preview: cleveland international film fest

film festOver the years I’d see a movie here or there, but didn’t really get into the film fest and develop a strong appreciation for it until good friends of ours, Kevin and Kate, showed us a new side of the Cleveland International Film Festival. (this mighty duo is also responsible for the trailer.)

The film fest gets underway March 18 – 28. Tickets are on sale now. This year, the folks behind CIFF are making is super easy for all of us to stay connected. Of course there’s the site, but also a smart phone app and Twitter. And finally, special perks for ‘the mayor.’ (On a side note, I personally love how many local companies are catching on to the beauty of Foursquare and awarding their mayors).

This year, I was lucky enough to be asked to blog on behalf of the fest and given the opportunity to preview a few movies ahead of time. Here are my thoughts on what I have seen so far. As for what I haven’t seen but what looked good to me and I plan to try, these films include: 8, Convention, Love Hurts, The Baby Formula, Cooking History, Harvest, and the opening night film, Timer.

Ingredients// Fans of Food Inc. and anything by Michael Pollan will surely love this food documentary that focuses on local foods and supporting farmers. In fact, if you regularly read this blog, it’s probably preaching to the choir but still a must-see as it’s a good reminder – just be sure to bring your chain-lovin’, mass food supporting friends as it will surely open their eyes. The best part about this film? A nice spotlight on The Chef’s Garden and Farmer Lee Jones along with his dad and brother. In fact, Lee will be at the 3/20 screening of Ingredients to discuss the future of the American farmer.

Handsome Harry// This movie is about an ex-Navy officer who upon reuniting with a dying Navy buddy relives a mysterious crime they committed and travels from friend to friend to unlock the truth and in part, make amends. I really wanted to like this movie. Good cast (Aidan Quinn, Steve Buscemi and Campbell Scott) and I was intrigued by what I read ahead of time. But in the end, neither of us were fans. Not even halfway through and we figured out the rather predictable ending. In general, it was just too choppy and had too many things going on and random storylines being introduced. It had all the makings of a good flick, but in the end just didn’t win us over. I will say this though, I was not familiar with the lead (Jamey Sheridan) prior to this movie, and did enjoy his acting and wouldn’t mind seeing his other films.

Dear Lemon Lima// Thanks to my love for all John Hughes movies, I am a sucker for any teen-esque movie (even though this, and most movies out today, couldn’t be further from a Hughes flick). This quirky, family-friendly movie wasn’t as funny as I had hoped, but it was touching and overall enjoyable. If you have pre-teens or teens at home, they’d likely enjoy this one as well.

The folks at CIFF gave me 6 tickets to give away. I’ll give away in pairs, so three of you will win. For a chance, leave a comment with your favorite movie quote. Winners will be randomly selected Thursday at noon. Even if you don’t win, be sure to go to a movie and support the film fest. Parking is free, there are lots of great eateries right there to grab a bite before or after, and the festival itself is one of the best on the country. It’s something we should all try to support.

It’s also worth nothing that there will be three “off-site” CIFF nights:


  1. luanda
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    You’ll shoot your eye out!

  2. Claudia Beal
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog.

  3. Brian
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

  4. Kris
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    “I do not think it means what you think it means.”

  5. Micah Sharpe
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Everyone who attends the film fest should check out Susy’s Soup located in Tower City. They have the best soup in the city.

  6. sushi
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    just keep swimming! -finding nemo

  7. Steve
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    “What we have here is a failure to communicate” Cool Hand Luke

  8. jillc
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Leave the gun. Take the canolli.

  9. Posted March 7, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse

  10. Posted March 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    From Clueless:

    Tai: Why should I listen to you, anyway? You’re a virgin who can’t drive.

    Cher: That was way harsh, Tai.

  11. Posted March 7, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” ~Ferris Bueller

  12. rachel
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Cute line from “You’ve Got Mail”:
    “I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly.”

    Always loved that line.

  13. Posted March 8, 2010 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    “Look you see, the cliffs of insanity!”

    The Princess Bride

  14. Posted March 8, 2010 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”

  15. Posted March 8, 2010 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    “Do, or do not. There is no try.”

    wise words from what is essentially a green, wrinkly Muppet. haha.

