Raymond’s SIFF schedule (2007)

Nobody asked, but I'm going to post it anyway. These are the movies I'm planning on seeing, along with my twisted take on the plot, based solely on the movie description.

12:08 East of Bucharest Fri May 25 5:00pm (PP)
Residents of a Romanian town differ in their recollections of how they overthrew Ceaucescu.
Fair Play Sat May 26 1:15pm (N)
Office politics viewed through the filter of "casual" outdoor sporting activities.
Outsourced (sold out) May 31 7:00pm (LS)
American's job is outsourced to India. He is sent to train his replacement. She's cute.
Death at a Funeral Fri Jun 1 7:00pm (LS)
Fancy funeral. Somebody dies. Hilarity ensues.
Cashback Sat Jun 2 6:45pm (LS)
Clerks + Heroes = ?
Tell No One Sun Jun 3 1:30pm (N)
French thriller. Man accused of wife's death. Will probably spend a lot of time running.
Falling Sun Jun 3 9pm (HE)
High school friends reunite. Drama ensues.¹
2 Days in Paris Tue Jun 5 7pm (LS)
French screwball comedy. That's all you need to know.
Hula Girls Sat Jun 9 4pm (LS)
Japanese town reinvents itself as a spa. With hula girls.²
Grandhotel Mon Jun 11 4:30pm (LS)
Intruiguing rom-com set in a hotel.
The Boss of It All Wed Jun 13 7pm (LS)
Company director shifts blame to imaginary superior. Works great until people ask to meet him.³
Vacation Sun Jun 17 11am (LS)
Quiet family get-away. Relatives show up unexpectedly. Drama ensues.¹

¹These movies were chosen in large part to serve as German lessons.

²I have a weak spot for slightly off-kilter Japanese movies set in the modern day.

³Swedish class group movie. Even though it's in Danish.

Since Outsourced is sold out, I'll have to find another movie to replace it. Possibilities include French for Beginners, Mushihi, The Three Musketeers (animated), and Eagle vs. Shark.

Comments (16)
  1. James Schend says:

    How could you possibly not choose "Eagle vs. Shark" from that list?

  2. Anon says:

    Oh, man… I had to google to find out what a SIFF is. You know we readers suck at finding out stuff for ourselves: it is not the Way of the Net.

  3. Foosh says:

    "Eagle vs. Shark" looks excellently funny. I am going to have to see that one my self :P

  4. Cody says:

    I’d go for Mushihi, personally, though it looks like Eagle vs. Shark is more related to the rest of the films you plan on attending.

  5. J says:

    I looked up Eagle vs. Shark on imdb and it states that if I enjoyed this title, their database also recommends "Satan’s Little Helper".  wtf?

  6. cmov says:

    The basic formula for most movies is the same: There’s a main character who has a second-best life, wants to live his/her ideal life instead. Then there are 5 attempts at getting that ideal life, at the last attempt he/she succeeds. The silly end.

    There are other elements that go into a typical Hollywood movie, but that’s the most common story formula.

  7. Henrik says:

    Danish is just Swedish with a considerable amount of porridge in your mouth.

  8. I enjoyed and recommend <i>A Battle of Wits</i>.

  9. Marius says:

    Just a note Raymond, Ceacescu is actually written Ceausescu and you say it like close to this "ciauchiescu".

    Here’s the Wikipedia article for him:


    On topic, it sounds like a good movie but personally I think most Romanians would rather like to forget that person already.

  10. Gabest says:

    Mushishi as an animation was excellent, one of the most interesting shows of last year, but japanese real life movie adaptations are usually not that good.

  11. balag says:

    I’ll second Gabest. Mushishi the animation was great — Live-action remake not so much.

  12. Nawak says:

    I hope you’ll post the debriefing after you’ve seen these movies!

  13. Anon says:

    "The Three Musketeers (animated)"

    Dogtanian and the three Muskehounds is the one true animated version, accept no substitutes. The theme music is still burned into my brain a decade and a bit later.

    At school, some French/Algerian kid said "Did you know it’s based on a famous book by a French author?" And then everyone started to smile at each other in a knowing way. Him stating the bleeding obvious in a slightly patronising way mixed with overbearing patriotism was very funny for some reason.

  14. Mark says:

    Anon: I had the pleasure of watching the animated Three Musketeers in South Africa, dubbed into Afrikanns of course.

    I think Dogtanian became Brakanjan…

    Now I have the theme tune running around my head – thanks! :)

  15. Drak says:

    You should watch ‘Old men in new cars’ followed by ‘In China they eat dogs’ for some hilarious danish film fun. And no, I’m not Danish.

  16. And other SIFF movies.

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