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Week 4: Home stretch.

IS IT ALMOST over already? And what day is it, anyway? The truly fanatical SIFF full series pass holders—a.k.a. the "fool serious" crowd—can be forgiven their pallid bewilderment. When you're rushing from screening to screening, the niceties of regular shaving, bathing, and dining do get lost in the chaos. During daytime press screenings (which are open to these pass holders, too), I've seen pizza boxes, giant sandwiches, and every variety of beverage snuck into theaters. You get to know the same lumpy postures, bald spots, and sweaters draped over the same exact seat. (Funny how everyone is so particular about where they sit—even when sitting through a stinker.) But that's not to say that manners break down. The volunteer staff has been friendly and chipper as always, dutifully thanking sponsors and reciting last-minute schedule changes. And I can't recall a single cell phone ringing during a screening. I'd congratulate myself for that as well, except I don't even have one to switch off. Maybe next year. OUR SIFF PICKS The final week's recommendations: Pipe Dream. Moviemaking and romance in N.Y.C. It's everything Hollywood Ending failed to be. 9:30 p.m. Wed., June 12 and 4:30 p.m. Fri., June 14, Pacific Place. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. Get in touch with your violent side, as Sam Peckinpah sends Warren Oates into 1974 Mexico with a certain burlap sack. 4:30 p.m. Fri., June 14, Egyptian. Dark Water. Japanese family cowers under paranormal plumbing assault! 9:30 p.m. Fri., June 14 and midnight Sat., June 15, Egyptian. Sweet Smell of Success. Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis star in the classic, endlessly quotable 1957 Broadway gossip world expos鮠1:45 p.m. Sat., June 15, Egyptian. Joint Security Area. Back from SIFF '01, this huge-grossing South Korean hit is both a tricky whodunit and a sentimental male-bonding flick. 4 p.m. Sat., June 15, Harvard Exit. And go to www.seattleweekly.com for other picks, late reviews, and the full roster of jury and audience awards bestowed Sun., June 16 when SIFF '02 concludes. bmiller@seattleweekly.com

 
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