  16. Brad
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    “That rug really tied the room together.” – The Big Lebowski

  17. joe
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    “A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one – big hitter, the Lama – long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

  18. Posted March 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

  19. Posted March 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t invent the rainy day, man. I just own the best umbrella. – Almost Famous

  20. Posted March 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Wet Hot American Summer


    When we first started hanging out together, this morning, we were just friends; but things change, and I’ve fallen in love with you. I just know that if you gave me a chance, I could make you feel so good. So I am coming, not as your buddy, and not as a co-counselor, but for the first time as a man – a man who loves a woman, and who wants to hold her and provide for her and, yes, have sex with her; but no, seriously, Katie, I love the way you laugh and I love the way your hair smells and I love it that sometimes for no reason you’re late for shul, and I don’t care that you’re bowlegged and I don’t care that you’re bilingual – all I know is that I would have said no to every single person on your list because I’ve always wanted you.

  21. Posted March 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    “Well, then, I just HATE you… and I hate your ass FACE!”
    ~Corky St. Clair, Waiting for Guffman

  22. Kristen Thompson
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    “Here’s to looking at you, kid.” – Casablanca

  23. Posted March 8, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    “This is it! Don’t get scared now!”- Home Alone

  24. Jenn
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!

  25. Posted March 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    “So much time, and so little to do! Strike that, reverse it!”

  26. Sarah Rivera
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    “I say hurl. If you blow chunks and she comes back, she’s yours. But if you spew and she bolts, then it was never meant to be.”-Waynes World

  27. ginafitz
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    “Thank you for playing should we – or should we not – follow the advice of the galactically stupid!”

    “Nobody likes her very much…”

  28. Liz
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    “Is butter a carb?”

  29. Posted March 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    “I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough water! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! Now leave before I am forced to taunt you a second time!” Monty Python and th Holy Grail. Love it!

  30. Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    “The thing is, Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.” -Peter Gibbons, Office Space

  31. Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    “Yeah. God, I really hate that. Like, I’m into different cultures and different ways of doing things. Like we’re watching “Mr. Ed” on TV the other day, and he’s speaking French, or something.” Caroline Harvey in Captain Ron

  32. Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    “It’s all on the wheel… it all comes around.”

  33. Janet
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    “Your mom goes to college.” — Kip Dynamite

  34. Jaclyn
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Here’s Johnny!
    -the Shining

  35. Alessandro
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    “I’ve sent in my application to the Real World. So I’m hoping to hear back from that. I’m putting A LOT of my eggs into that basket… the MTV basket. I’m also thinking about getting a gun, and dealing crack. Being a crack dealer. Not like a mean crack dealer, but like… like a nice one. Kinda friendly like, “hey, what’s up guys? Want some crack” I’m just waiting on those two things to flesh themselves out.” – Ricky Bobby – Taladega Nights

  36. Linda N.
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    “We had good times. We had bad times. But we had times” Singles

  37. Winnie
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    “No one puts Baby in the corner”

  38. Joe
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    “That boy sure is a runnin fool!”

  39. Sara
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I know we’ve only known each other four weeks and three days, but to me it seems like nine weeks and five days. The first day seemed like a week and the second day seemed like five days. And the third day seemed like a week again and the fourth day seemed like eight days. And the fifth day you went to see your mother and that seemed just like a day, and then you came back and later on the sixth day, in the evening, when we saw each other, that started seeming like two days, so in the evening it seemed like two days spilling over into the next day and that started seeming like four days, so at the end of the sixth day on into the seventh day, it seemed like a total of five days. And the sixth day seemed like a week and a half. I have it written down, but I can show it to you tomorrow if you want to see it.

  40. James
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    “It’s easy to grin / When your ship comes in / And you’ve got the stock market beat. / But the man worthwhile, / Is the man who can smile, / When his shorts are too tight in the seat.”

    – Judge Smails

  41. James
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Supermodels are beautiful girls, Will. A beautiful girl can make you dizzy, like you’ve been drinking Jack and Coke all morning. She can make you feel high full of the single greatest commodity known to man – promise. Promise of a better day. Promise of a greater hope. Promise of a new tomorrow. This particular aura can be found in the gait of a beautiful girl. In her smile, in her soul, the way she makes every rotten little thing about life seem like it’s going to be okay. The supermodels, Willy? That’s all they are. Bottled promise. Scenes from a brand new day. Hope dancing in stiletto heels.

    -Paul “Beautiful Girls”