EYE FOR A TOOTH

2 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 39 minutes

The team behind this would be well-suited to chalk this one up as a learning experience and quietly move on to their next project.


Posted on September 15, 2009 by

ZEBRA CROSSINGS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

Debuting director Sam Holland borrows equally from Scorsese and Guy Ritchie, though manages to maintain a unique voice in spite of the hectic camera work and flashy editorial flourishes.


Posted on August 25, 2009 by

BATTLING THROUGH SIFF 2009′S “FLY FILMMAKING CHALLENGE”

The 2009 Seattle International Film Festival invited four local filmmakers to each make a short film running 10 minutes maximum, using no more than three locations and three actors, and featuring a Seattle landmark. The filmmakers share their experiences.



Posted on August 3, 2009 by

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF LITTLE DIZZLE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! Equal parts fever dream, vision quest, navel gaze…and quite a sight to behold.


Posted on June 12, 2009 by

SPRING BREAKDOWN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 84 minutes

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE NOW ON DVD! The flat-out hilarious “Spring Breakdown” proves that women can be just as crass, hilarious, and horny as their male counterparts.


Posted on May 31, 2009 by

IN THE LOOP

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 109 minutes

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT FILM! “In the Loop” is generous with its humor and spares no sacred cows, especially when it comes to the American political system.


Posted on May 29, 2009 by

SIFF ANNOUNCES 2009 NORTHWEST CONNECTIONS PROGRAM

The Seattle International Film Festival announced sixteen narrative and documentary features (and thirteen shorts) as part of its Northwest Connections program, highlighting distinctive work by regional filmmakers. “This year’s record-breaking Northwest Connections program underscores SIFF’s dedication to supporting and showcasing the exciting films being produced in Seattle and beyond,” says SIFF Artistic Director Carl Spence. […]



Posted on May 7, 2009 by

SPIKE LEE AND FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA AT SIFF 2009

The 2009 Seattle International Film Festival announced that it will present a special Golden Space Needle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing to Spike Lee on Saturday, May 23 at Seattle’s historic Egyptian Theatre. The tribute ceremony will include a montage of clips highlighting Mr. Lee’s diverse work as a director, as well as a […]



Posted on April 23, 2009 by

DAVID & FATIMA

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 120 minutes

The problem with “David & Fatima” is twofold: it takes itself too seriously and refuses to take any narrative risks.


Posted on April 19, 2009 by

ROSES HAVE THORNS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

The cast in this Korean variation of “mumblecore” fluctuates from amateurish at worst to summer stock at best.


Posted on April 14, 2009 by

FAMILY NAME

4 Stars
Year Released: 1997
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 89 minutes

A compelling first-person documentary about race relations and personal identity.


Posted on April 12, 2009 by

BOYS OF SUMMERVILLE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

Now that low-budget filmmakers don’t have to worry about the technical side as much, you’d think they’d start paying more attention to the things that really matter.


Posted on March 24, 2009 by

THE IRONMAN

THE IRONMAN
2 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

There’s not much to recommend in this film. The jokes aren’t funny, the characters are poorly developed and the story is hardly compelling. The real question here is how this movie ever got made in the first place…


Posted on January 4, 2009 by

10 YARDS

10 YARDS
2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Made by a trio of friends who are not as funny as they seem to think, “10 Yards” is an awkward documentary about fantasy football that plays more like an amateur home video than a non-fiction film


Posted on January 3, 2009 by

RIGGED

RIGGED
3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 102 minutes

RIGGED wants to be a tale of redemption and underdog success, but it never quite lives up to its own potential.


Posted on December 29, 2008 by

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