SOUNDTRACK TO MY LIFE: INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD LINKLATER ABOUT “BOYHOOD”

Richard Linklater discusses the crucial process of choosing music for his films, how the Internet has impacted teenage rebellion, and whether or not his directorial style changed over the 12-year arc of “Boyhood.”



Posted on July 22, 2014 by

LIFE FEELS GOOD

5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

The notion of our bodies betraying us – of skin and bone deteriorating while the mind remains lucid – is among the most primal of fears…


Posted on July 14, 2014 by

SIFF TURNS FORTY: 2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WRAP-UP

The Seattle International Film Festival turned forty this year… with no sign of a mid-life crisis…



Posted on June 17, 2014 by

COLD IN JULY

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

“Cold in July” harkens back to the days of tough seventies thrillers. It pulsates with a no-frills real-ness that’s almost novel in our current age of CGI fakery. Most amazingly of all, it makes White Lion sound good. And that’s one helluva feat.


Posted on May 28, 2014 by

UNDER THE SKIN

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 108 minutes

“Under the Skin,” I suspect, will polarize viewers. Some will surrender to the film’s free-form groove, and enjoy the ride. More pragmatic souls will grow restless over both its lack of narrative thrust and monotonously drawn-out scenes…


Posted on April 10, 2014 by

TRIAL BY FIRE: “AS THE PALACES BURN” INTERVIEWS

With “As the Palaces Burn,” director Don Argott throws us mercilessly into his disorienting mosh pit of a movie…



Posted on February 3, 2014 by

BONDED BY BLOOD: INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKERS GARETH EVANS AND TIMO TJAHJANTO

Two filmmakers going balls-out. Both fearless. Both brilliant. Both at Sundance…



Posted on January 24, 2014 by

THE CRASH REEL

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

After screening “The Crash Reel,” you will never again delight in televised images of skiers and snowboarders wiping out on the slopes. Guaranteed.


Posted on December 16, 2013 by

AS THE PALACES BURN

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

Behold, as the movie re-invents itself over and over, like some improvised drum fill, into delightfully unexpected forms. Director Argott has constructed a dazzlingly complex mosh-pit of a movie, bouncing viewers from one unpredictable groove into another…


Posted on December 4, 2013 by

NEBRASKA

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 115 minutes

In the role of a lifetime, Bruce Dern pulls off that masterful magic trick that few thespian sorcerers can ever hope to achieve. He turns an impenetrable, unremarkable character into a sympathetic, compelling man…


Posted on November 22, 2013 by

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 134 minutes

As the ship’s crew and its invaders face off, “Captain Phillips” becomes an exercise in escalation, and its well-paced surges of suspense and violent movement always feel grounded in reality.


Posted on October 18, 2013 by

DRUG WAR

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

“Drug War” is a superb work of crime genre cinema…


Posted on September 18, 2013 by

FREDA’S MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR: INTERVIEW WITH “GOOD OL’ FREDA” DIRECTOR RYAN WHITE

“Good Ol’ Freda” director Ryan White discusses how he balanced his film’s personal attributes with its larger historical themes. He describes Brian Epstein’s struggle to live as a closeted gay man during an era in which it was illegal, and how a piece of George Harrison’s hair was integral to financing his film…



Posted on September 11, 2013 by

GOOD OL’ FREDA

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 86 minutes

You would never, ever suspect that this private, low-key brunette was once hand-picked by manager Brian Epstein to join the Fab Four’s coveted inner circle…


Posted on September 6, 2013 by

PIETA

2 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

Sure, “Pieta” is disturbing, but its shocks are strictly been there, done that…


Posted on July 12, 2013 by

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