Dan Doody's Picks

SIFF Programmer Dan Doody picks some of his highlights from the 2018 Festival.

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Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil

Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil

My favorite film at SIFF this year. A wicked, historical horror-comedy from the Basque region of Spain, produced by Álex de la Iglesia; if you loved Day of the Beast, then you need to see this film.

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Good Manners

Good Manners

Out of Brazil, this film is a spectacularly... well, let's just say there's a nasty twist half-way through this film, and I'm not going to spoil it for you.

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Tigers Are Not Afraid

Tigers Are Not Afraid

Real world and supernatural horrors converge, à la The Devil's Backbone, in Tigers Are Not Afraid, a haunting crime thriller set against the ongoing Mexican cartel wars.

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The Devil's Doorway

The Devil's Doorway

I often find found-footage films to be tedious, but I absolutely loved The Devil's Doorway, an Irish Gothic chiller that's best described as The Exorcist meets The Magdalene Sisters.

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Making the Grade

Making the Grade

A delightfully entertaining documentary about piano lessons.

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The Drummer and the Keeper

The Drummer and the Keeper

This film is a charming bromance between a bipolar musician and a rec-league goalie who has Asperger's syndrome.

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Streaker

Streaker

The funniest comedy I've see this year is the Swiss film, Streaker, in which a cash-strapped teacher and his bookie/barber organize a streaking ring to disrupt soccer matches for the purposes of betting.

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The Russian Five

The Russian Five

Excited about the NHL coming to Seattle? This film is an entertaining and compelling documentary on how the Detroit Red Wings built a Stanley Cup winning team by poaching Russia's best hockey talent before the Iron Curtain fell.

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Brewmaster

Brewmaster

Crack open a cold one for Brewmaster, which follows those individuals who are seeking or have achieved a career in the brewing industry, and includes valuable insights into the craft brew revolution.

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