“THE BIG ASK” INTERVIEW WITH THOMAS BEATTY AND REBECCA FISHMAN

I recently caught up with “The Big Ask” co-directors/married couple, Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman, at their home in Los Angeles where they were still adjusting to having a new human baby on top of promoting what they consider their first-born, a feature film…



Posted on July 3, 2014 by

LUCKY THEM

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 97 minutes

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Part indie darling, part wacky road trip movie, it’s not nearly as authentic as her earlier films. But it’s at least engaging enough to keep you watching, if only to learn the resolution of the story’s core mystery…


Posted on June 19, 2014 by

RAZING THE BAR

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! [Worsley's] film is more than just a scrapbook. It also explores how much a place like that means to the community that embraces it and critiques the morality of gentrification which often means the death of DIY institutions…


Posted on June 18, 2014 by

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WRAP-UP

As you may or may not know, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the world. This year, they screened 435 features and short films from around the globe. As you can imagine, it’s impossible to see everything, so I try my best to curate my personal program wisely…



Posted on June 12, 2014 by

TIME LAPSE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 103 minutes

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! While ‘Time Lapse’ is by no means perfect, King and screenwriter B.D. Cooper manage to make an absorbing movie about time manipulation without special effects, a la ‘Primer’ and ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’…


Posted on June 11, 2014 by

TO BE TAKEI

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Jennifer M. Kroot’s documentary profiles the life and achievements of this undeniably charming man and explores just why it’s so awesome “To Be Takei”…


Posted on June 3, 2014 by

ZOMBEAVERS

1 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! If you love single entendres, boobs and gore and don’t consider characters or plot important, you are going to love “Zombeavers”…


Posted on June 3, 2014 by

WILLOW CREEK

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Willow Creek” is basically The Blair Sasquatch Project, but unlike the film it borrows from liberally, the ending falls flat…


Posted on June 2, 2014 by

AN AFTERNOON WITH LAURA DERN: 2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL EVENT! Dern fits well into Lynch’s mode because she’s also an insatiable risk taker. “If other people say you shouldn’t do it,” she remarked, “I like to do it”…



Posted on May 24, 2014 by

NIGHT MOVES

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 113 minutes

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Reichardt trusts both her actors and her audience to fill in the blanks through sparse, loaded dialog and long, silent close-ups. It’s not just smart filmmaking; it’s visual poetry…


Posted on May 24, 2014 by

ANOTHER

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Bognacki desperately wants to be Dario Argento, but he is, at best, a poor man’s Rob Zombie (and by “poor man” I mean penniless vagrant)…


Posted on May 21, 2014 by

STANDING ASIDE, WATCHING

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2014 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Billed as a Greek western revenge film, the premise sounds promising. Well, they either have a different definition of western revenge or they utterly failed in their mission…


Posted on May 18, 2014 by

SOUL FOOD STORIES

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes

2014 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Tonislav Hristov doesn’t exactly promote female oppression, but the tone of his film is so happy-go-lucky that it almost feels like misogynist propaganda…


Posted on May 16, 2014 by

AN EVENING WITH RICHARD LINKLATER / “BOYHOOD”

2014 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL EVENT! On Friday, May 2nd, the 57th Annual San Francisco International Film festival presented director Richard Linklater with their Founding Director’s Award. [They] decided to make a night of it, with “An Evening with Richard Linklater” at the Castro Theatre…



Posted on May 15, 2014 by

CLUB SANDWICH

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 79 minutes

2014 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Fernando Eimbcke takes the fleeting adolescent vacation romance a step further by showing how coming-of-age can affect the parents who are powerless to stop it…


Posted on May 12, 2014 by

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