks to twisted sci-fi). During the 39th-annual fest, now through June 9, we’ll be sharing favorite films hand-picked for us by the SIFF team. Nab tickets if you’re in Seattle, or look for them on DVD and in theaters near you if you’re elsewhere.
PRINCE AVALANCHE Director: David Gordon Green
From SIFF.net: Stern, meditative Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s insecure brother, Lance (Emile Hirsch), spend the summer together repainting traffic lines on country highways in this exquisitely crafted existential odd-couple comedy, a true return for David Gordon Green [of Pineapple Express and HBO’s Eastbound & Down] to the style of his early indie films George Washington andAll the Real Girls. (More info)
From Carl Spence, SIFF’s Artistic Director: “Quirky and hilarious, but also character-driven and intimate. Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd are captivating as two lost souls stuck on an isolated and seemingly endless road to nowhere, with nothing to talk about but their relationships with women and each other. A film for men that women will also find thoroughly amusing.”
We tend to gloss over at the sight of red carpets, but these candid, backstage polaroids—shot by photographer Lucas Michael at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, using a Warhol-era instant camera—capture stars looking like real people. Well-dressed, attractive, hilarious real people, but still.
While Paul Rudd, above left, definitely took home the night’s prize for best botched dialog, his bow tie comes off as a little stiff. We’ll award best-dressed to the incomparable Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, whose floppy bow carries far more character—and gives an appropriate nod to 19th-century presidential style.
Check out more of our favorites below (click images to enlarge)—and view the rest at New York Magazine’s Vulture.com.
Christoph Waltz. Buzz cut x thick rims—digging the Trainspotting vibe. Julianne Moore. What can we say, we’re suckers for freckles. Ben Affleck. Brash peak lapels are befitting an actor turned very serious director.
Adam Driver. Went from clearly psychotic to strangely sane on HBO’s Girls. Morena Baccarin & Morgan Saylor. Damian Lewis’ TV fam deserves props for putting up with him. Sacha Baron Cohen. Polka dots and a 4 o’clock (not 5 o’clock) shadow add chutzpah to his tux.
Bryan Cranston. Killer goatee. But what, no Pinkman? Jennifer Lawrence. Date-night alert: Silver Linings Playbook is a rom-com you won’t hate. Quentin Tarantino. The man still has a way with words—and a knack for memorable soundtracks.