Author Archives: Masa, Expansions

SIFF ’08: The third week of the festival

My third week of SIFF 2008 by masakaman During my third week at SIFF 2008, the unusually cold and wet Seattle streets did slow me down little but didn’t stop me from going out to see films at all. Abdullah Oguz’s Bliss from Turkey was undeniably gorgeous and magical. From Japan, Miike’s Sukiyaki Western DjangoRead more…

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SIFF ‘08: The second week of the festival

My second week of SIFF 2008 by masakaman The highlight of my second week at the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival was a film from Poland. Time to Die is a black & white film about the elderly Aniela & her smart companion dog Philadelphia. This visually stunning film captures the day to day storyRead more…

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SIFF ’08: The first week of the festival

My first week of SIFF 2008 by masakaman My first week of The 34th SIFF 2008 started with Battle in Seattle on 22nd of May, a movie drama based on the 1999 World Trade Organization riots in Seattle that took place between November 29 to December 3, 1999. I lived in Belltown, a few blocksRead more…

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SIFF ’08 – Masa’s review: Cafe de Los Maestros

by masakaman In Argentina, Tango is a way of life. Cafe de Los Maestros is a music documentary about the country’s internationally famous Tango players by award-winning composer Gustavo Santaollala (Brokeback Mountain). The film introduces players and their contributions to tango music history through interviews and archival footage. It also includes their 2006 reunion performanceRead more…

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SIFF ‘08 – Masa’s previews: Heavy Metal in Baghdad and Patti Smith: Dream of Life

by masakaman Heavy Metal in Baghdad Acrassicauda is Iraq’s only heavy metal band. Life is complicated if you want to be a metal head in Iraq. It’s not because your bandmates aren’t showing up in time for a practice or are getting high to “feel it”. Going to practice could cost your life in Baghdad.Read more…

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Twenty-Five Days @ Seattle International Film Festival 2007

Masa, one of the three DJs on KEXP’s Expansions, attends as many movies during the Seattle International Film Festival as humanly possible each year, and he likes to write about them. While the festival ended last month, many of these movies are now circulating theaters or are still awaiting theatrical release. Masa wrote a four-partRead more…

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KEXP’s Year in Review: Masa, Expansions – In no particular order… ten of 2006

JJP and I in no particular order… ten of 2006 Various : Interstellar Fugitives 2. Destruction Of Order : Underground Resistance Absolute must! Detroit’s finest and no BS here, 2 discs set of straight sounds with a story from near future or is it from the past? “But in the 20th Century, Order took holdRead more…

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